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350 Pieces For 35 Years – Limited Edition Tavolo Con Ruote Coffee Table by FontanaArte

Limited Edition Tavolo Con Ruote Coffee Table by FontanaArte

The famous Tavolo con Ruote designed by Gae Aulenti in 1980 is one of the best-known, most iconic FontanaArte products, on show in a large number of museums, including the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The design idea came from how materials are moved around the production unit, where a wooden top on wheels transports the sheets of glass. An intuitive idea born out of an association of everyday tools. The table top is in 15 mm thick float glass and it rests on 4 industrial rubber wheels. The black-painted bolts are a deliberately visible feature.

The 35th Anniversary of the Tavolo con Ruote (1980-2015) has been celebrated with a Limited Edition of 350 pieces. The glass top of each one is pad printed with the words “FontanaArte, Tavolo con Ruote, Limited Edition” and the fork of one of the four wheels is laser etched with its serial number.

Limited Edition Tavolo Con Ruote Coffee Table by FontanaArte

The limited edition table is only available in the square 120 x 120 cm size and it is provided with a certificate of authenticity indicating its serial number and guaranteeing the value of the item purchased, the result of a tradition going back more than 80 years.

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IMM Cologne Trend Report 2015

Chaplins IMM Cologne Trend Report 2015

IMM Cologne 2015

Getting Comfortable.

Stop what you’re doing, sit down and get comfortable. At this year’s Cologne furniture fair we saw many of our manufacturers turn their attention towards the importance of comfort and cosiness. It seems that with all what is going on in the world, people want to be able to relax when they get home and withdraw from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Chaplins IMM Cologne Trend Report 2015 - Arketipo Lotus Sofa

Lotus by Arketipo

So how did this translate into the collections of our biggest brands?

With all this is mind we saw many new collections being introduced with the emphasis on a softer feminine shape with large sofas being dressed with as many pillows as possible. Also in vogue this year were soft velvets and warm colours such as burnt oranges, deep reds and teals. These were paired with dark woods and metals to create settings, which were glamorous, laid back and just a little bit moody.

Chaplins IMM Cologne Trend Report 2015 - Rolf-Benz 323 Sofa

323 Sofa by Rolf Benz

Home entertainment should be heard and not seen.

When in the sanctuary of our own home, what better way to relax than watch a good film or listen to your favourite album. Home entertainment or ‘smart furniture’ as it is now being labelled was also on everyone’s lips in Cologne with slimmer built in sound systems being concealed from view within decorative units in a wide variety of woods and metals.

Chaplins IMM Cologne Trend Report 2015 - Spectral Twenty Media Unit

Twenty Media Unit by Spectral

So what pieces caught our eye in Cologne?

A Classic with a Contemporary Twist

With a brand new B&B Italia and Maxalto studio being introduced into our Hatch End showroom in the coming months we were excited to see what new additions they had added to their collection. The Solatium sofa by Antonio Citterio stood out in particular. This classic looking sofa with elegant details comes with the modular flexibility of a contemporary piece so will feel at home in any living space large or small.

Chaplins IMM Cologne Trend Report 2015 - Maxalto Solatium Sofa

Solatium Sofa by Maxalto

New Leathers for a Timeless Icon

The Cab chair designed by Mario Bellini for Cassina has been a long standing fixture in our showrooms and it was great to see it given a new lease of life with the improved selection of colours. In its privileged relationship with the human body, the chair is according to the architect one of the pieces of furniture most deeply rooted in our collective memory. Cassina’s know-how can be identified in the workmanship of the saddle leather, now available in 16 colours, which fits like a glove over the chair’s metal skeleton.

Chaplins IMM Cologne Trend Report 2015 - Cassina Cab Chairs

Cab Chair by Cassina

A Classic Cabinet gets a Hollywood Style Makeover

We were also impressed with the new range of luxurious finishes available on a young design classic, the Cube cabinet system. This year it was presented as a sideboard with shimmering accents in copper and brass, adding glamorous highlights to the handles and frames thus giving the design a completely different feel.

Chaplins IMM Cologne Trend Report 2015 - interlubke Cube Gap

Cube Gap by interlubke

A Very Special Centrepiece

If you are looking for that something special to sit in the centre of your living space, then Tama by Walter Knoll could be just the thing for you. A brand new occasional table made of top quality natural stone, Tama could quite easily pass as a sublime sculpture. The Tama tables interplay of surfaces and materials looked elegant and discreetly sophisticated, which made a nice change from the more angular and cold looking occasional tables that we have become so accustomed to.

Chaplins IMM Cologne Trend Report 2015 - Tama Occasional Table by Walter Knoll

Tama Occasional Tables by Walter Knoll

A New Dining Table with Timeless Character

Rich in design values, this new dining table from Gallotti & Radice demonstrated a perfect balance of modern design with hints of sophistication and classic charm. What made this stand out from the other tables on view was the soft tactile top made from a satin glass, something you can’t help but run your hands across once seated at the table!

Chaplins IMM Cologne Trend Report 2015 - Gallotti & Radice Ely Dining Table

Ely Dining Table by Gallotti & Radice

The DS-600 Slithers into Cologne with a Sting in it’s Tail

The DS-600 sofa system by de Sede, another icon of modern furniture design, was presented in Cologne this year with the addition of a new stool element. The stool enhances the legendary snake-shaped seat by adding an intermediate and final element, perfect for both residential and public spaces.

Chaplins IMM Cologne Trend Report 2015 - ds-600

DS-600 Sofa System by de Sede

A World of Design on your Doorstep

Through our commitment to detail and sourcing the right products, we to continue to drive design forward by showcasing the very best design houses and locating the products that fulfil our clients need for a timeless yet contemporary interior. We look forward to presenting all these lovely new pieces to you over the coming weeks.

Chaplins IMM Cologne Trend Report 2015 - Photo Journal

Click here to view our photo journal from IMM Cologne 2015: http://goo.gl/irdwYI

For high-res images and further product information, please contact James Press on:

j.press@chaplins.co.uk | 020 8421 1779

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Two New Personalities: Birdie Metal Table Lamp by Foscarini

Foscarini Birdie Metal Table Lamp

The two new metallic finishes – copper and black chrome – give the Birdie Metal table lamp by Foscarini a sparkling new contemporary personality.

Available to order via our Online Store here…

The Birdie project told by designers

From inspiration – lightweight nature – to the creation of a practical and versatile lamp. From colour range selection to materials research. Designers Ludovica and Roberto Palomba tell the Birdie project story.

Birdie is a large family

Foscarini Birdie Lamp Family

The Birdie project is a whole family: as well as the table and reading lamps there are also hanging and ceiling lamps with as many as nine arms ranging from the most straightforward models to limelight stealing contemporary chandeliers. A wall lamp completes the family and makes for a co-ordinated lighting project.

View the Birdie Family here…

Five star Birdie

Foscarini Birdie Lamp at the Mainport Hotel - Rotterdam

Unbreakable, practical and versatile, the Birdie family is perfect for contract use too. Just as in Rotterdam’s Mainport design hotel whose five star suites are furnished with warm light and discreet Birdie reading and table lamps.

Please contact our Contract Department for further information:-

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Soft Pad Chair by Charles and Ray Eames now available in new leather colours

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The Original is made by Vitra.

Quality, longevity and comfort – these qualities are embodied in the Soft Pad chair by Charles and Ray Eames which, first created in 1969 is now available in new leather colours.

The new harmonious colour palette comprises of 22 shades of Premium Leather in three colour groups: warm reddish-browns, cooler green and bluish tones and white-grey-black. Conceived by Hella Jongerius, the new colour combinations bring a fresh new look and highlights the natural quality and smooth texture of this superior-quality semi-aniline leather. The elegant contours are highlighted by subtle contrast stitching which creates a handcrafted quality. In addition the construction of the Soft Pad cushion has been modified using viscoelastic foam which ensures soft comfort and enhances the pleasant feeling of sinking into the chair.

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Vitra has produced the Soft Pad Group over a period of decades in the same superior quality which allows us to offer a 30-year guarantee.

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Fritz Hansen and Jaime Hayon introduce Room 506 at Raddison Blu Royal Hotel

Earlier this month Jaime Hayon and Fritz Hansen revealed their new design project for Room 506 at the iconic SAS Royal Hotel (now Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen). In 1958, Arne Jacobsen also designed a room in this hotel – room 606, which is still preserved to this day. Room 506 celebrates the re launch of the Drop™ chair, which was created 50 years ago for the hotel, along with new designs by Jaime Hayon. Moreover, Room 506 shows how two designers can share the same passion for craftsmanship, materials and aesthetic qualities across a 50-year time gap.

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“We wanted to celebrate that the Drop has awakened from its beauty sleep. Therefore we asked Jaime Hayon to design a new Room 606 for 2014, as there are some obvious similarities between him and Arne Jacobsen. They are both known as rare multi-talented artists with the ability and the courage to create designs on any scale. And although Arne Jacobsen had more rigorous lines compared to Jaime Hayon’s more playful expression, they share the same deep-seated passion for organic shapes, exclusive materials, extraordinary craftsmanship and a clear aesthetic expression. These shared values are obvious when you see Room 506,” says Jacob Holm, CEO, Fritz Hansen.

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Room 506 is created with great respect for Arne Jacobsen’s original design from 1958. It is different from Room 606, but the similarity is unmistakable. Jaime Hayon is clearly inspired by the classic Arne Jacobsen palette of subtle colours with a few well-placed bright accents. And like Arne Jacobsen, Jaime Hayon has created a total design for the room, including furniture, works of art, bedspreads, lamps etc. Another strong link between Room 506 and 606 is the Drop chair, which has been a sleeping beauty for the past 50 years.

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Although the Drop chair was originally used both in the cocktail bar and in all the rooms, today it is only found in Rooms 606 and 506. The Drop was originally produced along with the Swan and the Egg, but it was created exclusively for the hotel and was never put into standard production. This year it is back in production and available from our Online Store. Jaime Hayon has given the Drop chair a new, sophisticated upholstery, which lends the chair a different expression and makes a perfect match for the beauty and the ambience of Room 506. Together with all the other furniture it beautifies the room and gives it a touch of Nordic aesthetic.

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“In our past six years’ collaboration, I think we have achieved a great evolution for the Fritz Hansen brand but also a great evolution in my own work, moving forward my design with the idea of making the most of minimum means. Coming from the Mediterranean, to be able to make an imprint on Danish design has been an incredibly special experience for me. The idea for this room is to create a luminous space that brings joy and genuine comfort through the Fritz Hansen designs along with some of my own designs and art. Together with Fritz Hansen, I have created bespoke designs just for this room, always in reflection of our shared principles of working with the best materials and aiming for simplicity and maximum comfort,” says designer Jaime Hayon.

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