There are so many beautiful pieces in Jaime Hayon's collection for relatively new London-based design firm Sé. How does one choose?! Easy when there's a piece that's so unique it doesn't remind you of anything else- a whoa, what is that, piece. Allow me to invite you to glance appreciatively at Arpa, the chair.
I've bookmarked so many lovely things that were featured in Milan, thinking I'd showcase this 'n that over the next few weeks, but I can't help myself! Here's a grouping of good stuff; let's call it Best of Milan 2011, part 1:
Il Salone del Mobile 2011, top to bottom:
Muuto's super-adorable and squambly* Bulky sugar bowl from the Bulky collection by Jonas Wagell
Cappellini's Tafelstukken table lamp by Daphna Laurens, part of a 3-piece collection of lamps that incorporate useful bowls for mini-storage and safekeeping
Established & Sons Takeaway; challenging the theory that what's inside the box is more interesting than the container itself- in a Tobi Wong-esque way. Charming.
The Bouroullec Brothers new & covetable creature is all set to replace old-school classics like Vitra's Eames House Bird and Kay Bojensen's Monkey for Rosendahl. He's called L‘Oiseau and will be manufactured by Vitra
Favorite chairs from last week's Il Salone del Mobile 2011 in Milan? Jasper Morrison's gorgeous solid ash upholstered dining chairs. They're new additions to his Bac collection for Cappellini. Bac Two features a rounded back while Bac One has got to die for Grand Prix-esque proportions.
What a lovely wooden chair- and table too. Their designer is Inga Sempé, my favorite. Her creations have been drooled over in this blog since its start. She just makes such beautiful, perfect objects and furniture. Just look at the details that prettify this simple wooden chair. Notice the slice taken out of the backrest for comfort's sake, and the matching cuts at the feet & joints. The same details are present in the modestly sized table. It's 70cm squared (roughly 27.5"), perfect for small spaces, but with those lovely legs and indentations, imagine how amazing several of them would look stacked together (Take note about-to-open stylish restaurants!!). The Österlen chair and table are made from solid & ply Ash and are manufactured by Swedish company Gärsnäs.
Looking to add lounge seating to your space- something minimal but not boring? GamFratesi's charming Cartoon chair has an expansive backrest, solid oak frame, and is available in several colours. Through Swedese.
Leif.designpark's Tone Collection for De La Espada makes gorgeous use of a mix of woods. The handsome facade of their chest & cabinet both feature equal doses of solid American black walnut, American cherry and chestnut. The Tone Chair is inspired by traditional Japanese marquetry. Choose either American black walnut or oak for its base and think carefully before deciding on the wood veneer combo for the seat. There are five truly amazing colourways to choose from, using woods as exotic (but always sustainable) as bubinga, shedua, and American sweetgum. Yum! Chair material details found here.
Previous love letters to De La Espada can be found here, here, and here. Yes, friends, it's serious. Now if only I could afford something by them. How about a diffusion line, love?
Aren't these pieces lovely? They're from the UK's Dare Studio; a studio that emphasizes small batch production and craft. They combine innovative shapes with gorgeous materials like solid American black walnut, teak, and white oak.
Oh, how wonderful it would be to spend the upcoming weekend tucked in the Valdemar chair with a good book... The beautifully enveloping chair was designed by Martin Kechayas and Christian Nørgaard and is meant to both afford the user an intimate place to rest and be supremely comfortable. Valdemar is Danish for "ruling with greatness", an homage to Denmark's King Valdemar the Great. Normann Copenhagen will debut the chair in select stores in October.