The halls with the most big names, 16 & 20 were crowded, chaotic, and populated with extraordinarily lavish stands.
April 22nd, 2014
Conceived by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto as a cool, tranquil forest, Cassina’s stand proved to be a major draw amongst visitors. The Italian furniture brand presented several new designs this year, such as Patrick Nouget’s P22, a contemporary interpretation of a classic bergère armchair. The Torei collection of tables by Luca Nichetto has also been extended to include new finishes and shapes.
This year, Emeco have collaborated with Nendo to produce a series of stools and tables called The Su Collection. The tabletop is made from high-pressure laminate, while the stool seats come in three new sustainable material options including reclaimed oak, eco-concrete, and recycled polyethylene. The legs are in Emeco’s traditional material – recycled aluminium – with either a natural or black anodised finish. There’s also the option of having it in reclaimed oak.
Dedon’s stand was a pristine white tropical wilderness, with sounds of nature to boot, from the shrieks of birds to claps of thunder – an ideal backdrop to showcase the new Ahnda chair by Stephen Burks, which is produced by Dedon’s weaving experts in the Philippines. The chair comes with both a high and a low backrest.
Vitra had one of the busiest stands at the fair. One of its latest designs included the East River Chair by Hella Jongerius. It featured a handle on the back of the seat for easy relocation and – as is perhaps characteristic of the Dutch designer – came in striking colour combinations.
Over at e15, our attention was drawn to not one but two whimsical lighting designs. The first, the North Light Series by Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau, is available as pendant, wall and floor lamps, and in different colours and sizes. It’s appearance changes depending on the viewer’s perspective. The second, Light Colour by Daniel Rybakken and Andreas Engesvik, is both a light and sculpture and draws inspiration from changing natural light scenes.
Zinta, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, took up significant space at the Arper stand. The lightweight, modular sofa system featured smooth lines and warm materials, while its variable lengths and gentle angles allowed it to weave easily and gently through the space. Zinta’s modularity makes it ideal for a diverse range of interior environments.
Patricia Urquiola’s latest collaboration with Moroso, [love me) Tender, is a modular sofa system covered in soft wool jersey. It’s made up of a series of easily assembled, interchangeable parts and, rather intriguingly, the modules appear to defy gravity as they stand in contrast to the lightness of the discreet platform and legs.
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