Initial doubts about the sale of Flos, a prominent brand established in the 1960s by Piero Gandini, were quickly erased after the announcement that he would continue leading his family-owned business. Furthermore, Flos has not eased on their traditional developments of lighting technologies merged with innovation yet artisan connections.
Their latest collection sees the collaboration with renowned French designer Philippe Starck to create a series of lamps that encompasses those values. The Chapeau and Bibliotheque Nationale.
Chapeau, ‘hat’ in French, is based on the ideal of the masculine gesture from earlier times. The lamp invokes fun and playfulness and comes with a optical switch on the base to adjust and dim lights. Bibliotheque Nationale conceptualises a floor lamp that is wrapped with surfaces that resembles a spiralling book shelf taking flight towards the light. Equipped with a USB port that charges smartphones, it truly is a multi-functional design.
Elsewhere, Space Furniture will be launching the much lauded partnership between arguably Singapore’s most internationally successful architect, Soo Chan, and Poliform on the 11th March. The multi-award winning and design director of SCDA Architects will share his personal stories on his product design ventures and exclusive insights in an invitation-only, highly intimate media session.
Wallpaper Design 2015 has seen the Carl Hansen & Søn Metropolitan chair take home the “Best Whisky Den” award. First produced in 1949, the chair is admired for it’s superior craftsmanship and more than adequate seating comforts. B&B Italia armchair “Almora” meanwhile has taken the “Best Executive Office” Award. Designed by Doshi Levien, the armchair’s versatility shines in the fact that it simply fits into any environment, providing not only aesthetic upgrades but comfort as well.