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Furniture Stores: Misura Emmé Showroom Relaunch in Singapore

Luxury Italian furniture manufacturer Misura Emmé has recently reopened its Singapore exhibition space at the Marquis QSquare showroom. It’s been redesigned and restructured to reflect the brand’s current conceptual approach to contemporary living. Misura displays its recent design collections and refined living concepts; stylish approaches to living and sleeping areas paired with a harmonious blend of furnishing, coverings and accessories.

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One of our favourite furniture pieces is the Gaudì table, designed by Ferruccio Laviani and inspired by the distinctive style of acclaimed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudì. Fusing Catalan Modernism with the minimalism of Scandinavian design, the table features a slightly organic structural design with crossings shaped by sinuous curves reminiscent of the Sagrada Familia church. Crafted in ash wood with a black oak finish, the moulded semi-oval top lays on a solid wood base and displays a smooth straight-grain textured effect. Sleekly designed, the Gaudì table remains as one of Misura Emmé’s contemporary furnishing masterpieces.

This story was first published in Palace Magazine.

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OM Presents New Furniture Range in Singapore

Chances are you have stepped into a room or restaurant that has been curated by OM, an imprint of Nobel Design in Singapore. The luxury furniture company recently unveiled a new OM range at its showroom in Liang Court in the city-state. Boasting a lineup of international collections, the brand had curated the pieces to present a hospitality and F&B set-up on October 7.

Sean Dix Panda Series

Sean Dix, Panda Series

Before being invited into the warm and cozy showroom, guests were first brought to the OM Café which provided a mix of food and drinks for the night. To highlight the new collections, OM created three main areas within the showroom: Bedrooms, Café and Lobby. To help get guests familiarized with the collections, OM flew in three of the designers, Sean Dix, Kelvin Ng and Mario Mazzer from Hong Kong and Italy.

Kelvin Ng, Diamante Sofa

Kelvin Ng, Diamante Sofa

Sean Dix is the designer behind the Panda Series that presents an all-natural finish to the seating, thanks to veneered plywood. Paired with powder-coated steel legs, and available in multiple veneers, the furniture is versatile and able to conform to almost any space. The statement piece came from Kelvin Ng with the Diamante Sofa. Using genuine leather strips that are sewn and stitched along angular genuine leather pieces, the sofa offers numerous combinations. In a variety of colors and selections, the designer proved that personalization is not limited to fashion but also extends to furniture.

Mario Mazzer, Tiffany Collection

Mario Mazzer, Tiffany Collection

The final highlight is the Tiffany Collection by Mario Mazzer that stands out thanks to its unique leg shapes. Each of the pieces are designed in a way that they appear to float above the floor. OM also presented guests with an outdoor collection by Sover Klas that is known for its reliability and use of quality materials.

For more information on the new range of products, visit OM.

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Seoul Gets First Tom Dixon Exhibition

Seoul Gets First Tom Dixon Exhibition

Seoul’s 10 Corso Como will host Tom Dixon’s “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” exhibition from October 12 to November 20. It will be the British designer’s first show in Korea, showcasing the creative highlights of his career, as well as never-before-seen pieces. A pop-up store will also be put up, where visitors can buy products from Dixon’s latest collection.

The “Yesterday” section will explore Dixon’s early works, fuelled by his fascination with the structures of objects. The “Today” section reflects Dixon’s current preference with materials such as copper, stone, wood, brass, wax, and iron. Finally, the “Tomorrow” section offers insight into Dixon’s future creations, with exclusive products and rare prototypes.

“We wanted to give visitors an understanding of where we come from. Korea is a very design-aware nation, fantastically interested in bold and industrial production, and we thought it might be nice to show some history as well as products we haven’t sold yet,” said Dixon, who founded Tom Dixon Studio at 2002 after leaving his position as head of design at Habitat.

Dixon and Corso Como’s relationship stretches back to 1991, when Dixon launched his “S-Chair” at Milan’s 10 Corso Como. The Seoul outpost was first opened in 2008.

More information: www.10corsocomo.com

ioneering industrial designer Roger Tallon (1929-2011) is the subject of an exhibit at Paris' Museum of Decorative Arts. © Courtesy of Musée des Arts Décoratifs Exposition Roger Tallon au Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Extraordinary Prices for French Vintage Designs

Vintage design continues its reign, from classic cars to, apparently, French interior design from the 1950s and 60s. Though disregarded for decades, it is now hailed as classic. The designs are confident in style, lavish in use of materials, and exudes the boundless hope and optimism of the post-World War II era.

To provide some perspective on how much people would pay for these designs, according to Paris auction house Artcurial, they command higher prices at auction than big Scandinavian names of the same era – Finn Juhl or Peder Moos. The most extraordinary case was the 1.29 million euros ($1.45 million) price tag for a “Trapeze” table made of folded metal, designed by Jean Prouve. The table previously sat unnoticed in the canteen of a large student residence near Paris. Designs of Charlotte Perriand, such as her aluminum-and-wood bookshelves, can also achieve stratospheric heights. Art historians said that the appeal of the designs by “French masters” lies in the need to combine flair with the social needs of that era.

The roaring success of these designers and architects is owed to a handful of Paris art collectors and gallery owners, such as Patrick Seguin, Francois Laffanour and Philippe Jousse. Jousse’s personal experience involved finding a Prouve table in Emmaus, a French charity shop, for only 300 francs (around 150 euros ($167) in today’s money). He then began to search for me, even though sales were tough in the first years. “Jean Prouve would be turning in his grave if he could see these prices! He was a very modest man,” says Francoise Jollant-Kneebone, a design historian.

At Paris’ Paul Bert Serpette antiques market, dubbed “the biggest in the world”, vintage items make up more than half of the goods on display. One could not believe that the antique market went from a rough patch to a waiting list in only several years. However, those who cannot get their hands on the originals can always get the reissued pieces.

Many designs are reworked in bright colors and bold graphics, now appearing in restaurants in Paris and across the world, from Moscow to Las Vegas.

From a design historian’s perspective, the search for some sort of “comfort blanket” from decades past tends to happen “because we don’t have any positive ideas about our own era,” explains Jollant-Kneebone. “We must examine our own era to understand whether it has ‘a style’ of its own, for example the period since the millennium,” she says.

 

Furniture Retailer West Elm Opens Boutique Hotels

Furniture Retailer West Elm Opens Boutique Hotels

The hotel business is going gangbusters, with even interior decor and furniture retailer West Elm expanding into it. The Brooklyn-based retailer and subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma announced this week that it will be opening West Elm-branded hotels stateside beginning late 2018.

The move follows on another upscale home furnishings chain, Restoration Hardware, in making a foray into hotels. The Restoration Hardware property is slated to open in New York’s fashionable meatpacking district.

Meanwhile, no two West Elm hotel will be alike, the company said, and each will feature designs that reflect its neighborhood with artwork commissioned from local artists, handicrafts and decor sourced from the community and local coffee roasters, craft distillers, and bakeries represented on their bar and pastry shelves. Properties will include restored historic and heritage buildings. So basically, hipster hotels.

Their Detroit, location, for example, will reflect the city’s industrial legacy; its Savannah location will pay homage to “visionary preservation;” while the property in Charlotte will embody the city’s pride in craftsmanship.

Other locations include Indianapolis and Minneapolis. Also, we assume all the furniture will be from West Elm but what do we know anyway…

“There is a growing desire among modern travelers to immerse themselves in the place they are visiting. They want a boutique experience, and expect great, reliable service that caters to their needs,” said David Bowd, co-founder of hospitality management and development company DDK which will be partnering with West Elm on the project.

“Our general managers will serve as innkeepers, and West Elm Hotels will focus on making real community connections for visitors and residents alike.”

The concept is similar to the philosophy behind Hilton’s Canopy-branded hotels, designed to serve as extensions of their neighborhood and reflect the community, be it with locally-inspired design, art, music, food and drink. So, basically, hipster hotels – again.

West Elm sells modern furnishings and design with 85 stores in the US, and locations in Canada, Mexico, Australia, the UK and the Middle East.

6 Home Styles for Successful Gentlemen

As fashion and furniture continue to merge their ideals of beauty and form, homes can now dress to express their individual personalities – shaped and driven of course by the personalities and decisions of their owners. Basically, if you can sort of guess which brand is responsible for the look pictured top, you have the style chops to draw something useful from this story. So, leaving aside the admirable projects of refreshing your wardrobe or tricking out your vehicle, you might care for a bigger challenge this season. Our friends at Men’s Folio selected six different brand names to match six different personal styles. This is just the sort of thing magazine folks love to do and we thought we’d share it with you.

For an added sense of character (and better UX!), each of the suggestions is modeled on specific personalities.

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Versace Home stays religiously true to its iconic over-style even as the lifestyle arm is brought in-house to complete the brand universe. Under the artistic direction of Donatella Versace, the ritzy collection fetes four brand new lines: Inspired by the Rosenthal-meets-Versace porcelain collection, Les Etoiles de la Mer commits to absolute opulence through precious materials such as Fiore di pesco marble, printed velvets and mercury wood, with prints awash in marine motifs; Vasmara evokes wildlife exoticism with leopard and zebra print decors; futuristic Gvardian is defined by clean lines and a neutral palette, with a carbon fibre table top conveying spacey visual and tactile effect; finally, the established Via Gesù Palazzo Empire range is expanded with a one-of-a-kind sky blue nubuck sofa shaped in the defining “V” of the brand. Standing out from the christened collections is the new climate-proof aluminum chair Mesedia. Crafted in the image of Versace’s unmistakable Medusa head, Mesedia is emblematic of the new Home collection and is available in five colours that remind of shifting skies: Haze, storm, cloud, purple sunset and sunrise.

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They say home is where your heart is set in stone; is where you go when you’re alone (that there’s some catchy lyrics from Gabrielle Aplin’s 2013 hit single, “Home”). In any case, if home is truly where your heart lies, then no doubt you’ll be a fan of Hermès’ latest home collection inspired by the ideal of the home as shelter for body and mind. Under the aegis of artistic directors Charlotte Perelman and Alexis Fabry, the home is transformed into a refuge of relaxation with simple yet elegant touches. Different threads of the collection — ranging from the re-edited Oria chairs by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo to the showpiece Sellier sofa demonstrating the equestrian heritage of the Maison — collectively address the theme of balance, which Hermès believes thrives and reigns in enclosed spaces. This balancing act is also cleverly propagated in the Équilibre d’Hermès assembly of desk and decorative accessories, consisting of a harmonious blend of functional and whimsical pieces: A magazine rack in the form of a horse saddle, an icosahedron paperweight, a magnifying glass held in perfect equipoise atop a conical base.

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Imagine serving your favourite pasta on Venus, or scooping ice cream from moon craters — if you’re obsessed with astronomy and the stars, you’re in for a treat. For 2016, Diesel Living parades its latest collaboration with Italian design brand Seletti in its Cosmic Diner tableware line. Inspired by the universe, the heavenly (as close as it gets) collection comprises of porcelain plates representing the planets of the solar system, a Starman vase, salt and pepper grinders in the shape of rockets, as well as meteorite glasses to end the poetic set up. The collaboration with Seletti is among five ongoing projects that Diesel Living has going on, including Moroso for furniture, Foscarini for lighting, Iris Ceramica for ceramic tiling, and Scavolini for a new kitchen concept. The Moroso and Foscarini collections illustrate Diesel’s individualistic lifestyle with industrial design and rock styling, while the Diesel Open Workshop Kitchen with Scavolini celebrates the ethos of “Come in, we’re open!” with an open-concept social kitchen the builds on the brand’s creativity and free expression.

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Unlike those of us who express our feelings through intense rituals — entire mornings spent painting, shouting out at open seas, retail therapy on useless junk — designer Giorgio Armani conveys his thoughts in a more refined manner. More often than not, he translates his obsessions into an elegant collection of timeless creations, and judging from his latest set for Armani/Casa, it’s pretty clear his current fixation is on light. The Time Of Lightness experiments with the notion of light and how its interplay (through shadows and reflections) can transform regular architecture into irregular elements, with Armani putting this sophistication into the perspective of minimalism and simplicity. The collection is gratifyingly considerate, keeping in mind all aspects of one’s lifestyle. It first offers a selection of tables — the Luna rotating table, Lewis oval table and Egidio low table, to name a few — then accompanies them with a complete tableware set. It also pieces together other home elements such as the Leonard buffet (two versions, with drawers and shelves or as a television unit) and Club bar cabinet, the latter a 50-piece limited edition hand-made with black straw marquetry and dramatized in an Ocean lacquer finish that calls to mind The Great Wave off Kanagawa by renowned Japanese artist Hokusai. These are topped off with resplendent Murano glass pieces and exquisite textiles by Rubelli.

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Following last year’s series of ceramics-inspired leather bowls, Spanish luxury brand Loewe is back to win hearts with an entire bag of striking and eccentric designs crafted in leather marquetry. Conceived by creative director Jonathan Anderson, this latest collection of oak furniture is embellished with leather cut-outs in an array of shapes and colours pieced together to form mosaic drawings of flowers and landscapes. The project is partly inspired by the radical design ideas of pioneering artist-critic Roger Fry (furniture covered in bold, hand-painted patterns, for example), and the motifs are taken from silk prints found in Loewe’s archives, including a recurring carp adapted from a set of centuries-old Japanese wood screens Anderson found in Hong Kong. The end product is stunning, with six new creations, including a large wardrobe and two Baillie Scott chairs, along with lamps and cigar boxes as well as notebooks and leather pouches, all coated in fun to brighten up your living space.

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Bronze tables surfaced in the signature intrecciato leather weave (an exclusive collaboration with Italian designer Osanna Visconti di Modrone), Murano lamps in new cigar and nero colorations, suede and leather drawers fitted with iconic bronzed handles — there’s nothing in Bottega Veneta’s home collection that doesn’t spell masculine decadence. When set against a backdrop of historic frescoes, coffered ceilings and stone walls found in a profound 18th century palazzo (Palazzo Gallarati Scotti in the heart of Milan, to be precise), the curated creations by creative director Tomas Maier even provide a taste of medieval excess. Apart from the aforementioned pieces, the collection boasts a suede seating set (club chair, foot rest, three-seat couch and day bed) named Rudi in collaboration with Poltrona Frau, a series of sterling silver collectible boxes each bearing semi-precious stones and planetary names, and a delicate hand-painted porcelain dining service. It’s a long list of complementary pieces that come together coherently to exude sophistication in the homes of those with discerning tastes.

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This article was first published in Men’s Folio.

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3 Nordic Design Fairs: Northern Lights

What do CERN, chocolate and 1.618 Paris have in common this autumn? Obviously, all are involved in these three Nordic design fairs. If you’re not sure what CERN and 1.618 Paris are, well read on… This autumn, we invite you to forget IKEA, wrap yourself up warm and head to these three design events in northwestern Europe: Formland, Northmodern and the NordDesign conference.

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Denmark has a new furniture and lifestyle trade show, taking place at the same time as Formland (see bottom) in Copenhagen’s Bella Center. Called northmodern (literally spelled all lowercase but we’ll abandon that odd syntax henceforth), it was launched in January 2015 and is reportedly inspired by the Danish Modern movement. The fair invites international businesses, professionals and design enthusiasts to celebrate “holistic, sustainable contemporary living” with a focus on Scandinavian and Nordic design.

For the fourth edition of the fair, hotly-anticipated shows include Englebrechts with their new Plateau and Petit Plateau furniture collection designed by Erik Magnusson. The Scandinavian lighting brand Pholc will exhibit for the first time, and luxury specialists 1.618 Paris (sustainable luxury is this agency’s thing) will curate the 450 m² Crystal Hall space, the fourth time the company has appeared at the show. For subsequent shows, northmodern will be collaborating with Dezeen, the most-visited architecture and design website in the world.

NordDesign 2016, August 10-12

This year, the biannual conference on Design and Development is being hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in the city of Trondheim. The conference aims to evaluate the Nordic approach to design, as well as “topical issues on design, development, and innovation that strengthens both our theoretical understanding, and the connection between theory and practice.”

The opening keynote speech will be given by the appropriately-named Markus Nordberg from CERN, the European organization for nuclear research in Geneva (which you may recall being responsible for the Large Hadron Collider). Honestly, we’re not making either Nordberg’s name or CERN’s participation up. Other anticipated presentations include those from Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen (Imperial College London) on “What If a Computer Could Design?” and Andy Dong (University of Sydney) on “Design as a Theory of the Firm and Strategy.” Yes, Dong is apparently his real name and we’re not doing this for a laugh.

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Formland, August 18 – 21

The biannual interior and design trade fair has grown over the past 32 years (shame on you if you’re just hearing about it) to become a hub for “the newest, the best, the strangest and most inspiring” Scandinavian designs of the present and future. The fair, which takes place in Herning, Denmark, is divided into 11 different “communities”, from Light to Interior-atelier, Bloom and the Next Stage for creative entrepreneurs.

Within the fair itself, a number of different events will be taking place, such as the Food & Chocolate Festival featuring free talks and tastings (maybe edible furniture and fixtures?), and the FOCUS trend zone, where experts invite visitors to explore five different zones of colors, textures and materials.

Victoria + Albert’s Florin Series: Versatile Beauty

Getting your private bathroom to look like that of a 5-star hotel need not be hard, especially with the help of Victoria + Albert’s Florin collection. From elegant freestanding bathtubs to statement vanity units, this made-in-England five-piece collection is nothing but artistic. But of course – its name should be a giveaway – for the Florin collection is named after the iconic art deco Florin Court in London and of course Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert.

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Eclectic style meets contemporary rounded silhouettes in the Victoria + Albert’s Florin collection, where hexagonal lines and linear forms come out to play. For example, the Florin 9 is crafted to meet all your minimalist Pinterest goals. It is a classic three-hole, deck-mounted basin mixer and waste kit, complemented by a ‘wide spread’ format which spotlights the fan detailing on the double taps, along with a pop up, rod-operated slotted waste system. If all the details confused you, just know that it is a case of form meeting function, and its photo should be sufficient evidence of its beauty.

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Victoria + Albert Florin 9

Available in either Polished Chrome or Polished Nickel, the brassware collection includes selections for the basin, bath and shower. It is also highly versatile so if playing Sims, creating and sharing boards on Pinterest, and matching various kinds of furniture are your thing, this collection is for you.

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The Florin series was first revealed during Milan’s Salone del Mobile 2016. Visit its website for more details.

Loewe Furniture: Marquetry in Leather

After conquering the fashion world, Jonathan Anderson has gone ahead with his conquest of the furniture scene too with Loewe’s Marquetry in Leather. The young designer showed a series of specially curated and designed oak furniture for the Salone del Mobile in Milan this year, each luxuriously swathed in layers of leather in different textures and colors.

Inspired by the radical design ideas by both artist-critic Roger Fry and The Bloomsbury Group, Anderson applied his own spin on archival prints and patterns to a select few 20th-century furniture, including a large wardrobe and two Baillie Scott chairs.

And while we have our eyes set on every one of the brightly-hued pieces, the carp motif came up top of our wish list. Adapted from a set of centuries-old Japanese wood screens that Anderson found in Hong Kong, the print was made contemporary with contrasting colors and varying textures. If you want yourself a bit of Loewe’s sprightly series, the Spanish leather house will also rework the prints on lamps and cigar boxes, as well as notebooks and leather pouches, all of which will sell in stores.

Read more about the collection on L’Officiel.com now.

Las Vegas Market: Summer 2016 Edition

Las Vegas is probably the last place on your list you’d go to for home furnishings, but the biannual Las Vegas Market furnishing fair’s summer 2016 edition, happening from July 31 – August 4 might just make you change your mind.

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The trade show, now the largest of its kind in the western United States will see a slew of new features within its 250,000 square feet compound. Find high-end furniture, textiles and home décor stands in “B Home”, or indulge in a little slice of Los Angeles with food, home and garden goods and children products in “Artisanal LA”; “Designers HQ” will see a special curation of design ideas. With more than 180 casual and outdoor exhibitors in zones C12 and C13.

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To make navigation around the fair more manageable, organisers have also invested in dedicated online resources – new products and trends are presented via the First Look booklet that is available both online and in print, while the Market Planner feature integrates the market directory, creates lists and saves your favourite picks with the #LVMkt mobile app.

Las Vegas Market 2016

Internationally, the Market boasts marked growth with 116 furniture, gift and home décor suppliers from over 20 countries this year, extending its reach to up north in Canada and even Spanish-speaking visitors. Delivery offers and exclusive discounts are available for Canadian buyers. Spanish-speakers need not worry – several onsite translators will also be available, together with a dedicated Spanish version of the First Look booklet.

 

V-Technology Rotary Sofa for Yachts

No matter what anyone tells you, the layout is an important aspect — if not the most important aspect— of a yacht that ensures you provide ample room for guests. With a little help from European firm V-Technology, you can now have an interior space that is versatile. From an entertainment area with two sofas to a circular sofa that allows you to look out and enjoy the view of the ocean, it is hard to choose.

With a semi-circular rotary sofa, the firm allows you to customize the formation of your sofa at the drop of a hat. The engineers at V-Technology utilize a rotary floor, to morph a sofa in multiple positions. With its low installation depth, the sofa can rotate 360° anywhere on the yacht. For those worried about the aesthetic effects or the safety of guests, the design is free of visible rails or drives.

To further ensure that it sits firmly on the floor, the rotary sofa’s electric drive is equipped with brakes that keep the banks from moving due to the movement of the waves. The world of customization never ceases to amaze us but with the smaller details such as a rotating sofa, it is something that we can look forward to.

Ori Robotic Furniture Creates More Living Space

It is a real issue: apartments are so small today and they are only getting smaller as premium psf rates stay relatively high in major metropolitan areas such as Singapore, Hong Kong, London, New York City, Boston, Washington DC and Seattle. Rather than complaining on social media or wallowing in nostalgia for the good old days (admit it, you’ve done it before as well), Ori Systems dives headfirst into the problem and provides people with the panacea to cramped urban dwellings. Meet Ori’s architectural robotics: intelligent foldable furniture at one’s literal fingertips. Oh yes, if you live in those last three cities, pay special attention…

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Seemingly straight out of a sci-fi movie, Ori’s furniture uses modular and scalable mechatronics that allow furniture to fold and hide themselves with a press of a button. Simply tap a device attached to the main unit (in the form of a bed containing multiple storage spaces), or its accompanying app, and watch as furniture glides across the floor or fold out of sight. It is like Japanese paper origami – which is, in fact, its namesake – where one can design the layout of their living spaces themselves, with minimal effort. Bid goodbye to congested interiors!

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This collaboration between Fuseproject (led by designer Yves Behar) and MIT Media Lab, Ori’s furniture – while confined to homes currently – may one day find itself in offices as well. “The way we experience our living spaces, and maybe one day offices too, now has the ability go past the static structural elements of the past,” declared Fuseproject.

The first iterations of Ori’s architectural robotics will be available in Boston, Washington DC and Seattle starting this summer. For the rest of us, rest assured, for the future is coming.

Interview: Helene Denaiffe, Stylodeco Founder

When Helene Denaiffe isn’t busy taking care of her two kids, she’s often found curating furniture and homeware for her online home and décor start-up, Stylodeco. She’s no stranger to the world of luxury too – the French entrepreneur has more than a decade’s experience in Paris and Switzerland as a marketing and communications specialist for Hermes, Audemars Piguet and Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse. She then moved to Singapore to work as marketing director for a group of restaurants before starting the chic online home furnishing marketplace. We speak to Denaiffe on what inspires her, her ideal home and some of her plans for the future.

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What inspired you to start Stylodeco?

I moved to Singapore with my family more than four years ago, and while we were shopping for home furnishings for the new apartment, I couldn’t find what we were looking for. There were stores selling beautifully-designed pieces and antiques, but at astonishing prices. I could not find a store with a selection of stylish home furnishings at reasonable prices. Hence, this idea came about when I realized there was a market for such a store and I decided to launch Stylodeco after.

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Stylodeco is big on celebrating individuality and creating a cosy, homely environment. What is a cozy environment in your books and what do you think is the most important aspect of decorating a living space?

I am indeed passionate about cozy, effortlessly chic interiors. I like perfectly imperfect, laidback and welcoming homes where friends and family are entertained and build lasting memories together. A cozy home to me is decorated with taste and passion in a way that supports your everyday lifestyle; it should not be a stiff or staged living space. I personally like to keep my home chic and simple with a neutral color palette because I feel it makes it easier to live with. I also like mixing styles and eras – for example, integrating modern artwork with antique furniture. I also add a few unique objects from around the world for a personal touch. I play with fabrics (curtains, cushions, etc.) to make it more comfortable, and I don’t mind having my kids’ toys stored in a stylish basket in the living room.

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How receptive have people been to Stylodeco since its inception?

Since its launch in September 2014, sales have been growing rapidly via our webshop and at the showroom. We have been collaborating with various highly supportive interior designers as well as chefs and gained a lot of exposure via press articles, social media and blog posts. To celebrate our two-year anniversary, I am happy to announce that we will be launching a new blog this September, called Perfect-Imperfect and I will share tips and inspiration for the home, DIYs and free printables (gift tags, cards and other useful printable resources) on a weekly basis. On top of it – and this is probably the most exciting part – we will be launching our own interior design services: e-design and interior styling. We have teamed up with an interior design firm to assist our clients with styling their homes. So, exciting times ahead for Stylodeco!

What is your curation process like?

I read a lot of magazines and international blogs, browse Pinterest and follow European trends when it comes to the product selection. I select each object with care, thinking about my clients – imagining what kind of pieces they’d like to have at home, whether it would be useful or simply pretty. There are also pieces that I bring in just because I love them. I wouldn’t mind not selling any and keeping them for myself instead, but these are usually the pieces that sell in a heartbeat!

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With big name competitors such as Ikea, how do you keep up and what sets you apart from these corporations?

It is indeed very important to set your company apart. I select products for their good quality, stylish designs and uniqueness – I make sure no other brand is selling these products in Singapore. My clients do not want the same dining plates or bed linens that everyone else has; they want something special, stylish and of good quality at reasonable prices.

How would you describe your perfect home?

Effortlessly chic, bright and airy. Perfectly imperfect, laidback and welcoming, with kids running and friends laughing.

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Who inspires you and do you have any favorite interior designers?

Photographers, designers and manufacturers of all kinds inspire me a lot. I am a visual learner. Here are a few names:

Photographers: Paulina Arcklin, Kristofer Johnsson 

Interior Designers: Sarah Lavoine, Maison Hand

Designers: Frères Bouroullec 

Manufacturers: Objekto, manufacturer of the Paulistano Chair and the Eclipse Lamp

I’m sure you have a very busy schedule. What do you enjoy doing during your downtime?

I spend time with my family, read, cook, do flowers arrangements, entertain friends, travel and style my home.

Masterpiece London Exhibition to Honor Zaha Hadid

When one’s name is known far beyond one’s vocation, you know you’re dealing with a legend. Zaha Hadid is one such person, and her death in March this year has the world (still) mourning her loss. Known mainly for her extravagant parametric and neo-futurist designs (one need only look to the Guangzhou Opera House for an example), she has also dabbled in furniture, shoe design, jewelry and other creative domains. To honor her contributions to the artistic world, the Masterpiece London design fair 2016 will commemorate her works through the exhibition of some of her lesser-known projects.

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Curated by Francis Sultana, CEO of David Gill Gallery, London Masterpiece will narrate her life’s story. Expect pieces from Hadid’s Liquid Glacial furniture collection (above), personal items, sketches, paintings and photographs to fashion pieces, such as her United Nude Nova shoes and her reinterpretation of the Louis Vuitton “Icone bag.” Her drafting tools will also make an appearance – even seemingly mundane objects are endowed with great importance when they belong to an expert.

Masterpiece London is on now till to July 6 at the Royal Hospital in London’s chic Chelsea district. General admission tickets will set one back £28 (approximately $37).

For more information, visit the site at www.masterpiecefair.com.

Herman Miller Launches Plex Lounge Furniture

With just a few basic elements, Sam Hecht and Kim Colin have created the Herman Miller “Plex” collection, a range of modular furniture that has been specially developed for contemporary workspaces. Comprised of six elements – a rectangular seat forming the basis of the system – the range includes functional furniture such as sofas, armchairs, benches and footrests.

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In an effort to integrate the “Plex” furniture more closely with the users, the duo also included adjustable mobile tables to the mix, while adding power ports under seats are an option. Further customization options are possible – choose from a selection of legs, casters, swivel bases and textile colors.

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The Michigan-based company has dedicated the past century to making workspace design more conducive for people and their intelligent designs have been featured in museums worldwide.

Roche Bobois, Christian Lacroix Furniture Team Up

Furniture chain Roche Bobois and the creative director of Christian Lacroix Maison, Sacha Walckhoff, have unveiled a new collaboration — a series of specially designed furniture items. Playfully spinning together classical elements and contemporary styles, the series showcases the combined creative vision and capabilities of both brands.

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High quality materials such as lacquered wood and shimmering brass feature prominently throughout the collection. Some items are also embellished with different kinds of artistic prints that harken back to traditional styles. One example, is a cabinet with two push-to-open doors decorated with a landscape inspired by Arles in southern France (the birthplace of designer Christian Lacroix) – finished with brass covered legs. Another is a large screen decorated with a variety of colorful plants and flowers.

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Another inclusion is a beechwood chair with legs half-finished in brass, matched with black and white striped upholstery though it is also available in black and fuchsia, red and black or blue and black. An oval nesting coffee table has a top finished in acacia veneer, mirror, and polished brass. One of the larger pieces is an armchair in a faux classical style, all fitted out with a matching footstool in two sections. It stands out as invitingly plush with its asymmetrical shape, dark printed upholstery and brass feet. For those in need of a place to keep things – there’s also a selection of stackable storage cubes decorated in stripes which can be mixed and matched as shelving units or used as stand-alone storage solutions.

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If you’re interested in the products of Roche Bobois, you can check out their website over here.

Silvia Marlia Dreams Big for Adult Furniture Line

For the past decade, designer Silvia Marlia has been collaborating behind the scene with the furniture brand edimass. In this capacity, she was able to study the brand’s output, and discovered a space to fill with something new and different. Last year, her maiden collection for the brand—a range of indoor/outdoor furniture with elegant, colorful profile—was launched at the Shanghai Furniture Fair.

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Marlia is better known for the range of children’s furniture that she designs for her own label, Sands. Her collections are distinguished by sound scale and proportion, as well as a strong stylistic identity. She doesn’t serve up cute—no chairs in the shape of a cupcake, or a bed with the profile of a racing car make it to her collections. She eschews gimmicks for relatable design, ergonomics, and solid colours. They’re almost like ‘mature’ furniture for children—if such concept ever existed.

Her foray into adult furniture is a welcome expansion of her repertoire as designer. For her, the cross-over is a discipline unto itself, not a mere process of upsizing. “When I design for children, I take note that their muscular structure is developing, that they need to stretch, that they have boundless energy.” Her design does not come solely from the perspective of dimension. “I have to study everything again,” she admits. “I have to observe how adults move, how they use objects, how they sit….”

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For edimass, Marlia presented a full collection comprising chairs, armchairs, couches, casegoods and rugs. Ideal for homes and indoor/outdoor environments, they are also tested for contracts. “I wanted to bring something feminine and refined for the brand. Edimass already has several collections for the office, and they are mostly masculine. With this collection, we are introducing colours. I think the brand should open up to a new range and a new market.”

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A key piece in her family of casegoods is a flexible chest of drawers with a flip top—her homage to the 17th century commode. “In the past, you would normally see this in dining rooms, parlours, and even bedrooms where they functioned as a food server or a small writing desk.” She set the piece on casters and fitted it with carved pulls on the side of the drawers.

Another key piece is a stackable chair with metal frame and coloured back and seat. One version has arms, another has metallic finish for outdoor use. “The direction of the collection is simple, stylish, but affordable.” Marlia adds that she designed the collection with the HORECA market (hotels, restaurants, commercial projects) in mind, thus satisfying high technical requirements in durability, strength, and finish. “This market is looking for one-time investments and durable pieces satisfy that.

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Despite the demands of launching a full collection, Marlia has not neglected Sands. She has added the ‘Please and Thank You’ collection of stackable chairs with handles affixed on the backrest. “The collection is about courtesy. I want to encourage children to put their chairs in the proper place after they finish using them. The handle helps them to do that with ease.” The collection also includes a bench for sharing during group activities, or when children have to put on their shoes.

Silvia Marlia’s collections for Sands and edimass are available at OM.

This story first appeared in FORM Magazine.

Mambo Unlimited Ideas Furniture Collection

Backed by a wealth of traditional crafts that flourish to this day in Lisbon, furniture brand mambo unlimited ideas resonates with a thoroughly modern vibe.

Despite strong links to tradition, mambo unlimited ideas has been a dynamic design force and a reliable predictor of trends; its fearless and fun designs easily capture the essence of global chic. With collections inspired by many ideas, including tribal art to ‘60s kitsch, its pieces are unencumbered by the past. For a furniture label that draws support from local crafts, designers, and artisans, it is surprisingly contemporary and global, making its success a testament to Lisbon’s reputation as hotbed for furniture design and manufacture.

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To be precise, Lisbon has been Europe’s renowned furniture workshop for centuries. The current status it enjoys, however, is primarily the result of a massive modernisation drive that has managed to keep traditional craftsmanship and artisanal skills intact. Mambo unlimited ideas is among the beneficiaries of this movement. A decade ago, it opened its doors to emerging local designers to develop new product lines based on Portuguese heritage. More importantly, the company sought to develop products that could be customised without additional cost or delay—a production innovation that appealed to an even wider international market. The output eventually gave the brand its first furniture and upholstery collection.

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Among the talents that the company attracted was Claudia Melo, who began working for the brand in 2007, and for which she has developed rugs and accessories collections for the global market. Lisbon-born Melo obtained a degree in product design from the Fine Arts University of Lisbon, following which she built a portfolio comprising product design, interior design, graphic design, and art direction. Her works were exhibited at Experimenta Design 2003 in Lisbon, and has since been featured in Italy, France, Spain, and London. In 2009, Melo launched her first furniture collection for the brand at Maison & Objet 2009 in Paris. Named Ettero, the collection explored a world of possibilities and drew inspiration from the designer’s travels and 1960s vibe.

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“Embracing our crafts heritage and updating it with innovations and creative developments around the world has allowed mambo unlimited ideas to develop contemporary pieces with traditional Portuguese materials and techniques. This aspect is a constant in our creative process and produces high quality products—edgy creativity and experienced craftsman production,” a company official says.

Marquis Q2 represents mambo unlimited ideas in Singapore .

This story was first published in FORM.

4 Playful Designs by Studio Job

The Milan Furniture Fair has all types of designs to offer – from the elegant to the artistic. Still, some connoisseurs who love the off-kilter, the novel, the humorous, or the playful, may be looking around for a little something with a bit of a barmy edge to it. Belgian design studio, Studio Job, has got that covered. Working with various others, these are the designs that touch a bit on the wackier side of life:

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Slipping on a banana peel has always been a staple of slapstick comedy. Inspired by that, Designer duo Nynke Tynagel and Job Smeets from Studio Job has the perfect item to bring about those same clownish smiles you get when watching the wackiest Looney Tunes cartoons. The “Nodus Thanks a Bunch” rug has a banana peel pattern framed up in a circular shape, putting the yellow fruit firmly underfoot, without the embarrassment of having to fall over, of course.

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Italian metal manufacturer Ghidini has helped Studio Job work up a few pieces. For those who want to take their noir/hard-boiled fix to a whole new level, the Studio Job bullet-shaped vase helps add a bit of edge to your living room.

On the lighter side of things, this thimble-shaped champagne bucket has a bit of the fairytale-ish touch. It was inspired by Smeets’ childhood memories of an eccentric aunt who stitched a thimble in gold thread accompanied by a verse into the lining of a coat she made for the designer.

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Mosaic specialist Bisazza has a design with a Paleolithic/Voodoo flavor. Motifs for this work includes skeletons of fish, turtles and frogs, and silhouettes of mice, bows, airplanes, bones and rings.

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The quirky motifs continue with a furniture collection for Dutch interior design manufacturer Moooi. Classical pieces of wooden furniture are painted with patterns incorporating bananas, bibles, basketballs, keys, dice, and more.

For an added touch of the surreal, you can also check out a lighting line with buckets for shades, including a floor lamp, a wall light and a ceiling light.