Neutral tones employed in strong designs caught the attentions of our editors as highlighted in the January 2021 edition of LAUNCH.
1. Pillow Sofa by Kassl Editions
Belgian design duo Muller Van Severen rethinks the fashion brand’s popular Pillow bags as a modular sofa with oil-coated cotton-blend cushions.
Standouts: In model accommodating one, two, or three people—corner seats included—Limonta provides the fabric for both pouf and club chair variations.
2. Storet by Acerbis
A never-produced nightstand joins a reissued pillar-style chest of drawers, both originally visualized in 1994 by the late Italian architect/artist Nanda Vigo—and now offered with eye-catching lacquer.
Standouts: Available in black ash or dark-stained walnut veneers, designers can pick between eight glossy lacquers for drawer handles.
3. Arcadia by Matteo Pala
From the Prospettive Fantastiche collection by MM Company, the rug inspired by an architect’s two-dimensional pencil sketches provides a tactile experience, its pile shortening toward the center.
Standouts: Each of the four designs in the collection are made from a collection of wool and silk, the chromatic palette makes a bold statement measuring just 90.5 x 118inches.
4. Puck by In Common With
Based in Brooklyn, New York, the two-year-old design studio of Nick Ozemba and Felicia Hung unveils a lighting series with mold-blown glass diffusers modeled on a hockey puck.
Standouts: Using five hues, each UL-listed, steel-painted stool is made-to-order
5. Vegana Banana by Erez Nevi Pana
The Israeli talent, a doctoral student in vegan design, created a bag chair made of sustainable materials familiar to the veggie-prone: banana stems and leaves from plants he grew himself.
Standouts: This lounger, filled with ground plastic bottles and reused styro-beads, is part of a collection including a rocking chair and hammock.
6. Virginia by Essential Homes
Poised on a golden-polish brass base, Studiopepe’s sinuous, statement-making seat pairs a molded walnut shell with luxe velvet upholstery—the perfect combination of upscale and laid back.
Standouts: All 14 styles from the Happy Few collection have a solid walnut structure.
7. Maru Collection by Memo Furniture
A collaboration with Studio Gorm, the slatted bench boasts fine details and can be supplemented with optional backs, seat pads, screens, and repositionable accessories such as tables and USB or power modules.
Standouts: Available with three, five, or seven slats, three different types of wood species are used so the sofa can be placed both indoors and out.
8. Divide IT by MDF Italia
The freestanding modular partition system is both minimalist and highly customizable, composed of columns of rectangular panels that swivel 360 degrees to control the passage of light and sound.
Standouts: Designed by Pitsou Kedem, there are two module lengths coming in two powder-coats that allow for limitless arrangement variations.
9. Cigar and Crayon by Very Wood
Designed by Hall of Famer Patricia Urquiola, the series includes two styles of dining and high tables perched in a gravity-defying manner on a curved or pointed stem.
Standouts: The two-tone colorations with square or circular tops are fit to face the outdoor elements.
10. Camelia by Balsa
Designed by Christian Vivanco, the lounge chair’s structure expresses all the qualities of natural rattan—namely, its lightness, resistance, and elegance—without sacrificing simplicity or functionality.
Standouts: All 15 styles are handmade by master artisans who use traditional craft techniques.