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Design Seen: On the Map May/June 2015


The Connaught

Formerly a walk-in humidor, the brass bar in the distinguished hotel’s Champagne Room is “very Jules Verne in concept and feel,” says Guy Oliver, who designed the space. Mayfair’s intimate new address for imbibing bubbly also flaunts limestone walls, leather accents, and an oval skylight, which recalls Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s water feature at the hotel’s entrance. +44.207.499.7070, the-connaught.co.uk

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Bang & Olufsen

To celebrate its 90th anniversary, Bang & Olufsen has released the Love Affair collection—special editions of the brand’s six most popular products, all dipped in a rose gold finish that glints with Roaring ’20s, art deco–style allure. With its walnut front and top-mounted acoustic lens tweeter, the BeoLab 18 wireless loudspeaker ($6,920) dresses the part. 866.520.1400, bang-olufsen.com 

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Neukirchen, Germany

Dante Goods and Bads

The work of Christophe de la Fontaine and Aylin Langreuter, founders of the design studio Dante Goods and Bads, has fallen under a pastoral spell, thanks to the influences of the Bavarian countryside. From their Scenes from the Prairie collection, the Bavaresk dining table (about $2,600) pairs a mixed marble-and-granite top with beech legs either stained or lacquered in Bordeaux, white, black, or yellow. +49.9961.94.37.678, dante.lu

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Fiona Barratt-Campbell 

Melding classic elements with modern shapes, the FBC London furniture and accessories collection by the English designer Fiona Barratt-Campbell is now available to the trade Stateside, exclusively at Kneedler Fauchère in Los Angeles. Handcrafted in Northern England, the Isabella cabinet features antiqued brass on the header and plinth, and doors made of limestone, resin, and bronze. 310.855.1313, kneedler​fauchere.com; fbc-london.com

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The French silversmith Puiforcat leads one into sweet temptation with Argent Gourmand, a new tabletop series devoted to dessert service. French pastry chef Pierre Hermé and designer Patrick Jouin concocted the collection, blending their expertise in presentation and functionality to produce a macaroon stand, an ice-cream cup, a spoon, and this delectable porcelain Cake Box ($3,500) with a silver-plated dome for the big reveal. 855.240.9740, puiforcat.com

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Beyond Object

A sophisticated device for the workaday world, the Cantili tape dispenser (about $135) by Poetic Lab for the London design label Beyond Object reminds the digital citizen of the joys of desk accessories. The cantilevered structure and twin mirror-polished disks—finished in gold, silver, or copper—are meant for one-handed operation. The desktop collection also includes a letter opener, a pencil sharpener, and a pen pot. +44.77.2471.1180, beyond-object.com

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Delving into the design legacies of Mexico and Latin America to reveal established and emerging talents is the raison d’être of this recently debuted brand. The Swedish-Mexican designer Alexander Andersson, the company’s creative director, fashioned this contemporary triumph, the Air sofa ($17,950), as part of Luteca’s first collection. Handmade and upholstered in Mexico City, the piece, with its solid wood frame on steel legs, evokes a midcentury feel. 646.510.5244, luteca.com

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Glas Italia

A desk, a bench, a bookcase, and a sofa, each rendered in glass: These visionary creations mark the first collaboration between brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and the Italian brand. The thermo-welded desk from the Diapositive series is available in two sizes (high version, from $5,566; low version, from $4,679) and marries crystal glass panels with wood and felt to temper any tenuousness. A palette of dark and light gray, pink, and orange tones was developed for the collection, the pieces of which are either monochrome or mixed. glasitalia.com; available through I Moderni, 305.865.8577, imoderni.com

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The Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré has a fashionable new resident. In January, Missoni opened a flagship store on the famed Paris street, welcoming patrons to the boutique conceptualized by Angela Missoni and the Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola. The Italian house’s signature zigzag motif courses through the bi-level, 3,200-plus-square-foot space. The season’s latest clothing designs suspend from an architectural copper framework, while the company’s home and accessories lines also are artfully displayed within the chic milieu. +33.1.44519696, missoni.com 

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Cooperativa Panorámica

One of the standout moments of the January edition of the Maison & Objet design fair in Paris was Cooperativa Panorámica’s debut of the Mono collection. The team of six Mexican designers presented the series of familiar forms, each a compelling reflection on materiality, its uniformity and diversity. Items include a bench, a clock, and this mirror ($380), a moody, layered piece made of tinted mirror glass, marble, Corian, and wood. +, wearepanoramica.com

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Jonathan Browning Studios

Designed by Jonathan Browning, the Rochillon pendant (available to the trade) is a singular piece rendered in solid brass. Finishes include polished nickel and oil-rubbed bronze. The pendant’s lead crystal facets are crafted on a diamond wheel, and its crystal shades are cut and polished by hand to fine, prismatic shine. 415.401.9999, jonathanbrowninginc.com

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Windsor Smith has unveiled 40 pieces of furniture, lighting, and accessories with the Texas-based company. “My debut collection with Arteriors takes classicism, particularly in its iconic detailing, and pulls it forward in a spare way,” says the Los Angeles–based designer. The equestrian-inspired Elis stool ($4,050) sports playful tailoring with woven suede bands and a polished brass body. 800.338.2150, arteriorshome.com

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Italian Terrace

If the Orcio Romano Manici ($725) and Coppa Romano Manici ($455) oil jars appear romantic, consider their provenance: Conceived in a design studio in England and produced in a workshop in Italy, each piece is handcrafted the traditional way using a blend of the finest Italian clay, which is pressed into a custom form, air dried, and fired in a kiln. 203.615.4028, italian-terrace.com

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Gentner Design

The French invented the semainier, a chest of seven drawers—one for each day of the week. Last year Chicago designer Christopher Gentner unveiled his staggering take on the historic dresser: a handcrafted, patinated brass number ($17,815) featuring walnut drawers that swing from side to side. 773.523.2505, gentnerdesign.com

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Ligne Roset

While designing the Okura seat and ottoman, Eric Jourdan recalled the classic George Nelson furniture his parents had in their home. That midcentury-modern influence is felt in his latest work for Ligne Roset. With soft curves and easy proportions, Okura boasts modern styling with references to the past. The range comprises this armchair (from $2,435) and footrest (from $940), a medium settee, and a large settee. 212.375.1036, ligne-roset-usa.com 

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