Black & Key has teamed up with interior surfaces specialist Kote to add a colourful new finish to its portfolio. The Mineral Micro Mortar coating is cement-based and comes in 64 colours (using natural pigments), resulting in beautifully subtle colour variation. Pictured is Black & Key’s new ‘Vesta’ table in Ultra Marine Mid; the resilient, washable and smooth surface can also be adapted for outdoor use.
As the late Postmodern architect Robert Venturi once said: “less is a bore”. These days, highly individual interiors keep adding, layer on layer: artfully clashing patterns, unusual surface finishes from flocking to foil, and an abundance of finishing touches such as trimmings, lamps and decorative objects all contribute to a feast for the senses. Create an environment that surprises and stands out from the crowd with (pictured from top): bespoke rug (The Breakers, Adam Tihany) for Sacco Carpet; ‘Grace’ sideboard buffet, Oficina Inglesa Furniture; ‘Quadrate’ lamp base with ‘Bongo’ shade, Porta Romana; and ‘Rio Madera’ wallcovering by Casamance, from Colony.
This ‘Prism’ cabinet is an expression of Alexander Lamont’s dedication to meticulous detail, exquisite materials and a look refined by a life lived between Asia and Europe. The fractured, three-dimensional effect of its surface is achieved with mother-of-pearl, patinated copper, lustrous indigo and taupe straw marquetry inlaid by hand over the front and sides. Discover more at Miles x Bookshop.
Lacquered and other high-gloss surfaces add lustre and incredible depth to interiors, often providing a powerful shot of colour, too: if any finish summed up bold and confident decorating, it would be this one. Traditional lacquerwork is time-consuming and undertaken by skilled artisans, but gives unmatched results: head to Nina Campbell to see the work of US brand Oomph, which specialises in this finish and whose range extends beyond furniture to mirrors and lighting, such as this ‘Saybrook’ lantern (pictured top). Put some gloss on the walls – without the assistance of a specialist paint finisher – with Nobilis’s ‘Raku’ wallpaper (pictured centre), which has a crackle texture that adds even more opulence. Or add a shot of colour with Porada’s ‘Jok’ side table (pictured bottom), which comes with a red lacquered top that’s as playful and inviting as a glossy lollipop.
When leading designers turn to the best design houses to collaborate on a project, the results are always strong. Take Staffan Tollgård’s Archipelago range for Porada, which reveals what happens when Italian craftsmanship and a cool Scandinavian design aesthetic come together. This upholstered ‘Astol’ bench, with its metal frame and ash seat, is typical of how the collection balances warmth and an economy of form.
A further partnership to look out for is award-winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud’s Framework fabric collection with Holland & Sherry. It came about through years of her developing those high-quality fabrics that anchor every project: “There are some essentials that we all need,” she says, describing the collection as “the most practical set of luxury fabrics you can have.” It includes a 100% wool sateen that drapes beautifully, and a satin first developed for the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.
Rubelli Casa’s ‘Triennale’ seating range has classic mid-century lines, with splayed legs and an armless design that works equally well as a single-seat cocktail chair or as a two- or three-seat sofa. Its comfortable quilted cushions are removable. Alongside this piece, Rubelli Casa has also unveiled a collection designed by architect Marco Piva; called Cinnecita, each piece is named after a screen star of the golden age of cinema, from the ‘Lollo’ tub chair (after Gina Lollobrigida) to the ‘Greta’ trio of tables (named for Greta Garbo).
The World of Interiors named Rubelli Casa’s furniture as its overall Best Collection winner at Focus/18: pictured below is editor Rupert Thomas with Rubelli’s London managing director Vivienne Griffin. Highly Commended awards went to the ‘Jaz’ console by Christophe Delcourt at GMR Interiors; the Baret collection by Brunschwig & Fils from GP&J Baker; the Toile Proposals IV collection from Marvic Textiles; and the Palampore collection, by Anna French from Thibaut.
Sutherland Furniture, part of Sutherland Perennials Studio, has teamed up with renowned Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen to create an outdoor furniture collection called Franck. His design language is all about purity, refinement and the perception of space, translated here into a teak dining chair with woven back, and a table topped with Belgian bluestone. The collection also includes a sofa, lounge chair, chaise, side table and coffee table. See how functionality, durability and comfort are combined with precise execution and tactile materials in the new showroom.