The flood of fantastic new-season product launches shows no sign of abating. Here’s a round-up of some of my favourites from the past few weeks…
New designs from Normann Copenhagen
Danish brand Normann Copenhagen used the recent Maison & Objet furniture fair in Paris to release a raft of new designs, covering everything from lighting to kitchen accessories. My favourites are the ‘Horizon’ wall mirror and shelf, which was created by design duo kaschkasch to blend form and functionality; the ‘Journal’ desk, which combines a coloured top with a light steel frame; and Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri’s ‘Stage’ floor lamp, which is a contemporary take on classic film-production lighting. I also love the soft contours and simple shapes of the ‘Bliss’ porcelain tea service, conceived by Italian designer Odo Fioravanti.
A sophisticated collection from Soak & Sleep
British company Soak & Sleep, whose beautiful bedding has appeared in previous posts, is launching a new, more grown-up collection for autumn-winter 2016. There are additions to its furniture range, which debuted last year, as well as trend-led bedding and home accessories in a variety of styles and materials. Stand-outs for me include the maple-wood ‘Cranbrook’ designs, which pair a rich patina with striking brass feet (and happen to share a name with the street I used to live on!); the marble, resin and bamboo bathroom accessories; and the Scandi-inspired ‘Clerkenwell’ line.
Eye-catching additions at Northern Lighting
Oslo-based Northern Lighting, which combines sleek Scandinavian lines with soft, moody light, has added several new products to its range. Among them are the mouth-blown ‘Dahl’ glass pendant, first created by Norwegian designer Birger Dahl in 1956 and relaunched this autumn to mark his 100th birthday; the ‘Poppy’ series of oil lamps, which were inspired by fields of tall poppies and come in various sizes and colours; and the strikingly simple ‘Drift’ candleholders, which echo floating Arctic sea ice. The brand has also updated its popular ‘Acorn’ pendant with beautiful walnut accents.
A ‘Mini’ version of Verner Panton’s Panthella lamp
More lighting news comes from Louis Poulsen, which has released a new ‘Mini’ version of the iconic Panthella lamp designed by Verner Panton in 1971. It’s the perfect size for shelves and bedside tables, and comes in black, white, opal, and eight eye-catching shades drawn from the ‘Light and Colour’ exhibition which Panton created shortly before his death in 1998. It’s available in stores from this month, and you can find a full list of stockists here.
Totem Road arrives in the UK
Sustainable furniture from Australian brand Totem Road is now available in the UK for the first time, via selected retail partners and www.totemroad.com. Totem’s designs pair ethically sourced natural materials with mid-century modern influences, creating a look that’s relaxed yet sleek. I’m a particular fan of the marble and oak tables, the tree-stump stools and the minimalist console tables and benches.
Images via the respective brands named above