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Ligne Roset Réamur showroom in Paris  will soon show “Beau Fixe” by Inga Sempé well known for her impertinent independence and practical rigour “As a child, we had two armchairs at the seaside, massive like elephants sitting on their hindquarters, the front legs of which formed the armrests and ‘ears’. These ‘ears’, I loved them since, not being at home, I could mess them up : I was always snuggled there in my wet swimsuit, my damp hair resting against an ‘ear’ whilst I wiped my hands on the sausage-shaped armrests. Redesigning such an armchair is a difficult undertaking : I had to work with this typology without nostalgia, seeing past its common association with convalescents or the retiredLire la suite…

 

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Bon Marché has invited the House of Finn Juhl Paris for a special exhibition from 1st to 30th April, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the mythical Pelican chair and two new editions that Finn Juhl will present at the Milan Furniture Fair this year, by the Danish manufacturer Onecollection, including the Reading chair designed in 1953 (photo above).

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The Stockholm based Studio, Form Us With Love, has designed a new range of acoustic panels for Baux after being given the brief to think large. In a combination of property and geometry, the studio decided to bring chunks of Swedish forest into the interior space using a wide format. Lire la suite…

 

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From now on one can also say la Duende! To provide even more efficient support to design, contemporary art and lifestyle firms in terms of their international development, Duende PR is opening an office in Milan, the nerve centre of contemporary furniture and design and architectural press. Headed by Carolina Cassani, an interior designer who graduated from Central St. Martins (London) before moving on to design for Wallpaper and World of Interiors, the Milan based Duende PR branch is set to become the privileged counterpart of Italian journalists and a key representative for our client events at the Milan International Furniture Fair. An equivalent branch will open its doors in London in September to improve the European and global resonance of our agency with 60 % of the budget now distributed outside France in the United States, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic and Sweden. A new chapter is beginning for Duende, created in 2007  to become a relay for cutting-edge creation, today’s expert in digital public relations, print media and brand content adapted to the art of living businesses and new technologies.  Commercial contact: Anthony van den Bossche advb@duendepr.com

 

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Soon at Ligne Roset Réaumur showroom in Paris, Miss Marble is designed by Fabien Dumas. By virtue of its simplicity, Miss Marble already has all the ingredients of a great classic. What gives it real presence is the minimalist yet qualitative use of materials – a circular base on  which rests a marble parallelepiped counter-weight, a bent tube supporting the shade, a domed half-sphere which may be angled to diffuse the light – and the purity of its immaculate white design. This minimalism does not preclude an eye for detail (elegant black and white woven textile cable) or a preoccupation with ecology (low-consumption LED bulb), both constants with this designer, whose fairly infrequent productions always aim for the very essential.  Lire la suite…

 

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Soon at Ligne Roset Réaumur showroom (Paris), Andy sofa by Pierre Paulin designed in 1962. Between 1953 and 1959, Pierre Paulin’s initial creations were produced by Meubles TV and Thonet France. In 1958 though, he met Kho Liang Te, Artistic Director of Artifort, and his Managing Director Harry Wagemans, who were on the lookout for a French designer. With the pick of many promising young talents, they had the foresight to choose him, despite his reserved and untalkative demeanour. Lire la suite…

 

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Soon at Ligne Roset Réaumur showroom, Paper lamp by cuban designer René Barba explores a new material for Ligne Roset : non-woven fabric. Not just any old fabric, of course: a special non-woven fabric which is tear-proof and classed M1 (non-inflammable). This non-woven fabric is made up in a kind of double-sided envelope, with one printed and one white face – this covers the entire structure and also the black lacquered steel base. This shade in non-woven fabric, light as a feather, gives off a muted light to create a calming atmosphere. With its attractive curves, the delicate nature of its irregular hand-drawn style (vertical stripes in the case of the small version and squares in the case of the large version) is the source of its charm. Lire la suite…

 

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For the Maison & Objet fair, Brokis presents Whistle, a new pendant light by Lucie Koldova. Whistle is a new, very contemporary  story in the playful sensuality of the glassblower. Whistle is one of the nickname glassblowers give to the cane they use to blow glass. A rustic and solid tool that Lucie Koldova hollows out, revealing the full transparency of its interior with which she invents a hybrid form filled with the energy from the blowing and the light. Whistle is a simple luminous stroke, wrapped in a diaphanous shade embracing its vertical drop revealing it in its best light. Lire la suite…

 

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Before discovering the exciting PP Mobler relaunch of the Pot chair by Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel next month at Stockholm furniture fair, here is a look back to the pp112 designed in 1978 by Hans Wegner for PP. p112 is a hybrid design comprising features from Wegner’s series of Chinese chairs and his many attempts at creating a modern version of the British Windsor Chair. Consequently this easy chair is light and elegant, and it is a brilliant example of Wegner’s insistence on traditional simplicity in both construction and design. Lire la suite…

 

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Moda International and Walter Knoll are delighted to host systems – a retrospective of 1960’s Braun Design, together with a graphic interpretation of Dieter Rams design values today. Braun and Walter Knoll are excellent examples of German design history. The former with industrial design, the latter with furniture design. Being influenced by the Bauhaus and the German modernism movement, Braun and Walter Knoll have become major references and have shaped the world of modern design. Curated by das programm – online archive and gallery of designs by Dieter Rams for Braun – systems is an exhibition of commissioned poster designs, and examples ‘60s Braun Design printed materials and products first presented in London by the end of 2013. Lire la suite…