New York-based textile design company Maharam has teamed up with Fritz Hansen and Kvadrat to launch Point by Paul Smith. The upholstery textile is a mix of Smith’s signature ‘classics with a twist’ pattern.
“The idea behind this fabric came from traditional Scottish Fair Isle knitting; I love the vibrant mix of colours and patterns that Fair Isle techniques create and have used many variations of it over the years,” said Smith.
Point combines natural tones and accent colours that are available in seven geometric patterns, ranging from traditional to modern. To celebrate the launch of Point by Paul Smith, the textile will be upholstered on a selection of Fritz Hansen’s classic design icons including the Egg, Swan and Grand Prix by Arne Jacobsen and the PK22 chair by Poul Kjærholm, as well as the Alphabet Sofa by Piero Lissoni.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
Originally designed for the French Concorde airport waiting room in 1960, the Concorde Chair has been reintroduced in 2012 by Artifort.
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