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Icon: Mies van der Rohe Bauhaus Armchair

Designed by Mies van Der Rohe for the Bauhaus in 1927. The wicker-work for the chair was created by Lilly Reich, assistant to Mies Van Der Rohe. It is the Icon of Modern Furniture Design. This chair is one of the classics in the history of furniture. Bauhaus became a dominant force in architecture and the applied arts in the 20th century. The main theory was that all design should be functional as well as aesthetically-pleasing.

Mies B 42 Chair, Mies D 42 Armchair, by Mies van der Rohe, with Lilly Reich, for Tecta

Foscarini Lightweight Pendant Light by Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon has designed an electrical pylon-like suspension lamp comprising a lightweight geometric frame in anodized metal, with blown satin glass elements.

Lightweight, by Tom Dixon, for Foscarini

Dancing on the Water Alarm Clock by YOnoBI

The time indicated is actually the reverse reflection of the digital clock placed on the bottom. Made from the finest Kiso Urushi lacquer finish in three colours: vermillion, ebony and “tame’

Dancing on the Water Alarm Clock, by Yukio Hashimoto, for YOnoBI

Dark Spacewalker Lamp by Constantin Wortmann

This animated lamp looks as if it just jumped out of a space-craft, weightless, exploring new teritory. Available as a suspension or standing lamp. Designed to spice up big areas, and to landmark a building. Create your own space program.

Spacewalker, floor and suspension Lamp by Constantin Wortmann, for Dark

Hussl Table Designed by Franz Polzhofer

Couldn’t get any more pared down than the this elegant table designed by Franz Polzhofer. SOLID T has a solid wood table top, oak or walnut, hence its name. It is also available with two different edges: straight or bevelled. The filigree top appears to float above the bevelled edges which slope gently downwards. LINO T is the same table but with a aluminium honeycomb composite and a surface in Linoleum.

SOLID T and LINO T , by Franz Polzhofer, for Hussl

Joiin Lamps by Pallucco

Joiin includes a series of curved surfaces that couple together to shade its light source. Up to three of these lampshades may be connected allowing their surfaces to interact, folding into itself like a ribbon of light.
The textile used to cover the shade comes finely coated with tiny glass beads, appearing white like frost, when viewed from an angle. Therefore the lamp catches attention even when switched off since its surface reflects the light sources from the environment.

Joiin, floor lamp, suspension lamp, by Susanne Philippson, for Pallucco

Mobius Coffee Table by Kristalia

Surfaces usually have two sides, however the designers were inspired by the geometric shape called a Mobius Strip. This occasional table in bent sheet metal with black or white lacquer finish, is perfect for small and large spaces and it comes in two sizes.

Mobius, by LucidiPevere Studio, for Kristalia

Outdoor Benches by David Scott

Designed to be a sculptural form of intersecting angular planes, the SKEW-001 draws inspiration from geological rock formations and also suggests movement. The 3SR combines clean lines and a framed opening for stones or shallow rooted flora such as grasses.
The Plateau line is constructed from 100% certified eco-friendly renewable cellulose fiber and resin compressed together to form a solid slab. The result is a sleek black surface with the weight of stone and the warmth of wood. All the tables and benches that make up the Plateau line are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use.

SKEW-001, 3SR, by David Scott, for Desu Design

Cemia by Peter Maly for ligne roset

Peter Maly designed the Cemia bed to complement the range of storage of the same name. Wholly without embellishment or unnecessary trappings of luxury, it is comfortably soft, yet with clean, functional lines. In Cemia, Peter Maly has achieved a highly successful synthesis between the minimalism of the 1990’s and the organic forms of the 1960’s. The headboard is offered in two widths, allowing the bed to suit rooms of varying sizes. The bed frame is also available without the headboard. When combined with the bedside tables, chests of drawers and wardrobes of the Cemia range of storage, bedrooms of a particularly harmonious, peaceful nature are created.

Cemia Bed, Storage furniture, by Peter Maly, for ligne roset

Signora Lamp from Carpyen

A simple lamp with the option of adding a double decker side table, well suited for both home and contract environments.

Signora, by Gabriel Teixidó, for Carpyen

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