Metropolis is a collection with a huge evocative power, consisting of a series of functional objects such as vases, lamps, mirrors and boxes in the shape of buildings. As a whole, the structures make together a very original city, not realistic but suggestive of an imaginary or futuristic setting. In Metropolis, the refined forms of these avant-garde buildings are well combined with the meticulousness and detail with which their textures are recreated, painstakingly ornamented like miniature embroidery, a hallmark of handcrafted work at Lladró.
Each piece in the collection is available in eight different colors that go from a clean white to anthracite, including, light grey, dark grey, light green, dark green, light yellow, dark yellow.
Lladró Atelier is a new creative department within Lladró, set up under the creative guidance of designer Jaime Hayón. It’s a laboratory of ideas which welcomes projects proposed by the company’s in-house designers as well as by external designers.
Metropolis Collection: Vase I, Vase IV, Vase II, Vanity Mirror, Vase III, Lamp, from Lladró
The Kami collection of pots/vases/home lighting encourage a new way of thinking in eco-friendly lifestyle products. Made from 100% biodegradable cellulose, an enormously solid and light material, Kami transforms this most abundant natural raw material into objects for daily use by simple air drying.
Kami Pots, by Ett La Benn
Dutch designer Aldo Bakker has created the Tonus Stool handmade out of a solid block of oak wood.
Tonus Stool, by Aldo Bakker, Executed by Rutger Graas, Distributed by Particles, Photography by Erik and Petra Hesmerg
The upcoming Scandinavian Design auction at Wright includes this mold-blown glass decanter by Kaj Franck who was appointed chief designer for Nuutajärvi in 1950. Nuutajärvi was marketed under trade name Arabia from 1971 to 1977.
Decanter, by Kaj Franck, for Nuutajärvi Notsjö, Finland, 1955/1959, Estimate: $2,000 – 3,000, Auction at Wright
With its distinctive design and balanced proportions of the Citterio 98 cutlery collection have earned it the status of a modern design classic. In designing the range, Antonio Citterio and Oliver Löw took the traditional cutlery of French cafés as their source of inspiration and updated it to meet the demands of contemporary functionalism. The matt brushed stainless steel design feels equally at home in both a formal dinner setting and at a relaxed get-together with friends. Available as a 16 piece and 24 piece set, or sold by the piece.
“From the cook’s knife to the teaspoon, every item in Iittala’s Citterio 98 range of flatware displays the same perfectly balanced proportions.”
- Phaidon Design Classics
Iittala Citterio 98 Flatware, by Antonio Citterio and Oliver Löw
“To trust and to be trusted, to support and to be supported, creating a seemingly fragile but yet viable state of equilibrium.”
The coat hanger Game of Trust consists of three identical Y-shaped elements. Each one supports and at the same time is supported by one of the others, resulting in an embrace that transforms the units into a unity. The Game of Trust demands accuracy of construction, excellent quality of materials and the right people that can deal with both. The idea is to be made of solid wood, to be modular, easy to assemble and disassemble, easy to pack, to fit in a small package and easy to carry.
Game of Trust, by Yiannis Ghikas
Under the direction of Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby, students of ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne) created a series of crystal pieces for Baccarat. Guillaume Noiseux added functional tops and lids to seal in freshness.
The Brooklyn based designer David Weeks has unleashed Hanno, a gorilla with elastic band muscles that pop and lock into a myriad of poses. He is named after Hanno the Navigator, a Greek voyager who explored Africa 2,500 years ago and discovered gorillas. Made of sustainably harvested beech, Hanno is one with the environment. Hanno’s powerful hardwood frame can hold many poses. His elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make him almost impervious to breakage.
Robotrilla, Gorilla and Skullrilla make up a collection of ashtrays designed by David Weeks. Smokers can watch smoke come out of Skullrilla’s eyes and nostrils; if you quit, it works as an incense burner or a nut tray for guests, either way, it’s bound to spark conversation.
Porcelain Vase is a formally convincing and almost technical-seeming cone. Divided by three legs, its conical body provides an ideal base and remains stable even when used with long-stemmed plants. Its legs are not add-ons, but rather integral parts of the vase itself. The constructive interplay between the basic body’s consistency and the vase’s overall formal freedom gives rise to a highly distinct aura.
Porcelain Vase, by Thomas Feichtner Produced by Wiener Porzellanmanufaktur Augarten, Austria