Niche is a new modular centrepiece created by architect Zaha Hadid for Alessi. The centrepiece consists of five elements that can be assembled in multiple configurations.
This curious container made of glazed porcelain is a homage to the Sydney icon, designed by Jørn Utzon.
Sydney bowl, 1970, by Giuseppe Raimondi, $2400, Sold at Auction, Wright
Created in 1968 by Dominique Imbert, this fireplace was revolutionary both in form and technical innovation. It was the first in the Focus range of suspended, 360° pivoting fireplaces. The biggest advantage of the Gyrofocus is that it doesn’t take much place. Thanks to compact, exclusive and unusual design this fireplace can decorate even small rooms. It can also accentuate the drama of double and triple-height spaces, as well as creating that St. Moritz atmosphere, all fur bikinis and fondue.
Gyrofocus Fireplace, by Dominique Imbert, for Focus
The french silver maker Christofle presents a series of pieces designed by Gio Ponti, featuring a selection of the 25 silver pieces designed by Ponti between 1925 and 1978. Some of these pieces will be going into production for the 2008 collection.
Silver, by Gio Ponti, for Christofle
The candle-laden surtout de table is a collection of seven ‘towers’ fixed atop a hovering silver landscape which itself rests upon a hidden under-base of golden-polished pearwood. Perhaps reminiscent of an architectural utopia, each tower rises on a starburst pattern of silver blades and soft radii and is crowned by a flawless, mirror-polished silver disc, itself rising almost imperceptibly to catch and play with the candlelight emanating from its centre. The handmade shapes are a combination of spun, rolled, cast and hand-joined 958 Britannia silver (a rarely used and exceptionally pure silver standard). Cidade is lit with bespoke candles made of a custom beeswax formulation, and each candle is held within a removable silver bobèche whose perimeter edge and retreating wax is kept neatly hidden by a separate simple silver collar.
Cidade, by Edward Barber, Jay Osgerby, for Meta
Inspired by the distinctive forms of the tea plant, the Belgian designer Nedda El-Asmar has created Appetize, a set of cutlery for savoring small delights.
Appetize, by Nedda El-Asmar, for Gense
Bonsai is a waxine light holder, or better known as a candle holder, made from 4mm sheet metal, available in chrome or a gold finish.
Bonsai, by Roderick Vos, Available as a Studio Edition Roderick Vos
The traditional water pipe works, but we would be much happier puffing from a well designed hubble-bubble.
The Belgian designer Nedda El-Asmar has designed a sexy, streamlined version of one of the most traditional instruments of relaxation and indulgence in the Middle East. It even comes with its own travel case for the voyage.
Water Pipe, by Nedda El-Asmar, for Airdiem
You will often find us over at the Bamboo Tiki Room on a thursday afternoon—these sunshades remind us of the little umbrellas we find our chilled cocktails.
A folding parasol with base made of galvanized, thermo lacquered iron, available in multiple colours. Very clever.
Ensombra, by Odosdesign, for Gandia Blasco