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The Cobra Is Still King

Luxury Living Group

This new version of Carlo Bugatti’s notable chair from 1902 is a seat of 21st-century luxury.

Though we tend to associate the Bugatti name with supercars, the family’s talent has long reached beyond the automotive realm. The clan of artisans includes not only Ettore, the founder of Automobiles E. Bugatti (now known simply as Bugatti), but also his artist-and-designer father, Carlo, and his brother Rembrandt, a sculptor. One piece of their impressive design legacy is Carlo’s groundbreaking Cobra chair from 1902, a sculptural wood seat that suggests a snake in its hood-flared pose.

Now a modern version of the chair is making its debut. Created by the Luxury Living Group (luxurylivinggroup.com) as part of the new Bugatti Home collection, the Cobra evokes a snake’s posture but also boasts contemporary styling inspired by the $2.6 million Bugatti Chiron. The chair’s frame is a single piece of blue carbon fiber that, save for the seat back, is covered in Cognac leather (other leather options are available). Designed for Luxury Living by another Carlo—the Italian designer Carlo Colombo—in collaboration with Bugatti designer Etienne Salomé, the Cobra (price upon request) also bears the auto marque’s blue leather piping and EB monogram. 

Alexandra Von Furstenberg

In conjunction with the debut of her new store in Los Angeles’s West Hollywood Design District, Alexandra Von Furstenberg has added five pieces to her 1970s-inspired acrylic furniture collection. They feature bright colors, something the designer is known for, and include the AVF desk ($16,800). “It’s a very sleek and streamlined desk,” says Von Furstenberg, “and I loved combining layers of opaque and translucent material.” She adds that the piece displays “playful futurism” with its clean lines and brilliant stripes of color within the black frame. The other additions, which include a dining table and a console, all have vivid neon hues. avfhome.com

Janet Yonaty

For nearly two decades, Janet Yonaty has been creating distinctive textiles for private homes and luxury hotels. The Los Angeles–based designer’s latest wall coverings were influenced by her travels to Shanghai and by last year’s record-breaking China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which chronicled Chinese influences on Western fashion. Yonaty’s handcrafted silk and grass-cloth panels present chinoiserie, deco, and butterfly motifs, among others. The Koi pattern (shown) is hand-painted on silk by an artist in China and available in several color schemes, including red, aqua, and black and white. janetyonaty.com

NK Woodworking & Design

When one thinks of a chic bathtub, wood is not a material that immediately comes to mind. However, Seattle’s NK Woodworking & Design creates tubs that are smartly styled and downright eye-catching. The Petite Lotus is a 66-inch-long version of the company’s even longer Lotus tub, which was built for a client two years ago. Made of sapele hardwood with black walnut, the vessel gets its gorgeous sheen and water-resistant coating from the company’s custom finishing process. Each made-to-order tub is available in a variety of hardwoods and sizes, and inlays and mixed wood patterns are also possible. nkwoodworking.com

Christopher Boots

A Melbourne atelier is where Christopher Boots creates his lighting designs, but his pieces are turning heads well beyond the Australian city. A recent two-month exhibit at the New, a gallery next door to the Twentieth showroom in Los Angeles, featured one-of-a-kind and limited-edition architectural light fixtures inspired by his Greek heritage. The Oracle (starting at $16,300), a chandelier with three LED-illuminated interlocking rings that appear to float in midair, is available in several finishes, including aged brass, dark bronze, and brushed brass. christopherboots.com; twentieth.net 

Bernhardt Textiles

Jewelry designer Anabela Chan’s exquisite creations and elegantly styled London boutique so impressed Bernhardt Design president Jerry Helling, he asked her to collaborate on a line of fabrics with Bernhardt Textiles, a sub-brand of his company. The result, introduced in May, is five artfully designed patterns that reveal Chan’s interest in birds, butterflies, and gems. Feather ($58 per yard) depicts the uniqueness of plumage, while Pearl ($43 per yard) mimics the shadings of the gems. The textile series is a first for the multitalented Chan, who has an architecture degree and previously worked as a fashion designer under Alexander McQueen. bernhardttextiles.com

Alison Palevsky

For her new showroom in L.A.’s upscale Brentwood neighborhood, interior designer Alison Palevsky has curated a selection of vintage and modern pieces—furnishings, art, accessories—and arranged them in a way that makes the well-appointed space feel like a cozy home. Sprinkled among the found items are designs from Palevsky’s own furniture line, including the subtly curved Ava sofa ($6,500), which debuted earlier this year. With a classic midcentury-modern look à la Edward Wormley’s designs for Dunbar, the sofa is covered in silky-smooth cotton fabric and has an oiled-walnut frame that is exposed at the top. palevsky.co

Walker Zanger

Durable kitchen and bathroom tiles with an unexpected look and feel—say, that of wood or brick—are among the innovative material goods at Walker Zanger. The company’s Knit collection, which was introduced earlier this year, comprises textured tiles that recall fabrics: Quilt, Corduroy, and Twill. Crafted of porcelain, the tiles have a matte finish and are available in three designs—Chevron, Hex, and Angle Hex. The Twill tile shown here features the latter design ($24 per square foot), which gives the impression of stacked shingles. walkerzanger.com


With a history that extends to the 19th century, Giorgetti still uses many of the same furniture-making techniques that it employed in 1898. The Italian company specializes in woodworking, and the new Memos table is a beautiful example of the handicraft. Part of a larger series of tables designed by the Pisa-based Roberto Lazzeroni, Memos (starting at $10,347) has a thick ash-wood frame topped with crystal glass and an insert joining the four legs. Three options for the insert—ash-wood veneer, Calacatta gold marble, and Portoro marble—and five finish choices for the frame allow for several distinct looks. giorgetti.eu


Piero Lissoni’s partnerships with Boffi go back decades. Together, the designer and the maker of high-end kitchens and baths have created stylish, minimalist systems for the home, including the Aprile kitchen and Soho bath products. Their latest collaboration, released in April, is the sleek Code kitchen system (price upon request). The completely customizable workspace offers several wood, metal, and stone finish options for its components, including abonos oak—a type of wood that has been extracted from peat bogs after being buried for hundreds of years. boffi.com


The lauded French designer Jean-Louis Deniot has collaborated with the Chicago-based furniture brand Baker to create an impressive lineup that includes furnishings, upholstery, and lighting. With a total of 80 pieces, the collection is both classic contemporary and futuristic classic, according to Deniot. The Heliodor dining table ($11,400) has a mahogany-veneer top, with a resin-and-metal pedestal fashioned after a woman’s A-line skirt. The optional glass lazy Susan (starting at $2,415) adds a useful—and lovely—detail. bakerfurniture.com

Jory Brigham Design

A fourth-generation woodworker based in Paso Robles, Calif., Jory Brigham strives to create pieces that will be passed down for years. He chooses sustainably harvested woods and makes each item by hand, designing everything from beds and entertainment systems to shuffleboard tables. One of his most laborious pieces is the Hank West rocking chair ($4,900). Featuring rounded edges and a low back, the walnut chair has a contemporary look uncharacteristic of rockers. “Most rocking chairs I have ever encountered were never designed to fit within a modern aesthetic,” says Brigham. “I wanted to come up with something that was still functional but with current appeal.” jorybrigham.com

Jiun Ho

San Francisco–based designer Jiun Ho’s travels to more than 100 countries, from France to Botswana, are the inspiration behind his latest furniture series, Collection V. The line is a tribute to the landscapes and cultures Ho has experienced and includes tables and chairs, among other pieces. For the Ica shelving unit (starting at $16,498), he endeavored to reference the stonework of Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas in the cast-bronze rocks that offer support between the oak sills. jiunho.com