Ranging from classic to cutting edge and refined through playful, Spanish designers and brands presented a marvellous variety of products at this year’s Salone del Mobile.
May 8th, 2014
Above: Kettal’s outdoor collection
On the eve of its fiftieth birthday, the Barcelona-based company is a wonderful reminder that maturity need not come at the price of innovation and energy. This combination of expertise and enthusiasm was evident in the new releases at the fair, with highlights including the expanded Pavilions, the Roll chair by Patricia Urquiola and and the Kettal Village by Jasper Morisson.
BD Barcelona Design
BD Barcelona Design delivered dynamic and slightly whimsical new products this year, with stand outs being Doshi Levien’s ‘Shanty’ cabinet and Jaime Hayon’s ‘Gardenia’s Indoor’ collection.
Doshi Levien’s ‘Shanty’ cabinet
Characteristically slick and sinuous, the Valencian company’s new releases would be perfectly suited to the home of an elegant Bond villain. Particularly striking is the ‘Wing’ collection, with its dramatic curves and fluid volumes.
Punt make for a pleasing counterpoint to their more flamboyant compatriots, producing beautifully considered, understated timber furniture and accessories. Borja Garcia’s Ernest/Ernesta writing/dressing desks and Mario Ruiz’s Stockholm console are perfect examples of this, marrying sophistication and artisanship.
With a mediterranean expertise for all things al fresco, Gandia Blasco unveiled the Jian collection of outdoor furniture by Shanghai-based studio Neri & Hu. Light, clean and accommodating, the collection affords pared back elegance to external situations.
Taking centre-stage at Nanimarquina’s stand was the new ‘Rabari’ rug collection by Doshi Levien. Inspired by the tradition of Indian embroidery (a craft close to the heart of designer Nipa Doshi, whose aunt had an embroidery workshop in Ahmedabad), the rugs reference the unfinished embroideries like studies of different techniques in progress, as they gradually emerge over time.
Yonoh Studio returned to the Inclass stand with the Arc Table this year – a complement to last year’s Arc Chair. Maintaining the chair’s elegant, organic form, the Arc Table’s simple pairing of steel rod structure and moulded plywood is beautifully simple.
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