Before he founded his company, Smania, Alberto Smania was an air-force pilot and metal sculptor. Much of his time was spent in a workshop surrounded by scraps of iron, and it was from these pieces that he made his first table. In 1967, he turned his hand to furniture full time; today the brand uses the finest leather, wood and marble – and the entire range is made by hand in Italy.
Projectors have come a long way since the dusty models used in school science labs. Sony’s Life Space Ultra Short Throw Projector transforms films and photos alike into cinematic experiences by projecting vivid 66in to 147in images at four times the quality of Full HD. The Silicon X-tal Reflective Display panels help prevent distortion and pixilation, providing rich colours and hyperreal, pin-sharp images.
Inspired by botanical landscapes, the Jade Butterfly collection from Wedgwood has an Oriental feel, featuring blossoms and butterflies all hand-painted and finished with gold-filigree detailing and mother-of-pearl lustre. The eight-piece range has a limited run of just 15, making the fine bone china a collector’s item.
Creative director Bodo Sperlein designed the Loewe Bild 9 to “put the TV back into the interior” and make it a focus of any room. Inspired by line art and sculpture, the OLED TV is available in two sizes and in gold or graphite, with a wall-mount, floor stand or table stand. Pair it with coordinating wireless Klang 9 speakers.
Not only does Aveda’s Light the Way Candle fill the home with scent, but the entire purchase price will go to the Global Greengrants Fund, which funds environmental initiatives.