Nendo x WonderGlass

The Fizz takes a sneak peek at ethereal new furniture by Nendo, guaranteed to melt your heart of glass

BY DEE IVA

Previewed at January’s IMM Cologne fair, ‘Melt’ is a ghostly collection of cast glass furniture by award-winning Japanese design studio Nendo in collaboration with Venetian lighting brand WonderGlass.

WonderGlass has previously produced elegant lighting ranges with design luminaries including Marcel Wanders, Jaime Hayon, John Pawson, Raw-Edges and the Bouroullec brothers, but this is the Murano-based firm’s first stab at furniture.

ABOVE: Molten slabs of glass are cast into a sculptural chair
RIGHT: Oki Sato from Nendo examines his handiwork

ABOVE FROM TOP: The ‘Melt’ collection includes side tables, chairs, a dining table and vases; Oki Sato with Maurizio Mussati of WonderGlass
BELOW FROM LEFT: The hot glass glows under the watchful eye of WonderGlass craftsmen; Up close and personal, the surface of the glass retains texture from its molten state

Nendo designer Oki Sato was taken with the properties of flowing molten glass. Having seen how the craftspeople in the WonderGlass workshops approached this lava-like material, he decided to create a set of furniture that was dictated by the natural flow of the glass. The gravity-formed ‘Melt’ range uses a special technique of removing pliable material from glass molds to process it further by hand. Hot glass sheets were laid over steel pipes and suspended between steel bars to allow the glass to cascade into shape.

Breathtakingly icy, the ‘Melt’ range will be one of the coolest collections on show on the WonderGlass stand at Salone del Mobile in Milan this April. Budding ice queens take note…
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Salone del Mobile 2019 runs from 9-14 April at Fiera Milano, S.S. del Sempione 28, 20017 Rho, Milan, Italy

Jaime Hayon x BD Barcelona Design

Monkey see, monkey do? In the Year of the Monkey, Jaime Hayon's simian side table is what we're hankering after...

BY DEE IVA

Now that the Chinese Year of the Monkey is in full flow we thought it only right to give another shout out to Jaime Hayon’s witty 'Monkey' side table for Spanish brand BD Barcelona Design.

When we saw it at last year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan we immediately fell in love with its simplicity and cocky attitude. Made of concrete resin, the cheeky 'Monkey' table has mischief written all over it. Part of Spanish talent Hayon's second Gardenias' collection of indoor and outdoor furniture for BD Barcelona Design, it’s the most auspicious side table you can buy right now.
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ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Gardenias' indoor armchair, €2,151; 'Monkey' side table, €645. Available from classicdesign.it

Bisazza x Tom Dixon

A new range of graphic tiles by Tom Dixon for Bisazza references the architectural textures of London

BY DEE IVA

Brit talent designer Tom Dixon has collaborated with italian tile-meisters Bisazza on a graphic range of floor and wall tiles inspired by the textures of London. Red clay bricks, cracked pavements, air ducts and pebble dash are just some of the city’s motifs that have been repurposed into 12 geometric designs for Bisazza’s 'Cementiles' collection.

Available in square or hexagonal formats and various colours, our favourites are the sinuous ‘Duct’ with its echoes of Seventies graphics and the architectural 'Void’ which creates an imperfect wall of bricks. 

Previous 'Cementiles' contributors include Jaime Hayon, Paola Navone and India Mahdavi. A stellar line-up by anyone's standards...
bisazza.com

The Tom Dixon 'Cementiles' collection is available from Bisazza, £146 per square metre plus VAT

ABOVE: 'Void Grey' and 'Wall Grey'
ABOVE RIGHT: Tom Dixon
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Broke Green'; 'Duct Grey'; 'Grit Blue'
BOTTOM: 'Skew Red'

Sé x Nika Zupanc

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Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc's latest collection for London brand Sé is elegance personified. Welcome to the New Pretty...

BY DEE IVA

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London-based design label 's recent show at the Milan Furniture Fair in April had us gasping for breath. The new range of furniture and accessories by rising Slovenian design star Nika Zupanc was modern and streamlined but also unbelievably pretty.

'Collection III' recalls the golden age of Hollywood and throws a good dose of Olympic sports nostalgia, Fifties Modernism and '2001: A Space Odyssey' into the mix as well. Zupanc has employed sensual curves in every piece, from sleek glass cabinets to jewel- and pastel-coloured chairs with a gentle yet contemporary feminine vibe.

ABOVE: 'Olympia' ceramic dressing table and 'Trophy' table lamps
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Stay' armchair

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ABOVE FROM TOP: 'Olympia' floor mirror and 'Stay' dining chairs; 'Stardust' sofa
BELOW RIGHT: 'Loyalty' cabinet

We're loving the mix of cool ceramics, polished brass and lacquered surfaces. The oversized armchair and oval floor mirrors play with scale, while softly coloured table lamps with golden interiors add a touch of spaceage glamour. Another standout piece is the lean 'Stardust' sofa in a geometric, art deco fabric, which floats above the floor on thin steel legs. The range builds on Zupanc's past editions, and follows successful Sé collections by Damien Langlois-Meurinne and Jaime Hayon.

So if your inner princess needs a little TLC, then this is definitely the collection for you...
se-london.com