interiors+design for architects
part of WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS Issue No. 5 // May 2011
"Viewing everyday life through the prism of objects which are surprising, yet sensible." Since 1999, Philippe Nigro has worked as a freelance designer; he is also an associate of the De Lucchi studio in Milan, where he works on numerous projects in the fields of product design, furniture and lighting design, interior architecture, promotional events and scenography. To use the exact words of Philippe Nigro, these divans are ‘quasi-articulated’ by means of ‘functional notches’, which can accommodate small pedestal tables (for reading, writing, working, drinking, eating...).
The Apló table has a corian tabletop (solid surface material) and European oak legs. As with all our designs, we kept the table simple with fine details. The thin white surface has an eased profile edge of 2mm radius.
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As with the Ruché settee, the Ruché bed is lifted from the ground by a simple, fine structure, which supports a comfortable sleep platform. The structure of Ruché is in solid beech, either stained or natural. Inga Sempé insisted on offering a version in natural beech: “natural wood is beautiful, qualitative, authentic; it is modern, and at the same time restful, for it is one of the rare natural elements one can have in one’s own home.”
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This Italian-Danish coupling brings together two gifted European design traditions: a magical union between Southern and Northern design. And the result: the Rewrite desk, designed like a bubble, a little jewel of modernity and softness. Those who work from home do not necessarily want their living rooms to resemble an open plan office! At once aesthetic and functional, this astonishing study cocoon, covered in a sound-absorbing woollen material, is perfect for preserving both concentration and intimacy.
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The Iona Cheval mirror is a full-length eliptical mirror framed in solid oak with a shaker-style joint and brass rivet detail at one side. The solid oak A-frame is finished in a matt white oil, allows the mirror to pivot, and supports an off-white lacquered drawer section, whose top doubles as a compact low dressing table.
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Joseph Walsh expresses his passion and imagination through his work ethic and commitment to exploring the depth and potential of wood as structure, form, material, technology and ecology. His work is a testament to the beauty of pursuing the mastery of a material and exploring a life’s work by learning from each experience. His wood pieces move like the wind, bend like paper, mould like clay and have the strength of bone.
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Trove, the multimedia design firm known for its innovative, large-scale patterns and modern aesthetic, is once again defying boundaries. This time with an industrychanging material that will become a new canvas for their designs: a silky-smooth wall“paper” made from stone. Pioneered by Trove’s design team, the aptly named STONEGROUND® wall”paper” combines mineral powder (> 80% calcium carbonate) with a small amount (< 20% PE) of non-toxic resin to create an environmentally-friendly wall”paper” unlike any other.
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Dear INSIDE Reader,

A warm welcome to this special Furniture issue of INSIDE, our monthly roundup of the world’s best interiors and design stories. In pulling together the very best projects and products from around the world, we have compiled not only an invaluable resource for architects, but also a platform for young designers to showcase their work.

This issue is brimming with stunning furniture from leading designers including Philippe Nigro, Russell Pinch, Joseph Walsh and Inga Sempe.

We also have an interview with co-founder of Benchmark Sean Sutcliffe, Amy Knight’s review of the Milan Furniture Show and the programme from the hotly anticipated design event – Clerkenwell Design Week.

We’re very exciting about the launch of the WAN Interiors + Design Furniture Awards, the only dedicated award celebrating the most inspired and accomplished furniture design from around the world. Click on the Award banner at the top of the page to learn more.

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Thirty years ago, the modern British furniture scene was dominated by small designer makers and lacked any real retail presence. Sean Sutcliffe, co-founder of Benchmark Furniture, tells Stacey Sheppard how his innovative approach to modern furniture design allowed Benchmark to fill this gap in the market and go on to become one of Britain’s most successful manufacturers of bespoke furniture.Read more here 
Thousands of furniture, product and lighting designers set up camp at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair to showcase their latest offerings to the world. The 200,000 sq m Rho Fiera complex was transformed for one week into a vast labyrinth of exhibition stands for this huge, international design event, while a plethora of independent showcases and installations popped up in and around the city.Read more here 
London’s hotly anticipated design event announces programme

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) – London’s premier celebration of design – returns with aplomb following its hugely successful 2010 inauguration, sponsored this year by Jaguar. The three-day festival takes place from 24 to 26 May 2011 and brings together a varied and vibrant programme of events spanning debates, discussions, presentations, exhibitions, installations, street parties and workshops all in the name of celebrating and embracing design.

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