Dinosaur Designs – 'Lapis Landscape' Collection

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Dazzling blue is the star of Dinosaur Designs’ new ‘Lapis Landscape’ collection of homewares and jewellery

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Blue is an incredibly powerful colour, reminding us of the sea and sky. It’s by turns serene, soothing and startling, as seen in the gorgeous new ‘Lapis Landscape’ collection of resin and brass homewares and jewellery by Australian duo Dinosaur Designs.

TOP: Resin ‘Horn’ vase from 2019’s ‘Lapis Landscape’ collection by Dinosaur Designs
ABOVE: ‘Horn’ bangle, ‘Tall Stone’ jug and ‘Large Rock’ cups; ‘Mother of Pearl’ dish; assorted homewares, all from the resin ‘Lapis Landscape’ range

By creative directors Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the range’s ‘electrifying and intense’ blue designs take their cue from lapis lazuli, a deep-blue rock and semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its vibrant cobalt colour. Mined mainly in Afghanistan, lapis has been used for adornment on both the living and the dead (it appears on Tutankhamun’s funeral mask) and when ground down its pigment is the finest ultramarine hue, beloved by artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It’s a colour that translates well to contemporary resin, drawing the eye while refreshing the soul. ‘I was inspired by the incredible jewel-like depths of the colour Lapis,’ says Olsen.

ABOVE: ‘Horn’ vase, ‘Small Stone’ jug, ‘Wide Organic Column’ vase and ‘Small Mother of Pearl’ dish; various spoons; ‘Moon’ cheese platter, ‘Stone’ cheese knife and ‘Shell’ spoon

Dramatic blues aside, ‘Lapis Landscape’ features a rich, earthy palette balanced by ivory swirls, with clay hues influenced by the red sands of the Australian Outback and gold tone accents. ‘I was also fascinated by the relationship between the ochre sand tones of central Australia and the creamy white sands of Sydney,’ says Olsen, ‘all of which translate perfectly to our handmade resin pieces.’ Forms are boldly sculptural, with new shapes including the ‘Horn’ and ‘Organic Column’ vases, complementing the classic ‘Beetle’ bowls and ‘Pearl’ dishes. Launched on 11 February, the homewares collection offers a covetable choice of vases, cups, bowls, dishes, platters, coasters, cheese knives and spoons.

ABOVE: ‘Double Circle’ drop earrings; ‘Large Horn’ earrings and jug; ‘Large Circle Drop’ earrings, ‘Horn’ bangle and ‘Medium Column’ vase; ‘Long Flute’ necklace and ‘Horn’ bangles, all from the ‘Lapis Landscape’ jewellery and homewares range

Jewellery spans rings, earrings, pendants, cuffs and bangles. Fresh additions to the range include ‘Long Flute’ and ‘Circle Drop’ earrings, with pieces such as the ‘Horn’ series of rings, earrings and cuffs combining resin and brass.

‘Lapis Landscape’ is available in Dinosaur Designs’ flagship stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, London and New York as well as online. Prices start from AU$25 for a resin ‘Shell’ teaspoon, which comes in Clay Swirl, Ivory Swirl and Ivory colourways, as well as that dreamy Lapis Swirl.

dinosaurdesigns.com.au

Photography Victoria Zschommler; Styled by Natalie Turnbull and Heleena Trahanas; Model Alana McCoy

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…
wonderglass.com  nendo.jp/en

Salone del Mobile 2019 runs from 9-14 April at Fiera Milano, S.S. del Sempione 28, 20017 Rho, Milan, Italy

LDF 2017 – Bethan Gray x Shamsian

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Welsh designer Bethan Gray launches new additions to her hit 'Shamsian' collection at designjunction 2017

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Modern marquetry is having a moment, and it's largely thanks to Welsh designer Bethan Gray, who wowed visitors to last year's designjunction fair when she launched her 'Shamsian' collection of furniture featuring the oft-forgotten craft. For this week's London designjunction 2017 showcase in the King's Cross Creative Quarter, Gray will be expanding the range, revealing gorgeous new monochrome marquetry as well as a stunning marble tea set on her stand at Cubitt House. Yes, marble!

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Inspired by Omani design and architecture, Gray's 'Shamsian' pieces were produced in collaboration with respected Omani artist Mohamad Reza Shamsian and his team of skilled craftsmen based in his studio in Muscat. The handmade 'Nizwa' cabinet, which debuted in 2016, features intricate marquetry on dyed Italian maple veneer, teamed with solid brass. Originally seen in a seductive greeny-blue hue, for 2017 it has been reissued in a more subtle palette running from black via grey to white like a dip-dyed effect. The new monochrome finish was achieved by applying a graduating variation in shade across the cabinet by hand, resulting in an ombre from white to black. The result is super-chic and striking, and will fit easily into contemporary homes.

TOP: Bethan Gray perches on her 'Nizwa' cabinet, part of her striking 'Shamsian' collection, re-released for 2017 with monochrome marquetry
ABOVE: Fading from black to grey and white, the new 'Nizwa' cabinet was hand-crafted using a technique called 'stain shading' with solid brass overlay

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ABOVE: Gray's new 'Dhow' cabinet series takes its cue from Gulf sailing boats, and will also be on show at designjunction 2017
BELOW: The original greeny-blue 'Nizwa' cabinet from 2016, featuring luxe pattern created by inlaying/overlaying solid brass and paua shell inlay into coloured solid wood and maple veneer

Also turning heads for 2017 is the new 'Dhow' cabinet series, sporting a swirly, wavy pattern. "For the Dhow collection, I have taken inspiration from the dhow sailing boats of the Gulf region," says Gray. "Traditional dhows were propelled by large triangular lateen sails made of cotton and sewn together in strips. The sails were bound to the hull using ropes made from coir, which created a unique and textured lineation. This lineation has informed the distinctive elegant curved patterning found on the 'Dhow' pieces.'

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Marble also earns a starring role on Gray's stand, but not harnessed in the typical furniture or surface materials. Instead, she has dared to use it to design her hand-crafted marble 'Victoria Teaset' in a new collaboration with Editions Milano. Consisting of a teapot, milk jug, tea cup and saucer, sugar bowl, cake stand and dessert plate, it's worthy of a place in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Inspired by fine vintage ceramics in the archive of the city's V&A Museum, it features a relief pattern, hand-carved from Arabescato marble by Italian master craftsmen. The fine edging and elegant shape adds delicacy, with a glam touch care of the contrasting brushed brass handle. The best of British tradition meets Italian glamour, ideal for a romantic 21st-century tea date. Now that's what we call a modern ritual...
bethangray.com; thedesignjunction.co.uk

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ABOVE: Launching at designjunction this week, Gray's 'Victoria Teaset' for Italian high-end furniture and objects brand Editions Milano adds marble chic to the elegant tradition of taking tea

Bethan Gray will be at designjunction on stand A7 in Cubitt House, 1 Granary Square, King's Cross, N1, from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 September 2017. See our home page for ticket registration for the fair which is open from 11am each morning (click here for varying closing times and prices).

Gucci goes home

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Luxe Italian fashion brand Gucci has launched Gucci Décor, a new line of interior accessories that brings a little wildlife into the home...

BY DEE IVA

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The house of Gucci is getting ready to dress our homes this September with Gucci Décor, a new line of furniture and decorative accessories full of animal magic.

Colourful embroidered cushions, upholstered chairs, scented candles, metal trays, folding occasional tables, wallpaper and incense holders are just a few of the items in the range with prices ranging from £140 for an incense burner to an eye-watering £21,000 for a decorative freestanding silk room divider.

Feline faces, bumble bees and slithery snakes adorn tableware and cushions referencing motifs already seen in Gucci’s recent collections of clothing and accessories.

But it’s not only the eye of the tiger that has caught our attention. We’re also entranced by the mystic astral eye that gazes out from circular metal trays and the graphic treatments of the ceramic candle holders. 

ABOVE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Glossy black metal 'Tigers' print folding table, £895; 'Star Eye' round metal tray, £480
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Octopus' three-panel jacquard folding screen, £21,060
BELOW: 'Kingsnake' oval metal tray, £795; 'Kingsnake' embroidered velvet cushion, £895

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ABOVE FROM LEFT: It's the eye of the tiger on this upholstered 'Chiavari' chair with embroidered motif, £1,830; tasseled velvet cushion in emerald green, £895; and round metal tray, £450
BELOW: Witty ceramic candle holders use bold colour, type and 3D details. Pink porcelain 'Fumus Modern Future', £220; pink 'Inventum Butterfly', £320; blue 'Fumus Star Eye', £240; 'Esotericum Chevron', £220

All of this has been masterminded by Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, which also explains the presence of the cute ceramics in the Gucci Décor collection. Michele is also creative director of Florentine ceramic company Richard Ginori which produced the witty candle and incense holders.

Last, but not least, are the Chiavari chairs with their hand-embroidered velvet cushions. We love the fashionforward colour palette and bamboo detailing that brings a touch of the Orient to a traditional Italian design.

It looks like it's time for well-heeled homes to get their Gucci on...
gucci.com

The Gucci Décor range of home accessories is available now online and in selected Gucci stores
 

IKEA Jassa Collection

IKEA's new limited edition 'Jassa' collection celebrates vibrant South-East Asian pattern and colour, from textiles to tableware

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Get in a mix-and-match mood as IKEA's new limited edition 'Jassa' collection brings vibrant colour and pattern to your pad. Launched in March for Spring/Summer 2017, the range takes inspiration from South-East Asian crafts, especially Indonesia and Vietnam, from brilliant batik-influenced cotton textiles to curvy rattan loungers and rustic ceramics. The focus is on natural, handmade pieces and organic shapes for easy living, helping you escape the 9 to 5 even if you're just holidaying at home.  

ABOVE: Hand-painted stoneware 'Jassa' plates, from £3 for a side plate, £3.50 for a plate and £9.95 for a serving plate, IKEA

ABOVE: 'Jassa' floor cushions as soft seat, £10 each, with cushion cover, £4; Cushion covers on stairs, from £4 to £7, with flatwoven rug, £65; Rattan sofa, £79, with cushion covers, from £4; Cushion covers on head, £4 each; Rattan easy chair, £49, with pre-cut fabric, £12; Rattan loungers, £85 each, cushion covers, £7 each, and bamboo pendant lamp shade, £15, all IKEA

Maverick Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek is one of the key talents behind the exotic range, which aims to 'turn up the heat' by bringing summer indoors. 'Jassa' embraces light, laid-back furniture, from loungers, sofas and easy chairs to a coffee table and room divider, as well as pendant lights, cushion covers, seat pads, loose fabrics, flatweave rugs, vases and stoneware plates. Savvy storage solutions include baskets, bowls and bags, and there's even a straw hat and wind chime to get you in a tropical mood. Designs also embrace natural materials, such as cotton, rattan, water hyacinth, seagrass, and bamboo.

ABOVE: 'Jassa' armchair with tightly woven seat, £39, and cotton cushion covers, £4 each
BELOW FROM LEFT: The 'Jassa' collection includes bags, £9 each, in assorted colours; Bamboo coffee table, £25, with stoneware side plate, £3, floor cushions, £10, each, cushion cover, £4, and blue chair pads, £5 each; Pre-cut 'Jassa' fabric, £12 each, cushion covers, £4 each, and flatwoven rugs, £25 (back) and £65 (front), all IKEA

Pattern- and colour-clash are part of 'Jassa''s charm. 'There are lots of competing colours: pinks and yellows and blues and greens. To begin with, you wonder how they can possibly work together. But in the end they just do!' says range designer Paulin Machado. Handmade in collaboration with skilled Asian craftsmen, many pieces are also unique. 'Jassa ceramics are all sprinkle-glazed by hand,' says designer Iina Vuorivirta. 'It's not a controlled industrial process so they all turn out slightly different!' While Piet Hein Eek hoped to achieve 'simple efficiency', creative leader Karin Gustavsson wanted to transform familiar hand-woven natural fibre and batik textiles into 'something new and exciting'. We think they succeeded...
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IKEA's 'Jassa' collection is in global stores for a limited period only from March 2017. See regional websites for local prices