I recently came across Demisch Danant and some of the amazing exhibitions that have been produced. Not only are these critical examples of key designers but there is an education to be had. Make sure to spend some time on their site, although I wish I could be at the exhibitions.
“Demisch Danant specializes in twentieth century French design with an emphasis on the late 1950s through the 1970s. The gallery features the work of Maria Pergay, Pierre Paulin, Philippon and Lecoq, Rene Jean Caillette, Joseph Andre Motte, Pierre Guariche and Pentagon. The gallery also engages in a series of exhibitions concerning the intersection between architecture, design and art, including the work of Felice Varini and Krijn de Koning.”
Philippon & Lecoq of 1957 to 1962 accompanied by early works by Sheila Hicks, Photo by Basile Bornand
FLOAT, a portable modern kitchen by MUT Design is elegant in both design and material choice. Right away I was entranced with the singular shapes made prominent by materials and color. Copper, natural wood, marble and the color black make for a beautiful synchronicity. Each element in the kitchen can detach and be moved in or out of the configuration. I think this set up would look stellar in a cabin or small home.
Kvadrat and Raf Simons team up to create Places & Spaces. This isn’t super recent news but I came across this project and loved it. Raf Simons, creative director at Parisian fashion house Dior has an impeccable design sense. Mix that with some of the most exquisite fabric and you get these stunning settings. I have used Kvadrat’s textiles in a few projects and am a loyal enthusiast. The color blocking along with the individual textures create a stimulating union.
Charles Kalpakian has a pretty nice collection of design moving across diverse functions. The Ahlan sofa has to be my favorite, The tailored silhouette and choice of materials makes this a stand out in his body of work. The Candy Box bowls are nice, they remix me of the top of a “clean out”, sorry just plumbing reference. The black, yellow and pink look so nice together.
When I grow up I want to be like Barber & Osgerby. I say that with every bit of respect. If you take the time to look through their projects and furniture, well everything they do, it is amazing. Amazing doesn’t quite give credit to the design that goes into the pieces. Design is a pretty broad term when I think about all of the sketching, meeting, planning and the list could go on and on until they have what they think is it. I would love to sit in on one of their creative sessions.
The Esrawe Showroom is just one “arm” of the Esrawe brand. They have great style as they create some fantastic interiors with both residential and commercial. Their collections are quite diverse but if you look at them together you get the feel of a common thread. There is a nice use of glass , metal and wood which give they pieces an authentic identity. I grabbed a handful of pictures that I like but there are many more to look at.