• Finally it’s summer with this Summer chair

    Isn’t it great when the summer season begins and you find an extraordinary chair you really want to sit on? Well, I did. After a long search I have finally found a chair that would be perfect for our balcony.

    Appropriately it’s called ‘Summer’ and it’s made by the Italian company SCAB Design from a design by Roberto Semprini.

    ‘Summer’ is available in three versions; with or without armrests or as a bar stool. It’s produced in powder-coated tubular steel and available in a range of colours including white, anthracite, dove gray, brick red, linden green, light blue.

    Its pure and sleek design is absolutely appealing, I particularly like the anthracite and gold version without the armrests. As well as being extremely elegant the chair is very practical as it is lightweight and stackable and would suit both indoor and outdoor use (apart from the gold version, it’s just for indoor use).

    At Salone del Mobile 2018 SCAB Design presented four indoor and outdoor seating collections manufactured in Italy and inspired by the legendary 50’s and 60’s. These were all created in collaboration with handpicked Italian designers, one of whom is Roberto Semprini who designed the ‘Summer’ chair and who is known, among other things, for Tatlin, a spectacular spiral sofa.

    I’m so happy to have discovered this company at the fair as I thought my search for the perfect balcony chair would never end. Now summer can come with those beautiful, airy ‘Summer’ chairs.

     

    Dimensions: 57.5 cm x 52 cm x  80 cm | credit: https://www.scabdesign.com/en/

    Thank you Clara Buoncristiani PR for the press material.

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  • A puristic bench inspired by Japanese culture

    Today I would like to introduce some more beautiful furniture: Torii – a bench produced by Viccarbe and designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba. It’s simplicity and pure beauty has kept me thrilled ever since seeing it during Salone del Mobile 2018 in Milan.

    The brand new Torii bench is defined by it’s multi functionality. It can be set to the same height as a chair, which means it can be used as a desk or other table and, of course, it can be placed in collaborative spaces. Colours, upholstery and electrics are available in several options. I’m smitten by the lovely colour combination which they presented at the fair (seen in the above picture.)

    The famous designer couple, Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, took their inspiration from traditional Japanese culture and designed Torii in reference to the arches normally found at the entrance to Shinto shrines and which embody the frontier between earthly and sacred matters.

    The furniture Viccarbe presented at Salone del Mobile all have one thing in common, carefully designed with the highest standards in partnership with the most prestigious international designers they are all suited to a pure, timeless and contemporary lifestyle.

    For me they were a definite highlight of the fair and new favorite bench.

    Thank you Viccarbe fort the press material. Credit: https://www.viccarbe.com

  • A shelf to express yourself

    Some weeks have past already since Salone del Mobile 2018 in Milan Italy, but still there are so many brands and products I want to tell you about.

    Have you ever heared of the Danish company Montana? I am pretty sure you’ve seen some of their furniture without knowing.

    Since 1982 Montana is producing different storage systems which are known for their simplicity, functionality and high standards – all manufactured in Denmark. The company has been founded by Peter J. Lassen who worked from the beginning closely with designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Jørn Utzen, Piet Hein and Verner Panton.

    Lassens vision was not just to create furniture but also add his values such as freedom, flexibility and creativity to his designs. He invented different modular systems which allows customers to play around and add their individual touch.

    Montana is represented in numerous leading furniture shops in Europe and is starting now to go global. I think customers worldwide appreciate their modular systems to organize personal belongings and the flexibility in the design.

    At Salone del Mobile 2018 they have presented themselves with an outstanding booth painted in various shades of red and storage systems reaching right up to the ceiling.

    The brandnew shelving concept „Montana Free“, which they launched at Salone del Mobile blew my mind – especially the version in China Red.

    „Montana Free“ is a minimalistic and elegant airy shelving solution which seems to be not just solid but also long lasting. It is designed by one of the most respected Danish designers Jakob Wagner. His designs are renowned and have been exhibited worldwide.

    The shelf offers endless opportunities to express your personality like a big open canvas. You can choose between 12 different standard compositions which will help to solve several room circumstances. The smallest version is a two-shelf-high bench and the biggest a six-shelf-high shelf depending on your needs. It is easy to assemble and mobile which brings a big application spectrum.

    It consists of lacquered MDF shelves in depth 38 cm divided by tubes emphasizing the horizontal shelves. The shelves and the tubes are available in four lacquer colours: New White, Fjord, China Red and Black. The panels feature the textile Remix 2 from Kvadrat and are available in the following colours: Purple, Stone, Grey, Natural, Rust, Lilac, Nude and Mustard.

    Great work: “The shelving system has all the marks of Montana’s unique DNA and the high quality you would expect. Made by Montana. Interpreted by you.”

    Thank you Montana for the press material. Credit: https://www.montana.dk

    Price range: 501,00€ – 2.076,00€. Panels 93,00€ (Germany)

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  • Elegance, lightness & impressiv craftsmanship – combined in one chair

    During my visit to Salone del Mobile 2018 I strolled through many impressive booths but the chair series called Igman designed by Harri Koskinen for Zanat especially caught my eye.

    Even from a distance I could sense the quality and character of the chairs. The matt wooden frame and the removeable soft saddle leather seat and backrest appeared elegant and unbiased to me. The additional hand carved details on the flat cut surfaces of the armrests and back beam completed the stylish and modern look.

    Harri Koskinen, the highly renown Finish designer who has already worked for such brands as Alessi, Artek, Issey Miyake Inc, Muji and Iittala created the Igman series along with others for Zanat.

    After my initial attraction to this lovely furniture I wanted to learn more about Zanat’s touching family history. They only launched as a brand in 2015 but their roots begin more than a century ago when the great grandfather of Zanat’s founders learned a wood carving technique from pioneer wood carver entrepreneurs. These skills were passed down to his sons and and influenced several other furniture workshops in the peacetime period between the First and Second World Wars. And so it came to be that Konjic, the Bosnian hometown of Zanat, became a popular centre for hand carved furniture and local hardwood decorative objects.

    But this was not without its challenges. The World Wars, the advent of socialism and a series of wars thereafter forced the woodcarvers to close their businesses in 1995. Luckily, they always believed in their craft and restarted and continued their work whenever conditions allowed.

    Zanat’s foundation is based on a legacy that has spanned more than four generations. With the aim to use old craftsmanship to show how traditional handcraving techniques can seamlessly blend with modern design they are opening new possibilities and contributing to sustainable socioeconomic development.

    The specific heirloom woodcarving technique from Konjic practised by Zanat was inscribed into the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on December 6, 2017. Now, at a time when Bosnia is suffering one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe, Zanat is creating opportunities, hiring and training young people and breathing a new life into this UNESCO listed hand-carving technique.

    The Igman Dining chair and the companion Lounge chair and Ottoman are definitely three of my favourite pieces from the whole faire and have remained on my mind and on my own apartment wishlist ever since.

     

    Specifications:

    Igman Chair: height 76 cm, depth 60 cm, width 55 cm | Igman Lounge Chair: 75 cm, depth 75 cm, width 93 cm | Igman Ottoman: height 40 cm, depth 56 cm, width 60 cm

    Thank you Zanat for providing the press material. Credit: www.zanat.org

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