There's nothing puzzling about this new direction
Random patterns, asymmetric forms and a kind of modern marquetry were all part of one definite trend this year - designs put together like a puzzle. The traditional techniques of inlaying and overlaying have been updated, with unexpected assemblages of stone, wood, leather, acrylic and ceramic creating a new type of freestyle, decorative geometry.
'Azulej' tiles, by Patricia Urquiola, for Mutina
Based on ancient handcrafted majolica, but made of hydraulic cement with cold, digital-print glazing, Patricia Urquiola's tile patterns combine different, mixed-up aesthetics, including geometrical schemes and floral designs, which allow a puzzle pattern to be created in both a longitudinal and a diagonal direction.
€99 per sq m; www.mutina.it
'Bois de Rose' cabinet, by Massimo Morozzi, for Edra
Massimo Morozzi's return to hands-on design saw him rediscover old woodwork traditions, but with completely new results. Much of the random, rosewood veneers break the rules of cabinetmaking. Not to mention that they are opened
by piano pedals rather than handles.
'Fishbone' coffee table, by Patricia Urquiola, for Moroso
Patricia Urquiola's modern take on inlaying sees her using Alycrite to mimic natural materials such as horn, marble, mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell in a random, herringbone-style pattern. With its super-glossy finish and rich, shiny shades, we can't keep our hands off it.
'Slab' vases, by Form Us With Love, for Cosentino/Silestone
Swedish design group Form Us With Love showed that quartz compound Silestone can be used for more than just kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Like a heavyweight pre-school puzzle, rings in all shapes, sizes and colours make for a different vase each time they're put on the bracket.
Prices on request; www.cosentinogroup.net
Photography: Daniele de Carolis; Interiors: Elisa Ossino; Writer: Paul McCann