Andreu World released a series of chairs and barstools during the last Milan fair that took place last April. The highlight of their collection was the new line designed by world renowned designer Patricia Urquiola named “NUB”. In this collection, you will notice the common trends all designers whether in fashion or architecture are leaning towards. The trend is “the back to basics”, where designs were simple and part of a “natural” and somewhat rugged interior. Check these chairs, and see how differently they look once applied to the proper setting.
Another amazing creation by Zaha Hadid in the furniture industry, a chair that simply looks like a signature, a mere “Z”, yet so futuristic and beautiful. Only she can pull this off and be admired for it. Zaha Hadid designed this chair for the Italian furniture company Sawaya & Moroni owned by Lebanese designer William Sawaya and Paolo Moroni. This chair was presented this week as part of Milan design week 2011.
As I have mentioned numerous times before, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, also known as Milan Furniture Fair, is the fair that designers and suppliers look forward to the most among exhibitions of the same nature. During this fair all brands and designers showcase their latest designs and trends for the coming year. In this post I will show you a preview of a few of the items that will be highlighted at the fair.
This Fair, Vitra will introduce the new Tip Ton Chair, that was designed in cooperation with British design studio BarberOsgerby.
The rocking base of the chair allows dynamic sitting which stabilizes the spine and encourages blood circulation. I am definitely getting one of those. This chair is stackable, comes in many colors, and best of all moves with you.
FAVN is the Danish name for ‘embrace’ and will be launched at Republic of Fritz Hansen’s showroom in Milan on Corso Garibaldi, 77 during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2011. The new sofa will be available to purchase from Republic of Fritz Hansen stores and selected authorized Republic of Fritz Hansen dealers from around the world as of September 2011.
To me as a designer, reviving Roche Bobois in Kuwait was such big news. I couldn’t wait till they opened and I had no idea this is how a lot of people felt as well. Even before the doors were officially open, customers were swarming, which is an indication of how aware people in Kuwait are becoming of high quality and uniquely designed furniture. It is sad how other shops are just importing distorted “replicas” and ruining the general taste. I was lucky enough to obtain these exclusive photos of the showrooms located in the newly established 7 zones Design Center, Shoueikh.
Roche Bobois is a French brand that officially began under its name in 1961, the creators however, started in the furniture business as early as 1930. Roche Bobois is now available in over 40 countries with a total of 240 stores. The collections under Roche Bobois are mainly two. Les Contemporains, which houses the designer labels, the modern and unique pieces, the latest techniques, and exclusive finishes. The second collection is Les Provenciales which reflects the work and artisan of the French country men, a charm not found in any brand you’ve seen. This collection gives “classic” a whole new feeling, a feeling that is appealing to everyone. All techniques in this collection hold the authentic methods and finishes.
Pro-design group brought Roche Bobois back to Kuwait in a 1200 m2 space showcasing the two collections in separate yet adjacent areas. Each area reflects the mood and spirit of the collection itself. The light partitions, finishing, and wallpaper used in the showroom are actually a big hit among customers and passers by. The accessories and playfulness of some items leave an impact on every client walking in. I am actually impressed with the turnover of the furniture and the thirst for good design.
I have met at least 20 clients who are requesting the “Roche Bobois” feel in their homes. The entire showroom and the collections are meticulously displayed and adorned with the most beautiful accessories. New pieces are added regularly, with every visit you will find something gone and something new. In this post I emphasized some of their “Les Contemporains” collection. Wait for a second post with photos from “Les Provenciales”.
Roche Bobois Kuwait have created a facebook page with DAILY updates of furniture and elements from their extremely wide and exclusive collections, I suggest you join their page for the latest updates.
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One of the furniture brands that really stood out in terms display in collection was Baxter. This collection is by the creative designer Paola Navone, known for her urban and laid back designs.
You can check their PDF file with more details for pieces exhibited. Link
Known for their sleek designs Glas have entered the world of selective pieces to adorn luxurious households. Among their projects is the Mandarin Hotel in Barcelona, in addition to projects and furniture pieces for Minotti and B&B Italia.
Maison & Objet is an exhibition that takes place twice a year in France. The exhibition is mainly for products and services related to design, whether furniture, finishes, fabrics, accessories, kitchenware, decorative items, new materials, graphics, design services, etc… During this event most brands release their latest collections or products or just display items from previous collections. Agents usually place orders for their shops as well. Activities take place during the exhibition such as lectures and competitions.
It was a great opportunity for me to be able to attend this year and experience this event. I will post photos as we go by and will divide them over more than one blog post.
Today the Feria Habitat Valencia starts, it takes place in Valencia, Spain. This is an annual exhibition mainly for interiors comprising of most trades that fall under this category. Among the exhibitors :
Andreu World: They will present their latest chairs and on On September 28th the prize awards of the 10th International Design Contest will be celebrated at the Andreu World stand at 13:30pm.
“Funky” is the new “trendy” when it comes to modern casual seating these days. With fashion houses, well known designers, and brands entering the furniture world, statements and designs that stand out are only natural. Roche Bobois introduced their “ Mah Jong” modular seating in the 1970s by Hans Hopfer . After working with Kenzo maison and Missoni home on several fabirc finishes, this year Roche Bobois decided to work with Jean Paul Gaultier . Roche Bobois presents its vintage Mah Jong sofa, in a new “bleu blanc rouge” look as opposed to the very colorful fabrics of Missoni and Kenzo. Personally I loved this years edition of this sectional. In addition to the Mah Jong, Jean Paul Gaultier worked on numerous items as part of his collaboration with Roche Bobois. The Mah Jong sectional, like modernism itself, has never gone out of fashion.
Another very attractive, modern, and hip sofa is the Confluences designed by Philippe Nigro for Ligne Roset. “Confluences may be considered to be a trailblazer in terms of the new trend for ‘counterforms’ as characterized by the interwoven yin-yang or puzzle-type effect. It will be just as pleasing to lovers of radical design, pioneers searching for a sofa which is totally different from any other, as it will to all those who are seduced first and foremost by the freedom of posture and unheard-of conviviality offered by its colorful, unbridled compositions.” You can get in monochromatic colors as shown or play with the colors and composition.Confluences was introduced by Ligne Roset during the 2009 Imm Cologne Fair.
Quilting is back, and now its not exclusive to the classic furniture brands and designs. The detailing that was once a signature of the English Cigar lounge look has now been recreated, thanks to one of the top brands in the furniture industry that is known for its luxurious leather lounges and out of the ordinary designs. Baxter is a “unique brand devoted to a sophisticated clientele which appreciates contemporary luxury and moods that are consistently new and amazing”.
Last year Baxter released one of their icon pieces, the Chester Moon by the very famous architect and Designer Paola Navone. It was released as part of an African inspired project presented at the 2009 Maison et Objet. In this collection, leather is presented as a new and versatile material, which is the utmost expression of quality and naturalness. Paola Navone reveals a decorative, new and unexpected side of leather in this line.
The Chester Moon sofa is a fully handmade sofa that takes up 45 days of manual labor.
Baxter’s Chester moon comes in 4 dimensions and reaches up to 395cm. Whatever the finish or dimension it should be treated in the space its in as a “statement” piece, against it should be a contrasting mellow yet elegant item that would allow it to accentuate. In an amazing AD by Nespresso and featuring George Clooney, the Chester Moon sofa was used to portray a cloud in heaven, which is exactly how it feels.
"Luxury starts where functionality ends and where the true value is personal and so has no price or reason."
Marcel Wanders, Designer
Marcel Wanders tops the list of my favorite designers of all time. From the Netherlands and born in 1963, he started his career in 1988 and became popular because of an iconic chair he designed for Droog Design in 1996. Now his name is linked to designs for such big companies such as B&B Italia, Bisazza, Poliform, Moroso, Flos, Boffi, Cappellini, Droog Design, and Mooi of which he is also art director and co-owner.
"I think Humor is a beautiful way to get connected to people and to get their attention for the things I really like"
You can recognize alot of his work through "the nose" impression he displays in most of his accessories which is his humorous approach in communicating his designs and thoughts. He is also known for his very intricate and unique design style manifested through use of lace patterns and variety in scales and proportions.