May 2014

Milan preview issue

Featuring a limited-edition
cover by Jaime Hayon

THE W* HOUSE

We thought it only fair to throw open the doors to the W* House and share with you how we’d fit out our dream digs. From consoles to cupboards, beds to bookcases, the W* House features our favourite pieces of design from across the globe, room by room. When it comes to sharing our finds, we wanted to keep things simple, letting you furnish your house with the click of a mouse, the Wallpaper* way. 

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'Loop' sideboard

Goula/Figuera and Fāctil
Price on request

With its seamless solid-oak shuttered façade devoid of any handles, it's not immediately obvious how Alvaro Goula's Loop sideboard is opened. Instead, users must locate the two slats, which are not attached to the runner, push them inwards and then slide the shutters apart. The looped steel bar legs provide additional structural support, allowing the shutters to be opened all the way around to the back.

‘Afordances #1’ side table

Jonathan Zawada / Matter
$3,200

Supplied through New York design emporium Matter, the 'Affordances #1 (You Only Reincarnate Infinitely)' series by Australian designer Jonathan Zawada is an open edition of side tables, each made from three intersecting slices of marble, granite or synthetic stone. Due to their simple construction, the tables are all flat-packed and the components can be interchanged to create bespoke compositions of colour and texture.

‘Candelabra’ side table

Heba Hammad at The American University of Sharjah
Prototype

Made up of layered panels of polycarbonate threaded onto steel rods, Egyptian designer Heba Hammad's ethereal side table was originally designed to display burning candles. The melted wax was intended to spill over into the polycarbonate cells, creating wax trails that become part of the design. Since then, 'Candelabra' has evolved into a celebration of its own existence, functioning as a minimalist and transparent objet d'art.

'Veto' bench

Rasha Dakkak at The American University of Sharjah
Prototype

Crafted from layered sections of CNC-cut plywood, Rasha Dakkak's Veto table spells out two Arabic words inspired by the dissent expressed in the Middle East during the Arab Spring. The table reads ‘la’ (meaning refusal, denial or disbelief) when viewed from one side and ‘kalla’ (indicating strong disapproval, protest or objection) when viewed from the other.

'Zigzag' rug

Dominique Perrault and Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost / Chevalier Édition
€6,720

Given their broad portfolio of buildings that feature zig-zagging metal mesh and strong geometry, it's perhaps not surprising that Dominique Perrault and Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost of French firm DPA have designed a geometric rug called 'Zigzag' for Chevalier Édition. Made in luxurious hand knotted wool and/or silk, the zigzag pattern also informs the rug's shape, with its jutting, uneven edges.

'Earth' rug

Nanimarquina / Skandium
€2,100

Established in 1987 by Nani Marquina, this Spanish rug brand has become one of the country’s most celebrated design companies. The Earth Rug from the brand's Natural collection is made from soft jute fibres and is available in five earthy tones such as ochre and terracotta. The fibres are 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable, making them not only kind to the environment but also insulating and antistatic to boot.

'In-The-Sky' mobile

Koichi Futatsumata / E&Y
£210

The delicate metal rods of Koichi Futatsumata's 'In-The-Sky' mobile are arranged in a complex composition that mimics swaying branches in the breeze. Adding an instant sense of calm to the interior, the mobile was one of six pieces created by six different designers as part of Tokyo brand E & Y's 'Edition Horizontal' collection.

‘Kawara’ bench

Tsuyoshi Hayashi
Price on request

When searching for a material with which to make a modular seating system, Eindhoven-based designer Tsuyoshi Hayashi struck upon the brilliant idea of using discarded Japanese roof tiles. When mounted atop a simple wooden frame, the familiar, smooth curve of the ceramic tiles provides an elegant and ergonomic seat.

‘Ki-Oke’ stool

OeO / Nakagawa Mokkougei
£8,700

Designed by Danish studio OeO and handcrafted in Japan by master craftsman Shuji Nakagawa, the Ki-oke stool is a perfect union of Japanese craft and Scandinavian design sensibilities. Constructed from carefully planed staves of Japanese cypress wood, the stools are expertly bound together with metal rings.

'Token’ sideboard

Token and Flat Vernacular
$11,445

Furniture designers Token joined forces with wallpaper manufacturers Flat Vernacular to create this sideboard that celebrates the Brooklyn designers' shared love of impeccable craftsmanship and graphic arts. Flat Vernacular’s decorative wave-like pattern is printed on to the veneer of the doors in a natural colour palette. Open the cabinet and you’ll find the same pattern continues on the inside, but in an unexpected bright pink colour way.

‘Catherine’ chair

Noé Duchaufour- Lawrance / Bernhardt Design
$2,100

The 'Catherine' chair is a contemporary interpretation of a classic European club chair, designed for American brand Bernhardt by Parisian designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. It is simple and serene with sweeping curves, enhanced by an exposed solid maple trim and upholstered welt.

‘Swim’ rug

Tyler Hays / BDDW
$3,125

Designed by Philadelphia-based Tyler Hays for his own furniture brand BDDW, the Swim rug has an undulating, ridged surface that is hand-knotted in Nepal from wool and silk.

'D-Bench'

Danah Al Kubaisy at The American University of Sharjah
Prototype

Created during her time at the American University of Sharjah studying Furniture Design Basics, Danah Al Kubaisy's 'D-Bench' consists of thirty-six 3mm hand-shaped aluminium bars fastened with machine screws to a welded aluminium tube frame. Along the length of the table, the bars break from their ordered lines into an elaborate and undulating sculpture.

'Illusion' armchair

Khalid Shafar
AED5,460 ($1,487)

Dubai-based designer Khalid Shafar was inspired by the energy, buzz and vibrancy of city life when creating the Illusion armchair. Intersecting lengths of rope are wrapped around a wooden frame to create a comfortable seat that Shafar designed as visual representation of the parallel elements of urban living.

'Octa Lamp I'

Khalid Shafar
AED2,650 - 3,900

Reflecting the light with their polished marble surfaces, the weighty Octa floor lamps by Khalid Shafar emit a warm, candle-like glow. The lamps form part of Shafar’s ‘Decohaus’ collection, which mixes Bauhaus, Art Deco and traditional Middle Eastern influences.

'DW 3 Seater'

Anatomy Design
R24,500 ($2,231)

Johannesburg-based interior design studio Anatomy Design created the DW sofa for a client who wanted a blend of old-fashioned craftsmanship with modern lines, while also revealing some of the sofa’s inner workings. Andrea Kleinloog of Anatomy design explains, ‘After toying with many ideas, we explored the fact that a back cushion is normally Velcro’d onto the back of a sofa and so we decided to, almost brutally, belt it onto the sofa instead.’

'Hangman' light

Anatomy Design
R9,000 ($820)

The design of the 'Hangman' floor lamp is centred around its unique bulbs. Resembling a pair of scales, two spun brass shades expose the glass of the bulb while indirectly capturing the light. Anatomy Design came up with the name while creating the first prototype. ‘It looked almost like a Frankenstein of available parts and pieces,’ says designer Andrea Kleinloog. ‘It resembled a game we played as kids called Hangman, where you guessed letters to form words – and for all the incorrect ones, you completed the picture of a hanged man.’

'Elephant' vase

Somandla Ntshalintshali and Jabu Nene / Ardmore Ceramic Art
R70,000 ($6,376)

For more than twenty years Fèe Halsted’s Ardmore Ceramic Art Company has been creating elaborate, handmade and hand-painted sculptural pottery inspired by the South African midlands. Tribal patterns, wild animals and intricate silhouettes make for vibrant pieces, many of which have been designed for Halsted’s brother-in-law, silversmith and animal sculptor Patrick Mavros.

Side table

Pieter Henning / Mock Mock
R8,800 ($801)

Hailing from McGregor in South Africa's Klein Karoo, Pieter Henning follows a design methodology that consists of deconstructing objects to their bare essentials. The result is a portfolio of poised, elegant pieces – such as his 'Regular' tables, made from raw solid copper and natural stone. Technically, says Henning, the name ‘Regular’ is a reference to the table’s geometric construction. But symbolically it refers to its ambition to fit in.

'Samosa' table

Xandre Kriel
R57,250 ($5,215)

With its folded form inspired by the humble samosa, designer and sculptor Xandre Kriel’s 'Samosa' table is made of bent steel with an oxidised patina finish. Composed of an equilateral triangle supported by three semi-circular legs, the table is perfectly geometric (and consequently immensely strong). The aesthetic appeal of simple geometry is something that holds a particular fascination for Kriel, who has said, ‘[People] seem mesmerised by the shape, irrespective of age. There are some shapes one likes without exactly knowing why.’

'Scancarò' tables

Antonino Sciortino / La Cividina
Price on request

Antonino Sciortino's new Scancaro tables for fellow Italian, La Cividina, cut a strong figure thanks to their provocative shapes that pay homage to their name (Scancaro is Sicilian for 'bent'). The tables, which are constructed by welding cylinders onto iron sheets, are appropriately askew. Available in a palette of matte ice-cream shades, each table is also playfully suspended off the ground, giving it a feeling of lightness.

Table from 'The Rare Collection'

Joyce Wang / Joyce Wang
Price on request

We recently spotted Hong Kong architect Joyce Wang's 'The Rare Collection' series of tables and were particularly taken with their perfectly proportioned geometric design. The tables come in a range of sizes and feature hand-carved tops made from rare Brazilian marble set within a claw of corten steel, atop a rose-gold mirrored base. Each exquisitely crafted piece of marble is created by artisanal masonry craftsmen in south-western China and comes in shades ranging from pale pink to blood red.

'Hug' armchair

Claesson Koivisto Rune / Arflex
From £2,100

Claesson Koivisto Rune's 'Hug' armchair for Arflex invites you to take refuge in its ample seat and seek reassurance in its enveloping arms. There are two seat heights and two seat options to choose from: one with arms, and another with high sides (pictured here) for more privacy. In addition, the upholstery, wood and leg colour can all be mixed and matched.

'Ninfea' vase

Matteo Zorzenoni
Price on request

This graceful vase was part of a ballet-themed exhibition to celebrate Milan clothing store Dimensione Danza's 30 years in business. Conceived as a pirouetting ballerina, the vase's layers of delicate pink blown glass mimic the dancer's raised arms and tutu.

'Cheshire' lamps

GamFratesi / FontanaArte
From £260 each

It was Alice in Wonderland's grinning Cheshire Cat that GamFratesi had in mind when creating these new lamps for FontanaArte. With a disappearing and reappearing crescent-shaped glow, the lamps silently perch on a tabletop, rest on the floor or hang upside down from the ceiling.

'Tailor' sofa

Rui Alves
Price on request

Portuguese designer Rui Alves hails from a family of skilled craftsmen, so it's no wonder he wanted the carefully made ash wood structure of his 'Tailor' sofa to take centre stage. Wood joints are meticulously executed, while the simple foam shell echoes the frame's light aesthetic.

Airvase (Bauhaus)

Torafu Architects and Mikiya Takimoto / Kami No Kousakujo

After finding inspiration in graphic patterns and space shuttles, Japanese practice Torafu Architects and photographer Mikiya Takimoto have turned to the Bauhaus movement to design a new variation of their ‘Airvase’ collection. The delicate flat-packed bowls, which gain strength when expanded and pulled, now feature details of the legendary German design school building.
Photography: Fuminari Yoshitsugu

'Silk Road' pendant lamp

Jonah Takagi / Roll & Hill
$3,900

Tokyo-born designer Jonah Takagi has layered multiple materials to create his Silk Road collection of pendant lights. A traditional pleated lampshade is encased by a tapered wire cage, shrouded by a large piece of handblown-glass. Atop these sits a spun-metal shade. The result is a pleasing play on texture and pattern.

Ferdinand Kramer

'FK04 Calvert' coffee table / e15
£390

German architect and designer Ferdinand Kramer conceived this table as part of his 'Knock-Down' furniture series while in America in 1951. Revived by German brand e15, the easily invertible and collapsible coffee table is cut from a single plywood sheet, and is available in oak or walnut veneer, as well as coloured lacquer.

Vase from the 'Variations Collection'

Patricia Urquiola / Baccarat
£2,120 per piece

The Variations Collection of vases by Patricia Urquiola for French crystal manufacturer Baccarat teeter somewhere on the brink between object and sculpture. The stackable forms come in two parts, of varying sizes and colours, which can be mixed and matched to eye-popping effect. Each piece has been richly patterned with pleats and cuts, created using glass-cutting principles.

'Scissors' magazine rack

K% / K%
$690

This year is shaping up to be a bumper one for Nendo. Among the Japanese studio's numerous 2012 projects, its new K% label with Singapore's K Projects is most impressive. The concise range includes this ingenious steel magazine rack, which displays all the subtle qualities that have made Nendo such a roaring success.

Fireplace tools

Fabrica / Fabrica
Prototype

A hit at this year's Salone del Mobile, Fabrica's exhibition at Villa Necchi saw designers draw inspiration from the villa's original features to create 25 objects that were then produced by various Italian firms. These elegant fireplace tools reflect the wrought iron and marble surroundings of the property's fireplaces.

'Ruler' coffee tables

Gordon Guillaumier / Tacchini
From €745 each

In the sea of tables and chairs we've seen this year, the purity of Gordon Guillaumier's coffee tables easily stood out. The Milan-based designer's choice of simple shapes is made all the more playful by his pairing of a wafer-thin marble surface with three or four classic wooden legs. Available in polished Biancone marble or matt black travertine, these versatile tables can be arranged and used in numerous combinations, while always embodying the contemporary aesthetic Tacchini is known for.

'Folk' rug

Sylvain Willenz / Chevalier Édition
€1,313

With all the other things to admire in a living room, carpets are often overlooked. Not so with this eye-catching specimen by Belgian designer Sylvain Willenz. Relishing the chance to work solely on a two-dimensional level, the designer settled on three designs that reduced traditional folkloric patterns to their fundamental, geometric form.

'A & A Lounge' sofa

Architecture & Associés / Knoll
€5,160

Knoll has teamed up with Pierre Beucler and Jean-Christophe Poggioli of Architecture Associés, a prolific Parisian practice that has designed boutiques for Dior and Lanvin, to produce a range of seating and ottomans. Their cosy sofa boasts enveloping side panels, chrome legs and copious, horizontal armrests to better balance the remote control on.

'Lit Flavigny' daybed

Jean Prouvé and G-Star Raw / Vitra
£3290

Although initially apprehensive about a fashion brand (no matter how fabulous) meddling with the historic archives of Jean Prouvé, we admit to being very happily surprised by the results of G-Star Raw's recent initiative. Working closely with the Prouvé family and Vitra, the brand has bravely brought alive several of the modernist's most iconic designs, retaining the sense of balance, logic and use of pure and raw materials while applying new and innovative construction techniques and textiles along the way. The Lit Flavigny daybed is especially inviting - perfect for a post prandial nap.

'Plus 31' cabinet

Ralph Van Der Made / Ralph Van Der Made
From DKK20.000

Aside from his work for collective Design By Us in Copenhagen, Ralph Van Der Made is also quietly making a name for himself as an independent furniture designer. The 'Plus 31' cabinet, with its giant circular sliding doors, is one of his best pieces to date and features a layered oak veneer base, massive oak legs, and a series of different doors in acrylic, aluminum and oak veneer that can be swapped around... And around. And around.

Clock

Another Country / Another Country
£39

British furniture brand Another Country's satisfying solid first range of wooden furniture went down such a treat that founder Paul de Zwart (Wallpaper's founding publisher) has decided to reminisce with his latest offering. The clock is a brilliantly simple twist on the company's first piece of furniture, a stool.

'Tab' stools

Nadadora Studio / Sancal
From £289

Spanish design outfit Nadadora Studio found inspiration in the local form of 'trobos' - beehives created from hollowed out tree trunks, typical to the north of the country - for this collection. Echoing their form, the resulting Tab stools are created from curved sheets of chestnut would and come in a broad range of colours.

'Bulb' light

Minimalux / Minimalux
Starts from £185

Celebrating the soon to be obsolete incandescent light bulb, this is the first lighting offering from Minimalux - the fledgling British brand behind last year's beautiful Wallpaper* Handmade cutlery set. Bulb is made from hand blown opal glass with a machined brass stem and cable entry, and is fully compliant with the changing array of energy saving light bulbs. It will be available to buy online from 23 September.

'Staccato' Shelf

Atelier Oï / Röthlisberger Kollektion
€2,165

This shelving system is that perfect occasion when a design is so neatly described by its name. Look at the Staccato shelf long enough and you begin to see how its complicated interlocking grid does, in fact, visually rap out a pattern of closely packed narrow and abrupt spaces. The flexibility and stability of the modular design also means that the shelves, made of natural oak, can expand or contract depending on need and room space, while the shelves are sufficiently tall and deep to fit your precious collection of coffee table books and Muranos.

'Rive Droite' sofa

Christophe Pillet / Ceccotti Collezioni
€10,470

It's rare to find a completely straight line in Christophe Pillet's designs, and when you do find one, it's placed at such an angle as to create the sensation of a curve. His Rive Droite sofa, which is also designed with an accompanying armchair, looks so light in its slender American walnut frame, you almost think it would float off were it not for the weight of its fabric clad cushions (a leather option is also available). A striking addition to any living room.

'Composizioni' floor lamp

Martino Gamper / Nilufar
price on request

When is a lamp not a lamp? We found the answer in Martino Gamper's otherworldly Composizioni collection where he appears to have taken apart quotidian pieces of furniture, rummaged through a pile of spare-parts and reassembled a deconstructed version of the original. His floor lamp has a captivating Dali meets Miro meets Picasso quality about it, in the way its long stem bends and folds at odd angles while wires twine up into a hooded tube here and hang off there. It's still recognizably a lamp, but re-imagined in an altogether alien way. And it's all the better for it.

'Wryneck' table

Pool / Pool
price on request

One of the more impressive exhibits at this year's Salone del Mobile was Nouvelle Vague which Milan's Centre Culturel Français held as a tribute to the new talents in French design. Among the pieces that caught our eye was this table by Pool, a Paris-based studio headed by Léa Padovani & Sébastien Kieffer. Made from a mix of digitally cut walnut and cork, its low squat profile is accented by a gently tapering beveled base. The result almost looks as if a giant pencil had been stabbed into the ground, a dark-humoured moment that pairs well with one of Pool's other designs, a fiberglass chair moulded into the shape of a human skull.

'Fortepiano' shelves

Rodolfo Dordoni / Molteni & C
price on request

Since Dieter Rams first unveiled his Universal 606 back in 1960, modular shelving units have been a boon for the house-proud set. We're especially enthusiastic about Italian architect Rodolfo Dordoni's contribution to the milieu. Comprised of wood and matt lacquered aluminium sheets, these shelves form a tesselated pattern that can be configured in endless permutations to fit an assortment of small drawers and hinged doors, while hidden tracks for power sockets allow TVs and assorted gadgets to be hooked up. And depending on your wall space, the shelves can be laid out horizontally, tipped on their side, or even just put on the floor as a free-standing piece of furniture.

'Pallet' sofa

Piero Lissoni / Matteo Grassi
€6,907

Easy on the eye and invitingly comfortable, the Pallet stretches out in a languid L-shape, making it particularly perfect for a loft space, though an outdoor version, made of weather resistant material, is also available for the terrace. The comfort factor is ramped up with extra thick and plush cushions that are filled with double layer padding and then clad in cotton canvas with a feather mix back cushion padding. The sofa is contained within a frame made of raw larch and essentially comprises two two-seaters separated by an expansive gap at the joint. This creates handy pockets of space for different splinter groups to form at your party.

'Il Canto del Fuoco' fireplace

Domenico De Palo / Antonio Lupi
€6,907

Fireplaces have rightfully reclaimed their hot spot in the modern home. There's something incredibly soothing and communal, primal even, about warming yourself next to merrily crackling flames. More so when the flames are contained within a fireplace as discretely unobtrusive yet structural as Domenico De Palo's 'Il Canto del Fuoco', literally song of fire. Made of stainless steel, the surfaces are either lacquered or sheathed in rust-hued Corten steel, while heat is generated by bioethanol, or traditional wood. We know where we'll be gathering around this winter.

'Wall Rupture'

Thierry Dreyfus / Flos
price on request

Thierry Dreyfus's predilection for the dramatic continues to astonish for its precocity, which may explain why he's so sought after by major fashion houses to stage and light their runway shows. His creation for Flos's Soft Architecture Collection, in particular, is a knock-out: A beam of jagged golden light produced by twisting LED light threads fairly erupts through a full length vertical fissure in a black surface. To be sure, this is more an outré art installation than any lamp we've ever seen, which is why we've already placed our orders. We're not quite sure where we're going to put it, but we don't care. Something this dramatic deserves some wall space.

'Jensen' Armchair

Rodolfo Dordoni / Minotti
£3,315

It's no secret that a comfortable chair makes or breaks a room. After all, nothing says unwelcoming more than a stiff seat that has all the wrong angles. Which is why Rodolfo Dordoni's 'Jensen' series for Minotti ticks all our boxes. These armchairs come in a variety of designs and are not only good looking, they're also incredibly comfy. The secret is in the upholstery. First, the form-fitting structure of metal and flexible rubber moulds around the body in all the right places. Secondly, the cushioning is made from goose down padding and high density foam. Meanwhile, the triangular base is made of glossy die-cast aluminium and scratch proof rubber glides to protect your floors. And when it's time to make-over your living room, the Jensen's cover slips right off, ready for its new fabric swatch.

'Beverly' Chair

Antonio Citterio / B&B Italia
£3,975

B&B Italia has always played a strong hand when it comes to chairs and this year it lined up the aces once again. As in previous years, B&B have worked with a star-studded collective of designers including Patricia Urquiola and Oscar Buratti. We're sitting especially pretty on the Beverly, its latest collaboration with Antonio Citterio. The Italian architect's fondness for mixing soft curves with masculine lines is particularly evident in the chair's foldable aluminium alloy frame. The seat and back are swathed in a variety of material -- sheepskin being our favoured covers -- while the backrests can adjust to two different heights making the 'Beverly' a serious study in stylish comfort.

Sideboard

Eric Degenhardt / Böwer
€4900

Cologne-based Eric Degenhardt’s architecture training is clearly evident in the faceted construction of this elm wood cabinet. Its angular form comes in different configurations of drawers and doors, held up on thin but sturdy round steel legs, which give it its lightweight and elegant appearance.

'Losanges' rug

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec / Nanimarquina
Price on request

It almost seems a shame to tread on the Losanges collection of rugs by the Bouroullec brothers, beautifully made by hand in Northern Pakistan, using hand-spun wool. Their 13 colours and geometrical rhombus shape give a modern rethink to traditional kilims. 'We have always been captivated by the traditional Persian rug, especially by the very old kilim savoir-faire, which we see as a delicate mix of rusticity and fineness,' they explain. Thanks to the hand-crafting, each carpet is unique.

Image: © Studio Bouroullec

'Vessel Series 01-03' lamp

Samuel Wilkinson / Decode
£1200

Industrial designer Samuel Wilkinson has created a fittingly sculptural home for the 'Plumen' low energy light bulb by Hulger (see W*139) launched earlier this year. Each mouth-blown vessel - created for Decode's 'Exclusive' label - is sliced at an angle or horizontal, revealing the amorphous creation inside. When lit up, the tinted glass mutes the light without hiding the bulb, and produces a surprisingly irregular reflection that appears holographic. Mouth blown by eye and without a mould, no vessel is the same. This piece can be hung as pendant or placed on a flat surface as a floor or table light.

'Origin Part 1: Join' screens

BCXSY / Established & Sons
£6462.50

'We wanted to create patterns out of simple geometric shapes,' say BCXSY duo Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto of their series of three screens. This humble mission belies the craftsmanship involved in their making. It took the Eindhoven-based designers months to track down the right Japanese Tategu wood joinery specialist to bring their ideas to fruition. Finally, a couple of photos on a blog led them to Mr Tanaka, who meticulously crafted each of the folding screens (in editions of eight) out of Hinoki Japanese Cypress wood in his Tokyo workshop. 'We found the process, the extreme skill and accuracy required by the craft, fascinating,' explains Cohen. 'Every piece requires a variety of different tools that are often custom made by the craftsman to address a specific task.'

'Scantling' floor lamps

Mathias Hahn / Marset
From €470

It's the satisfying geometry of the 'Scantling' lamps that gives them their poise. Reminiscent of schoolboy compasses, they take their name from the term used to define the size to which a piece of wood is measured and cut - a testament to the precision with which they are produced out of wood and metal by Barcelona-based lighting company Marset.

'Pretty Vases Collection'

Francois Xavier Balléry / Domeau & Pérès
€390 for three

Proof that inspiration can come from the strangest places - the simply named ‘Pretty Vase Collection’ takes its cue from household water pipes, which designer Francois Xavier Balléry has reinterpreted in PVC. With matt, satin and glossy finishes, the family of three vases gives plumbing a new dose of style.

Lounger

Jaime Hayon / BD Barcelona Design
€3100

Giving an obvious nod to the ubiquitous Eames design, Jaime Hayon's latest addition to his 'Showtime' collection is stamped with his trademark playful and irreverent spirit. The Lounger's high back and wings give it a commanding presence, while the thick cushioning ensures it lives up to its namesake. Available in lacquered wood finish, electric blue or red, it also has an optional footrest.

'Munken Cube'

e15 and Arctic Paper
£669

Here's one for the forgetful among you... e15's new Munken Cube - produced in collaboration with Swedish natural paper manufacturer, Arctic Paper - comes in the form of a giant notepad. Comprising 2200 sheets of Munken Pure Rough paper, stacked on a solid oak base, the cube twists and flexes as you move it, thanks to the one-sided gluing of the pages. A small metal pin in the centre of the oak plinth holds the stack of paper neatly flush with its base.

'Stromboli' stool

Stephane Parmentier / Ormond Editions
Price on request

Made from Volvic stone, a black lava known for its incorporation into the cathedral of Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne region of France, this stool is part of the 'Lava' series made for Ormond Editions by Stephane Parmentier. A French designer who has so far spent his career rocking the fashion world at Givenchy, Montana and Karl Lagerfeld, he now seems to be doing the same for furniture. The forms in this collection are inspired by the 1970s airport architecture of Roissy.

'Unfold' lamp

Form Us With Love / Muuto
€130

Lighting gets a playful makeover as switched-on Stockholm-based design studio Form Us With Love shows us just how to reinvent an industrial design classic. The Unfold pendant lamp is made from malleable but hardy silicone rubber and crumples pleasingly into a neat package - ready to spring into action on unpacking.

'Guichet’ clock

Inga Sempé / Moustache
€230

Inga Sempé, who has launched a number of covetable designs this year, is clearly having a moment. It's her time, and -- lucky us -- she's sharing it with her new 'Guichet' clock. Easily the best product in Moustache's new collection, the blue clock has a hypnotic aperture that shows moving stripes with the passing of the seconds.

‘Canapo’ rocking chair

Franco Albini / Cassina
£4,641

Simple, clean-lined and modern, the 'Canapo' rocking chair offers an irresistible invitation to recline. Designed in 1945 by the Italian architect and urbanist Franco Albini, the 'Canapo' had never been put into production. Having unearthed Albini's original sketches from the archives, Cassina now offers the rocking chair in a choice of black ash or walnut. It features a cotton canvas support and removable cushions in leather or bright fabric. Once again, 20th-century design rocks.

‘Arctic’ side tables

Jens Praet and Vibeke Skar
Price to be confirmed

These elegant side tables are the result of a new collaboration between Belgian designer Jens Praet and Oslo-born Vibeke Skar. Made of white Corian, the only decoration comes from the water-carved grooves around the edges, meant to reference the melting ice caps.

‘Colour’ light

Daniel Rybakken and Andreas Engesvik

When compared to natural light's infinite variety, indoor lighting can seem a little boring. Thankfully, we now have a new alternative for those occasions where the dimmer switch just doesn't cut it: 'Colour', a lean-to floor lamp that uses sheets of coloured glass. The lamp's possibilities all but eclipse the competition. Light, prototype.

‘Xarxa’ sofa

Martí Guixé / Danese Milano
£2,040

When Martí Guixé first presented his 'Xarxa' multipurpose 'seat' in 2008, a few eyebrows were raised. It consisted of five cushions and a strap -- the idea being that they could be stacked or spread out and that was all you really needed. Much as we love to lie low, tatami-style, we're thrilled that Guixé has now thrown a solid birch sofa frame into the mix. Infinitely adaptable, it features removable slim metal arcs that act as supports for the pillows.