Salone del Mobile – The Manifesto

As another Salone del Mobile approaches, one interesting development is to see how exhibitors and the rest of the industry will respond to a new manifesto that was published ahead of the event. The manifesto calls upon the industry to up its innovation and sustainability, citing specifically the need to embrace the “circular economy” and forge meaningful relationships with cultural institutions in the city. Continue reading “Salone del Mobile – The Manifesto”

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NEO LAMINATI by Kelly Behun

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The Neo Laminati collection is a reinterpretation of some of the 20th century’s most memorable design movements: Avant Garde, OpArt, the Memphis Group and Minimalism. All surfaced in high quality laminates, each piece in the collection is available in a range of finish combinations including three custom
stripe patterns and a rainbow of pre-selected solid colors.

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Designed by New York-based interior design firm Kelly Behun which specializing in interiors and furniture design.
Alongside artist Alex P. White, the Studio produces unique, highly customized environments that treat the
domestic environment as more of a sculptural landscape than just a pleasing furniture arrangement.

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Interior Design Show 2014: Moroso Lounge

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The Toronto Interior Design Show is the place to be for design enthusiasts. Held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre every January, the show sees the space transformed by hundreds of booths featuring the best of interior design from Canadian and international designers.
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The Moroso lounge celebrates Patrizia Moroso, who was IDS’s international guest of honour this year. Filled with iconic pieces of furniture typically reserved for museums, the lounge was a cozy, stylish refuge away from the bustle of the show floor.
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Islands by Raw-Edges Design Studio

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As part of their ongoing commitment to creating new platforms for design, Caesarstone has collaborated with London design studio Raw Edges to produce Islands. The brief was to re-examine the domestic environment and the use of surface. With their signature creativity, Raw-Edges transforms the surface into the structure itself. Available in a range of sizes and proportions, Islands is designed for different functions within the home.

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As part of their ongoing commitment to creating new platforms for design, Caesarstone has collaborated with London design studio Raw Edges to produce Islands. The brief was to re-examine the domestic environment and the use of surface. With their signature creativity, Raw-Edges transforms the surface into the structure itself. Available in a range of sizes and proportions, Islands is designed for different functions within the home.

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Raw-Edges investigates the interaction between different sizes, materials, colours and textures within the interior space. Inspiration is drawn from Caesarstone’s Classico collection and in particular from its 2014 Supernatural designs, whose countertops star as the focal point of Islands.

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The surfaces’ strength, durability, textures and natural looking designs complement the different materials from which the separate units are made, such as reclaimed wood, terracotta, glass and other materials found in a domestic environment. The design celebrates the daily function, origin and importance of the units which are commonly hidden away behind a unified façade.

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Raw-Edges founders Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay describe Islands as: “a great opportunity to experiment with everyday areas like kitchens and bathrooms. We always strive towards the alternative, the humoristic and always question the traditional approach to design.

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If in a common kitchen the surface is only a top layer that covers the kitchen units, here we would like to propose the surface as the core of the kitchen which holds the different elements together in quite an unexpected way.

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Eli Feiglin, VP of marketing at Caesarstone remarks: “Caesarstone is continuously seeking new and creative ways in which to reaffirm its position as a globaltrendsetter and leader in the industry. We are proud to work with a designer who rethinks the domestic environment, explores the surfaces’ unique properties and who may enhance them with a creative exploration of colours and materials.

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IDS displayed Islands in its variety of uses: from kitchen, bathroom and child play areas, to a Ping-Pong table and fish tank.

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Zephyr Sofa by Zaha Hadid

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The Zephyr sofa by Zaha Hadid is a sculpted piece of lacquered fiberglass, designed for Italian furniture company Cassina Contract. The carved shape was inspired by nature and how rock formations are eroded and shaped by the wind over time.

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The deeply sculpted backrests and sinuous forms allow the sofa to be arranged in a number of different ways to create a renewed escape from traditional thinking.

There was an extremely detailed development process; from prototype through the engineering and manufacturing stages in order to mould the fiberglass into the complex geometries.

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To produce the dynamic shape with sections carved from its solid base,
the combined expertise of Cassina’s industrial, artisan and technological teams
had to combine their talents, demanding the highest precision in the final stages.

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The uniformly lacquered finish, enhances the sofa’s shape and the patterning of cushioning, to further define its complex formal language.

Seat Belt Bench

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Strap bench by Ottawa-based designer Christopher Solar, is a seat that is made of bold and woven seat belts. The webbed combination is framed by white oak, ash and walnut, which are personally selected by Solar.

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The piece is part of a collection that can be figured to seat or table-height sizes, varying lengths and with or without raised arms. The sheen seen on the mesh is a subtle two-tone effect best utilized when one colour is being featured.

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Detailed view of multiple straps being used to create a layered seat.

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Additional framework and webbing is also available.

Flask by Tom Dixon

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British design and manufacturing company Tom Dixon has design GEM. Part of the Rough and Smooth collection, presented at this year’s 2013 Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy, like a mysterious chemistry experiment FLASK is a spherical object made up of two, hand-blown, glass components, with a ridged and rounded base and a smoked-glass hood.

Zaha Hadid that Sh*t

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After seeing the many products that Zaha Hadid has designed for this year’s 2013 Salone del Mobile. A question came to my mind: Can these pieces actually fit in an interior designed by Zaha Hadid?

The following photo essay explores the age old question: What came first, the chicken or the egg? And does form really follow function?

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Neil Barrett Shop in Shop, 2013 + Aria and Avia Chandeliers, 2013

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Roca London Gallery, 2009-20011 + Mercuric Tables, 2013

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Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport, 2004-2011 + Gyre Chair, 2013

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Aura – Villa Malcontenta, 2008 + Crest Bench, 2013

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Is this a Zaha interior? Well, the Swash Cabinet is:)

Swarm Chandelier by Zaha Hadid

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The Swarm Chandelier for Established & Sons, designed by Zaha Hadid, expresses the sense of perpetual motion that characterizes the studio’s work. Its hundreds of reflective black crystals are suspended in petal-like volumes, as if thrown into space by a controlled explosion. From afar, the intricately layered chandelier appears as a unified whole, only revealing its varied modulations and sub-articulations upon closer examination.

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Photos courtesy of Established & Sons