design folio

Teso Table by Foster + Partners for Molteni&C

Anna Coe - Thursday, June 20, 2013

Starting with just a perforated disk of steel, Foster + Partners have created the Teso coffe table for Italian manufacturer Molteni&C. By pulling and stretching the steel upwards (using a robotic arm) it forms a mesh-like tapered base. The piece is finished with a glass top, allowing for the holey design to be seen from above. 



Ludovica+Roberto Palomba's Italian home

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, June 17, 2013

 Modern meets ancient in this recent renovation by Ludovica Serafini and Roberto Palomba, the high-profile design couple whose work has been heralded by many superstar manufacturers and won several prestigious awards. Eager to find a holiday home that serves as an escape from their hectic Milanese lifestyle, the designers carved out a serene retreat out of the 17th-century oil mill in Salento, a good 600 miles away from Milan. 

Immediately appreciating the mill's potential, the couple have retained its raw spirit, preserving the ancient stone floors, walls and arches. In order to allow more light into the space, a number of sky lights were created, and the back of the structure was opened up to fashion a sun drenched courtyard, letting natural light flood through the rest of the space. The entire dwelling is filled with the couple's designs, from furniture that Serafini and Palomba designed for Zanotta dominating the living room, through to the artfully adapted kitchen area, complete with two of the couple's designs for the Italian cabinetry company Elmar. 



Fanfan Dressing Table by Violane D'harcout

Anna Coe - Friday, June 14, 2013

Fanfan is a contemporary version of the traditional dressing table by Violane D'harcout. The classic four legged design has been replaced by a minimal aesthetic consisting of slimline laquered steel rods, a beech shelf and various sized mirrors. The different sized mirrors allow the table to be used in standing and seated positions, and both are connected to the rod via a central ball joint which allows their angle and direction to be adjusted. 



Maison du Boisé by Gestion René Desjardins

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tucked away in the woods of rural Quebec lies a thoroughly modern family residence, designed by interior studio Gestion René Desjardins. The owners' wanted a design that would last indefinitely, an interior that was modern but not minimalist and most importantly, a home that kids would feel comfortable in. Highly refined, and almost the antithesis of the cluttered nature of the standard family abode, the spaces are pared back, with several accents borrowed from classical architecture. The harsh monochromatic bias and minimally furnished rooms are softened by coffered ceilings and theatrical passageway openings, while furtive splashes of colour liven the space up without being overbearing.




Marble Box by Muller van Severen for Valerie Traan Gallery

Anna Coe - Monday, May 27, 2013

Launched at the Valerie Traan Gallery in Ventura Lambrate during Milan design week was Muller van Severen's Marble Box. Photographer Fien Muller and artist Hannes Van Severen wanted to create an extremely simple furniture solution that was minimal in it's design and existed because of a "logical necessity", thus the Marble box was born. Comprised of a selection of varying coloured marbles that are combined together using brass and polyethylene, each piece is unique in it's appearance. 

Via Wallpaper.



C1 Credenza by Marcus Friesl

Anna Coe - Monday, May 20, 2013

We were immediately grabbed by the superb craftsmanship and finish of this C1 credenza by designer Marcus Friesl. A piece of thin folded metal forms the shell of the piece and also holds the upper and lower drawers in position. The draws are suspended from the sides - appearing to float cleanly. Using both time honoured craftsmanship and modern technology, Friesl has created a furniture piece that not only has character, but is also finished to an extremely high standard.



Snobar chair by Yonder Magnetik

Anna Coe - Wednesday, May 01, 2013


Vukosavljevic and Gornjak's Snobar chair for Yonder Magnetik was inspired by, and clearly resembles the Swedish Snowberry. The base is constructed from oak, and the upholstered seat is shaped like the berry - making for a playful aesthetic.



Cowrie Chair and Rocker by Brodie Neill for Made in Ratio

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 18, 2013



Made in Ratio are a relatively new brand, and this year was the first time they've exhibited at the Salone. On display at Zonca & Zonca gallery was their Cowrie collection by British designer Brodie Neill, consisting of a rocker and a chair. Made from one piece of moulded plywood with either ebonised or natural Ash, it is not only extremely ergonomic in its form, but would also make for a great sculptural piece in any interior.



Marble Spaghetti Measurer by Studio Lievito

Anna Coe - Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Spaghetti is known as one of the harder things to measure portion-wise so Studio Lievito used this as their project brief - they launched their marble spaghetti meter as part of their Spaghetti Rouge collection at the Salone last week. The series of marble holders divide up amounts of spaghetti for one, two, three or four servings. 

Via Designboom.



Signs by Jeremy Murier and Daniel Martinez

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 11, 2013

 

Signs by Jeremy Murier and Daniel Martinez transforms the mundane bathroom mirror into something beautifully geometric and architectural. Exploring the layout and design of nautical flags and codes, the mirrors form an illusion by using rough copper and polished copper together to create enhanced shadows and reflections. Signs was at display at Ventura Lambrate as part of the 'Another Perspective' exhibit.