Mairi Beautyman | November 16, 2015 |
Originally published at Interior Designs |
The sun shines through barely-there wire furnishings—and that's the beauty of this simple form. Embracing without obscuring, minimalistic yet incredibly strong and durable, wire is a designer's dream. So why not push the boundaries?
The designers of the six innovative wire form furnishings here have done just that, with show-stopping products including a lighting family customizable to be both two- and three-dimensional, a chair with a throne-like base, a room divider based on the idea of a soothing forest refuge, a pendant recalling a suspended butterfly chrysalis, and more.
1. Wireflow pendant light by Vibia
Black-lacquered electrical wire forms the floating abstract geometry of the Wireflow family by Arik Levy. Customizable in both size and shape, the pendant light can be both a two- and a three-dimensional chandelier, illuminating from pressed glass LED terminals.
2. Tonella chair by Sancal
Hailed as a mini-armchair, Tonella by Note Design Studio is just 24 inches wide and 28 inches tall. Gilded pillars of bronze- or pearlized white-lacquered steel tubing—a nod to wine barrels common in southern Spain—sweep down to form the chair's thronelike base, while the back and arms of the Marie Antoinette-style seat are flexible molded polyurethane foam.
3. Woodland room divider by Seletti
Exploring the concept of a forest as a refuge, metal screen Woodland by Alessandra Baldereschi creates a private alcove. Recalling trees, the 100-inch-high by 70-inch-wide panels can be positioned to overlap, in various colors.
4. Tull lamp by Incipitlab
A striking birdcagelike form defines Tommaso Caldera's Tull lamp, launched in 2014 with cheery bold color options of its steel frame including orange/beige, turquoise/orange, anthracite/turquoise. This year, Tull grows up, with two more subdued metal finishes—copper/white and nickel/black. It's offered in pendant and floor/table versions.
5. Spokes by Foscarini
Ancient oriental lanterns, the spokes of a bicycle wheel, and the rays of the sun influenced the form of the Spokes pendant lamp by Garcia Cumini. The steel and aluminum frame comes in two sizes, in white or yellow varnish. A tiny recess conceals the LED bulb.
6. Suspension Papillon by Forestier
Three tiers of lacquered steel mesh drop down to weld the Suspension Papillon pendant light by Elise Fouin. Recalling a suspended butterfly chrysalis in the act of unfolding, it's available in black, blue-grey, white, and lime green/blue-grey/white.