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Monthly Archives: May 2014
At the very beginning of the project, Nanimarquina decided to create a series of rugs that evoke the sensual and shiny world of tribal folk embroidery of India. They already had in mind intricately hand crafted embroideries made by the Nomadic community of the Rabaris from Kutch region. Nipa’s aunt had an amazing embroidery workshop in Ahmedabad, with 25 highly skilled craftswomen, who were all experts in hand embroidery, working with glistening mirrors, silk and cotton thread and metallic sequins amongst other non-precious materials. The women sat together on rugs on the floor, surrounded by these jewel like elements scattered around them as they worked. Often collaborating in groups, the intricate embroideries took several days to complete.
“We wanted our collection for Nani Marquina to reference the unfinished embroideries like studies of different techniques in progress, as they gradually emerge over time. The spontaneous compositions of the rugs embody the serendipity and freedom to improvise inherent in each step of a handmade piece; Joyful, irreverent and unique.” Doshi Levien
The Rabari collection consists of three carpets made from 100% New Zealand wool, handmade in India by using the hand knotted and hand woven Sumak techniques.
We were delighted to see that Enea had again expanded our best-selling Lottus collection with the Lottus XL Lounge chair. Available with a ply shell on a timber four leg frame, sled base and spin base – this is the perfect solution for a compact waiting/reception/breakout chair. Their new Ema chair had its first outing and it will fill the gap for a comfortable, high-density, stackable chair for education, hospitality and conference spaces.
Another brush-with-fame moment on the Enea stand as we got to chat with Manuel Molina, of Lievore Altherr Molina about his studio, design process and how he spends his summers.
As always, Sancal’s stand was fun, quirky and innovative. Their mantra is not to be a one-size-fits-all manufacturer. And this vision spills over into their product on display at Milano which is a cohesive collection of well-designed commercial pieces.
Their Grafica collection introduced eight totally new pieces at the Salone, and if we had to pick one, it’d definitely be REW by Rafa Garcia. We’ll talk about the whole Grafica package in the Milan report but for now, REW is an acronym for rest-eat-work, and it’s a tremendously versatile chair/bench/sofa system that can be used for a variety of diverse projects that require pieces for resting, eating or working.
Capdell’s stand was again a highlight with natural fibres, bright colours and innovative product. Their relationship with both established and up-and-coming designers means they are creating a vibrant, fresh new aesthetic. This is nowhere as apparent as in Panel, their new lounge chair by young designer Lucy Kurrein.
Panel is a lounge chair fabricated from sheet steel and tailored leather with exposed edges – a hollow chair rather than a solid one, an economical alternative to material-heavy upholstered furniture. We’re really looking forward to having this in our showroom.
Perch by Australian designer Marcel Sigel, is a stool that combines curved and straight lines in a simple but carefully traced way. The aluminium footrest is the perfect counterpoint to an aesthetically appealing seat which is mainly made of wood.
The collection consists of bar stool, counter height stool and low stool. All available in a range of timber and lacquer stains.