Surreal design has been on the rise for several seasons, and this spring’s trompe-l’œil creations are proving particularly exciting. Kalco Lighting debuted both chic and whimsical chandeliers in honor of Salvador Dali, while The Lovers Collection by La LanguOchat doubles as a work of art, neglecting copper wire and lingerie hanging from lighted hangers. Vincent Darré’s collections for de Gournay and Oka provide full room value from playful, surrealist-inspired decor and furnishings that reinvent ancient Greek columns and architectural motifs. Keep your head in the clouds with Bilbao necklaces from Atelier Anne-Pierre Malval, or plunge under the sea with the subtle jellyfish-like illumination of Florence Lemoine. Noir Furniture’s projection console and Hervé Van der Straeten’s Borderline console, made up of polished stainless-steel colored trapezoidal prisms, both seem to stand as if they were enchanted. Maison & Objet also featured several displays of surrealist-inspired ceramics, as featured on Passage Secret’s Splash! Collect and monochrome birds, ready to fly. Meanwhile, at ICFF, we were looking forward to Harry Allen’s whimsical floating T-lamp, as well as Caleb Ferris’ Al Dente collection—who knew a pasta-inspired furniture set could be so chic?
Texture and movement: Fringe has it all, and this season, embellishments can be seen on all types of furnishings. At High Point Market, Arteriors launched a line of chandeliers and pendants in shades of brown, gray, and black, while Verellen’s marginal lighting resembled Rapunzel in length. Among the many fringed items at Ngala Trading, the company’s collaborations with Keia McSwain—especially hand-cut leather pendants, sconces, and chandeliers—were modern, elegant and chameleon-like, insofar as they fit seamlessly into any type of room.
TOV Furniture’s collaboration with Nicole White, part of the company’s The Voice group, which includes six black-powered interior designers, was another fringe favorite. White’s Ajani Ottoman and Enid Chair combines leopard prints, velvet, vegan, and leather trims in softer, neutral combinations, plus bold lemon and cinnamon accents. Some of the chairs also opted for party style in the back: the Guernica lounge chair from Laura Kirar for McGuire Upholstery has a leather back fringe, for example. For another natural fringe option, the Alfredo Paredes collection by EJ Victor includes a sofa in a jute fringe option.
Whether it’s minimalistic and monochrome or a full range of colors and pattern, totem-like carvings and furnishings are having a big moment. Stan Editions created Candl Stacks—too stunning to virtually melt—while Fabrice Juan’s new Colorplay collection features similarly stackable vases in a range of sizes and colors. Atelier Ashish Shah has also created a multipurpose tome for the Invisible Collection – one set of six stacked alabaster bowls and another set of four stacked rock crystal mugs. Marine Breynaert, VP Interiorismo, Rust Designs and Atelier Anne-Pierre Malval are among those offering unique offerings of totem lighting and home accessories in stone, metal and natural materials. In the world of functional art, Hun Chung Lee has produced a not-to-miss sculptural lighting, on display at his new show at R & Company. For a more sober graphic totem, Noir Furniture offers a variety of sculptures in ash black. Are you looking for a complete set of furniture with asymmetrical and stacked effect? Malabar has tables, beds, and stools to match every color palette.
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