March 30, 2010

Spring sale at DZINE

DZINE is pleased to announce our Spring sale, which will be happening April 1st through the 15th.  During that time all Paola Lenti orders will receive an additional 30% off the list price.  Hope to see you soon!

March 26, 2010

Beautiful imagery from the Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2010-11 Women's Collection catwalk

Porro recently took center stage at the Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2010-11 women's collection runway show.  Cavalli, who is always pushing the boundaries of fashion, opted to use a custom Lampada chandelier designed by Angelo Mangiarotti and the Ferro table designed by Piero Lissoni -both produced by Porro- for his runway design.

As Always, you can click any photo for a larger version.

From Porro:

"On the scenografic stage, a captivanting mix of suggestions where a Victorian style reigns, re-interpreted with a glam-pop mood, a crystal chandelier, a spotted carpet and vintage chairs surround a stainless steel Ferro table, the surprising creation by Piero Lissoni for Porro, which enlightens the catwalk with its silver reflections."

For more information, please click here.

March 23, 2010

The Achille Castiglioni effect

designboom has published a sneak preview of the ‘Castiglioni Effect,’ which is the title of the show that De Padova is currently preparing for design week next month. This exhibit is particularly special because the bulk of the models and drawings have never been seen before.

Take a look at the following photos, sketches, and descriptions, which are just a snippet of what’s to come during the exhibition in Milan.

'Mezzadro' stool, prototype design by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1957
Production by zanotta, 1970
Image courtesy studio museo achille castiglioni

'Colors and forms in today's living space' exhibition at the Villa Olmo in 1957
Image courtesy Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni
'Colors and forms in today's living space',1957
Project by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Image courtesy Studio Museo Achille Castiglion

The Castiglioni Brothers
Image courtesy Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni

Click here to read the designboom article.

Piero Lissoni interview

Take a glimpse into Piero Lissoni's mind by watching this candid interview where he explains life, design, and the way he runs his office.

March 17, 2010

The New York Times - Retro Modern

The New York Times Style Magazine just published a photo essay and article about designer Marc Newson and stylist Charlotte Stockdale's home in London.

The couple had been living in a house in Pimlico, but after the birth of their daughter they decided they needed more room for their growing family. The result is a style mash-up of Newson's sleek and streamline aesthetic with Stockdale's sensibility.

Please take a look at the photos and descriptions below. And as always, you can click any image for a larger version.

The rocks in the living room came from Nova Scotia, Newson searched the internet for months to source them

An Alighiero Boetti artwork hangs over Newson’s Voronoi shelves; the skull is by Dustin Yellin

The sink and work surface in the pale green kitchen were hewn from a single piece of marble

Something Old, Something new: The panels in the library come from a British architectural salvage company

Click here to read the article.

Photographs by Adrian Gaut

March 9, 2010

Zanotta and Cristalplant to host international design competition

Exciting news!

For the first time ever, Zanotta is teaming up with Cristalplant to host a design competition.

Entitled Design Contest 2010, the aim of the contest is to seek out young talent. Each entry has to use Cristalplant as the sole material for their design.

The contest is a result of the 2009 additions to the Zanotta collection that used Cristalplant as the material. The Elica table designed by Prospero Rasulo (shown above) and the outdoor coffee table Loto and Ninfea designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba.
A jury of qualified experts will pick the winners for each category, and selected prototypes will be presented at the International Furniture Fair 2010.

What makes Cristalplant special?  It's a unique and technologically advanced composite material, constituted by a high percentage of natural minerals and a small percentage of extremely pure polyester and acrylic polymers; which makes it an inert and non-toxic material. It’s 100% recyclable, considered fireproof, and has a high UV resistance. It’s compact and non-porous and has a velvety finish, similar to natural stone. It’s also 100% restorable, which means that it can be brought back to its original state with a simple detergent and an abrasive sponge.

For more information about the design contest, please click the image below.

March 5, 2010

The New York Times - Backdrops for a Dramatic Life

The New York Times Home and Garden section just published a photo essay and article about performance artist Marina Abramovic’s SoHo loft. The 2,500 square-foot loft’s white walls and pale floors set the stage for an impressive collection of contemporary furnishings, including several pieces designed by Patricia Urquiola, Ms. Abramovic’s favorite designer.

Take a look at the photos and description below, and as always, you can click any photo to see a larger version.

Antibodi chaise, Lowland sofa, and Lowseat sofa all designed by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso.  Ukiyo side tables designed by Tomita Kazuhiko for Moroso
Click here to read the full article.

March 3, 2010

When contemporary furniture influences fashion

The latest New York Times Magazine has a great spread with four examples of contemporary furniture influencing fashion. Saving the best for last, the fourth example is of Zac Posen’s pink plastic coat, which mimics the form and color of the XX console table by Johanna Grawunder for Glas Italia. Click here to view the article.

Private Villa in Palazzolo sull’Oglio Brescia

Studio Effe Mauro Ferrari recently completed the renovation of an early 20th-century town home in Palazzolo sull’Oglio.

The finished product is an excellent example of the elegance, functionality, and adaptability of Porro, Living Divani, and Boffi, which are each represented in the home.

Please take a look at the photos and descriptions below.  As always, you can click any photo to view a larger version. 

Bubble Rock seating designed by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani

P.06 table and custom P-Light chandelier designed by Piero Lissoni for Porro.  In the background you get a glimpse of the Boffi kitchen

Extra wall seating system from Living Divani and System bookcase from Porro.  Both designed by Piero Lissoni

Extra wall seating system for Living Divani and Modern storage for Porro.  Both designed by Piero Lissoni

Boffi Case System 2.3 designed by Piero Lissoni for Boffi