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Hermes' debut Lighting collection

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 17, 2014

Milan 2014

Hermes debuted their first ever lighting range in Milan last week by their artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas. There are two collections - The Pantographe that is inspired by a draftsman's instrument and The Harnais which is a nod to Hermes' equestrian roots. Each light is fitted with dimmers and the wires are hidden beneath exceptional leather, and crafted completely by hand. 

Collar seating system by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti

Samantha Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Milan 2014

Minotti introduced their new Collar seating system by Rodolfo Dordoni at Milan last week, a design that adapts to the individual’s needs with adjustable arm rests and back support. Using specially developed technology, the angles can change between three different positions - a flat table-like surface, 45 degrees and upright - dramatically transforming both the appearance and function of the sofa. 

Minotti is available locally from ECC.

Patricia Urquiola for Boffi

Anna Coe - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Milan 2014

With Boffi celebrating their 80th anniversary this year, it was without question that they would bring out all the stops to present some new breathtaking designs at the Salone.

One of said designs is a collaboration with Spanish design heavyweight Patricia Urquiola - and is her first ever kitchen. Titled Salinas, the modular design consists of sustainable materials such as metal, copper, zinc and wood. "It is the memory of the kitchen in my grandfather's house, with views of the beach and the emotions associated with those moments," notes Urquiola. 

Boffi is available locally here

Almora chair by Doshi Levien for B&B Italia

Anna Coe - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Milan 2014

Design duo Doshi Levien have been fairly prominent at this year's Salone, and here is yet another of their sleek designs, this time for Italian company B&B Italia. The Almora armchair is inspired by memories from a trip to the Himalayas, and is intended to take the occupant back to this location through the use of leather and a shearling headrest. The chair's plastic frame is conical shaped and forms the seat and backrest.

B&B Italia is available locally from Matisse.

Float House by Pitsou Kedem

Anna Coe - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The latest project by Pitsou Kedem architects is the Float house - a family home near Tel Aviv in Israel. The single story residence features movable partitions and internal courtyards, allowing the spaces to be divided up into smaller spaces.

The building's construction predominantly consists of glass, basalt and wooden slats, and all are seamlessly brought together throughout all spaces. The entrance, with it's own reflection pool and tree 'islands', is surrounded by a wooden slat wall, creating a zen like appearance and perfectly blends the connection between the exterior to the interior.

Via Contemporist. 

Tender sofa by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso

Anna Coe - Monday, April 14, 2014

Milan 2014

Sapnish designer Patricia Urquiola has designed a modular sofa system for Moroso titled (Love Me) Tender. The sofa is covered with a jersey fabric, and is based around an aluminium frame that sits upon wooden legs. 

Available in a range of colours and either a two or three seater sofa that can both be combined together to create different compositions. 

Moroso is available locally from Matisse.

On Chair by Jasper Morrison for Andreu World

Anna Coe - Friday, April 11, 2014

Milan 2014

For his first ever collaboration with Andreu World, Jasper Morrison has presented the On chair. Intended for the commercial realm, the wooden chair is available in two versions  - with or without armrests and can also be customised with upholstery.

Andreu World is available locally from UFL.

Manta-ray seating by Zaha Hadid

Claire Sullivan - Thursday, April 10, 2014

Milan 2014

Zaha Hadid has designed a sculptural double-cast aluminium seat created by a continuous folding form. The front of the seat separates creating support for two defined seating areas. The seat was designed in collaboration with Sawaya & Moroni.

Diatom chair by Ross Lovegrove for Moroso

Claire Sullivan - Thursday, April 10, 2014

Milan 2014

Drawing on the formal qualities of nature and simple geometries, Ross Lovegrove has released the Diatom chair for Moroso. The lightweight chair is infinitely stackable and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Moroso is available locally at Matisse.

Cherrybomb by Lindsey Adelman

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 10, 2014

American designer Lindsey Adelman is currently launching her new Cherrybomb lighting for Nilufar Gallery in Milan. Similar in concept to her branch lighting series, Adelman has utilised slender brass tubing in conjunction with hand blown mini globes that appear to creep up the wall to the ceiling like a cherry blossom branch. There is also the glass option of opaque aquamarine that's rolled in 24k gold foil (as pictured).