Creating desire is Christophe Pillet's raison d’être. Heidi Dokulil considers Pine Beach, his desirable new outdoor furniture series for Italian manufacturer Serralunga, and the French designer's illustrious career.
Paris-based French designer Christophe Pillet has what great designers have, the ability to immortalise objects. It’s a gift that turns ‘need' into something much deeper – what Pillet describes as his challenge to create ‘desire’.
For designers like Pillet, it’s the nuance of furniture design that provides the foundation for experimentation. Furniture allows designers to apply ideas to our changing family and social structures, and to explore traditional making processes using the latest technologies in collaboration with manufacturers.
One of Pillet’s latest collections released at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2016 is the Pine Beach series for Serralunga. One of the Italian furniture industries young innovators, Serralunga has created a new language for outdoor furniture in association with some of the worlds best designers.
The refined and pared-back forms of Pillet's Pine Beach are created using the group’s pioneering polyethylene rotational moulding technique. The collection was inspired by the line of the seashore, and the soft, rounded shapes of a sandy beach.
The robust yet softly organic sofa and small armchairs are designed for indoors and out and have the special Pillet touch, an interior light that gives the collection its alluring, ephemeral glow at night.
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.
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.
From headquarters in Red Hook, Brooklyn – one of New York's emerging artisan communities and a diverse mix of metal workers, glass blowers, distilleries and chocolate makers – it's no wonder founders Jean Lee and Dylan Davis are producing work that balances playful experimentation and rational function across furniture, lighting, objects and interiors.
A career designing: buildings, furniture, electronics, ceramics, lighting, jewellery and textiles, Ettore Sottsass was a man of the world who wrote poetry and collected friends including Allen Ginssberg, Max Ernst, Bob Dylan and Pablo Picasso,. His work pushed and prodded the industry's new toy in the 1950s: industrialisation, to create designs that expressed an attitude that continues to connect today.
Artichoke magazine brought design enthusiasts together in Brisbane to explore the topic of 'Blurred lines: Designing hybrid interior spaces' at the new Space Furniture showroom in Fortitude Valley.
For Italian architect and designer Antonio Cittero, a 25-year collaboration with Kartell shows the depth with which the Italian design industry supports the great designers, and for Kartell that relationship has produced some of their most significant designs.
Drawing on the past but not getting lost in it, the Gebrüder Thonet Vienna group is working with some of the most interesting designers today, including the Stockholm-based Swedish trio Front.
In his first collaboration with Moooi, London-based designer Umut Yamac has created an interactive light called Perch that plays on his interest in design that moves us, and a fascination with birds.
Who does Dezeen magazine's most popular designer of 2016, Nendo's Oki Sato, call when he has an idea for creating texture and pattern using shadow and glass? Lorenzo Arosio at Glas Italia.
Rethinking the traditional Persian kilim is at the heart of contemporary rugs Losanges and Lattice by French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Nanimarquina.