It's February (already) and time to take a look at new products I've spotted by talented designers from all over the world including Sweden, Italy, Spain, France, and of course the UK. Here's a few of my favourite picks of which I'm sure to be seeing a lot more of this year, including 3D printed lighting, metallic surfaces and fabric held in tension.
Cabinet Luftig by 3 Swedes
Project 3 Swedes is the result of a collaboration between Charlie Styrbjörn Nilsson, Olle K Engberg and Ludwig Berg. This cabinet offers a temporary storage for clothes, with a dignified and airy space for worn garments to be refreshed and displayed in. The thin ribs twist along their vertical path, and make the surface flow as if it was made of fabric. The cabinet was exhibited as part of the D3 Design Talents at Imm cologne 2014.
Afillia by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo
Stripping away the frills poses the risk of coming up against bare essentials, sometimes in a highly visible way. A fine example are Alessandro Zambelli’s new lights, designed for .exnovo. He calls the collection “Afillia,” a name borrowed from botany. In plant terms, it means leafless, though not lifeless: surely an apt image for a collection of luminous essentials and airy voids.
The Afillia range of six lighting accessories consists of three table lamps and three pendant lights. The base or socket ring is in Swiss pine, a premium wood from the Alto Adige mountains, hand-crafted according to the region’s ancient traditions. The wood fitting locks on to a light diffuser in polyamide (also known as nylon fibre), sintered by professional 3D printing.
The centrepiece of each accessory is a diffuser which embraces and embellishes space. Delicate, lace-like patterns with their geometrical pinholes give rise to two-dimensional origami in thin, curvaceous spirals. Free to waver at will, the light casts fleeting shadows, then beams into unexpected focus, forming compact halos, round and bright. This is energy in fluid form, in the no-man’s land between stuff and shape, air and light.
T-table by Jamie Hayon for Bosa
Functional, simple and organic, the T-table is easy to hold and move around. Meant as a small additional table to be placed near a chair, sofa or lounge, it can be used both as support and as a decor element. The T-table can be set alone or in a pack, reminiscent of mushrooms in a forest.
DRAPEE by Constance Guisset is a chair made of steel wires. The lines between the back and the seat reproduce the fluid motion of a drape. They are framed by a curve that cross delicately and extend to form the feet. And it is stackable!
Moire side table by Studio Roso, featuring perforated metal sliding doors allowing glimpses into the table through both the perforations and opening or closing the doors.
Helga by Jesper Su Rosenmeier
Helga is a chair for the lobby, foyer or private homes. The chair is intended to create a private sphere in an increasingly stressful life. Sometimes we need it in our homes, sometimes in the lobby or sometimes at a hotel.
The fabric is pulled down over a steel frame, and in this way the chair is being created. The fabric and the steel work together to create a private space for the user.
All images courtesy of the designers