In With The New: Springtime Reveals a Fresh Take on Design Classics

Posted on: April 16, 2020


pringtime reveals a fresh take on design classics.

Known for boiling objects down to their essential shapes, Philippe Malouin has launched a family of ceramic and glass vessels for Finnish homeware specialists Iittala. The Kuru series, named after the Finnish word for “gorge,” references sculptural geometric voids that draw the eye while holding everyday knickknacks. And thanks to the muted colours and varied glazed finishes, the Kuru pieces are easily displayed together. From US$55.


To celebrate the 150th birthday of Henri Matisse, Maison Matisse, a boutique founded by the fourth generation of the artist’s family, commissioned several renowned international designers to create limited-edition objets d’art. This teeming ocean-inspired vase from Spanish designer Jaime Hayon — a visual artist in his own right — is a tribute to Matisse’s colour-rich yet serene 1940 canvas, Interior with an Etruscan Vase. Price upon request.


Prism wallpaper from Calico was inspired by refracted sunshine dancing on the wall. After experimenting with various prismatic forms, the brand’s in-house design team produced a spectrum of colours that they then photographed and combined into alluring collages of dappled light. There are five ambient “colourways” to choose from in the series, each imbuing its own mood — and lightness — into a space. US$28 a square foot.


For design collective E-ggs, inspiration for the delightfully hued Tani bench came via Japan. The minimalist varnished-ash seat dips inwards, preferring an inviting perch that is ideal for entryways. Available in three widths, the Tani is complemented by cushions in an array of hard-wearing fabrics. Best of all, its powder-coated still frame stands up to wet boots. From €950.


Serbian-born fashion and furniture designer Ana Kraš’s Bonbon lampshade collection for Danish brand HAY takes inspiration from her exquisite line drawings and uses an original weaving technique to hand-wrap strands of fuzzy coloured yarn around spot-welded steel frames. The pendants — in yellow mélange and in earth tones — cast a warm, appealingly retro glow. From US$495.


Michael Anastassiades, known for devising heavenly lightning, is behind the Pillar Bedroom Group, a tasteful three-piece collection for Herman Miller, comprised of a four-poster bed (king or queen), a five-drawer tall dresser and a six-drawer low dresser. Defined by brass knobs and cylindrical legs, the pieces are at once timeless, simple and practical — spot on for modern sleeping quarters. Bed, from $5,620; dressers, from $4,120.


Originally conceived for Club Unseen, an imaginary cocktail bar staged for Italian brand Tacchini, the Pastilles collection by the all- women design team Studiopepe features an armchair, coffee table and ottoman in a choice of fabric or leather paired with gleaming aluminum bases. Round and compact, the studio’s take on a classic cocktail chair delivers coziness in an irresistible candy-coloured shell. Prices upon request.


From award-winning Chinese design duo Neri& Hu comes the Society tableware collection, which rewards conversation and consciously slowing down. Launched by Paola C., the series includes a fruit bowl, vase, carafe, candle holders and a tea set (with a walnut tray), all in globular blown-glass shapes with brass details. Nostalgic and whimsical, it will have everyone talking at the table. From €72.

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