Monthly Archives: January 2019

Zaha Hadid’s Dialogue of Contemporary Design Continues at M&O 2019

With each new design for the new collection at Maison&Object 2019, Zaha Hadid Design continues Zaha Hadid’s dialogue of contemporary design. “The strength of the collection lies in our ability to interpret the ordinary into something unexpected. When designing objects, Zaha was never constrained by any given use or spatial context. We continue to follow this approach with an unwavering commitment to design ingenuity and material integrity,” explains Director Woody Yao. New pieces for 2019 include the Swirl bowl in crystal glass that brilliantly captures the dynamism of a liquefied vortex. A complex geometry, the bowl features topographical shifts that ripple across its surface. Recent additions to the Cell family of pieces include the platter in Nero Marquina or Statuario marble, and the plate and bowl set in porcelain. The monochromatic colour palette accentuates their materiality, while a linear channel carved into the surface of...

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Tom Dixon Debuts Swirl Collection at M&O 2019

Tom Dixon just launched SWIRL at Maison&Object 2019. This collection is made of a  mysterious looking new material that resembles 3D marbled paper yet has the weight of stone. The innovative process involves recycling the powdered residue from the marble industry, mixed with pigment and resin to create blocks of material that can then be sawn, sliced and turned on a lathe. Substantial in weight, smooth in texture and bold in pattern, SWIRL will inject a fresh pop sensibility into any setting....

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Inside Sebastian Herkner’s Installation at Maison&Objet

FashionRepublik is a big fan of this year’s Designer of the Year at Maison&Objet 2019. Join us on a tour around his installation designed at the fair and discover the world of German designer Sebastian Herkner. As a regular at the fair, “I never miss a session,” he says, this year, as Designer of the Year, he has a platform where he unveils some of his latest creations whilst simultaneously showcasing the manufacturing processes that have always been so close to his heart. His unconditional love for traditional craftsmanship is attractively displayed. Sebastian Herkner has been very busy recently with a growing number of collaborations with international design houses – no less than 21 projects in the pipeline for brands like Pulpo, Moroso, Dedon, Thonet and Lintello to name but a few. The designer with an eye for color has an appetite for a challenge...

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Philippe Starck: Cassina’s New Collection Made from Apple

Philippe Starck introduces yet another innovated product with Cassina. “Cassina Croque La Pomme” highlights a forward-thinking and experimental approach to contemporary design. Starck, through this installation, aims to explore new forms of expression with alternative materials. Here he uses the Apple Ten Lork, an original material made from apples. “A leather sofa is beautiful and comfortable, but why stop there? We pretend not to hear the question but we really need to find other solutions. Today, perhaps apples can give us the beginning of the answer. Like Eve, Newton and William Tell, we believe in the apple, in Apple Power. Let’s eat apples and hope that this Cassina sofa made from apples creates a new vegetal path to mutual respect,” explains Starck. The Volage EX-S sofa, now presented with a new thinner armrest, along with the Privé collection and Caprice and Passion chairs, designed by...

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Birkenstock Gets a Couture Makeover with Valentino

Valentino just unveiled their latest collaboration with Birkenstock with two new versions: monochrome and red. The new Valentino X Birkenstock, which will be available in both men’s and women’s sizes, made their debut during the brand’s show at Men’s Paris Fashion Week. Th striking red is the typical Valentino red.   The black and white version picks up on the fashion for oversized logos, with VLTN printed on the side of the shoes’ straps. They wanted to introduce Valentino’s DNA to something that it is so free and adaptable. Valentino said they  chose to work with “Birkenstock for the same reason people choose Birkenstock every day. No matter what you wear, who you are, no matter your gender or social background, no matter your age, your style, no matter if you care about fashion or if you do not, Birkenstock has its own universal language.”...

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One Imaginary Girl: A New Line of Prints, Accessories and Silk

Head designer of the print driven label One Imaginary Girl, Sarah Donofrio, will be launching scarves and other soft goods as an extension to her ready-to-wear label. The line will feature her award winning current season prints, alongside two new print collections. Four classic scarf silhouettes will be offered. “Accessories are inclusive and loyal. They fit all shapes, sizes and genders,” says the designer, who has been developing the pieces over the past season and will be launched this March. Inspired by the accessibility and timelessness of accessories, Donofrio wanted to ensure that everyone who fell in love with her coveted prints could own a piece of the collection. Expanding on her women’s ready-to-wear line, this refreshing venture is currently sold in her online store, and will be available to retail stores come March. “The unlimited way that a scarf can be worn, combined with a statement...

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