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Romeo Sozzi, the patriarch of the family-owned furniture and cabinetry company Promemoria, sees a duality in his designs. “My furniture is masculine in form,” says the 64-year-old Sozzi, who serves as the firm’s lead designer, “but feminine in touch.” That feminine touch is evident in Angelina, a new division of bespoke kitchens that debuted at […]

Sorab & Roshi Opens a Jewel Box in Greenwich

The jewelers Sorab & Roshi have opened a charming storefront on Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Conn., offering a wide array of colorful, one-of-a-kind pieces. The husband-and-wife duo, who started their business more than 20 years ago, have a cult following for their colorful, fanciful, statement designs. “What sets us apart is the fact that Sorab […]

Exquisite Beaded Furniture from Mexico

The latest venture for Sami Hayek, brother of Salma and owner/designer of the company Espacio, is the Mestizo Collection, a highly original line of furniture that combines lacquer and wood with the distinctive beading of the Huichol Indians of Mexico. The collection highlights the various artisanal crafts of the country (there are also black pottery […]

Catalan Art Rugs Underfoot

To celebrate its 25-year anniversary, the innovative Barcelona-based rug company nanimarquina is releasing the Chillida Collection, a range of seven handmade rugs based on works of art by the famous Catalan sculptor Eduardo Chillida, who died in 2002. All are made of hand-spun, hand-dyed yarns and have a much higher density of knots than most […]

Eco-Minded Reissue of a Midcentury Classic

Herman Miller has just reintroduced one of its most elegant pieces of furniture: the Thin Edge Buffet, designed by George Nelson in 1952 as part of his Rosewood cabinet series, which ceased production a decade later. The new version, however, has a 21st-century eco-conscious twist. Originally produced in rosewood veneer with ivory pulls, it is […]

Naturally Comfortable Luxury Beds

The latest entry into the North American luxury bed category is the Greek firm Coco-Mat, which has opened an expansive store on Mercer Street in New York’s SoHo. Coco-Mat’s sustainably made beds are constructed without any metal, and they have been used in A-list hotels such as London’s Jumeirah, Barcelona’s Ritz-Carlton, and Montenegro’s Aman Sveti […]

American-Crafted Furniture with a Myriad of Inspirations

The newest collection from the North Carolina–based firm Councill features an eclectic mix of furniture inspired by various periods, from ancient Greco-Roman to Bauhaus, all made in America with rich, sensual materials. A Klismos chair renders the venerable classical Greek design in hardwood veneer and ruched raw silk upholstery. The Deco-inspired Josef chest is mahogany, […]

High-Design, Energy-Efficient Lighting

Blackbody, a firm located in Toulon, France, creates high-performance lighting using OLED technology (organic light-emitting diodes). The firm now has pushed this technology to spectacular heights, much the way Swarovski did years ago with its Crystal Palace creations. In Milan, Blackbody debuted “Wonderoled,” an exhibit created by Aldo Cibic, a member of the Memphis Group […]

Shagreen Boxes Pandora Would Envy

The Belgian-born, Miami-based designer Serge de Troyer, known for high-end furnishings with organic shapes that are made of luxurious materials like bone, leathers, and bronze, has introduced a line of jewelry and watch boxes that are completely handmade in France using the finest shagreen. The craftsmanship is unrivaled and the designs are extremely difficult to […]

Mercedes-Benz Influences New Furniture

Collaborating with Mercedes-Benz, the design team at the luxury furnishings company Formitalia has created a collection of seating, tables, and a bed that exhibit the legendary elegance of line that characterizes the styling of the German manufacturer’s classic cars. Seat backs, for instance, reference the seat shells of current research vehicles. Curved lines delineate different […]

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