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Alcova Canopy Bed by Maxalto

The classic canopy bed in a modern interpretation, suitable to be positioned mid-room; base frame and headboard in leather or fabric. The bed rests on a platform which is large enough to position a storage element with an open compartment and a drawer at the foot of the bed. One single large size and four different finishes: brushed light and black oak, grey and brown oak. While maintaining the structural characteristics of a canopy bed, another version is now available, Alcova. The new bed is smaller in size with the headboard and mattress box higher than the original version. The protruding base has also been eliminated. The easily removable covers are finished with exquisite needlework. In natural grey, brown, black oak or wengé.

Alcova Canopy Bed, by Maxalto

Button Side Table by Fredrik Wærnes

Button is a side table developed with the purpose to provide versatility in the living space. With the removable table top it can also be used as a serving tray and adapts to the user’s wish. The centered handle makes it easy to move and it also becomes a visual feature in itself.

Button Side Table, by Fredrik Wærnes

Keel Table by Form Us With Love for De Padova

During the Salone Del Mobile, De Padova launched the Keel table, FUWL’s first collaboration with the legendary Italian design house. The simple table idea is based on observation of sailboats. The vertical divider inserted in the table is like the centerboard that crosses the keel of a boat. The colored wooden part at the center adds stability and crosses the whole structure, a single piece of curved wood that makes the table balanced and elegant.

Keel Table, by Form Us With Love, for De Padova

Marionet by Simon Busse for Mox

The name giver of Marionet shows how to do it: only the connections between the (body) parts, joints and threads hold together the marionette; if one of the components is missing it collapses. This principle is equally applicable to the side table, which Simon Busse designed for the Mox Company: Only if all its components interact the table stands firmly. Three flat wooden legs other form the basis and are brought into position by a connective element. A hook on the top side of the connective element holds a coloured elastic band – the marionette’s string. The band runs through the wooden legs towards a tabletop and turns into a carrying handle on the upper side. In order to lock this fragile structure, the tabletop is bevelled downwards, the legs are kept in position and the entire table stands firmly.

Marionet, by Simon Busse, for Mox, Interior Innovation Award, 2012, (German Design Council)

Adhoc Storage by Bruno Fattorini & Partners for Zanotta

Storage units, made of steel sheet, that can be either open, with drawers or sliding doors. Adhoc stems from the desire to create a home furnishing system with a historically industrial material. The sheet metal has allowed working with 1.5-mm thick plates. Thanks to a special compass opening solution patented by Bruno Fattorini & Partners (patent pending No. MI2011A000131), the door folds away inside the container with no lateral encumbrance, which further minimizes the layout of the containers, already simple and linear, and lends a perception of extreme lightness.

Adhoc, by Bruno Fattorini and Partners, for Zanotta

Greene by Piero Lissoni for Boffi

Piero Lissoni has designed Greene, a system of sliding doors and freestanding frames made of brushed aluminum and glass. The system allows for separation between moving parts or spaces up to a maximum height of 3 meters.

Greene, by Piero Lissoni, for Boffi

FK04 CALVERT by Ferdinand Kramer for e15

FK04 CALVERT is from a series of coffee tables, desi­gned in 1951 by renowned modernist German architect and designer Ferdinand Kramer during his time in America. Part of his successful “Knock-Down” furniture series, the square FK04 CALVERT is an enduring and modern piece. The easily invertible and collapsible coffee table consists of a tabletop and two crossing invertib­le sheets serving as a base for the table. Similar to a clothing pattern, the components of the table are cut out of a single plywood sheet. The intrinsically simple cut out base of FK04 CALVERT reveals a sculptural quality to the table. E15 offers the re-edition or in oak or walnut veneer, clear lacquered and a variety of coloured lacquer.

FK04 CALVERT & FK05 CHARLOTTE, by Ferdinand Kramer, Re-edition for e15

Traverso Table by Francesco Faccin for Valsecchi1918

The Traverso Table is a tribute to the Frate table made by Enzo Mari.

“I exaggerated the idea of the beam as a key element. I tried to turn the beam in the central “spine” of the project. Without the beam the table doesn’t exist. On the front of the table you can clearly read the section that is both decorative but absolutely structural. I like to think about objects in which the structural and mechanical element, that is for this necessary, is also the focal point, the “decorative” point.”
- Francesco Faccin

The upper part of table is divided into two parts (made in wood or glass) to occupy very little space when it is dismantled. The structure is made of ash wood.

Traverso Table, by Francesco Faccin, for Valsecchi1918

Medici Chair by Konstantin Grcic

“Right from the beginning, I was looking for a distinct grammar for my design, a language that would express the characteristics of wood. I liked the idea of working with planks. They signify the very beginning of the production process — a tree trunk that is cut into slices. I like the way in which a carpenter joins wood. It is immediate and direct. The construction remains visible and easy to read. Structure turns into form.”
– Konstantin Grcic

Mattiazzi make furniture in wood, using both traditional means of production and the newest digital production technologies. Medici was born on Mattiazzi’s factory floor. The chair was inspired by the material, the machinery and, of course, the skill and craftsmanship of the people we worked with.

Medici is a low chair with a comfortably reclined posture. Its generous dimensions give it an embracing confidence. The chair can be used as a solitary piece of furniture or in small groups, in private or public, both indoors and out. It is produced in three different woods: American walnut, Douglas fir, and thermo-treated ash, a wood that is suitable for outdoors. The Douglas fir version is available in natural as well as in yellow and grey stain.

Medici Chair, by Konstantin Grcic, for Mattiazzi

Exhibition: Japan Creative: Peter Marigold & Hinoki Kogei

Hinoki Kogei is Japan’s leading woodwork factory, founded in 1977 by Chuzo Tozawa. British designer Peter Marigold collaborated with the Company to create a design which incorporates a woodworking technique that has been used for centuries.

Japan Creative is a non-profit organization founded to respond to the destructive earthquake of March 2011, an event that led to some rethinking of the aesthetics and value of design. The exhibit, curated by Hiroshi Naito, seeks to interpret this tremendous hardship, returning to the roots of traditional Japanes objects and crafts. The exhibition theme “Simple Vision” encompasses the idea of redefining established design rules to interpret them with a new spirit that is open to different cultures.

Japan Creative: Peter Marigold & Hinoki Kogei, April 17 – 22, at Museo Minguzzi, Via Palermo, 11, Milan, Photography © Daily Icon

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