Barcelona-based designer Eugeni Quitllet’s ‘Tabu’ for Alias reinterprets the hand-crafted tradition of chair-making using digital fabrication, digitally carving and assembling FSC certified wood to create a series of contemporary chairs with various seat backs. There are five different versions/generations of ‘Tabu’, from full back rest to one that doubles as an occasional table. The most striking, a version with a plexiglass backrest. “To synthesize nature in order to naturalize industry. To recover the sense of Authenticity, Beauty and Goodness, ‘Tabu’ is a metaphor of truth.” says the Catalan designer.
Tabu Chair, by Eugeni Quitllet, for Alias
Has a wobbly head like the wobble-head figurines. The lampshade is fixed by a vacuum cup. In the base there is a magnet that connects with a separate magnet that you mount under the tabletop for stability.
Wobbelhead Lamp, by Morten & Jonas
Photography by Montag
Alpina is a group of display stands designed for the London-based jewellery designer Melanie Georgacopoulos. The name Alpina refers to the landscape of the Alps region which is reflected in the design of the display. There are four sizes of stand and two neutral colourways in the group, which can be used together or individually, depending on the required arrangement. Georgacopoulos’s collection of rings, bracelets and necklaces can all be displayed on the stands, at different ‘points’ of the individual peaks.
Alpina Display Stands, by PostlerFerguson, for Melanie Georgacopoulos
As living spaces and kitchen islands merge together in most contemporary homes nowadays, i29 designed a kitchen that acts more as a piece of furniture instead of as a kitchen. Our aim was to develop a kitchen system that seems to disappear in space. The design is reduced to it’s absolute minimum, having a top surface of only a couple of centimeters thickness with all water, cooking and electrical connections included. Large sliding wall panels conceal all kitchen appliances and storage space. In the case of this apartment in Paris, where the kitchen concept is installed, an existing profiled wall is exactly copied on the front panels in order to integrate the solid volume with the monumental space. The freestanding kitchen island is placed in front of the panelled sliding doors.
Invisible Kitchen, by i29 Interior Architects
The light, which is crucial, is the centerpiece of this reflection. Crashing into a normally inanimate object, full and dark. Here, in the light of memories, born in a completely different from the original, Sbarbino, a lamp shaped design and a shaving brush. Anchored between historical memories of barber uncle and moved by the news that Milan would have closed the Old Barbershop shelf, shop in the historic heart of the city, Vito Nesta, redesigns in an accurate version outsized, with its sinuous glass and ceramics wave finely coated with silver, a small object totem for craftsmen in the industry, in a role completely different light.
Sbarbino, by Vito Nesta
“These vases follow my personal research on glass. Two of the most famous traditions in glass working are in Finland and in Italy, so this family of vases wants to be a homage to the work of nordic masters like Tapio W., together with the work of italian glass blowers. In the sixties and seventies wonderful pieces came out from the collaboration between designers and glass manufacturers: this was my inspiration so I tried to do a collection of vases with simple, archetypal shapes, but giving a modern taste “exagerating” the heads and emphasizing with colors like metals.” – Giorgio Bonaguro.
Tapio Vases, by Giorgio Bonaguro
Photography by Andrea Basile Studio
A limited edition of Love Me More bedding and the Forever Bed by Nika Zupanc is part of an exhibition at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi. They were developed in cooperation with Dormeo and commissioned by Rossana Orlandi. Nika Zupanc said about the joint project: “On a symbolic level, I tend to work with things that form our secrets and our cravings. Thinking about sleeping and dreaming, I was inspired by the beauty and pain of loving – as it is today and as it has been throughout history. I was moved by the strength of the chemistry between two people and by the madness of their passion. These themes are the foundations of the Love Me More project and are reflected in the design of the bed that can be closed up and hidden away. The restrained, even monastic look of simple, iconic blankets and linen was taken to an unexpected level through the combination of the innovative Octaspring technology and super elegant, long-lasting materials”.
The limited edition of bed linen was designed exclusively for Dormeo and is based on Octaspring, a game-changing technology that inspiringly replaces both metal springs and memory foam as a favourite choice for products made for sitting and sleeping.
Love Me More Bedding, Forever Bed, by Nika Zupanc, for Dormeo, Commissioned by Rossana Orlandi
Diatom, a stackable aluminium chair, takes its shape from the frustum of a diatom, this primordial single-cell organism with silica skeleton found in bodies of water the world over. Refined ornamental geometry in three-dimensions, a marvel of structure devised from exploring the rules of mathematics that dictate the vegetative development of living organisms.
Production adopts a technology developed in the automotive sector to reduce both the weight and the production cost of the seats; die-cast aluminium sheeting ensures the lightest weight and eliminates the need for steel while ensuring equivalent levels of performance.
Diatom, Stackable Aluminum Chair, by Ross Lovegrove, for Moroso
Not from the Stone Age but closer to Kryptonite, Crystal Rock appears in the cave of the future as an ambassador of the fusion between nature and man, light and reflection, transparency and mass.
All these characteristics are gathered within a perfectly cut, yet roughly sculpted contemporary silex that interacts between light and darkness, suspended in the air like a frozen shooting star. It‘s as if the world stood still at the very moment you gaze upon it, the multiple reflections and deflections fascinating during the day and even more dynamic at night, when lighted. Crystal Rock‘s LED source highlights the artistic glassmaking process and advanced gluing techniques, gleaming on its inner curved surfaces and defining form on cut facets.
Crystal Rock, by Arik Levy, for Lasvit