One item that I loved from the Milan Furniture Fair 2013 was the Yoko light by Anderssen & Voll. The shade is based upon a bath bubble and provides the lamp with a gentle, almost ephemeral look. The pastel colours work really well with the soft design too. Fortunately, the lamp bubble won’t be bursting any time soon. Look how cool it looks in the home:
Gae Aulenti’s ‘Tour Table’ has a four foot square sheet of glass balanced on four bicycle wheels to create a rather unique looking table. When I first saw this table, I couldn’t really imagine it looking anything but novel in an interior. The photo below, however, shows that it can fit in perfectly against industrial decor. Bike wheels and brick walls go well it seems…
This Crank Table from Z Gallerie is a perfect example of classic design meeting industrialism. The transparent glass surface enables the crank feature of the table to be the focal point, but offers a certain subtlety against the harsh, masculinity of the metal. I really like the crank feature which attaches the table top to the stand and enables you to adjust the height of the table. It has an ‘inside out design’, making visible what would conventionally be hidden. The curved table legs act in a similar way to the glass, restricting the strong crank feature from overbearing the design. Overall, it is a clever idea which has been designed to perfection.
Berlin designer Sebastian Scherer created these coloured hexagonal coffee tables using 10 millimetre glass sheets. The use of geometrical design is an homage to the designer’s belief in futuristic minimalism with a difference. The difference with this design comes through the interaction between the transparency and the angles. Depending on your perspective, it can be difficult to visualise the actual composition of the table. It gets better when multiple tables are used together. The geometry means that they can fit together perfectly and the optical illusion they create reinstates faith in the progressiveness of modern design.
Find out more about Sebastian Scherer and his designs at www.sebastianscherer.com