At the recent Milan Design Week 2018, the exclusive Danish brand Fritz Hansen launched new objects for the spring/summer season, following on Maison & Objet in January where the first designs were debuted. Renowned designers Benjamin Hubert, Studio Roso, August Sandgren and Arne Jacobsen are represented in this new collection that offers products for the home which are timeless, yet continue to be relevant.
Here are some of my favourites of the new designs:
The Orient™ pendant in brushed aluminium is the newest addition to the existing series of warm and dark colours. The silver-coloured aluminium Orient has a personality of its own, reflecting both Nordic design and the exotic at the same time. Re-launched by Lightyears in 2013 and originally designed by Jo Hammerborg in 1963, the Orient is named after its beautiful, Oriental shape. A suspension in Scandinavian oak combined with a grey blue textile cord underlines the Nordic appearance and the cool, brushed aluminium makes the entire design appear light and almost to levitate. As you can see in the styled photo above, the Orient dramatically elevates any room it is placed in. I'm staring into my kitchen at the moment, and while I'm quite happy with my lighting, when I imagine a trio of these pendants suspended over the island I can see how it would take the space to a whole new level.
The British industrial designer Benjamin Hubert is brilliant at combining aesthetics with functionality – and turning his designs into a visual pleasure. With this basket in wood and veneer he has created an aesthetic silhouette and a practical alternative to the traditional newspaper rack. The basket fits perfectly next to any lounge setting and you can use it to store everything from magazines to your knitting kit. The handle in solid steam-bent wood makes it easy to move around, and together with the shell in pressure moulded veneer, the materials used for this basket represent some of the authentic techniques where Fritz Hansen has been best in class for decades.
Classic and elegant, these textured wool cushions by Arne Jacobsen come in complementary colours of midnight blue, light grey and dark grey.
The Ikebana long vase in glass and brass by Jaime Hayon is a wonderfully unusual take on the vase. The brass plate that holds the stems sits above the glass vessel on brass legs.
Photos courtesy Republic of Fritz Hansen