Does the term “hand-made” really applies to glass?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

One would typically associate hand-made techniques with upholstery, woodworking and other crafts-driven creations, with glass not really being linked to having anything to do with non-machine driven process.  And yet, Fiam’s iconic sculpture-like coffee table proves that glass is a material that can be indeed used to construct an entirely hand-made design.  The Atlas statuesque coffee table is one of Fiam Italia’s most distinguished productions.  Designed by a renowned British sculptor Danny Lane, Atlas coffee table incorporates tiers of straight and curved edge 20mm thick glass molded entirely by hand into refractive and reflective surfaces.  Danny Lane is an renowned sculptor and it’s of no surprise that his masterpiece for Fiam is a collector’s item with museum worthy character.

Atlas coffee table by Danny Lane for Fiam Italia

Atlas cocktail table close-up details

Atlas coffee table close-up

Atlas coffee table production process

Samba coffee table by Cattelan Italia

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Samba coffee table collection is inspired by the organic shape of pebbles, offering inexact sinuosity that’s eloquently counterbalanced by its sleek silhouette.  Designed by Paolo Cattelan, Samba coffee table offers an interesting element unique shape, catching attention without stealing the show.  Samba coffee table is designed with three table top forms, and a graphite embossed base.  With either the natural Canaletto walnut or chic marble in polished white Carrara or brown Emperador, Samba coffee table makes a stylistic impact as an individual piece or in a trio composition with overlapping heights.

Samba coffee table by Cattelan Italia

Samba coffee table by Cattelan Italia

Samba coffee table by Cattelan Italia

Alphanumeric designer furniture by Fontable

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Say what you want…literally with the fun, modern coffee table and accessory collection by Fontable.  Designed to go beyond the beautiful and functional aspects of modern design, Fontable, integrates creative communication into its products offering unlimited possibilities to construct graphic ensembles that allure with ingenuity and interactivity.  Designed by Alessandro Canepa and Andrea Paulicelli, Fontable’s alphanumerical collection is realized through a series of tables with tops shaped like upper or lower case alphabet letters along with single digit numbers.  The tables are made of steel sheet with lacquered paint for interior and exterior use in 10 colors.  The table legs are likewise painted steel and are height adjustable, allowing the tables to overlap.  The Fontable three-dimensional collection was extended to encompass the wall by means of alphanumerical hangers that follow the same rational as the coffee tables.

Alphanumeric designer collection by Fontable

Alphanumeric  collection by Fontable

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Designer Wire Frame Creations

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Wire frames have become increasingly popular in today’s modern furniture world as designers search for innovative techniques to create minimalistic products with industrial design inclination.  Using wires denotes a sense of purity on the product, allowing its form and function to define its spatial presence whilst doubling as an evocative piece of art.

  • Pylon chair by Tom Dixon for Cappellini

Pylon chair by Tom Dixon for Cappellini

Pylon chair by Tom Dixon for Cappellini

  • Tectonic end table by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo
Tectonic end table by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo

Tectonic end table by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo

  • Family chairs by Junya Ishigami for Living Divani
Family chairs by Junya Ishigami for Living Divani

Family chairs by Junya Ishigami for Living Divani

  • Naked chair by Alberto Colzani for Cerruti Baleri
Naked chair by Alberto Colzani for Cerruti Baleri

Naked chair by Alberto Colzani for Cerruti Baleri

  • Corallo chair by Campana Brothers for Edra
Corallo chair by Campana Brothers for Edra

Corallo chair by Campana Brothers for Edra

New use for DNA code

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

DNA code is known to assist in convicting and exonerating criminals, determining paternity status as well as identifying probabilities of various diseases.  During Milan’s 2013 Design Week, DNA code emerged in a revolutionary new way, embodying the Darwin coffee table.  Designed by Tjep Studio for Dutch DNA, the Darwin coffee table personifies real DNA code of Dutch DNA founder’s daughter.  Darwin coffee table was created by first mapping Guilia Wolthuis genetic profile that was then translated into a 3-D model form, a production process that elevated furniture personalization to an entirely new level.

Darwin coffee table by Tjep Studio for Dutch DNA

Darwin coffee table by Dutch DNA

The conception and realization of the Darwin coffee table opened a new door for those who look to have a one-of-a-kind piece, allowing the powerful personification of their DNA code and even the joined DNA of couples to be actualized on a stunning modern occasional table.  To say that the Darwin coffee table and its individualized replicas is the ultimate “conversation piece” is perhaps, an understatement.

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