A WIDE SPECTRUM OF SEATING
If there’s one sector Spanish design companies excel at it’s seating. In Milan, we saw both brand new designs created by high-profile names, such as Patricia Urquiola’s Nub chair for Andreu World and Javier Mariscal’s Green chair for Mobles 114, and new versions of such favourite classics as Oscar Tusquets’ Gaulino chair. We also enjoyed seeing new additions to existing collections as was the case with Sancal’s Tea collection or Stua’s Globus chair, now available in more colours (which people are being asked to vote their favourite on Facebook).
Nub chair by Patricia Urquiola for Andreu World
Green chair by Javier Mariscal for Mobles 114, 100% recycled & recyclable
New Gaulino chair by Oscar Tusquets. Produced by BD Barcelona
Upholstered armchair by Carlos Tiscar for Capdell. Aro collection
Nao collection by Eddeestudio for Capdell
As for sofas, we were particularly impressed by the originality of Emiliana Design’s Simone sofa for Joquer, by the highly comfortable Folk collection unveiled by Sancal and by the versatility of Héctor Serrano’s Sail collection for Gandía Blasco (designed to go with a line of rugs).
Folk sofa by Rafa García for Sancal
Sail collection by Héctor Serrano for GAN
Simone. New sofa by Emiliana Design Studio for Joquer
Season bench, designed by Piero Lissoni for Viccarbe
SMALLER FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES
Equally notable were various smaller pieces – Patricia Urquiola’s compact Burin tables for Viccarbe, Gandía Blasco’s new Sonora planters and Fez lanterns and a fun coat-stand designed by Berlin-based studio Nachacht for Sancal.
Burin tables by Patricia Urquiola for Viccarbe
Sonora planters by Gandía Blasco
Fez lanterns by Gandía Blasco
Finger collection, designed by Nendo for Gandía Blasco
Pauli. Wall rack inspired by the pieces of a Meccano game. Produced by Sancal
Blancowhite. LED lighting products designed by Antoni Arola for Santa&Cole
WOOD AND COLOUR
One winning combination at Milan this year was the pairing of wood in different tones and colours. Good examples are Andreu World’s Moody chair, Tab’s new stools and tables for Nadadora, the eye-catching Free Port cabinet designed by Martí Guixé for BD Barcelona Design and Viccarbe’s Penta armchairs.
Tab collection by Nadadora for Sancal
Penta armchairs by Toam Nguyen for Viccarbe
Free Port Cabinet. Designed by M. Guixé for BD Barcelona
Tea collecion chairs, designed by Estudihac JMFerrero for Sancal company
Armadillo lamp by Luis Eslava for LZF lamps. This pendant lamp is made from dozens of wood veneer squares
Moody collection by Andreu World. Design by Liévore, Altherr and Molina
INDOOR / OUTDOOR FURNITURE
Why restrict home accessories to only indoor or outdoor use? Why can’t they be used in both environments? A major trend this year was for accessories which can. Increasingly, brands are cleverly bringing out flexible products suited equally for indoor or outdoor use. Take Nani Marquina’s Practik rug, Ramón Esteve’s Origami light for Vibia and Andreu World’s Sail chairs.
Practik rug by Elena Somalo for Nanimarquina. The fabric is made from recycled polyester thread
Origami by Ramón Esteve for Vibia
Fora by Bover. Design by Gonzalo Milá and Álex Fernández Camps
Vela collection by Ramón Esteve for Vondom (furniture, lighting and rug)
Sail by Piergiorgio& Michele Cazzaniga for Andrew World
Another interesting innovation were decorative or acoustic screens produced by companies such as Viccarbe, Sancal, Stua and Nomon. Decorative and visually arresting pieces, these are ideal for reception areas or restaurants.
Isola by Mario Ruiz for Nomon
Decorative screen. Tea collection by Sancal
Layer by Arik Levy for Viccarbe
Acoustic screens inspired in Eclipse tables by Stua