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Soft & Squidgy: Designers appealed to the senses to inspire a physical and emotive relationship between product and user. Brooklyn-based sculptor and designer Bailey Fontaine subverted the conventional form of a standing floor lamp with the unexpected materiality of soft silicone, to encourage users to physically engage with lighting pieces (a theme also spotted at this year’s London Design Festival).
Likewise, celebrated Italian designer Paola Navone used malleable resin to create a collection of playful vases for Italian brand Corsi Design. Meanwhile, curvaceous forms lend a similarly soft appearance to hard materials. Paris-based designer Joris Poggioli and Czech lighting brand SkLO both moulded glass into bulging silhouettes for evocative lighting pieces that bring a friendliness to the indoors.
Dynamic Gradients: Some pieces also expressed an experimental approach to colour by playing with gradient effects to create arresting centrepieces. Swiss company Vitra teamed up with London-based studio Raw-Edges to create the Herringbone collection of cushions, vessels and decorative wooden trees, which were dipped in ink to achieve bright patterns with varying tonal intensity.
This investigative approach is evident in the free mixing of colours and unconventional materials. US design duo Kin & Company and LA design studio Bianco Light + Space mix neodymium (a rare-earth element) into glass to create a dynamic colour-shifting lamp. Meanwhile, German brand Pulpo interrogated how colours interact. The new dappled finish for its Chouchou stools layer pink and blue splotches with flecks of white glaze to elevate the seat’s artistic appeal.