Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s debut line for Saint-Louis combines the contrasting textures of crystal and wood to create 25 forest-inspired pieces. The scope of the Folia collection ranges from tableware to lighting that casts leaf-like silhouettes, but also features the brand’s first furniture pieces, including a side table, bookcase and console.
To describe an armchair as handsome may seem unusual, but with fluid lines and a moulded seat, the sleek Swing chair from Giorgetti is exactly that. Designed by Italian architect Carlo Colombo, it’s carved from solid walnut and upholstered in saddle leather. The design and mix of materials create a Scandinavian-style minimalism, and the chair brings a suave and elegant feel to the living room.
When Alberto Smania made a coffee table from scrap iron in 1967, it marked the start of Smania furniture. Today, the brand’s aesthetic is a little more refined, but the focus on innovative elements remains. And in the Contrast collection, material manipulation is pushed to the limit – not least in the Jersey sideboard, pairing carved wood with leather embellishment.
Known for creating contemporary pieces with impressive finishes, Italian brand Gallotti & Radice juxtaposes traditional materials with sophisticated results. The Maat dining table mixes polished marble with anodised aluminium; the Diantha chandelier is made from painted glass and bronzed black metal.
Imagine owning a white crown of Acropora hyacinthus (a type of coral, as you’ll know), or a flurry of South American butterflies in a bell jar, and you’re starting to get a feel for the eclectic pieces available from Objet de Curiosité. Every one of the French company’s natural wonders comes from a certified source – and is as fascinating as it is beautiful.