See whos hot in 2020...
1 MAISON ARABELLA
WHO? Interior design firm headed up by Arabella Bassadone. London-based but with global ambitions and an international client base.
WE LOVE The studio’s debut Objet collection. Think, sleek, standout pieces – from furniture through to soft furnishings – with a focus on craftsmanship and function. A two-part coffee table in resin and solid brass and the small but perfectly formed Stool Objet have shot to the top of our SS20 wishlist.
2 CHILD STUDIO
WHO? With the now Insta-famous interior of the Humble Pizza café in Chelsea to their name, Taiwanese furniture designer Chieh Huang and Russian architect Alexey Kostikov of Child Studio may need no introduction. The duo work across spatial design, furniture, photography and video
WE LOVE Their nostalgic approach; the Millennial-pink Humble Pizza took its cue from Fifties Formica-clad diners. We expect a rug collection, dropping in 2020, to be just as good.
3 KIN & COMPANY
WHO? Launched in 2017, cousins Joseph Vidich and Kira de Paola have become regulars on ‘ones to watch’ lists, with the Brooklyn-based furniture designers receiving a nomination for Maison & Objet’s prestigious Rising Talent award in 2019 – a reliable indicator that big things are yet to come.
WE LOVE Their playful sense of shape, using the overlapping circles, arcs and planes of Russian Constructivism to surprise and subvert on coffee tables, shelves, mirrors and mobiles.
WHO? Take Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu, co-founders of Yabu Pushelberg – the design agency behind some of New York’s most prestigious hotels – add in Yuichiro Hori, founder of furniture label Stellar Works, and you get Departo, a new lifestyle and accessories brand causing waves from across the pond.
WE LOVE Its pursuit of truly timeless design, creating ‘essential’ pieces (think folding chairs, trestle tables, linen place mats and glasses) in a perennially popular palette of soft greys, khaki and cream. Stay tuned for the UK launch later in the year.
5 FERNANDO LAPOSSE
WHO? Having honed his eye during stints designing for Bethan Laura Wood and Faye Toogood, this Central Saint Martins alumni is putting agricultural waste materials firmly in the style spotlight.
WE LOVE His distinctive Totomoxtle material – a veneer made using the husks of endangered heirloom corn from his native Mexico. Easy on the eye thanks to a marquetry-effect surface and dappled purples and creams, this forward-thinking material also helps to generate income for local farmers and preserve biodiversity, meaning that there’s both brains and beauty at work here.
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