After the Elle Decor Design Walk in Tokyo this month, I wanted to share some of the highlights with the readers here at DNN and explore my unique findings beyond the designated Design Walk’s path. Read on for Tokyo twists on familiar US and EU design staples, unique retail and showroom models, and of course aesthetic inspiration you won’t find anywhere else.
In conjunction with the Cannes and Montecarlo Boat Shows, VENINI once again partners with the Ferretti Group brand, reaffirming their commitment to design and innovation. The exclusive creations of VENINI are now on board the latest models from the shipyard, Custom Line 140′ and Custom Line 30′, seamlessly integrating into interior designs and enhancing them with vibrant colors and sinuous shapes, crafted by master glassblowers in Venetian furnaces.
Molteni&C is partnering with Breast Cancer Research Foundation – BCRF to support the brightest minds in science by holding an online auction featuring four limited-edition Porta Volta armchairs by Herzog & de Meuron in a distinctive pink hue. The auction will take place on liveauctioneers.com through October 31st, 2023. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Foundation.
Veteran housewares executives looking to grow their global sales and suppliers new to the international arena will benefit alike from the 2023 IBC Global Forum, Oct. 3-4 in Rosemont, Ill. The annual meeting of the International Business Council provides a platform for attendees to learn from key retailers, key distributors and industry-savvy specialists discussing relevant export topics and providing education on market entry, global product development and marketing strategies.
Molteni&C inaugurates its newest Flagship Store in Kunming, demonstrating the brand’s rapid growth in the contemporary design scenario of the Chinese market.
Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan Province in China, known for its pleasant climate with spring-like weather year-round, as well as its rich history, abundant cultural heritage, and diverse natural landscapes. As the most high-end Italian furniture brand in this city, Molteni&C is situated in the exclusive high-end furniture mall, Red Star Macalline, which is currently the only one of its kind in the city. Covering an area of over 900 square meters, it stands as the largest Flagship Store in China and represents the latest and most sought- after Flagship Store.
The prestigious Rossana Orlandi Gallery made its debut at the Lake Como Design Festival, where it presented the art-design project LEWIT, a monumental bed sculpture that arose from a creative symbiosis between Draga & Aurel and eclectic architect Giuliano dell’Uva, in collaboration with the Italian textile company Somma1867.
The event took place in the fireplace room (Sala del Camino) of Villa Olmo, one of the lake’s most charming historical dwellings. LEWIT was showcased as a free-standing furnishing item designed and made as a three-dimensional artwork. It merged contemporary taste and aesthetics with explicit references to the artistic avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s.
Salvatori’s unwavering commitment to sustainability is further underscored by other creations like Lithoverde®, Romboo, Lost Stones, and the newly introduced Passepartout. These designs exemplify the company’s belief that elegance and environmental consciousness can coexist seamlessly. Patchwork stands as a tangible step towards a more sustainable future, aligning perfectly with Salvatori’s promise to prioritize the Earth’s natural resources.
MATHMOS, creators of the lava lamp are celebrating its 60th anniversary.
Conceived specifically for Hoxton Rome, Contardi’s lamps skilfully deliver the mid-century modern style the designers wanted. The custom-made suspensions have a geometric structure with a dark bronze finish – in harmonious contrast with glass globes, as the dominant shapes that add a space-age touch to the environment.
My current favorites are the Sare Floor Lamp and the upcoming MetLife table. My favorite interior design project was a residential home in Bebek, Istanbul. I designed it during covid, and despite the dreary circumstances, I felt proud to create designs that reflect a more positive and fun world. That project makes me happy every time I see the images.