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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. 

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

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.

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).

Loop Mirror by Front for Porro

Anna Coe - Thursday, April 10, 2014

Milan 2014

Now in their sixth year of collaborating with Porro, Front have just launched a new piece for the brand. Titled Loop, the mirror features an elegant wooden frame that curves around and creates its own shelf. 

Porro is available locally from Studio Italia.

TOG at Milan

Anna Coe - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Milan 2014

New design brand TOG is launching at the Salone this week, and they have enlisted a group of established designers, including renowned Philippe Starck to design their initial base pieces. 

The key idea behind the new brand is that the furniture needs to be more accessible and able to be easily customised by the consumer. They like to think of themselves as a "creative community" that combines the best of industry and technology with refined craftsmanship.

The consumer can purchase a 'naked' product that can be customised at home, or they can choose a bespoke commission through the TOG app - eg they can choose colours, shape and even print images onto the furniture. 

"TOG is the first company that has solved the paradox between the brain, the computer, the theory, the engineering, the high technology, the mass market, the mass production and the hand, the talent, the craftsmanship, the small artists, and you can make both," notes Starck. 

A few standouts from the launch collection is the Light Rock chair by Starck - a sculptural transparent chair with a flat colour base, and the Sam Jon leather chair, also by Starck. 

Via Dezeen.

GramFratesi for Gubi

Anna Coe - Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Milan 2014

During Milan design week Gubi will present a new table design, plus updated seating by Danish studio GramFratesi. The TS side table is the new piece and features a circular Bianco Carrara marble, Nero Marquina, Verde Guatemala or Marrone Emperador top, that sits upon a lacquered black base. The tables can be used together in a group due to their differing heights, or they are just as effective on their own. 

GramFratesi have also updated the Beetle chair that was launched at last year's Salone by introducing a bar version. The Masculo chair has had the addition of a swivel base - allowing the chair to be used in more commercial environments. 

The brand is exhibiting as part of the Urban Stories show at Palazzo Litta in Corso Magenta. 

Gubi is available locally from Bromhead Design.

Diapositive collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Glas Italia

Anna Coe - Monday, April 07, 2014

Milan 2014

French design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec are set to launch a collection of glass furniture at the Salone del Mobile in Milan next week. The furniture, designed for Italian brand Glas Italia, consists of two desks, a bench, chair and shelf and is titled the Diapositive collection.

The right angled glass panels are juxtaposed with wooden edges "which distract from the impression of fragility" say the brothers. 

The pieces will be on display at the Glas Italia stand and are available in dark and light grey, pink, orange, transparent or mixed.

Glas Italia is available locally from ECC.

Via Dezeen.

Kartell Goes Bourgie

Anna Coe - Monday, April 07, 2014

Milan 2014

Celebrating its 10th year in production is Kartell's Bourgie lamp by Ferruccio Laviani. The striking blank silhouette of the Bourgie lamp has turned it into somewhat of a design icon. Ferruccio was one of the first designers to take a traditional object's shape and convert it using transparent polycarbonate.

Several renowned designers (who have regularly worked with Kartell over the years), including the likes of Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Piero Lissoni, Front, Alberto Meda, have been asked to reinterpret the lamp in their own style to commemorate the anniversary. The travelling exhibition was first launched at Maison&Objet in Paris and is set to be on display at the Salone in Milan this week.

Kartell is available locally from Backhouse.