Design’s darling du jour Sara Ricciardi has titilated the industry with a collection of feathery ‘Body Brushes’. The ethereal range of her so-called ‘tools of pleasure’ were born from a desire to create design-minded tools that gently caress the skin and invigorate the nervous system.

Designed for ‘weary epidermis’, the brass-based feather dusters (for want of a better word) stimulate the skin – and conversation. Naturally dyed powder-pink, wood-orange, and dappled Ostrich feathers sprout from geometric holders, splaying winglike.

The effect on the skin – and the mantle piece – is predictably seductive. Intended for self-use, Ricciardi hopes the brushes present ‘a new gesture to caress ourselves’.

Ricciardi’s other recent projects include sculpture for a design couple’s timber loft home; floral installations for Turin’s celebrated art fair, Operae; and a brand-bolstering, typically playful installation at Salone del Mobile 2018. The designer and art director is making waves internationally, thanks to her lighthearted point of view that skillfully (and maturely) sidesteps gimmick. We’re looking forward to big things – and hopefully more feathers.