08 Jun Furniture Fairs cancelled – new products launched (part 2)!
With the cancellation of the Milan furniture fair many manufacturers have turned to digital platforms to get new products out into the world. We can now share with you some of our favourite items, selected with a particular focus on the residential market. (See our last News item for some of the products launched onto the contract market). The first 2 products are relaunches of designs first seen in 1970 and 1941 – a reflection of great design. Other introductions include a flexible shelving product and examples from a large number of lighting launches.
Camaleonda – B&B Italia
Originally designed in 1970, this design icon by Mario Bellini has been brought back into production after a careful design process between Bellini and the Research department at B&B Italia. It was decided to keep the 90×90 cm seat module, together with the backrest and the armrest, faithful to the original project, whose original cutting pattern was used for the new edition. The generous padding that forms the characteristic capitonné design remains unchanged, still manufactured with the innovative system of cables, hooks and ringscreated by Bellini in 1970, which defines the characteristic look and modularity. Thanks to the tie-rods and the rings the modules can be unhooked and recombined at will, allowing the sofa to adapt to an evolving taste and the dynamic needs of those using it. The fundamental characteristic of Camaleonda is its unlimited modularity.
While the aesthetics, dimensions, proportions and the way the sofa is configured remain unchanged but the composition of the interior has been completely redesigned. The “sandwich” structure of Camaleonda is made up of recycled or recyclable materials that can be easily disassembled. Modern materials and innovative construction have created a high level of comfort.
Chaise Tout Bois – Vitra
Chaise Tout Bois is the only chair by the French ‘constructeur’ and designer Jean Prouvé that is made entirely out of wood. The design is very similar to Prouvé’s famous Standard chair, but wood was substituted for the metal base due to the scarcity of metal during the Second World War.
The design passed through several variants over the post war years and became what is today the Standard chair in metal and wood. Chaise Tout Bois by Vitra corresponds to one of Jean Prouvé’s design variants from 1941, whose construction does not require a single screw. The warm look and feel of wood contrasts appealingly with the practical structural design, which is typical of Prouvé’s functional approach. Chaise Tout Bois is available in light oak or dark-stained oak.
Madre – Foscarini
A beautiful new table light designed by Andrea Anastasio. Madre has an opening, which interrupts the large luminous body, creating a magical vision, where internal and external light are exchanged and merge together, while the upper hollow conceals a vase. The light source is dimmable LED and the vase can house dry flowers and branches.
AJ Stainless Steel – Louis Poulsen
Louis Poulsen have launched the AJ series in Stainless Steel. Designed by Arne Jacobsen the fittings are available in the 4 different variants: Table, Mini Table, Floor and Wall. The lamp is made of solid stainless steel and polished to a beautiful silky look that reflects the surroundings.
Bost – Treku
Bost is a new modular shelf designed by Yonoh for Treku. The result is a product that harmonises wood and metal organically and has multifunctional uses in different spaces. You can use a single piece in a corner or a combination for large storage or display purposes. There are a range of storage accessories to add practicality and identify with the living room, the entrance hall, a bedroom or even a commercial space.
Dots & Ochre Rugs – Fritz Hansen
Two new rug designs by Cecilie Manz. Various tufting heights within each design make these rugs subtly three dimensional and tactically interesting. Each rug is hand tufted in India and coloured with acid-free dye. Proceeds from production support children’s education in Nepal.
Grand Relax – Vitra
Grand Relax is a luxurious reclining lounge chair combining outstanding comfort with compact dimensions and a classic understated aesthetic. Launched last year in leather the Grand Relax armchair is now available in a combination of leather and fabric. The lower half of the outer backrest shell is covered with embossed split leather, forming a type of shield that enfolds the user, while the back and inner faces in fabric create a contrast, which can be further accentuated with the choice of different colours. Soft seat and back cushions sit loosely on the lounge chair and snugly envelop the sitter.
The seat and backrest recline, moving independently in synchronised motion. A control knob can be rotated to adjust the resistance of the mechanism, and the backrest can be locked at any angle. Mounted on an elegant four-star base made of aluminium, the lounge chair can be rotated 360°. A matching ottoman is available as a footrest or additional seating option.
All of these new products are now available to order so do get in touch if you wish more information.
We’re still hard at work during these times of COVID. We’re responding to enquiries, taking orders and looking forward to welcoming clients back to our showroom. Following government guidance we are hopeful that the showroom can reopen later this month. The safety of our customers and staff are of utmost importance and initially this will be for appointments only. We will have clear guidelines to maintain social distance and provide practical measures such as hand sanitiser and facemasks.
We hope to announce more news on the showroom reopening very soon!