December 21, 2021
New Furnishings and Fixtures Celebrate Circularity and Craftsmanship
01. ADELA REX
The first ever Philippe Starck design in plywood, Adela Rex is part of Andreu World’s 100 Percent Pure Wood project, which includes furnishings made in part or entirely with wood from reforested trees on land the company owns.
ANDREU WORLD andreuworld.com
02 ELLIS BENCHING
A Best of NeoCon 2021 Gold winner, this system features an optional solid maple pegboard, in line with a trend of inserting handcrafted elements into conventional office settings.
MANTRA INSPIRED FURNITURE mantrainspiredfurniture.com
03 LET LOUNGE
Danish manufacturer Fritz Hansen released this special edition of Sebastian Herkner’s upholstered lounge chair in chrome-free sheepskin to showcase the company’s expert craftsmanship.
FRITZ HANSEN fritzhansen.com
04 STEMN NESTED TABLE SERIES
The simple design of these tables highlights their method of construction and versatility as stools, seats, and side tables. The patented bracket hardware is available in two finishes on any of the five styles.
Tom Dixon’s polycarbonate luminaire merges craft and technology in an otherworldly design that references both blown glass and molten lava.
TOM DIXON tomdixon.net
06 ROPLEY OCCASIONAL TABLE
Part of studio And Objects’ new Invisible Collection, this ceramic table draws heavily on the Neo-Classical style of the Swedish Grace design movement.THE INVISIBLE COLLECTION theinvisiblecollection.com
Developed in a collaboration with lighting manufacturer Gantri from a blend of biodegradable, corn-based resins, the Artifox table light is a modern and mindful update of the plastic mushroom lamp from the 1970s.
Ingredients in the popular Herman Miller office chair have been reengineered to include ocean-bound plastics. Through a collaboration with NextWave Plastics, the company has committed to using recycled content in 50 percent of its materials by 2030.
HERMAN MILLER hermanmiller.com
A smooth rotation mechanism for directing the beam distinguishes this interactive luminaire designed by James Van Vossel. The tube-shaped light source can be slid open to 90-, 60-, and 45-degree angles.
MODULAR LIGHTING INSTRUMENTS supermodular.us
A winner of this year’s Best of NeoCon award for sustainability, this ergonomic chair by New Zealand–based manufacturer Noho is made using ECONYL’s regenerated nylon, which is 100 percent recyclable.
Mambo Unlimited Ideas’ marble and travertine center and dining tables emphasize natural materials and handcrafted style.
MAMBO UNLIMITED IDEAS mambounlimitedideas.com
Handcrafted by French designer Baptiste Lanne (a former Philippe Starck employee), this chiseled walnut table lamp draws on his Japanese-inspired wood sculptures.
After the success of the BIG-designed Keglen LED pendant in 2017, Louis Poulsen extended the line to include table and floor lamps as well as wall sconces.
LOUIS POULSEN louispoulsen.com
14 SCALAMANDRÉ X NUWALLPAPER
The 92-year-old textile manufacturer’s reputation for classic patterns and craftsmanship now elevates an affordably priced, self-adhesive, easily removable wallpaper.
Woven from natural linen, wool, and cotton, or with man-made fibers, Kvadrat’s new collection of sheer curtains features a changing atmospheric palette thanks to its diverse materials.
Jasper Morrison designed this bent plywood update of a 1930s-era lounge from small-batch London manufacturer Isokon, an early producer of Modernist furniture. Though it boasts a historical pedigree, technical advancements mean Morrison’s version is more responsive to a user’s movements.
ISOKON PLUS isokonplus.com
Besides combining illumination and sound control in one fixture, Trellis is made with 50 percent recycled postconsumer PET felt. It’s also free of Red List chemicals and has a Declare label.
Sisters Georgie Smith and Hilary Gibbs make decorative tile by printing images on upcycled postconsumer materials such as their special PaperStone, which is made of 90 percent recycled melamine and 100 percent recycled paper, which gets saturated with petroleum-free resins.
19 HIGH, CRESCENT HIGH, BOWBACK, AND COAL SHOVEL STOOLS
This furnishings collection showcases manufacturer Thos. Moser’s legacy of traditional joinery, which is currently enjoying new interest.
THOS. MOSER thosmoser.com
Brooklyn Museum Presents an Exhibition of Artist-Made Zines
Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines is on view at the Brooklyn Museum November 17 through March 31, 2024.
For Kongjian Yu, Landscape Architecture is the “Art of Survival”
The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Award winner talks to METROPOLIS about our changing planet, his “Sponge City” concept, and nature-based solutions to urban planning.
Are Shipping Containers the Future of Affordable Housing?
At Watts Works in Los Angeles, Studio One Eleven has discovered the power of using shipping containers to build affordable housing.