The worlds largest and most coveted furniture fair kicks off in the magical Milano next Tuesday.
Here is our official Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2015 guide here.
Stay tuned for daily updates throughout the fair!Share on Facebook
The Spaniards are well and truly out in force at this years Salone Mobile, with ENEA presenting the full extent of the Lievore, Altherr & Molina designed Lottus program. Arguably the most chameleonic system of tables and chairs on the contract market, ENEA have managed to produce the definitive collection offering upholstery, timber, polyprop and metal finishes in what is a cohesive and visually refined product.
Well suited to sophisticated hospitality applications as it is to the sleek corporate world, the ability to customise the colour and features upon the basic Lottus frame lend this collection just as readily to the softer, more relaxed residential market.
Originally introduced as a basic table and seating collection, the Lottus program has evolved and improved to become an exciting and boundless offering that boasts the most competitive pricing, thanks in part to its modularity.
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Taking the colour selection beyond bold lacquers, this model introduces the option of walnut veneer paired with suede upholstery options, this addition takes the aesthetic beyond the block colour lacquers that were previously on offer.
With a recent surge in interest for vanities and dressing tables, BD last year released The Narcissist with China’s design duo Neri & Hu in collaboration with Swarovski. This year Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien have created the Chandlo dressing table, an almost post-modern offering which is designed to be viewed from every angle – in free space. Incorporating storage, mirror, rotating stool and jewellery box, Chandlo means “moon shape” another word for “Bindi” the small dot worn on the foreheads of Hindu women, a feature which is referenced in the mirror element of the design.
In 2012 BD Barcelona celebrate 40 years since inception, a milestone that reminds us of the importance of the works produced under the BD Barcelona banner. They boast an unrivalled collection that incorporates the works of Salvador Dali and Antoni Gaudi.
Alongside these eminent designers sits the work of the late Ettore Sottsass. In 1972 his Mettsass Table was released by BD and in time earned its place in the annals of design history as a classic.
To celebrate the ongoing relevance of his work the Mettsass has been reissued. The structure is made of flat sheets of steel, painted in red RAL 3001 or slick black. The glass table top is painted to match the selected colour as the structure.Share on Facebook
The team at RS Barcelona are all about fun. Their 2012 collection, debuting this week in Milan, is no exception.
As we mentioned last week, the much loved RS2 Foosball table now has a two new models that it sits alongside: the RS3 and the RS3-wood.
The Rs3 takes the sturdiness of the indoor/outdoor RS2 and lightens the load by shedding 20kgs from the full metal model and adding an array of playful colours to the mix. Still available for indoor and outdoor use the RS3 is ‘serious fun’. Also of note is the smart addition of the RS3 with solid timber legs for those wanting something more substantial!
In 2009 RS released the charming little Eiffel stool. Of cardboard construction, the appeal of this little perch was it’s simplicity, an air of playfulness and the added practicality of being stackable.
2012 sees the Eiffel Stool collection toughen up!
The RS team and Japanese designer Shigeki Fujishiro have released the Eiffel Aluminium collection, similarly to the Foosball family of tables, these stools are now available in a swag of bold colours, also offered for the first time in silver and chrome: fully suited to indoor and outdoor use. We can see curb-side cafe’s pouncing on this exciting collection of stackable seats that just as easily double as low tables thanks to the addition of a new taller stool.
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VONDOM of Spain have returned to some of their most successful collaborators in producing their 2012 Catalogue. Building on the immense success of previous years collections these eminent designers have contributed additional pieces to existing families of furniture, lighting and planters as well as developing entirely brand new collections.
The likes of Javier Mariscal, Teresa Sapey, Ramon Esteve, Stefano Giavannoni and A-Cero have all returned to create unique and groundbreaking polymer molded designs for the luxury hospitality and residential markets.
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This years Salone Mobile in Milan sees the Dutch manufacturer Artifort present a playful mix of contemporary, brand-new pieces alongside some re-released classics by the likes of Geoffrey Harcourt and Pierre Paulin.
First off the blocks is the cubic yet curvy Apps Collection from Richard Hutten, the first collaboration for Artifort and the Dutchman. Available as a sofa and single seat lounge chair with the option of two tone upholstery.
A month ago we gave you a sneak peek at the exciting re-issuing of a Geoffrey Harcourt classic design: the F587, a button stud upholstered variant that sits in the F500 Series by Artifort.
Resplendent in leather and internally reinvigorated with improved upholstering techniques and advanced injection molded foams, this beauty is back in a big way.
Alongside it, sits the re-released Concorde Lounge.
Designed by Pierre Paulin in 1966, it was as the name suggests, created for Air France’s Concorde Lounge at Charles de Gaulle Airport. With superior comfort and famed for its lack of armrests in a lounge chair design, this piece is as relevant in commercial applications as it is popular in the home. The option of high or low back models also affords the Concorde collection great versatility.
All the above and many more pieces will be released this week in Milan with full details on pricing and lead times forthcoming.
To register interest in any of the products above to learn more about Artifort’s famous collections click here.Share on Facebook
On the tenth anniversary of his death, the works of iconic Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida have been commemorated in a collection of rugs from Spanish design house: nanimarquina.
Enrolled in the University of Madrid’s architecture program from 1943, Chillida turned his back on the degree in 1947 in favour of more artistic pursuits that afforded him greater flexibility in his creative expression.
Basing himself in France, the San Sebastián native indulged his appreciation for free form and three-dimensional work by producing predominately clay and plaster sculptures to begin with – moving eventually to heavy metals and oxidised alloys. With his early work focused on human form and the human figure, Chillida soon began to marry his passion for architectural scaling and industrial processes to produce large public works that to this day are found across Europe and some further afield in the US.
What is beautiful about this collection of rugs (personally overseen by Nani Marquina), is that all seven in the series draw their inspiration and richness from the breadth of Chillida’s artistic and technical abilities. His sinuous, artisanal sketches of the female form and clasped hands are transposed beautifully onto rugs – with great effect – as effortlessly as the cubic and architecturally inspired step-carved rugs echo his proficiency at etching and passion for sculpting .
Keeping within a monochromatic palette and confining the collection to rectangular rugs Marquina has curated a tribute to Chillida that will imbue his work with a fresh new perspective for a whole new generation. The full Chillida Collection will be unveiled at Salone Mobile in Milan next week.
Rug images © nanimarquina
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Last night BELLE Magazine gathered a flock of design loving faithfuls in Sydney to listen-in on four short trend analyses from this years Salone in Milan.
Among the five panellists discussing key trends were design journalist and blogger Anne-Maree Sargeant, Interior designer Angela Ferguson of Futurespace, young industrial designer Henry Pilcher, Richard Munao from Corporate Culture as well as Editor-In-Chief of BELLE: Neale Whitaker.
Assembled as a forum for five individuals from varying backgrounds to review what sang out as prominent trends, perhaps the most consistent commentary was the prevalence of sustainability in design; considered actively in manufacturing processes as well as product presentation, across almost all exhibitors at the fair.
To a packed room, Sargeant highlighted the enjoyment in seeing the exuberance and seemingly intense, personal investment of young start-up designers who were , in presentation and execution, displaying work that often rivalled the output of some of the bigger players. Their “non-derivative” design processes showed clearly in the fact that many had chosen to throw away the rule book.
Euroluce, as a lighting specific sub-section within Salone, stood out for the part it played in the exhibition of emerging technologies. OLED, LED and alternate light sources were being embraced to provide designers and their manufacturers with product that not only sat within the objectives of sustainability exploration, but also afforded more control of light dispersion, an over-all slimming of housing as well as aesthetics that still retained a sense of “fluidity”.
A common thread touched on by all speakers was the omnipresence of Patricia Urquiola, The Bouroullec Brothers, and Jaime Hayon. The trends spearheaded by these prolific designers and their studios were very much in the vein of simplistic use of timbers and raw materials. Reworking classics and an embracement of timber were recurring themes, and cushiony upholstery was used to convey a sense of what Angela Ferguson described as
…fun, casual and comfortable.
Colour too rang through as a device used by many design houses to breathe life into classics or re-visit established designs. Neale Whitaker and Henry Pilcher both isolated this bright, bold move away from subdued hues as a high-point in their travels.
An informative and insightful evening from a diverse collective. A “distilled” exploration of the event’s highlights is in the current BELLE Magazine, out now.Share on Facebook
All eyes on Jarrod Lim.
This Melbourne born, Singapore based chap has been busy developing his own designs after 2 years working under the one-and-only design powerhouse that is Patricia Urquiola and then in turn with SCP in London.
Lim is fast establishing himself as the man to watch in South East Asian design. Much like the works of Kenneth Cobonpue, Lim’s pieces offer an intrinsically European sensibility often delivered with a nod toward a Modern Asian aesthetic or influence. Reporting from Salone in Milan this month, The Los Angeles Times describes Lim’s Koi Armchair for Innermost as:
something of a beautiful illusion…It’s at once industrial and artisanal, tough yet elegant, simple yet complex.
Almost bridging a contradiction in terms, Lim manages to master refinement in evocative, punchy pieces and has been rewarded for his work by winning the Singapore Furniture Design Award across a number of catagories. Later this year Lim and Innermost will launch a Koi Table as well as the High-Backed and Two-Seater versions of the chair. Enjoying great success on the back of his involvement in recent Milan fairs as well as Maison et Objet in Paris we urge you to explore the work from this emerging talent: check out his website and why not keep up to date with developments by joining his Facebook page!Share on Facebook