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Copper tapware by Gessi

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Friday, April 24, 2015

Italian bathroom manufacturers Gessi presented two of their most successful tapware collections in a striking copper PVD finish at the 2015 ISH bathroom fair in Frankfurt, Germany. A high-tech metal coating that is used for both its functional and aesthetic properties, the addition of this copper finish highlights the geometric appeal of the elegantly angled Cono range (pictured top) and the classic, bevelled Eleganza range, giving both products further sophistication and versatility.

Gessi is available locally from Plumbline.



LC50 collection by Cassina

Jocelyn Muir - Thursday, April 23, 2015
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic LC Collection, along with the commemoration of it being 50 years since Le Corbusier passed away, this year Cassina have launched the LC50 collection. Featuring sustainable materials – an eco-friendly alternative to hexavalent chromium and organic leathers, the commemorative collection incorporates innovative colour schemes with the original burgundy and ochre frames replaced by sophisticated brown, ivory and mud tones, and the light blue and green shades modified slightly, while the grey remains the same. A final addition to the collection is an elegantly crafted headrest strap for the LC4 chaise-longue, following the example of the LC4 CP, an homage by Cassina to Charlotte Perriand on the occasion of the 2014 Louis Vuitton Icons Collection.

Cassina is available locally from Matisse.




Carlo E Camilla by Tanja Solci

Jocelyn Muir - Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The interior design of this upmarket restaurant in Milan, Italy is the brainchild of art director, curator and designer Tanja Solci. Inhabiting an old sawmill her grandparents acquired in 1929, the focus of the dining establishment is two long, intersecting wooden tables. Contrasted against the raw, industrial looking space are beautiful embellishments including antique chandeliers, an extensive collection of white porcelain dishes with different designs produced by Richard Ginori, and chairs by Cappellini including the Jasper Morrison 'Tate Colour' and AG Fronzoni 'Fronzoni 1964'.

Cappelini is available locally from Matisse.



Renovation in Jiyugaoka by Airhouse Design Office

Jocelyn Muir - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

With exposed concrete throughout the house, this exceptionally contemporary Japanese home, designed by architect Kiriyama Keiichi for Airhouse Design Office, embodies industrial chic.



Algorithm by Toan Nguyen for Vibia

Anna Coe - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Algorithm by Toan Nguyen for Vibia is a constellation of glass globes that can be ordered mathematically to create a variety of geometric patterns. 

Vibia is available locally from ECC.



Liaison chair by Johan Campanello

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Campanello's Liaison chair is on display as part of the HDK - Detour exhibition in Ventura Lambrate this week. Starting with the idea that the chair is one of the artefacts with which we have the closest relationship, Campanello has created a design that expresses and causes interaction with the user. 



Pie Chart System tables by Hierve for H Furniture

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 16, 2015

H Furniture's Pie Chart tables are a modular system that can be built up from four different units. The shapes are available as a table or a container and can be purchased in a range of colours, allowing the user to customise their own set. The series, along with other 2015 novelties are on display at Design Junction in Milan this week. 



Moon Bookends by Studio Joa Herrenknecht

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Thursday, April 16, 2015

Studio Joa Herrenknecht has presented Moon Bookends as part of their new collection on display at Milan's Salone Satellite. Inspired by the notion of books becoming more rare and precious, the designer has applied shapes created with materials such as marble, copper, brass and polished steel to marble L-shaped plinths, allowing books to be displayed as though they are "jewels of our culture". 



Nola by Studio Drift for Buhtiq31

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 16, 2015

On display as part of the Brand New World show in Milan is Studio Drift's Nola lighting. The collection of coloured domes started originally as an experiment - where the designers played with endless combinations of colour and light in a spatial context. The result is a surface of different sized mouth-blown pastel tinted glass bells  that are combined with coloured LED lights. The individual lights can be programmed separately in terms of colour, resulting in endless variations.



Wooden Aquarelle by Meike Harde

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 16, 2015


Young German designer Meike Harde was inspired by traditional watercolour painting for her Wooden Aquarelle furniture series that has been launched at the Salone Satellite this week. Harde positions the wood in a frame and then covers it with liquid pigments which then absorb into the wood and create unique patterns.