During the post-war era when experimentation in architecture and design was at a high, Verner Panton was among the first in Denmark to bring new industrial materials and technologies into his studio, including plastic, synthetic textiles and foam, where he produced organic designs often saturated in colour.
Danish designer Verner Panton launched the Cloverleaf sofa in 1970, its Pop Art inspired form part of an undulating wall-to-wall Fantasy Landscape installed at the Visiona 2 exhibition in Cologne – and a radical shift from the traditional roots of Danish design. Today an international design icon, Cloverleaf has been adapted for the outdoors.
Always interested in the way furniture could shape experience and encourage connection, for Cloverleaf Verner Panton selected a pentangular form which is open on one side and hollowed out at the centre to provide legroom. Like a meadow of meandering clover, the backrest is snake-like and provides a large number of niches for sitting and conversation. The three sculptural pieces of the puzzle – left, right and middle – allow Cloverleaf to grow.
Now produced by Danish group Verpan, the latest addition 'Cloverleaf- in-and-Outdoor' is made in hardwearing plastic. True to Panton's vision for innovation, going inside the Verpan factory reveals the latest production techniques.
When Fernando and Humberto Campana began work on the New Hotel project in Athens 10 years ago, little did they know just how important the project would be, not only for their own practice, but also for the local artisans and architects who joined in on the adventure.
Rising above the gritty, urban heart of Sydney, Cleveland Rooftop designed by Adam Haddow of SJB, balances equal parts architecture and landscape and is a living case study for how cities could and should develop – while demonstrating first-hand how embracing nature shapes a happier life.
Father and son collaborators Alberto and Francesco Meda reveal Aledin Tec for Italian manufacturer Kartell, an LED task lamp in two versions – Tec and Dec – one designed for the office and the other for home.
We meet Spanish designer Jaime Hayon whose ideas across art and design are big and colourful, always fun, and in recent years have included a large green chicken, a giant porcelain doll, and a zebra-striped polar bear wearing a gold top hat.
A stand out on the MPavilion program this year was 'Design Your Own Pavilion' dreamt up and run by architects Tania Davidge and Christine Phillips of OpenHAUS. Their weekend design workshop looked at what a pavilion was and how you might design one, and engaged more than 30 kids in the adventure.
Named a UNESCO Creativity City of Design in 2015, we take a look at the region's new design hotspot where Space Furniture both strategically and somewhat fortuitously, opened its South East Asa flagship more than a decade ago.
We travel to Hotel Il Sereno on the shores of Lake Como to meet hotelier Luis Contreras whose family has established remarkable hotels where design, tradition and nature meet – and where luxury is being redefined with the help of designer Patricia Urquiola and furniture maker B&B Italia.
We visit the Rose Seidler House for a spring picnic tour with Space and a group of architects, engineers and designers from across Australia. Nearly 70-years since the house was completed, its popularity reveals even more than Harry Seidler's exciting and radical vision for the suburban home in 1950.
Launched by Mark Holmes and Tamara Caspersz and based in east London, Minimalux has been steadily building a collection of bespoke personal design items that are refined in detail and finished by hand – and attracting a worldwide following including design entrepreneur Casper Vissers.
With legendary art director Massimo Morozzi, founders Valerio and Monica Mazzei launched Edra in the final days of the Memphis movement, developing an advanced research hub where designers, including Zaha Hadid, Francesco Binfaré and Fernando and Humberto Campana, helped establish Edra's reputation as the avant-garde of the Italian design industry.