This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s blog Luxury Defined.
Alot like art, you know a good design trend when you see it. And, thankfully for those accessories, appliances, and home goods we all need, top designers are embracing the trend to give some of those basics a high-style update. Read on for their takes on the classics.
By Your Side
Barcelona-based furniture brand Kettal works with renowned designers to create pieces as stylish as they are relaxing. A regular collaborator is the Spanish-born, Milan-based artist Patricia Urquiola, creator of the Band collection. Intended to challenge the classic lines of furniture design, the range comprises a dining chair and a club armchair. Both are available in aluminum or teak, complete with sumptuous fabrics including Mediterranean pastels, earthy terracotta hues, and timeless neutrals. Each piece is made with eco-friendly lacquers, while the wood is sourced from certified cultivators.
Henrybuilt has made its name designing and installing kitchens and wardrobes for design-conscious clients across the United States. The company has now created its first range of standalone shelving, armoires, vanities, and consoles, as well as tables and seating.
The Primary Objects collection comprises the uncomplicated and functional essentials around which any room is created. For the kitchen, there’s the customizable Shadow Box—a tall, larder-style cupboard with six panes of tinted glass in its doors—while bathroom essentials include the Puddle Jumper double vanity, and the Icicle, “a floating sliver of a medicine cabinet.” All 50 pieces are crafted to the same exacting standards of Henrybuilt’s “fitted architectural products.”
All a Flutter
Masquespacio’s three-legged Wink is—depending on your viewpoint—a chair, a dancing eye, or even a planet wearing a flapper dress, says its makers.
Who says interior design has to be a serious business? Certainly not the team at Masquespacio in Valencia, Spain, which—working with sister brand Houtique—have created the Wink chair. Resembling a coquettish, generously lashed eye, it features a back made from bent and welded iron tubing. The joints are sanded smooth before being treated to achieve a shiny chrome or gold finish, and the synthetic velvet seat and back come in a range of colors.
Power of Three
The Triple Discus light by London’s Blackbird Bespoke features double-sided metal discs that can be tilted and is available in old gold, antique silver, or bronze finishes.
Using skills honed over three generations, Blackbird Bespoke takes commissions for one-off handcrafted metal furniture pieces, as well making its own lighting, mirrors, tables, and seating. A recent addition to its offering is this Triple Discus table light—so called because the circular steel components resemble the ancient metal discus. It is part of a collection that was designed to be both distinctive and dramatic, and to fit equally well into modern or period interiors.