More than half a century after his original dream, designer Warren Platner’s iconic 1966 collection for Knoll has been realised. His ideas have literally been turned into gold – 18-carat gold, that is.
Thanks to improved technology, the upmarket design house is now able to offer the collection the way it was originally conceptualised by the American architect and designer (only steel rods were strong and durable enough to support the furniture up to this point).
The 50th anniversary collection has been billed as a celebration to the original furniture which has remained popular since the day the first armchair and coffee table were available for purchase.
Benjamin Pardo, Knoll Design Director believes the dazzling gold of his stunning new collection very much attunes the furniture with Scandinavian design where glossy metal tones such as gold, copper, bronze etc are able to reflect light and create a serene environment.
He added that this ability to play with light also afforded the tables and chairs much more visibility in his opinion.
“They’re both there and not there, depending on how you look at them,” he explained, “They can appear more invisible or more present, depending on the lighting and the environment.”
Warren Platner: elegance and understatement
Platner’s furniture beautifully encompasses the ideals of Knoll – a company known for its high-quality, top-of-the-range furniture and contemporary outlook. And because of this it was delighted to embrace the Modernist leanings of Platner’s new collection back in the mid-60s.
The designer was a fan of the decorative, gentle and graceful style of Louise XV period furniture and looked to recreate a form of luxurious whimsy and shape in his own. This is particularly evident in the Platner Arm Chair’s smooth hourglass silhouette where there is no separation between the base structure and the seat’s frame.
50th anniversary 18-carat gold edition of the Parker Knoll Platner Arm chair
The elegant Platner side table has been given a similar very elegant golden make-over and one which, we believe, very much adds to its sophisticated glamour:
50th anniversary Platner Side Table in 18ct gold plating by Parker Knoll
The above are just two of five products which have been reproduced in 18-carat gold by the company. But, of course, Platner was also known for his interior design aesthetic. His work at the former World Trade Centre was described as a ‘modernist Versaille’ thanks to its numerous kaleidoscopic mirrors, bold brass fittings and wood panels.
Take a look at these and the rest of our iconic furniture collections today and consider treating yourself in this great designer’s memory.
Continuing with our series of introducing the exciting designers we engaged with at Maison Objet Paris last month – and whose work we are delighted to announce we will be stocking here on NW3Interiors – we’d like you to meet Glamora.
This exciting, relatively-new Italian brand (they’re been around since 2010) specialises in creative wall coverings, including murals for both residential and commercial interiors. And they have certainly taken the term ‘creative’ to extremes – as you’ll see below.
Describing their mission as providing “visual identities for walls” and adding “poetry to interiors,” they have produced an impressive and highly unusual range of digitally revolutionary custom vinyl wall coverings. In other words, if you’re looking for something a bit different for your walls, then this is definitely the brand for you.
The following are from the company’s newest range titled View. The collection has been described as a nod to “a world that enraptures the senses” and proves reminiscent of dreams, says company Founder Alberto Casali:
The company commissions both famous and up-and-coming artists from around the world to design capsule collections for it – the most well-publicised of which was the Collection by Karim Rashid. His Multiverse series of nine wallpapers featured a digital kaleidoscope of optical effects and illusions in four stunning colour variations. The designer himself described it as a totally new dimension of geometric distortions that will play with ideas of space, depth and movement infinitely.”
Their Vitality collection, which really kicked the company off to international fame, was used to decorate the walls of the Mordi e Fuggie Restaurant in Bologna, making them appeared sketched with a black and white illustrated wall containing windows with green leaves appearing in them. This was aimed at a nostalgia feel:
The actual wallpaper material produced by the Glamora brand is slightly embossed and similar to fabric which has been painted over with vinyl. According to the company this makes the product incredibly easy to hang and strip. The best bit is that the wallpaper is washable, resistant to fire and very easy to clean (perfect if you have toddlers with sticky hands running around).
The embossing technique you’ll find definitely adds texture to your wall and highlights the pattern throughout the design, making the whole look far more dramatic than you’d find with standard wallpapers.
We hope you’ve enjoyed meeting Glamora. Pop back soon to discover which new designer we’ll be featuring – and whose gorgeous items – we’ll be stocking over the coming weeks.
We’re excited once again to be able to introduce readers to a new company we’re collaborating with here at NW3Interiors – yet another wonderful find from last month’s visit to Maison & Objet.
So without further ado, meet Danish Design company By Lassen. A third generation family firm they design and manufacture some of the most stunning and chic home storage solutions I’ve encountered in a long, long time.
Their Frame Collection, for instance, is all smart clean lines, comprising square boxes in cubic frames. These neat boxes can be hung on a wall or sit on the floor atop a cube-shaped frame. The lovely thing about the Frame range is you can mix and match colours and sizes to create a unique and customised solution just for you:
By Lassen Frame sideboard
By Lassen Frame sideboard, Line candleholder and Kubus bowl
The company’s twin table boasts a similar chic and uncomplicated simplicity, with a strong cubist element. Available in three different sizes, it has a reversible top, allowing you to alternate between brass and copper or soft muted shades. And, like the Frame sideboard collection, tables can be combined to create different spaces at will. The minimalist metal frame is a mere 6mm in diameter, providing a very contemporary look:
By Lassen Twin table
The originators of this Danish design institution were two of the country’s greatest architects – brothers Mogens and Flemming Lassen, born at the beginning of the twentieth century. Today’s owners - Søren and Nadia Lassen – are the grandson and great-granddaughter of Mogens Lassen. And the pair, together with a group of designers they currently employ, are determined to honour the heritage of the two founding family members. That heritage began with the iconic Kubus 4 candle holder:
By Lassen Kubus candle holder
Meanwhile, getting back to storage matters, just like the Twin table, the company’s Twin bookcase also has reversible shelves – again to provide an individual look for your home and, at the same time, add flexibility for when you fancy a change. This bookcase is ideal for stylishly displaying treasured items, books or even storing files in your home office:
By Lassen Twin Bookcase and Rimm Flowerpot
As you can see, this company excel in storage but they’ve ventured into other areas of homeware and interior design too where they now produce a range of seating, textiles and even wallpaper. Well worth a look when you’re seeking inspiration for a contemporary or classic modern look in your home. See more of By Lassen’s offerings under NW3Interiors Storage.
Why have grey-based neutral shades – rather than white – become the colour of choice for so many of our walls and even our soft furnishings these days? Well, it’s really not difficult to guess why if you consider the following:
Creating the perfect backdrop
Neutrals, such as soft greys, pearl pinks and chalky blues make perfect backdrops for a sophisticated palette on which to prop an accent colour or two of our choice. In other words, grey is a colour which creates a mood but not in an overwhelming way. It sits there quiet and unassuming in the background of our homes (literally, in the case of our walls) just happily minding its own business.
You may have heard that leading paint company Farrow & Ball have just unveiled several beautiful new grey-toned shades this month. If you haven’t, then do let us introduce you to Drop Cloth (a light grey/white), Cromarty (a darker grey/blue), Peignoir (pink with grey and Inchyara (a dark grey/blue).
Farrow & Balls ‘Cromarty’
Layering your grey
The fact Farrow & Ball’s new range of just nine colours contains four of them with grey tones just shows how popular the shade is (the company has seen a 10 per cent growth in sales of grey-based paints over the past seven years). And then, there is also the point that grey can be paired beautifully with so many other colours – pinks, blue, green, yellow…
Farrow & Ball’s ‘Drop Cloth’
Another reason why soft greys and similar shades are more popular than white today is that they work so much better with the new LED low-energy lighting in our homes. In the majority of cases ‘cool’ white lighting is used as a major light source and this brighter, cleaner light reflects far better against grey than the white or cream shades that we used to opt for as a backdrop.
Another big consideration is the fact that modern architecture favours so much more glass, concrete and stainless steel, materials which, again, favour grey-based shades.
Locating your grey
Grey shades can look different, depending on which your direction the walls of your home face. For instance, it will look bluer on a north-facing which doesn’t get a lot of natural light and lighter if the room is south-facing.
Grey which has been mixed with yellow will appear warmer in the first place while a grey colour with blue gives of a much colder aura.
Whatever your style you can find more contemporary decorating and interiors tips on our website www.NW3Interiors.com today.
One of our favourite finds at Maison Objet last month just had to be the fantastic furniture range of Ginger and Jagger (we even love the name).
In fact the whole show could have been staged just for them since the theme for this year’s Maison Objet was ‘Wild.’ Take a look through this post and you’ll find how this exciting, up-and-coming Portugese brand encompasses that ethos perfectly. Every single piece of their exquisite furniture is inspired by the elegance and grace of nature in all its wonderful forms – and especially wilderness.
Take their striking Magnolia Sideboard for instance – a large magnolia tree branch has been molded in brass to support the four-compartment structure which also contains four sliding drawers:
Staying with the magnificent magnolia tree, the brass leaves in the luxurious-looking Leaf Mirror replicate those found on the tree itself. How much would your heart soar looking into this mirror every morning?:
Ginger and Jagger’s Rosebush series comprises a cast of rosebush vines for legs on various tables such as this stunning glass-topped dining table which is available in either copper leaf or silver. It’s so detailed you can actually see the thorns:
All the items in this three year old company’s furniture collections is produced by artisans in local workshops. They use top-notch material found in nature such as marble, exotic wood, copper and brass while branches, stones and grape vines are all a major influence. One of the company’s most popular and sought-after items is the Pebble stool (which can also be used as a smart side-table). The triple-sectioned piece is comprised of two beautiful woods – Brazilian cedar and chestnut:
Based on the outskirts of Porto, the brand attracted international design attention in Milan last year with its beautiful Pearl wall lamp. This gorgeous piece was based on a shell, hand-carved in Carrara marble and affixed to a brushed brash plate:
The founder and creative director of the company is Paula Sousa. In her décor tastes she favours plush retro-style and sleek modernist classics (she’s a particular fan of the Eames chair).
The brand meanwhile is loved by the fashion house Dior who has featured it in their stores in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Kuwait. You’ll also find Ginger and Jagger furniture displayed in top retail outlets in Moscow as well as right here in London at Harrods. Actually we predict you’re going to be seeing a lot more of this brand over the coming year – and not just here at NW3Interiors.
All images via Ginger and Jagger.