design folio

Luna cabinet by Patricia Urquiola for Coedition

Anna Coe - Monday, February 02, 2015

Launched at Maison&Objet this year was Patricia Urquiola's playful Luna cabinet for French brand Coedition. The circular storage unit uses wood panelling to hide the contents of the bottom shelves, however the upper remains permanently open. 

Alexander Wang for Poltrona Frau

Anna Coe - Monday, February 02, 2015

Renowned fashion designer Alexander Wang has debuted his first furniture collection in collaboration with Italian manufacturer Poltrona Frau. The limited edition series includes a bar cabinet and a modern bean bag that's available in leather or velvet.

Poltrona Frau is available locally from Matisse.

New Roman Collection by Jaime Hayon for Paola C

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Drawing upon the forms that characterise the artifacts and architecture of Ancient Rome, Spanish designer Jaime Hayon's New Roman collection for Paola C reference various structural achievements made during the reign of the Roman Empire. The Colosseum bowl serves as a fruit plate or centrepiece in silver plated and copper, or silver plated and brushed silver plated while the various other pieces including the Titus vase, Sagunto candleholder and Augustus carafe bring together traditional and modern materials taking us on a journey through time.

Via Designboom.

Bioplastic chair by Jean Louis Iratzoki for Alki

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, January 22, 2015

In answer to the dilemma of using a plastic pullutant, an in depth investigative research project helmed by contemporary French furniture company Alki has resulted in the conception of an alternative material, bioplastic, used in the design of Jean Louis Iratzoki's Kuskoabi chair. The material is made entirely of plant-based renewable resources such as beet, corn starch and sugarcane, and is therefore biodegradable. The chair itself exhibits a semi-concave shell with the unique surface language of the furniture cut out in such a way as to optimize back and arm support. The considered design is delicately placed on a solid wood trestle with an upholstered version also available. 

Via Designboom

Celato drawers by De Castelli

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Named after its element of concealment, De Castelli's latest storage conceptions are perfect for achieving down-played luxury. The drawer design features various finishes of maistral copper, acid-etched iron and acid-etched brass providing several options depending on whichever best suits your decor. 

De Castelli is available locally from David Shaw.

The Cake Restaurant, Ukraine by 2b Group

Deborah Raj - Monday, January 19, 2015

The diverse interior by 2b Group features geometric tiles, all 10,000 of them, handcrafted and organised into a random, puzzle-like pattern on the floor. And with the help of modern furnishings, like the seating and the giant pink balloon dog in the center, the space poses a fairly neutral modern backdrop to the colorful swag and delectable treats.

Cross Street by C+M Studio

Anna Coe - Monday, January 05, 2015

Open for just three weeks, the Cross Street Project by C+M Studio allowed Sydney-siders to enter a completely shop-able apartment, not only was the actual residence for sale - you could buy it empty or with all the items in it, but you could purchase individual pieces that took your fancy. C+M invited their favourite local designers, artists and retailers to fill the apartment with their wares, which would have been the ultimate 'in situ' showcase for the merchants.

Via StudioArrc

Timber Daybed by Chmara-Rosinke

Anna Coe - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The D'Days festival in Paris (organised by the Hermes Design Award) chose a theme for this year's celebration of 'Time for Yourself'. In answer to this brief, Austrian studio Chmara-Rosinke have designed a minimalistic Japanese-style timber daybed, which in turn one the coveted design prize. 

The daybed features three fabric privacy screens and a cushioned roll mat that sits atop wooden rods on two large solid blocks of pine. 

Modular lighting by Choi + Shine Architects

Anna Coe - Monday, December 29, 2014

Unlike conventional lighting which is often confined to one shape, Bit Light by Choi + Shine Architects can be manipulated into a variety of combinations. In addition to altering the shape, the level of illumination from the LEDs can also be adjusted. 

Via Dezeen.

Helsinki Interior by Joanna Laajisto

Anna Coe - Monday, December 15, 2014

Architect and interior design Joanna Laajisto's latest project, a Helsinki interior, utilises clean lines and a moody, natural colour palette. Laajisto's aesthetic is "attention to detail that seems effortless", and this residence is a testament to this mantra. Dark wood panels and flooring is used throughout, and contrast beautifully with the ivory Flexform Groundpiece sofa in the living area(available from Studio Italia). 

Via Trendland