From Lanzavecchia + Wai, Francesca Lanzavecchia’s Scribble coffee tables for metal specialist De Castelli manages to uncover the feminine essence of metal through its expressive and fluid forms cast in copper brass and iron.
The facets of its stainless base tinted with pyrite bronze lends even more shine to the Pli table by French designer Victoria Wilmotte for Classicon, making it seem like an oversized jewel. The beloved Qeeboo Rabbit by Stefano Giovannoni, on the other hand, gets the full metallic treatment with a rosy copper finish.
Less showy, but no less attractive, are the Joco and Oki tables by EOOS for Walter Knoll in hand-finished brass.
When light hits the laser-cut gem-like pattern on the surface of the Joco, the shadows that fall present another dimension to its design.
Designers have always mined the past for inspiration and, this year, many pieces referenced the elegance and refinement of the Art Deco era, keeping shapes clean and injecting luxury into the tactility of materials, as well as some metallic bling. Gallotti & Radice presented a particularly sophisticated collection by 10 designers featuring plush velvet upholstery and pieces made with marble, and wood in darker hues, with gleaming metal highlights to add to that intimate feel.
In his first collaboration with Austrian heritage brand Wittmann, Jaime Hayon went back in time to the revolutionary Viennese Modernist period of the early 1900s for inspiration. Pieces in the Wittmann Hayon Workshop include living, dining and bedroom furniture, all of which display the fresh, playful and curvaceous forms the Spanish designer is known for, but clad in luxurious velvet.