The guiding theme this time was Precious, as explored by trend analyst Elizabeth Leriche, who believes that the idea of something that evokes rarity, precision, and the unexpected is becoming the new form of luxury. Displayed in her space were projects by artists and designers that addressed the natural world and beauty, such as Kam Tim’s crystal rock sculpture, Lionel Esteve’s gold-leaf foliage, and Olga de Amaral’s golden woven-textile artworks. Simplicity and honesty in design was a common thread throughout. Danish brand Hay unveiled Palissade by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, a new collection of outdoor furniture in galvanised steel. A combination of dark green curvy and angular shapes, the pieces are decidedly modern whilst reflecting the colours of nature.
Other initiatives were about meaning and authenticity. People of the Sun, a non-governmental organisation in Malawi that connects local artisans with international designers through collaborative projects, displayed the fruits of its work with Berlin-based hettler.tüllmann (Katja Hettler and Jula Tüllmann). The nest #1 and nest #2 chairs were designed in Berlin and produced using indigenous basket-weaving skills in combination with elegant, high-end wood craftsmanship.
On the kitchen front, KnIndustrie has widened its Beyond Basic collection with the inclusion of a Soup set in addition to chocolate, pasta, and rice casseroles. The removable Canaletto walnut handles are a lovely touch, as are the treatments to the stainless steel, such as the warm, bronze-coloured external finish on the soup casserole, the dark brown coating on the chocolate casserole, and the white nanotech ceramic surface on the interior of the rice casserole. All of these come exclusively packaged in dark brown wood. Over at Vitra was an extension of its Home Complements range of accessories, featuring the work of Alexander Girard, the late American architect widely known for his textile designs. On view were black coffee mugs sporting sets of blue or green eyes, paper napkins with colourful graphics, and the gorgeous, heart-filled Home Sweet Home guestbook. Especially for Christmas, Vitra has added Nativity Scene to the Girard collection, as well as a red wooden doll with a mischievous grin called Little Devil.