Year in assessment: greatest household furniture of 2021

The calendar year 2021 was a good time for design, with some of the world’s leading furniture and style fairs (from NYCXDesign to Salone del Mobile, Design Miami and London Style Competition) returning soon after a calendar year-long pause. This power translated into new collections and launches that demonstrated a multilayered technique to creative imagination amongst the layout community globally. In this article, we look at some of the best furnishings collections from 2021 (in no individual buy).

Top 10 household furniture launches of the 12 months

01.  Ornate selection by Bethan Laura Wooden

Images: Emanuele Tortora

British designer Bethan Laura Wood and Milanese gallery Nilufar introduced Ornate, a collection of home furnishings impressed by the style and design of the boudoir. Featuring a bedhead, lighting, cabinets, a desk and mirrors, the assortment attracts from diverse inspirations and capabilities a selection of resources and methods. The Ornate assortment also marks Wood’s ten decades of collaboration with Nilufar and its founder, Nina Yashar, and it was proven in the By using della Spiga gallery in the course of September’s Salone del Mobile, next to pieces from Wood’s prior collections. The selection exemplifies the richness of Wood’s eclectic, colourful visual universe. Pieces in glass, wooden veneer and CNC-milled aluminium are evidence of her enthusiasm for craft methods previous and new, and her ability to distil cultural references and inspirations from past aesthetic movements as well as from her travels. ‘Ornate represents the ideal dialogue and the finest probable interpretation of the various cultures that impressed Bethan,’ observes Yashar, ‘and a very contemporary point of watch that manages to press dangerous boundaries to extremes, though keeping complete harmony.’ 

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02. ‘Infinito’ marble table by Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau

This constrained edition table was born from Poltrona Frau CEO Nicola Coropulis’ discovery of a unique eco-friendly marble slab. A cave in Turkey that had long been mined for its reddish-purple Rosso Lepanto marble, in 2018 unexpectedly developed a deep sage-toned slab with shades of darker environmentally friendly: this ‘quirk of nature’ shaped the basis of a table, intended by Roberto Lazzeroni for Italian brand Poltrona Frau. ‘As normally transpires, we identified a treasure that we weren’t on the lookout for,’ suggests Coropulis. Lazzeroni was constrained creatively by the quantity of marble out there, but normally, he experienced carte blanche. ‘The only limit lay in the marble slab’s measurement,’ he states, noting that the marble block itself measured 240cm, but his structure spanned 340cm. ‘My alternative was to convey with each other two ellipses, and then slice and splice them on the diagonal in get to create a solitary geometrical figure.’ Evaluating this closing sort to yin and yang, or the infinity symbol, the designer chose the name ‘Infinito’.

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03. Technicolour upholstery assortment by Peter Saville for Kvadrat

A mood board with material samples and colour swatches for the selection, such as, centre, squares of the spotty ‘Fleece’ rug and stripy ‘Flock’ rug

A familiar sight for country people, and a vibrant surprise for many others, smit marks – the spray-painted patches on sheep – are frequently employed by shepherds in the Uk to detect animals in their herd. The chromatic custom is also the commencing stage for Peter Saville’s Technicolour assortment of upholstery textiles, rugs and curtains developed in collaboration with Kvadrat. Saville grew up visiting the countryside with his loved ones, and developed a fascination with what he phone calls ‘rural graffiti’. ‘Ever given that I started operating with Kvadrat, I have started to recognize a little little bit about the use of wool in textile creation and about the industrial procedures from the field to the home furniture, and started to assume, what would transpire if the colour of [the smit marks] wasn’t washed out from the wool? What would materialize if this colour designed it all the way through the production process?’ The respond to to this considerably provocative concern comprises an upholstery fabric, two curtains and 3 rugs. Via a sequence of discussions, Saville, Stine Come across Osther, vice president of style at Kvadrat, and Dienke Dekker, structure supervisor at Kvadrat Rugs, translated his concepts onto the textiles of the Technicolour selection. 

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04. New Finnish design and style home furniture model Vaarnii

‘Finnish style and design is generally seen by means of the lens of modernism,’ states Vaarnii co-founder Antti Hirvonen. ‘There was Alvar Aalto and a extremely proficient team of folks that adopted after him, and they really a lot described what Finnish structure appears to be like. But our inspiration predates that. So we desired to think about what the Finnish design vernacular would glimpse like nowadays.’ Vaarnii would make its debuts with a selection of wooden furnishings and extras by international designers which includes Philippe Malouin, Mac Collins, Industrial Facility, Kwangho Lee, and Max Lamb, made of pine wood, a product that Hirvonen calls ‘the perennial underdog’ of Finnish woods.

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05. Flexform celebrates ‘Groundpiece’ sofa by Antonio Citterio

Antonio Citterio’s ‘Groundpiece’ sofa for Flexform, photographed in 2001 by Gabriele Basilico in Gio Ponti’s Pirelli Tower

Antonio Citterio designed the ‘Groundpiece’ sofa for Flexform in 2001: 20 many years on, Wallpaper* contributing editor Deyan Sudjic charts the architect’s heritage of collaboration with the Italian household furniture company, and discovers his watch on redefining domestic interiors. Citterio makes the begin of a marriage with the firm that has lasted pretty much 50 years sound remarkably everyday. ‘I was 23, I experienced just finished in the military. I was even now researching architecture at the Politecnico in Milan. A single of the Galimberti children had been my pal at college, so I went to Flexform and reported, let us do a thing collectively.’ The ‘Groundpiece’ sofa embodied a new domestic spirit. The identify is a reference to Donald Judd’s perform, not for the reason that Citterio believes that his operate is artwork, but for the reason that of what he uncovered from the way that Judd took sculpture off the plinth, to create a additional immediate romance with room. Citterio took the couch off its legs, and, evidently at least, placed it immediately on the floor, like the Arab ‘suffah’, which was a elevated segment of flooring softened by carpet or cushion.

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06. ‘Boa’ pouf by Sabine Marcelis for Hem

Sabine Marcelis and Hem unveil their ‘Boa’ pouf, two a long time in the earning and a delightful enjoy on the Rotterdam-based designer’s recurrent donut motif. ‘I have this fascination and love for the donut condition,’ describes Rotterdam designer Marcelis, who was named Wallpaper’s Designer of the Yr in 2020 and joined the jury for the 2021 Style Awards. ‘It’s just these a beautifully full and finite shape. Easy however not dull. And the curve and void create a wonderful depth in virtually all products.’ The seat is offered in candy-colored hues of yellow, pink and white, upholstered to produce a form that is as flawlessly clean as possible. 

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07. Piero Lissoni’s Borea outdoor home furniture for B&B Italia

For this outdoor home furnishings collection for B&B Italia, Piero Lissoni was encouraged by the concept of lightness, an plan that has fascinated him all his daily life. ‘As a youngster, I appreciated the idea of building planes, but they constantly turned out wrong, they were being far too significant,’ he recollects. For this selection, the idea of lightness was essential: ‘Let’s make a mild item, a thing between a aircraft and a bike.’ Lissoni developed an outside home furnishings assortment comprising seating and tables based on an critical structure principle, that includes a trim, seamless tubular aluminium body supporting cushioned seats and enamelled lava-stone surfaces. In the spirit of lightness, the frames are minimally developed with a gently protruding foot elevating the parts from the ground. 

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08. Style designer Rich Mnisi’s home furniture for Southern Guild

Abundant Mnisi’s initially solo present at Cape Town’s Southern Guild gallery (until 4 February 2022) encapsulates his multifaceted tactic to style. ‘How humanity arrived about has been explored from pretty couple of views,’ says Mnisi. ‘It’s typically from a Christian stage of look at, the place there is this idea of God, or from science, wherever it commenced from the Huge Bang. And then I imagine about [Congolese deity] Bumba and this ridiculous loneliness, living in the universe by itself and then vomiting everything that we now know. It was so lovely because he then fathered it, and there was a unusual changeover from being in so a great deal pain and so unpleasant to obtaining one thing that was so gorgeous that he will take care of it.’ Mnisi translated these tips into a selection that involves seating, lights, a console, a rug and objects with assorted products, this sort of as bronze, wool, beads and leather-based, selecting co-creators from a range of disciplines, and blending common craft with modernity.

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09. Artist Odile Mir’s home furnishings reissued via new model LOMM Editions

Parisian designer Léonie Alma Mason launched LOMM Editions – a new brand presenting 1970s home furniture types produced by her grandmother, nonagenarian artist Odile Mir. Mir had examined sculpture in Casablanca, Morocco, ahead of transferring to Paris in the 1950s. Rising up, Mason was immersed in her grandmother’s artistic universe: ‘I spent a great deal of time with her in her workshop in Toulouse, building clay sculptures, papier-mâché textbooks, salt doughs, drawings,’ she recalls. ‘She was constantly speaking about her new strategies, creations and artistic collaborations, but she hardly ever talked about this style and design period in her existence right before 2017.’ Mir’s furniture pieces have been mostly generated by French maker Prisunic in the 1970s, whose cost-effective rates and contemporary, optimistic structure method manufactured it a well-liked choice for household furniture at the time. Her types highlighted metallic buildings and leather-based, and their simplicity presents a glimpse of Mir’s talent. She would work on early prototypes by welding jointly metal chrome tubes and working with discovered leather scraps to make her chairs, later created into smooth furniture parts. 

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10. Daniel Arsham’s Engage in-doh influenced home furnishings

As found in the Oct 2021 concern of Wallpaper*. Images: Marko MacPherson Art Course: Michael Reynolds

American multidisciplinary artist Daniel Arsham created ‘Objects for Living: Collection II’ with Friedman Benda, a new series of hand-sculpted home furniture in a mix of wood, resin and stone. ‘Most of the style for this occurred during the lockdown in New York,’ Arsham recollects. ‘I had absent out to the residence in early March and I didn’t really have a good deal of products or issues there with me. I begun sculpting with Engage in-Doh, which my boys had hundreds of, and started modelling distinctive types of sorts. I was not imagining that people would be the ultimate kinds, but I enable them dry and when we came out of lockdown, I ended up just finding them 3D-scanned.’ § 

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