Designer crystal and porcelain table decor the modern interior. It is presented to aesthetes and exhibited in museums. The authors of collections for luxury brands in 2017 were not only well-known industrial designers, masters of sculptural tables and chairs, but also graphic artists who brought elegance and new color to three-dimensional objects.
1. Noé-Duchaufour-Laurence for Saint-Louis
In 2017, the oldest glass manufacturer in Europe presented for the first time a series of lamps, accessories and furniture. The Folia collection for Saint-Louis, a French manufactory with 400 years of experience, was designed by French designer Noé Duchaufour-Laurence . The Folia line includes a wide variety of items that have one thing in common – faceted crystal. Expressive relief decorates glasses and decanters, candlesticks and mirrors, vases and lamps. The diamond pattern on all items is a stylized tree leaf, a reminder of the forests located near the Saint-Louis factory.
2. Philippe Mouquet for Hermès
In the spring , Hermès presented the 2017-2018 collections of furniture and accessories. Art directors of the house line, architect Charlotte Mako-Perelmani, publisher Alexis Fabri, choose themes that reflect history and modernity, a refined taste for history and new technologies. The success of their approach is predictable, but the result always exceeds expectations. The designs for the tea set were done by graphic artist Philippe Mouquet, who works on Hermès tie fabrics. The smallest geometric ornaments in tonic palettes (pomegranate, mint and mandarin) adorned plates, vases and cups.
3. Max Lamb for 1882 LTD
Master gallery designer Max Lamb created for the British brand 1882 Ltd. a series of textured dishes. The new collection is a reimagined version of the Crockery series, created by the designer for the same brand five years ago. Cups, jugs and bowls, deliberately rough, crumpled on the outside and smooth on the inside, were made of snow-white porcelain. The new version has become even more brutal, in the spirit of the current Wild trend. The dishes, which seemed to be hewn out of stone, were cast from molten basalt. The casting mold, like the first time, was cut out by hand.
4. Oki Sato for the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
In 2017, the Nendo studio , led by the Japanese Oki Sato, produced a project together with the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory. The manufactory has been known since the 18th century and is closely connected with the history of the French monarchy. Masters create porcelain thin, dense, with a uniform surface, which emits a melodic ringing when lightly tapped. It was the sound that became the starting point for the Suzu series (from the Japanese “bell”). Small porcelain discs on a movable mount are hidden under the lids of containers resembling serving dishes. Each time the lid is raised or lowered, a slight chime is heard. There are a total of five models to choose from: differences in shape and size provide each with an individual sound. The lids are painted in “royal” blue – Bleu de Roi – the signature color of the Sevres manufactory.
5. Alfredo Haeberli for Fürstenberg
The German porcelain house Fürstenberg presented in 2017 a collection by the Swiss Alfredo Haeberli . Master of Universal Design, as Haberly is often called, offers three lines of dinner sets. Haeberly has proved time and time again that he is an excellent colorist. With Fluen Shifting Colors, the designer showcases color work by filling in a classic gold plate edge with warm yellows, sky blues and soft pinks. In the crisp white Fluen White porcelain, Haeberli focuses on the ultimate in simplicity and refinement.
6. Elena Salmistraro for Bosa
Elena Salmistraro is a rising star in Italian design. This year, the career of the Milanese designer and illustrator has taken off incredibly. The jury of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2017 declared her the winner in the category “best young designer”, and the Triennale Museum of Milan awarded her the title of “Ambassador” of Italian Design Day (World Italian Design Day under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). In January , her ironic Primates vases for Bosa, featuring stylized monkey heads, debuted with success at Maison & objet.
7. Tom Dixon for Tom Dixon
The Bump Collection by Tom Dixon , British designer Tom Dixon ‘s own brand, includes a teapot, cups, glasses, carafe and vases made from borosilicate glass commonly used in laboratory apparatus. The designer says that for him, brewing tea is akin to a chemical experience or some kind of sacrament, and compares his products with those used by medieval alchemists to search for the philosopher’s stone. The dishes are handmade from transparent blown glass. Smoky and pale pink glass are used in the same object.
8. Christina Celestino for Paola C.
Created by Cristina Celestino for Paola C, the Dolce Vita collection celebrates Italy in the 50s, an era whose charm is defined by irony and optimism. The series includes a variety of glasses, vases, lemonade jugs and candlesticks with a characteristic brass element. Made from blown borosilicate glass, the Parure II bowl is the centerpiece of the collection. It impresses with a complex shade of brushed brass combined with light blue glass.
9. Lara Bohinck for Lapicida
Serbian designer Lara Bohink launched her own jewelry brand, worked with Gucci, Lanvin and Cartier, graduated from the Royal College of Art and opened her own showroom in London. Her latest offerings include marble tables and consoles weighing over 60 kilos, as well as lamps and decorative accessories. Designed by Lara, the Lunar collection for Lapicida is inspired by models of the solar system known since antiquity. It includes a sculptural Stargazer candlestick on a marble base with udon brass holders.
10. Philippe Apeloig for the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
Graphic designer Philippe Apeloig, author of posters for Yves Saint Laurent exhibitions, was invited by the famous Sèvres manufactory. A series of decorative plates – Galaxie, Tourbillon and Paille – is “accumulation, repetition, overlay of dots and dashes, the movement of form in space; constellations, waves, spirals – compositions on white or blue porcelain. The vernissage at the Galerie de Sèvres was accompanied by Apeloig’s drawings on Japanese Awagami paper.