Monthly Archives: September 2016


The ‘Fagiolo’ table is part of Wallpaper*‘s tightly curated best-in-show edit of Focus/16. Designed by Roberto Lazzeroni for Ceccotti Collezione, it consists of two tiers of kidney-shaped table tops – glass on top, revealing a marble lower tier. Wallpaper* picked out ten products in total, which included a table lamp by Birgit Israel, Armani/Casa Exclusive Textiles by Rubelli’s ‘Lyon’ fabric, from Rubelli/Donghia; and Poliform’s ‘Guest’ armchair, designed by Rodolfo Dordoni.

Ceccotti Collezione, First Floor, Centre Dome
Poliform, Ground Floor, South Dome
Rubelli/Donghia, Ground Floor, Design Centre East


Damask signals opulence and high drama – a return to classical elegance – but it’s not just palatial homes that can accommodate the recent damask revival. Here are three collections that are embracing traditional design with a twist. The heavily textured ‘Fitzrovia’ from Zoffany’s Phaedra collection (pictured top) features distressed metal hues in its embossed areas, for an alluring shimmer; Cole & Son’s ‘Giselle’ wallpaper (pictured centre) has a strie effect, to mimic silk fabric; and the damask motif even appears on leather, in the shape of Whistler Leather’s modern metallic damask (pictured bottom).

Cole & Son, Ground Floor, Centre Dome
Whistler Leather, Second Floor, South Dome
Zoffany, Ground Floor, Centre Dome


Patrizia Moroso, creative director of Moroso, is a nurturer of design talent and well known for her close collaborations with architects, artists and designers. She has a passionate interest in all forms of art and experiments with hand-crafting, technology and diverse materials to create a collection of iconic designs that reflect different latitudes and local cultures.

“I am attracted by talent; I go weak in front of talent,” she said to Livingetc editor Suzanne Imre during their Conversations in Design talk at Focus/16. She was particularly effusive about the work of Toord Boontje, whose early work she saw in a magazine before inviting him to design for Moroso. One of the fruits of their long collaboration, the ‘Shadowy’ chair, can be seen in the Chaplins showroom, alongside pieces from Setting the Elegance, a collection that gave well-loved existing designs a different visual spin by covering them in unusual fabrics, including those from Rubelli.

Chaplins, Second Floor, South Dome