Design Seen March/April 2015

Paola Lenti’s outdoor parasols make taking cover from spring sun or light showers a most stylish endeavor...

Paola Lenti’s outdoor parasols make taking cover from spring sun or light showers a most stylish endeavor.

Overhead Protectors

Meda, Italy

These parasols from the Italian company Paola Lenti do not shrink from the elements. On the contrary, the Bistrò outdoor umbrellas (priced from about $8,500 to $9,000) stand ready, rain or shine, to shield in smart style those who take shelter. Available with shades that open into either flat or domed spheres, the pieces have frames of varnished, corrosion-resistant aluminum, and, for a flawlessly cohesive look, the fiberglass rods that raise the shades are the same color as the frame. Acquiring the umbrellas will require some difficult decision making: whether to choose classic-cool Madras or low-key Tamil fabrics for the shade, and how to configure a Bistrò for one’s particular poolside setting or other backyard space. Paola Lenti’s Clique series of seating poufs (about $4,200 to $4,500) and adjustable side tables (roughly $1,350 to $1,600) have been designed by Francesco Rota to pair with the parasols for the perfectly polished look shown here.

Paola Lenti, paolalenti.it; available in the United States through Luminaire, 305.576.5788, luminaire.com

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Rouge Absolu


For more than 20 years, Géraldine Prieur has adorned homes, boutiques, and hotels, and now the designer is debuting a zesty line of furniture, fabric, and accessories through her Parisian studio, Rouge Absolu. Each numbered piece in the series is an indulgence of traditional French craftsmanship embellished with artistic joinery. Leather, velvet, flannel, and wood are among the materials used, and the floor lamp (from $7,340) is an exuberant mélange of French walnut and lacquer. +

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Francis Sultana


An ideal ambassador of Francis Sultana’s tailored elegance, the Enrique console ($13,120) features patinated bronze legs and a lacquered linen surface. Sultana spent years seeking out the artisans who meticulously render each example by hand. Custom options, such as seven different colors of lacquered linen and three bronze finishes, are available. +44.20.7589.5946, francissultana.com

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Como, Italy

This 90-year-old company is making the bygone grand entrance fashionable again. The fourth-generation furniture maker approaches interior doors as blank canvases, relying on its archive of designs and customizations. Pegaso is a high-gloss, Deco-inspired number fashioned from solid wood, which features a sand tamponato, or buffered, effect in creamy white and a glamorous leather treatment. +39.03.1760.1111, turri.it

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​Brooklyn, N.Y.

With its distinct version of Brooklyn’s handcrafted movement, Hellman Chang captured the attention of design aficionados in 2006 with a handsome furniture collection trimmed with sartorial crispness and dipped in java-rich tones. This spring, with its foray into seating, the studio is releasing the Tao daybed (available to the trade; $10,950 without fabric). The hand-carved piece with Eastern flair is a confident emissary for the artisanal brand. 212.875.0424, hellman-chang.com

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Even traditionalists cannot deny the sculptural lure of the Arlo chandelier ($9,360) by Baroncelli. With its cosmopolitan take on the centuries-old manufacturing traditions of Murano, where it has a workshop, the two-decades-old company has infused the modern LED fixture with warmth. Arlo merges crystal rods and metal “halos” finished in satin gold. The series also includes a lamp and three wall lights. 212.255.2005, baroncelli.com

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New York City

The vision of Olatz Schnabel, this Manhattan shop offers the designer’s handmade bedding, as well as her silk pajamas and other apparel and accessories for the home. The Egyptian cotton sheets, custom embroidered shams, and other desirables drape boudoirs in striking modern sets. Artisans in Portugal produce the custom monogramming for the Royal series (from $400). 212.255.8627, olatz.com

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Luxury Living Group


Located in the design district, Living Luxury Group’s newest Miami showroom is devoted to high-wattage brands from the group’s portfolio, including Bentley Home and Fendi Outdoor. The 7,700-square-foot space includes three fully equipped kitchen experiences, and it houses the most extensive display of Fendi Casa Ambiente Cucina in North America. 786.409.5558, luxurylivinggroup.com

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Bar Boulud


Vintage oak adorns the walls, the marble charcuterie counter invites lingering, and the bustle of Boylston Street right outside feels far away. Boston’s new go-to bistro owes its ambience to interior designer Adam D. Tihany. He has collaborated with chef Daniel Boulud before, and at this winery-inspired spot inside the Mandarin Oriental, French fare mingles with New England classics. 617.535.8800, barboulud.com

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Ruediger Benedikt

​Barcelona, Spain

The creations of this Barcelona-based designer are as exclusive as they are arresting. Ruediger Benedikt’s Leaping Horse caviar présentoir (starting at $22,000) is cast in bronze via the lost-wax process and plated in 24-karat gold. Soon he will debut a line of tableware embellished with mother-of-pearl. +34.934.157.845, ruedigerbenedikt.com; available in the U.S. through bpdesigns.org

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Holly Hunt


An ancient war dance from the Maori people of New Zealand inspired the stance and the name of the Haka director chair (available to the trade; about $7,500) from Holly Hunt. The Chicago-based company captured the essence of the haka in the chair’s base—a striking, assured pose crafted from precision-milled solid aluminum. Havana leather completes the evocative interpretation. 800.320.3145, hollyhunt.com

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Gallotti & Radice

Cermenate, Italy

Since 1955, this Italian company has used glass in elegant ways in its modern designs, and Venere, designed by Carlo Colombo, is no exception. Wrapped in painted glass, the wooden desk (or vanity, if one prefers) has a burnished metal frame and is available in a bright or satin finish. gallottiradice.it

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James Duncan

Key Biscayne, Fla.

Cobalt is not the color of conformity. A tenacious blue, it is a majestic retort to play-it-safe navy. Designer James Duncan saw a dress in this shade at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, and now his aptly named Hong Kong table (available to the trade; from $8,500) wears the same hue. The handcrafted piece mixes lacquered mahogany and Starphire glass. 305.731.2272, james-duncan.com

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B&B Italia

Novedrate, Italy

The Italian company’s Maxalto brand derives its name from the words massa alto, or “the highest” in the Venetian dialect. High design is always the focus at Maxalto, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Under Antonio Citterio’s creative direction, the brand has produced stylish, industrial-sleek pieces such as this Alcor cabinet. 800.872.1697, bebitalia.com

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Grange Hall


In 2004, after having served as visual directors at Dallas’s Stanley Korshak, Jeffrey Lee and Rajan Patel opened Grange Hall—a high-end shop for design cognoscenti seeking limited editions and other exceptional items for the home. Thanks to a recent collaboration with the architect Joshua Metzger, Grange Hall now has a chic restaurant, which, like the boutique itself, is a visual feast for hungry aesthetes. 214.443.0600, ufgrangehall.com

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