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Flag Candlestick by Jonas Wagel for Normann Copenhagen

The Swedish designer Jonas Wagell has created this new interpretation of the classical chamber candlestick. Flag’s design was inspired by the little signal flags on floating buoys used to send signals to sailors. Designed to hold a single candle, the candlestick has a classic expression that would suit any interior style. In the old days, the chamber candlestick was used to provide light at night. Today, candlelight is used to create a warm and cosy atmosphere. With clear references to the chamber candlestick, Flag has a recognisable function and modern expression and is easily moved by picking up the little flag.

Flag Candlestick, by Jonas Wagel, for Normann Copenhagen

Variations Collection by Patricia Urquiola for Baccarat

The Variations collection, hovering between sophisticated objet and sculpture, to be interpreted together or individually, comprises a series of highly colourful pieces where glass-cutting principles and Baccarat savoir faire have been reinvented.

Variations rings the changes on an art de vivre as imagined by Patricia Urquiola. The collection transforms everyday ritual into the art of living, where objects from past and present coexist and combine for mutual magnification. Accented by acid colour hues, the glasses exude a relaxed, neo-pop vibe.

Variations Collection, by Patricia Urquiola, for Baccarat

bloated_objects by Damien Gernay

The Bloated collection is made out of sheets of leather, filled with expanded foam. No complicated moulds, and no seams are used in the production, the leather inflate in a natural way, making each piece unique.

bloated_objects, Desk, Shelf, Coat Hanger, by Damien Gernay, Photography by Bruno Timmermans

Still & Sparkling by Nendo for Lasvit

Each of the five concepts presented at Superstudio in Milan explores a different, distinctive approach to glass achieved by the accomplished artisans in the Lasvit workshop in Nový Bor. For Lasvit’s Inhale Lamp, glass blowers form big air bubbles then inhale to produce an unusual shape with negative air pressure. X-Ray vases capitalize on transparency and reflection, two key characteristics of glass, to transform a series of domes within a larger mirrored dome, into a subtle, ever-changing optical effect. Press lamps in pendant and floor styles rely on light sources tucked into compressed glass tubes to produce soft, organic forms. Innerblow and Overflow tables deploy two techniques using metal forms and the flowing quality of molten glass to create smooth and water-like surfaces. Growing Vases are whimsical objects in which glass pipes give the illusion of vases blooming out of flowers.

Innerflow, Overflow, Inhale, Press (Smoke), X-Ray Vase, by Nendo, for Lasvit

Curiosity Object by Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard

Both pieces of furniture and display windows, these lights act as small curiosity cabinets highlighting the beauty and strangeness of their subjects. When turned off, the bulb and socket disappear beneath an opaque black tinted glass. When lit, the bulb gradually reveals itself behind a soft veil, never dazzling. The base is made of blackened oak and the bell of blown glass.

This series sets different scenes of an exhibition, inciting one to observe and reflect. These lights question what is to be looked at: the object or its content? Where are we supposed to be focusing our attention in this day and age? The designers have chosen to present construction debris. Under these luminous bells, they become specimens of a strange preciousness. From the displayed object, the glance shifts to the exhibiting object.

Curiosity Object, by Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard, Studio GGSV
Photography © Félipe Ribon

Paysages by Sam Baron for Skitsch

Paysages, by Sam Baron, for Skitsch

QLOCKTWO W Watch by Biegert & Funk

In a square there is a grid of 110 letters. When the stainless steel button is pressed, words light up in unexpected places which describe the time. Whenever you look at your QLOCKTWO W, it´s a new experience. Case in natural brushed stainless steel or black, black leather or natural rubber strap, calendar day and second display, LED technology.

QLOCKTWO W, Biegert & Funk

Coulisse mirror by Constance Guisset for Cat-Berro

Constance Guisset’s particular approach of the creation process has won her international favours: Her work, as a designer and a scenographer, can be admired from Stockholm to Ankara. Her trademark lies between function (though verging on the unexpected), and a mesmerizing storytelling.The French designer cuts a one-of-a-kind figure on the international design market. A Political Science graduate, who studied for a MBA in India, she also fluently speaks Japanese (she assisted an ex-Foreign affairs Minister at the Tokyo Parliament). Imagined for an exhibition at galerie Cat-Berro (“Lumières réfléchies” or “Reflected lights” – “réfléchir” being a verb that both means “to reflect” and “to think”) in Paris, Constance Guisset’s “Coulisse” (“backstage”) mirror is adorned with little spheres that can either hang loose or be “stuck” to the mirror thanks to an invisible magnet. As soon as the user approaches each small spheric object (the designer refers to them as “bubbles”) from the mirror, it lights up to reveal an eery purple hue.

Light reveals a translucid purple glass.” To the designer,  “The bubbles reflect on an immaterial ground and create an imaginary landscape between danse mirror and constellation. When a bubble is brought close to the mirror, it is attracted by the magnet and switches on. When black, the glass bubbles are like jewels that flow from the shimmering surface. Surprise comes with the switch on by magnets and the sudden colored transparency of the material.”

Elodie Palasse-Leroux

Coulisse mirror, by Constance Guisset, for Galerie Cat-Berro

(Elodie Palasse-Leroux is a Paris-based writer and journalist, the founder and editor of  Sleek design)


Buzzicockpit by Alain Gilles for Buzzispace

A private cocoon one can take refuge in- or rather behind, when working: Belgian designer Alain Gilles’ BuzziCockpit is “a tool for personal privacy and well-being”. Small enough to fit any table or desk (a 60 cm-depth for the side resting on the flat surface), its ergonomically-designed acoustical skills enable the user to create a instantly quieter and private area within the working space (offices, libraries…).

Alain Gilles designed lateral handles to the BuzziCockpit so that it can be pulled closer or pushed back whenever needed, in a single gesture. Upholstered in a recycled fabric (also developped by Buzzispace), available in a large array of colors, the BuzziCockpit is available with a closed back-panel or a partly opened one, depending on the level of intimacy one is hoping for.

Elodie Palasse-Leroux

Buzzicockpit by Alain Gilles for Buzzispace

(Elodie Palasse-Leroux is a Paris-based writer and journalist, the founder and editor of Sleek design)

Turn Wood Collection by Miranda Watkins Design

Miranda Watkins Design has launched an elegant new range of versatile bowls and platters in beautiful sustainable Ash and Walnut. These designs are the latest additions to the Studioʼs popular Turn Wood Collection. Showcasing the beauty of natural hardwood, strong, clean silhouettes are machine turned and hand finished to create this range of minimalist tabletop products. The full collection comprises bowls, platters and boxes, all produced in Britain in sustainable hardwoods — Oak, Walnut, and Ash.

Turn Wood Collection, by Miranda Watkins Design

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