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Furniture Stores: Misura Emme Showroom Relaunch in Singapore

Luxury Italian furniture manufacturer Misura Emme 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 Emme’s contemporary furnishing masterpieces.

To catch the collection by Misura Emme in Singapore, head to Marquis QSquare (16 Tai Seng Street, Level 1)

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.

Bottega Veneta Unveils Luxury Home Designs

Within the magnificence of the Palazzo Gallarati Scotti and amidst the stunning frescoes of 18th-century artists such as Giovanna Battista Tiepolo sits Tomas Maier’s home collection for Bottega Veneta. The series, which comprises a three-seater sofa, day bed and club chair, amongst a few others, is a harmony of minimalist silhouettes and luxe fabrics.

The brand’s iconic intrecciato motif is also apparent in the collection, as seen on a bronze hand-made table and handles of a storage chest. Other eye-catching pieces include Berber-style carpets in unique patterns, and a collection of sterling boxes with semi-precious stones, each named after the planets in the solar system.

“A luxury product is signified by the material that’s used, its design, the know-how of its artisans,” Maier has said. “And obviously, I have an obsession with functionality – a bit of my German background.”

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

Fritz Hansen “Objects” Reimagines Home Accessories

Republic of Fritz Hansen translates its know-how in furniture into an accessories line this year, coming up with a series of 12 designs – unsurprisingly titled “Objects” – that looks set to spruce up your living space effortlessly.

To create the collection, the Danish company looked back at their archive of rich heritage, and with the help of fellow Danish and international contemporary designers, reinterpreted ordinary decoratives into works of art. For example, a mirror is given an oily rainbow-like finish, while the “Ikebana” vase is a bowl-like glass vase, only with a brass structure within that holds the flowers. There are also candleholders of various sizes and textile creations like cushions and throws in neutral palettes, so there’s something for every nook and cranny of your home.

Fritz Hansen Objects

“Creating Objects, we looked back into our rich heritage, and we also reached out to Danish and international contemporary designers in order to continue our history. This has resulted in a family of items that can make you stop and think – and hopefully capture your fascination,’ explains Christoffer Back, director of Fritz Hansen “Objects”. “They are all items that will contribute to the ambiance of your home by their mere presence alone.” He then confirmed that the current 12-piece collection will be added to over time.

Fritz Hansen Objects

Founded by cabinetmaker Fritz Hansen in Copenhagen in 1872, the long-standing furniture company became the hallmark of “Scandinavian Style” with iconic pieces such as the “Drop” chair and “Ant” chair by renowned designer Arne Jacobsen.

This story was written in-house, with an AFP report as the primary source and images also via the AFP.

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.

Going Small: 6 Designs for Kids

If sophisticated design of furniture or objects for adults is hard, then expanding that design to take into accounts kids is even harder. Not only must the same sense of form be there but there must also be an appeal to an innocence and playfulness that works for younger minds. Yet, some of the biggest names in the international design scene are taking up the challenge, creating objects that aim small, but stand large on their own as well. These are some of those designs:

Marcel Wanders

Marcel Wanders - High Chair

Marcel Wanders – High Chair

Invoking the ever malleable imagination of a child, designer Marcel Wanders has teamed up with baby and child equipment maker Cybex for a line known as the “Parents” collection. This furniture come in different guises, sporting various faces designed to titillate a young mind’s fancy.

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Marcel Wanders – Baby Bouncer

Included in the collection is a mountable storage ‘pig’ with a large openable snout, a highchair with a friendly face, a baby bouncer finished in leather, and monster hand puppets to play with.

Marcel Wanders - Storage Pig

Marcel Wanders – Storage Pig

Nendo

In the spirit of minimalism, Japanese design studio Nendo has designed a series of rocking horses made out of the simplest possible lines and form for Kartell. This was done with a twist on the shape of construction “H beams”, through raising the top into a bend to form the ‘head’ of the horse.

Nendo - H Horse

Nendo – H Horse

Also designed by them is the “Smile” collection, which are smiley-face stools with transparent polycarbonate legs and a top made from a thermoplastic technopolymer.

Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck - Lou Lou Ghost

Philippe Starck – Lou Lou Ghost

Also designed for Kartell is the “Airway” swing by Philippe Starck, also made out of transparent polycarbonate, giving it a feel as if swinging on air itself. In addition, one of Starck’s previous creations for children, the “Lou Lou Ghost” chair, can now be customized with a name and a personalized message.

Ferruccio Laviani

With the success of the Lego Movie and Minecraft from a while back having stirred up the joy of putting together toy blocks once again, Ferruccio Laviani’s new design seems to be reflective of that. The “ClipClap” table is a low table whose legs can be made from stacked blocks of transparent plastic. The tabletop is available with clear or “chalkboard” finishes.

Cassina’s Baby Utrecht

Cassina - Utrecht Chair

Cassina – Utrecht Chair

An iconic chair comes back minimized, literally. The Utrecht armchair was designed in 1935 by Dutch designer Gerrit Rietveld – known for its minimalist lines and white stitching. The children’s version captures the original’s elegant style, and also has an eco-leather finish in yellow, red, or blue colors.The Utrecht has been manufactured by Cassina since 1988 and is one of the 20th century’s design classics.

Gaetano Pesce’s Up

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Gaetano Pesce – Up

Another iconic chair is returning in a smaller version. The 1969 Up armchair (no relation to the Pixar film), designed by Gaetano Pesce, was originally an anti-sexism statement, juxtaposing generous curves mirroring chest and hips, with a footstool evoking a prisoner’s ball and chain. Ironically, its comfortable form has surpassed the original political message and it’s been sat on by both genders for all these years. Now it’s available for children aged three and over.

This story was written in-house, based on materials from an AFP compilation, including images.

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.

Salone del Mobile: 5 Fashionable Standouts

For a week, the worlds of fashion and interior design collided in Milan at Salone del Mobile, also known as The Milan Furniture Fair, which is how we tag it on our site. The fair – held from 12 to 17 April – was dedicated to bringing together the best in the design industry, and that included some of fashion’s finest. Here are some of the standout presentations by fashion brands during Design Week.

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With an innate Italian aura, Versace showed off opulent furniture creations this year. Highlights included the “Via Gesù Palazzo Empire”, a blue sofa inspired by the “Palazzo Empire” bag; the Mesedia chair, crafted out of climate-proof aluminum in a punchy array of colors – think deep purple and orange – that recall a mid-summer sunset; and wallpaper bearing the label’s bold prints.

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The Italian fashion house’s own Home Collection applied the brand’s coveted leather to a selection of new furniture creations, including the “Rudi” line, designed in partnership with Poltrona Frau. This featured a club-style armchair, a footstool, a three-seat sofa and a chaise lounge. The range also includes round tables with engraved bronze frames and since we’re being extravagant, a bronze lamp with a woven black leather shade to light up your very fancy casa.

 

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High-end lingerie and furniture might seem like an unlikely match but La Perla made it work. Together with designer Walter Terruso, “Mia” was born – a sleekly sophisticated vanity table set against a large round mirror. In a design made from glass, brass and pleated silk, the starkness of the table’s geometric design is the perfect juxtaposition to the soft sensuality of La Perla’s lingerie.

 

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Marni launched a collection of home furnishings and accessories with a vibrancy like no other. Like its ready-to-wear collection, the pieces had a jaunty, Sixties retro feel, mostly attributed to the combination of metal, wood and hand-woven PVC cord they’re crafted with. Amidst Cumbia dancers in long patchwork Marni circle skirts and scarves, the rocking chairs, floor lamps and cocktail tables in a riot of earthy hues and jungle bright tones stayed true to the fashion house’s bold patterns and palette.

 

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Giorgio Armani’s interiors brand presented a collection befitting its 41-year-old legacy. The “Luna” swivel table, for example, came equipped with a swivel system in satin-finished brass, complete with a walnut frame, glossy Himalayan lacquer and a swanky pearl and gold-colored fabric base.

 

This story was written in-house, with images and source material from the AFP

Focus: François Champsaur, Designer

Just a few steps from the Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe in Paris’ golden triangle lies the Hôtel Vernet, a post-Haussmann building that the Paris-based designer François Champsaur recently transformed into a contemporary haven.

Living room in an apartment warehouse conversion, La Joliette, Marseille

Living room in an apartment warehouse conversion, La Joliette, Marseille

Champsaur began by restoring the original detailing of the 100-year old property: the glass and iron roof in the restaurant originally designed by Gustav Eiffel, the checkerboard marble floor and the sweeping spiral staircase. He then enlisted local artists and artisans to make custom furniture, textures and materials. These are found throughout the hotel alongside one-off decorative details and unexpected color juxtapositions.

The entry area, now framed by shimmering glass panels hand brushed with blanc de Meudon leads to an airy lobby area where a large abstract carpet by artist Jean Michel Alberola unfolds between white columns and arches. The lounge area features hand painted frescoes, also by Alberola. Geometric forms, mostly black or white, float against a pale gold background echoing the room’s brass and copper tones. To counter­balance the room’s original marble and brass mantelpiece, Champsaur placed a pleated copper screen at the opposite end of the room and in front of the screen he designed a rippling marble bar that recalls the work of sculptor Jean Arp.

Vernet Hotel, Paris

Vernet Hotel, Paris

Artistic accents are characteristic of Champsaur’s work. The Paris-based designer eschews mass-produced furniture and products and tries to incorporate the craft of artisans wherever possible. “Paris is about the skills of our individual craftspeople,” he says. “The furniture-makers, the woodworkers, and the people who work with fabrics. In my small way, I try to stimulate their creativity and to revitalize their valuable expertise.”

Crafted Lamp by Champsaur

Crafted Lamp by Champsaur

Born in Marseille, François Champsaur studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris before joining the Ecole nationale des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD). After working with various architects and interior designer studios he started his own firm in 1996 focusing on structural design, furniture and interiors.  He has since transformed luxury hotels such as The Royal Evian and the Vernet Hôtel in Paris, private homes throughout France, and furniture lines in collaboration with brands such as Pouenat Ferronnier and HC28.

Crafted Furniture by Champsaur

Crafted Furniture by Champsaur

Champsaur’s lamps and furniture pieces for Pouenat Edition are mostly made of lacquered and brushed metals that oscillate between folding, fluid and jagged lines, while his product lines for Beijing-based HC28 feature lacquering, interlacing and geometrical forms inspired by traditional Chinese furnishings. “I like to combine the best of what I know from French and Chinese craftsmanship,” he says.

Custom designed green bench in leather and lacquer - Trocadero, Paris.

Custom designed green bench in leather and lacquer – Trocadero, Paris.

A love of craftsmanship also informs Champsaur’s residential interiors. Recently, for the renovation of a residence in Paris’ Trocadéro neighborhood, Champsaur was tasked with a complete overhaul of a 5,382 sq. ft. apartment that had not been renovated in 40 years. The designer balanced the client’s desire for a dramatic new look with respect for the original architecture by first removing false ceilings and walls. “I wanted to strip things back to basics by focusing on strong details which have more in common with architecture than interior design,” Champsaur says.

Much like a sculptor, Champsaur peeled back to reveal the essence of the space. Narrow corridors, thick walls, heavy doors and dark corners were replaced by light-weight walls and partitions, open sight-lines and minimal color. Champsaur replaced the parquet with long pine boards and concealed the wardrobes and televisions behind wall panels he finished in an ombré color effect.

He also adapted the apartment layout to suit contemporary lifestyles. “The kitchen has become a living room in keeping with the current trend of cooking, socializing and eating in a large open plan space; the heart of the home,” he explains. In the dining area a custom green bench in leather and lacquer surrounds a bespoke marble dining table, both designed by Champsaur, while black dining chars by Konstantin Grcic add a sculptural touch. The marble and brass accents throughout give the residence a luxurious feeling, but one that is offset by careful attention to light and proportion.

Kitchen in apartment warehouse conversion. La Joliete, Marseile.

Kitchen in apartment warehouse conversion. La Joliete, Marseile.

The same attention is evident at a much smaller apartment Champsaur designed at a former warehouse in Marseille’s La Joliette district. Here he also focused on opening up the living spaces and bringing out the existing architectural elements. He unified the space by using the same flooring throughout, and in the sitting room he cleared all fixtures and storage units. To counter balance the ceiling height, he selected just a few furniture pieces that are bold, but low to the ground. These include the Sonia stool, designed by Sergio Rodriguez, the Bluff coffee table by India Mahdavi, the Wiggle side chair designed by Frank Gehry and a ‘Roue De Clement’ mirror-light fixture by Pascal Michalou.

While Champsaur loves to fill his hotels and homes with art, as a designer, he is also focused on the art of living and he carefully considers the way a space functions for its inhabitants. “For both homes and hotels, I always focus on three essential elements,” he says. “The fluidity of the space, the spirit of the place and the modernity. I try to create a lifestyle, not just a style. I believe a person’s home should be as much of a haven as a hotel is.”

Q & A

Can you describe your path to design? What and who were your major influences?

I think for me it was a bit like how chefs always say they had a grandmother who inspired them. In my case, it was the different houses that I grew up in, the taste of my family in general for design, lifestyle of course and a Mediterranean kind of simplicity. Within this process there was also variety, hence why I like to have many sources of inspiration around me at all times – books, images of design and art…anything visual.

What came first: designing furniture or interior spaces?

They both came together on my first project, The Café de l’Alma in Paris. It was a fantastic experience. The owners of the restaurant didn’t want to buy any of the furniture or anything that was going into the interiors – they wanted everything to be created especially for it. So I had my work cut out for me but it was fantastic as a young designer to have such a wonderful opportunity to really put my stamp on every aspect of the project.

Did you always have a love for metals?

Yes, I love working with metal. That’s why I take so much joy in my work for Pouenat Ferronier. According to the nature of the project, I tend to prioritize natural materials. I never choose pieces made of plastic and industrial materials. I much prefer oak, birch, Tavel stone or Burgundy, marble.

You are known for designing the homes of art collectors. Do you also collect?

I personally collect art and sculptures from the 1960’s. I like this period and also the 1950’s. The 50’s for me reflect a period of savoir-faire, craftsmanship, the individual, atypical furniture.

Have your tastes and design ideals changed since you started your career?

I am sure that my work has changed over time, however not dramatically as I am not a believer in trends. Of course they exist, but I think ‘trends’ can do more harm than good, so I choose not to follow them. Thinking has been globalized and savoir-faire is disappearing.

What would you like to work on next?

A venue that will gather all of my passions; wine, food, music and the Mediterranean art of living.

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Text by Sophie Kalkreuth

This article was originally published in PALACE 15

Coming Home: Versace Interior Design Collection

With names like Alexander Wang and Ralph Lauren moving into interior design and residences, Versace seems to be keen on following suit. Then again, it isn’t exactly new to them. Versace Home was first unveiled in 1992, and now the brand is keen on moving back to form with a series of pieces made in various collaborations.

For more information, you can follow the story at Men’s Folio.

5 Innovative Exhibits at Milan Furniture Fair

While the show’s main thrust is featuring the finest in design and interior decoration, the Milan Furniture Fair 2016 also hosts exhibitions or installations aimed beyond these primary objectives. Here is a round-up of the must-sees at the festival, which runs to April 17:

Color and Material Library

Designer Hella Jongerius presents us with a work born from 10 years worth of research into the properties and possibilities of textures for future inspiration. The library comes together as a display of fabrics and colors that visitors can touch and feel.

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COS x Sou Fujimoto Forest of Light

COS x Sou Fujimoto

Architect Sou Fujimoto and clothing chain COS blend nature and design with the ‘Forest of Light’ installation. This installation builds around projectors giving off cones of light that react to the movements of visitors, invoking feelings of transience and ephemerality.

Tom Dixon and Caesarstone's Kitchen

Tom Dixon and Caesarstone’s Kitchen

Tom Dixon x Caesarstone

British Designer Tom Dixon and design company Caesarstone have conceived of four kitchen concepts based around the elements (air, earth, water, fire) to be displayed in the historical setting of the Rotonda della Besana. Each kitchen will exhibit special properties related to each element – for example, the Water kitchen reflects jagged frozen ice, while the Fire kitchen mixes blackened beams with gold to reflect ash and flame.

Touch Base

Designer Ilse Crawford and director of the Design Academy Eindhoven Thomas Widdershoven have an installation focused on the idea of human touch and contact, especially relevant in a society so saturated with alienating digital technology. The exhibition will have many features but one of them involves products created from human hair.

The Courtyard Village

Architect Diébédo Francis Kéké will be changing the courtyard of the Palazzo Litta into a “neo-African village”, with pavilions of stone and wood. The open and comfortable atmosphere contrasts with the cramped architectural spaces so common to many modern buildings.

4 Milan Furniture Fair Highlights to Track

With the Milan Furniture Fair opening from April 12 to 17, countless professionals with a keen eye for design will be on the lookout for the next notable items and designs. These are some of the designs scouted out from manufacturers that will be displaying at the fair.

Petite Friture

They may have just only been recently established, but Petite Friture has quite a number of interesting goods up for offer.

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The “Grid” modular sofa by Petite Friture

The “Grid” sofa designed by Pool was launched in 2015, and stood out for its modular design. Now, a new version has been conceived of in order to max out the possible combinations that can be put together for interesting and comfortable mix-ups. Besides featuring an armchair, other modular elements include an armchair without armrests, left and right corner armchairs, a footstool, a two-seat sofa and a low table.

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The “Mediterranea” floor lamp by Petite Friture

The “Mediterranea” lighting range by designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance is another item to look out for. Each of these four brass lights (floor lamp, wall light, table lamp, and ceiling light) has a sculpted metal shade that diffuses light through a cutaway pattern.

Fritz Hansen

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The updated version of the “Oxford” chair by Fritz Hansen

The “Oxford” chair has been one of the Republic of Fritz Hansen’s flagship pieces. It was designed in 1965 by Arne Jacobsen for the Professors’ table in the vast dining hall at St Catherine’s College at Oxford University. This time they’re reworking it with two more modern versions of the chair – the Classic and the Premium. The Classic comes finished in monochrome black, highlighting the shape of the chair as a single form by toning down the original frame, while the Premium gets a thicker layer of foam.

Foscarini

"Lumiere" by Foscarini

“Lumiere” by Foscarini

As with Fritz Hansen, Foscarini is also reworking a new design for a modern touch. The “Lumière” Lamp celebrates 25th anniversary by having a blown glass shade with a metallic mirror-effect finish, so as to match the stand.

Cappellini

Frontline Italian design manufacturer Cappellini has two radically different chairs to offer.

"Drum" by Cappellini

“Drum” by Cappellini

The “Drum” is a strikingly outsized armchair covered in elasticated material or leather, and made by 3D printing. It comes available in blue, black, turquoise, white and orange.

"Embroidery" by Cappellini

“Embroidery” by Cappellini

“Embroidery” is a chair that showcases Cappellini’s expertise at the technique. Embroidery and photography are combined to create a dramatic effect.

For more information, you can check out the Fair’s site at www.salonemilano.it

Interview: Holly Hunt, Furniture Designer

Over the last 30 years Holly Hunt has built an empire of design showrooms and a reputation for being on the forefront of style and quality. Now the American design guru is collaborating on her first residential project.

“I never thought I’d be a furniture designer,” Holly Hunt says on the phone from her office in Chicago. Hunt, who founded one of America’s preeminent design houses is known for her keen eye and a knack for being consistently on the cutting edge of style and quality. But at the start of her career, she was more interested in fashion than furniture.

Bell Pepper Table Lamp

Bell Pepper Table Lamp

A native of Texas, Hunt graduated from Texas Tech and after completing an executive training program at a Federated Department store in Houston she moved to New York in the early 1970s to work for a costume jewelry firm. A decade, a marriage and three children later she opened her first furniture showroom under the Holly Hunt brand. “I was getting a divorce and I had three young sons. It wasn’t a business plan, it was an escape plan,” she says dryly and with a hint of Texas drawl.

Compass Floor Lamp

Compass Floor Lamp

At the time, Hunt says, everything had a very layered and traditional look. “I used to joke about it saying that everyone was trying to make new money look old.” She envisioned a more streamlined aesthetic for affluent Americans, first representing midcentury designer Karl Springer and later Christian Liaigre, whose minimalist style had a truly global influence. “His work was the opposite of what was going here. It was very clean. He was someone with a wonderful eye for scale and proportion.”

Bamba Hanging Light

Bamba Hanging Light

After Liaigre left her company in 2010, Ms. Hunt expanded her Holly Hunt Studio line of furniture, lighting, rugs and fabrics, designs that encompass minimalism, eclecticism, and a blend of modern and transitional references with careful attention to subtle detail and proportion. Hunt also launched collections by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and the American couturier Ralph Rucci. The company designs and makes 70% of the products it sells, largely to interior designers.

Seva Hanging Light

Seva Hanging Light

Today there are showrooms in all major U.S. cities, as well as London and in São Paulo. In February of 2014, global furniture giant Knoll acquired Hunt’s company for US$95 million. It was around that time that Ms. Hunt embarked on her first-ever residential project, L’Atelier Miami Beach, a luxury condominium building in southern Florida.

Located on the site of the former Golden Sands Hotel, the oceanfront project is being developed by SGM Management and W Capital Group and will comprise three- and four-bedroom residences with half-floor units of 2,300 sq. ft., full floor units of 4,600 sq. ft. There will also be two 8,000 sq. ft. multi-level penthouses. Each residence will have ocean views and an expansive balcony with an outdoor whirlpool spa. At the base of the building, common areas feature lush landscaping by Enzo Enea as well as a hammock garden, an oceanfront infinity pool with private cabanas, and over 120 ft. of sand beach. Prices range from US$4.3 million – US$25 million for the penthouse.

How did Hunt become involved in the project? “It happened the way everything seems to happen in design: word of mouth,” she says. Hunt received a call from the team at One Sotheby’s in Miami Beach asking if she wanted to oversee the design work and after meeting with the developers in Chicago, she agreed.

L'Atelier Penthouse living room, Miami Beach

L’Atelier Penthouse living room, Miami Beach

It was the first time her team had worked on a project that was still in the rendering stage (L’Atelier broke ground in early December 2015 and is scheduled for completion in 2017). “We were doing all of this virtual work, which was very new for us. But we had fun doing it. I look at things more as opportunities than challenges,” Hunt says.

The 18 storey glass-rich building, which Hunt describes as “absolutely modern,” was designed by the architect Luis Revuelta and resonates with many of the new condominiums going up in Miami Beach, from the John Pawsons’s Miami Beach Edition to Norman Foster’s Faena House. “It’s on the ocean and has a lot of glass and a lot of views,” Hunt says. While using a lot of glass can be difficult in Miami with the profusion of light and heat, Hunt says covered outdoor terraces help to filter the brightness.

L'Atelier balcony, Miami Beach

L’Atelier balcony, Miami Beach

For the residences Holly Hunt selected Poliform kitchens and Gaggenau appliances. She also designed her first ever Hammam for the spa area and the amenity spaces that overlook the pool. Her favorite part was designing the lobby, which features “wonderfully high ceilings.” She also says the penthouse is “fabulous”. The two-story unit has six bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, seven terraces and a 40-foot rooftop infinity pool.

The level of detail and design Hunt says is testament to the evolution of Miami as world city. “Today Miami is absolutely an emerging world-class city. It’s rich culturally. It’s rich commercially. The Design District has become a destination full of high-end luxury boutiques. Between the new museums and everything happening downtown, it’s kind of amazing.”

Q & A

Have your tastes and design ideals changed much since you first launched your company 32 years ago?

God I hope so! I don’t know if I’ve changed in terms of how I think philosophically, but I always want to be on trend. As trends change and grow you also personally. I think 30 years make me better at seeing things closely. You can’t learn that out of a book. You learn it when you do it. That’s been a gift to me.

What trends are you noticing currently?

You know, it’s kind of trend-less at the moment. Yes, there is more color. I also have younger clients now. When I started my clients were all over 50, now I have some who are 35. They want kid proof and dog proof. We have solutions like died acrylic that’s washable and sun proof but looks like natural fiber. The other trend is mixed styles. There is no longer a ‘look’. I don’t find a definite style, just mixing a little old with your new.

Is there a style you believe is quintessentially ‘American’?

Well, there’s an American aesthetic, there’s a bit of an American look, but design is worldwide today. It’s not like 25 years ago.  More and more there is also cross-pollination between design and art.

What is your favorite upholstery fabric?

Low-pile like mohair or cotton velvet. It’s easy to sit on and keep clean.

Which colors do you gravitate toward?

I prefer more masculine colors that have a gray quality.

Are you working on any new projects you haven’t done before?

Yes, we’re working on a yacht. We went to the Monaco boat show this year and we saw some really interesting boat interiors. Every inch counts, but you learn as you go and it’s fun.

What advice do you give to young designers?

The same thing as I tell my children. You need to learn skills. And be a sponge. You want to know how the world works. How things are made. And if you really want to be a designer, learn how to draw in perspective and learn CAD. I regret that I don’t have those skills, but I have a great team who does.

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Text by Sophie Kalkreuth

This article was originally published in PALACE

Focus: Deesawat Wellness Chairs

Furniture designers, even the most talented ones, have often inhibited themselves from designing for people with impairments. This position has mostly led to the creation of everyday objects that draw attention to exclusive instead of shared needs. Thai manufacturer Deesawat Industries challenges this thinking by designing furniture that everyone, with or without health challenges, can share and appreciate. The company’s Wellness Collection currently comprises three award-winning chairs.Brace-Stool-Deesawat-Industries-2

Brace Stool lends additional support to people with back and knee problems who find sitting down or standing up a challenge. The piece has an especially shaped and ergonomically angled arm that the user can grasp easily and use for support as he changes position. The stool’s seat height and splayed legs are also designed for maximum stability and support. Ideal for indoor and outdoor use, Brace Stool is the recipient of Best Design award and Grand Prize at Hong Kong Design for Wellbeing 2014.Loop-Chair-deesawat-Industries

By repeatedly pressing the fingertips against the four pinheads at the end of Loop Chair’s arm, the user can stimulate his blood circulation. Based on a reflexology technique commonly used on patients with Parkinson’s disease, the discreetly applied apparatus does not disturb the overall elegant design of the armchair with upholstered seat and back, and wooden frame in natural finish.Braille-Bench-deesawat-Industries

Braille Bench engages the visually impaired with an emotional and thoughtful design that others can share and appreciate. Constructed in wood with metal element, the bench’s backrest has a relief message in Braille that reads: “If you’re sitting alone, please move in a little and share the seat”. The piece brings the visually impaired and the others around him to the same conversation within a shared space.   

To learn more about Deesawat Industries Co.Ltd, click here.

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This story first appeared in FORM Magazine.

Guide: International Furniture Fair Singapore ’16

This year represents a turning point for International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), confirms Ernie Koh, chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd, and concurrent president of Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC), co-owner and manager of the event. “We are re-branding the show, beginning with the unveiling of our new logo to signify a host of major changes.”Singapore-Pavillion-IFFS

Along with the new logo, the trade event adopts a new tagline, “Design, Inspiration, and Trade’, as well as a new event colour as it opened this week at the Singapore EXPO. Ahead of the exhibition, the show’s new website was been launched to provide the public, particularly the trade, a glimpse of what to expect.

“Good designs stem from inspirational experiences, and a company with a winning product understandably receives positive attention,” Koh explains. “This, in turn, leads to higher chances of success from a business standpoint. The three elements in the tagline—design, inspiration, trade—share a synergistic relationship that ultimately promotes a thriving furniture industry. Here, IFFS plays the role as the connector that links ‘design, inspiration and trade’.” Ultimately, these changes indicate a direction that will take care of how the show will address the future.Elmy-Interiors-IFFS

The changes will be reflected in the physical layout of the show space. A piazza in the Design and International Brands Hall (Hall 4) will serve as hub for a range of activities celebrating design and innovation. In this area, creative product displays of furniture and accessories, focused on various parts of the house, will comprise inspirational settings.

All six halls dedicated to the show will feature innovative structural and interactive displays aimed at raising interactivity between exhibitors and visitors. One highlight in particular, the Gallery of Art Forms, will show how furniture products and accessories can be transformed into artworks.Osaka-Seikei-IFFS

Exhibitors offering garden and outdoor products will be located in a pavilion that is decked out as a ‘garden boulevard’. Vertical gardening and other methods of transforming indoor spaces into virtual gardens will be featured here. Adjoining the space is an alfresco lounge.

Networking and meetings will be accommodated in a series of business lounges themed according to partner countries. A program of design dialogues and business seminars will also boost the business aspect of the show.IFFS-Evergreen-Home-and-Garden-Accents

Finally, Design STARS, formerly known as Asian STAR, will comprise participants from across the globe and their works presented in a special sector.

“IFFS 2016 will present the industry with an all-new experience, one that is not just design-centric and inspirational, but that still builds upon its traditional role as the choice business platform that connects exhibitors with buyers from across the world,” Koh adds.India-Covers-IFFS

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Text By Marc Almargo

Images By IFFS

This story was first published in FORM Magazine.

W2 Chair by W2 Wood x Work

Simplicity is often the most difficult thing to execute properly and that is what we like about this Golden Pin Award winner (Product Design Category) from Taiwan’s W2 Wood x Work. The simple bench is an ancient form of furniture that was designed to facilitate gatherings. It is in this type of seating that traditional timber technologies such as mortise-and-tenon joinery (as seen below) have been preserved. In an effort to reconnect with Chinese culture from centuries past, the W2 Chair takes its inspiration from the shapes typical of traditional benches.

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Of course there is an element of conservation here too because the chair is made from Taiwan Hinoki, a wood recycled from 80-year-old Taiwanese buildings. To create the contrasting colors on the varnished seat of the bench, the designers combined the Hinoki with wood from the Kassod tree. The legs are joined to the seat using mortise-and-tenon joints structure, which ensures a sturdy, permanent piece of furniture. Actually, W2 Wood x Work has a wide selection of items made with Taiwan Hinoki that are both responsible and full of character. The website, helpfully in English too, has more information and do note again that the company is based in Taiwan.

This story was originally published in Form magazine.

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Marni outdoor collection

Fashion houses show chic designs for your patio

The big fashion houses are no longer content with just dressing us. Several top labels have been showcasing home interior collections for years, and pretty soon, they’ll be kitting out our patios too.

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Marni outdoor collection

At the Milan Furniture Fair, the premier event in interior design and decorating, Marni presented an outdoor collection inspired by the Paloquemao market in Bogota, Colombia. On show, metal sculptures of fruit, which in large versions will add a touch of eccentricity to lackluster gardens while in smaller versions can add some flair to a dining table.

Two armchairs and four side tables, all six models built out of metal and PVC, made up the colorful patio furniture range.

Louis Vuitton

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One of the biggest French fashion houses was also on hand at the fair to present its newest collection of “Nomad Objects” inspired by travel.

Red Chair by Louis Vuitton

The elegant hanging red chair or the woven model can let the ‘armchair traveler’ take a stylish journey at home.

Missoni

Nap and Rivas by Missoni Home

The Italian brand also branched out into the realm of interior design. For summer, Rosita Missoni has designed a collection faithful to her colorful and flowery style.

Pucci

Bisazza Collane mosaic by Pucci

Known for its affinity for bright colors, Pucci is collaborating with Italian brand Bisazza, specialists in glass mosaics.

The patterns produced are historic Pucci prints, such as the “Collane” design, which dates from the 1970s.

Diesel

Diesel's outdoor 'Work is over' collection

After tableware and interior design, Diesel is attacking another part of the house, the outside, in collaboration with Italian brand Moroso. The result? Patio furniture in perforated metal, for a very refined industrial look.

Bottega Veneta Home Boutique

Bottega Veneta opens its first home interiors boutique

Bottega Veneta Home Boutique

Luxury fashion house  has opened its first store in Milan dedicated uniquely to interiors.

Located on the prestigious Via Borgospesso, the new store features the brand’s homeware collection covering furniture, lighting, tableware and accessories. The space has been designed by Tomas Maier.

It is a big move for Bottega Veneta, which made its first foray into home interiors in 2006 with the introduction of a simple bench by Maier.

The brand has gone on to make its mark in the sector, often working with industry experts such as Murano or Poltrona Frau.

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cassina LC2 armchair

Le Corbusier reinvented and reissued

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Le Corbusier.

To honor the famous Swiss-French architect, a number of artists and furnishings brands are returning to his work.

50 years of the LC Collection

cassina LC2 armchair

The year of Le Corbusier’s death, 1965 was also the year of the birth of the LC Collection. Designed by the architect in collaboration with Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, this furniture line is recognizable thanks to its tubular metal structure.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary, Cassina chose to reissue the LC Collection with more eco-friendly materials.

Chrome is no longer used in the leather tanning process, and the cloth has been replaced by a new microfiber fabric which requires 70% less water and 35% less CO2 to manufacture and dye.

READ MORE: LE CORBUSIER LC5 SOFA BY CASSINA

Le Corbusier’s palettes

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Color was an important element for the Swiss-French architect, who observed that different hues can change a space, impact us psychologically and interact with our sensitivities.

Reflecting these ideas, the designer created two special color palettes, which are currently licensed to the metal furnishings maker Tolix.

The company is paying homage to the architect with an exhibit of metal items painted in Le Corbusier’s shades. The collection is on display through April 20 at the Villa Savoye Le Corbusier in Poissy, France.

Poetic reaction

Reaction Poetique

An essential reference in the world of architecture and design, Le Corbusier continues to inspire today’s artists.

To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, Spanish designer Jaime Hayon created the Réaction Poétique collection for Cassina.

The series includes several items inspired by Le Corbusier’s organic and architectural designs: including table stands, a tray and two small tables. The line will be presented at the Milan Furniture Fair from April 14 to 19.

Cow skin vs. wool

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A number of artists have come forward with their personal updates to some of Le Corbusier’s most iconic pieces.

The German artist Olaf Nicolai, for example, chose to replace the traditional cow skin cover of the LC4 chaise lounge with a wool cover with a red cross design echoing the Swiss flag. The chaise lounge will be on display through April 20 at the Villa La Roche in Paris.

Artu by Fendi Casa 2015

Fendi Casa 2015 Collection

Artu by Fendi Casa 2015

Italian opulence is at the heart of luxury brand Fendi Casa‘s new 2015 collection, which went on show at Maison & Objet in Paris.

Deep tangerine oranges and rich blues pepper the collection with a fresh colorful vibrancy, while plush fabrics such as velvet satin and goatskin reign. Bases, legs and frames are presented in gunmetal, liquid bronze or chrome finishes.

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French architect Thierry Lemaire has contributed a host of glamorous pieces to the range, including the ostentatious and outsized semi-circular “Artù” sofa. The designer has also created the contemporary “Drop” coffee table, featuring bold lines, and the minimalistic “Camelot” sofa.

SEE ALSO: FENDI CASA DEBUTS AMBIENTE CUCINA

Drop by Fendi Casa 2015

A more modernist take on the brand’s aesthetic has been adopted by architect Toan Nguyen, whose graphic lines and soft volumes can be seen in the “Serengeti” bookshelf and the “Hampton” sofa.

Fendi Casa 2015 sofa

The label’s in-house designs include the outsized “Athenee” bed, featuring a prominent curved headboard in luxurious blue. The “Hermann” armchair, the brand’s latest winged seat, is both sophisticated and stately.

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