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Drum D2
Minimalux, UK

The Drum D2 can cast light in any direction thanks to the fact that its tubular shade can be smoothly rotate 360 degrees. Made from partly recycled aluminium, the lamp, which is available in two sizes and colours, is finished with a textured powder coat. The end result brings a sense of relaxed focus to reading nooks and desktops.

T-02 coffee table
Triqis, UK

Kwaku Boateng, product designer and co-founder of London-based studio Triqis, designed this sleek side table from a single piece of brushed stainless steel, which will develop a distinct patina as it ages – bumps and scratches will add to its edgy, industrial aesthetic. The T-02 also includes a plate that lines the floor to store books.


Nara console
Poliform, Italy

Poliform’s Nara collection by French designer and architect Jean-Marie Massaud is handcrafted from solid wood. Its latest addition is this console, with a striking form reminiscent of a Japanese torii (gate). It exudes elegance and is versatile thanks to its availability in golden walnut or black elm. The result? A tall console capable of fitting seamlessly into most bedrooms and hallways.

Uccle block throw 
Pamela Print, UK

This cosy throw, with rich pops of cobalt blue and indigo, draws inspiration from the patterns and splices of colour found in art deco architectural details. Fittingly, the throw takes its name from an area of Brussels renowned for its art deco window pieces. Made from merino wool and made in batches at a small mill in Bristol, it’s a luxurious addition to any sofa.

Line rug
Woodnotes, Finland

Finland’s Woodnotes was started by textile designer Ritva Puotila and her son Mikko Puotila as a textile company in 1987, and makes fine floor coverings today. This new rug is crafted from natural plant fibres that are tightly woven together, making it particularly resilient to wear and tear. Its earthy tones add a sense of calm to any room.

Woodgate sofa

Terence Woodgate is one of the UK’s most respected industrial designers, known for his stripped-down yet thoughtful approach. He has collaborated with furniture retailer and manufacturer SCP since the 1990s and his namesake sofa, shown here in a soft wool bouclé by Italian brand Dedar, continues to please with its curving ellipse shape and simple cylindrical legs.


Rhea side table
Ligne Roset, France

Designed by French duo Donia Ouertani and Nolwenn Michéa for heritage furniture manufacturer Ligne Roset, the Rhea side table is a homage to nature’s beauty. Blurring the line between furniture and art, it has a solid wood base and a natural limestone top. The table’s irregular leaf-inspired silhouette and waterproof travertine top ensure that it looks good and is durable too.

Soft lounge chair
Takt, Denmark

Environmentally minded Danish brand Takt has updated its Soft lounge chair, by Copenhagen design studio Thomas Bentzen, to include a leather seat for added comfort. The chair comes in oiled oak with cognac leather or black lacquered oak and leather. Owners of the previous rendition can also upgrade by adding the leather seat component to their existing chair.


Trace SC88
&Tradition, Denmark

Danish furniture firm &Tradition has turned to creative studio Space Copenhagen for the design of this sleek cabinet. Made from oak with glass-panelled doors, the piece is inspired by the desire for it to hold sentimental pieces, leaving a “trace” of their owner on its shelves.

Everyday Life sofa
DePadova, Italy

The sofa is a collaboration between furniture firm DePadova and fashion brand Paul Smith. With plush cushions strapped to a matte wooden frame, the modular sofa reveals Paul Smith’s signature through colourful yet discreet stitching.

Eileen Gray Roquebrune rug
Aram, UK

Eileen Gray, the pioneering Irish architect, designed floor coverings for countless residential projects. Her rugs were based on designs painted as gouaches (opaque pigments ground in water). A similar approach was likely taken for this rug, which Aram has reissued in handspun wool for fans of Gray’s work.


9602 Floor lamp
Gubi, Denmark

Danish company Gubi has reissued many forgotten design treasures – a move it has pulled off yet again. Also known as the “Chinese Hat”, the lamp was created by Finnish designer Paavo Tynell in 1935. The new iteration features an airy bamboo lampshade and a rattan-covered stem.

Front sideboard
Mor, Portugal

This piece by Portuguese manufacturer Mor features a slim profile, rounded legs and a hidden drawer, all rendered in warm wood. The sleek design is by Lisbon-based Pedro Sottomayor and available in ash, oak or walnut, with the sideboard working just as nicely as a compact desk or console.

Lightwood paper cord chair
Maruni, Japan

This slender chair with a woven paper cord seat is the latest addition to the Lightwood series designed by Jasper Morrison. The versatile piece has a gently curving backrest that is both graceful and supporting and comes in a range of finishes. It pairs perfectly with dining tables and desks or makes a stand-alone statement too.


Sound mirror
Fred Rigby Studio, UK

Hand-welded in steel and available in patinated or powder-coated finishes, these bold mirrors can be placed on tables and consoles to gently reflect light around a room.

Mateo table
Molteni&C, Italy

Molteni&C’s creative director, Belgian-born Vincent Van Duysen, has designed this table as a celebration of Italian hospitality: its two-piece flared base is a striking talking point, while the circular top invites convivial conversation among those seated around it. Available in wood, marble or glossy lacquer, its final finish is highly customisable to suit all tastes.

Ply rug
Muuto, Denmark

This elegant rug from Danish brand Muuto is made from New Zealand wool. Despite its pared-back appearance, it retains an element of play thanks to a broken twill weave and tassel finishes. The range, which nods to ancient Scandinavian weaving traditions, is available in seven warming colours.

CH07 shell chair
Carl Hansen & Søn, Denmark
To celebrate this iconic chair’s 60th birthday and to mark Hans J Wegner’s legacy, Carl Hansen & Søn is releasing an exclusive edition made in rosewood and oak, with the option of a black leather seat. Look out for a brass plate engraved with Wegner’s signature and “1963”, the year it was designed.


Tsukiko lamp
Alexander Lotersztain, Australia

Brisbane-based designer Alexander Lotersztain has launched the Tsukiko (Moon Child) table lamp, which he developed together with 10th-generation Kyoto lantern-makers Kojima Shoten. It’s a pleasingly bulbous paper lampshade, which is perched on top of a circular bamboo base, bringing an age-old craft, known as jibari-shiki, into the modern age.

Centenniale table
Nikari, Finland

Designer Joanna Laajisto’s low-slung coffee table is made from a formidable solid slab of ash or oak, which is slotted onto rounded legs that have been carved from timber off-cuts. The contrast between the angled tabletop and the chunky feet is intended to bring the wood’s natural character – knots, cracks and all – to the fore.


Travertino Classico coffee table
Maie, UK

Theres Hoyos, Maie’s London-based Austrian founder, designs made-to-order furniture and home accessories that make the most of his materials of choice: travertine, marble and terrazzo. Their boxy shapes minimise waste. The design of this coffee table features triangular forms that can stand as solo pieces or interlock as a set of two.

Sacha armchair
Resident, New Zealand

Canadian designer Philippe Malouin’s Sacha armchair for New Zealand company Resident is a follow-up to his fully upholstered side chair. The new addition to the Sacha collection features the same graphic lines and folded, slightly reclined backrest while incorporating fully upholstered armrests for ultimate comfort.


Lissoni outdoor armchair
Knoll, US

Knoll’s new outdoor collection is both simple and elegant – the hallmarks of its designer, Piero Lissoni. The famed Italian creative’s new armchair has an aluminium frame, available in white, black or dark red, with complementary cushions in durable fabrics capable of withstanding the elements. Its main appeal is its slightly oversized form, allowing one person to comfortably lounge around or two people to cosy up.

Flared lamp
Mud, Australia

This porcelain table lamp is the fruit of a collaboration between Sydney-based designer Zachary Hanna and Mud Australia founder Shelley Simpson. The lamp’s light source is hidden in its base, ensuring that its beam is non-direct and gently diffused.

Plumón side table
Kettal, Spain

Patricia Urquiola’s Plumón side tables are equally at home indoors or out. Made by Kettal, each piece is unique thanks to a 3D printing process that creates the porcelain stoneware bases. It’s an approach that means no mould is required and, as the pieces are fired at a low temperature for a short period of time, there is efficiency across the production process.

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