Chic and bespoke designs from abroad redefine luxury on the home front.

01  GET LIT

For home interiors designer April Key, inspiration for her Ocean Drive neon sculptures came from the 1950s Kodachrome negatives she found at a flea market in Istanbul. The photos were a fascinating glimpse into an immigrant Turkish couple’s travels in their Cadillac across the U.S., including Miami in its Art Deco heyday. Istanbul-based, U.K.-born Key created her vibrant post-modernist pieces in laser-cut plexiglass and handmade neon glass. Available in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes. From €850 to €1,620. aprilkeydesign.com

02 COOL OFF

From Editions Milano, known for its contemporary- Italian take on design, come these elegant brass- lined bottle coolers by Pietro Russo. Because they maintain the temperature of liquids the natural way — with marble — there’s no need for ice. Crafted in Arabescato marble with contrasting Marquina marble inserts. $830. editionsmilano.com

03  SITTING PRETTY CHIC

Combining technology and craftsmanship, the classic, yet modern, JH97 lounge chair by renowned Spanish designer Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen is made of eight individual pieces of wood — digitally cut, then assembled and finished by hand. Available with an oak or walnut frame and in numerous fabric and leather options. From US$2,360. fritzhansen.com

04 STYLE MENAGERIE

For its recent collection of home furniture and accessories, eclectic Dutch brand Moooi took its cues from the natural world to reference “the extraordinary diversity of life.” Think along the lines of a Plant Chandelier (price upon request); the Pet Lights series of animal table lamps (from US$758); and terra-cotta Oban tables (from US$1,109). moooi.co

05 SADDLE UP

An Australian collaboration between DesignByThem and fashion designer Dion Lee, the sleek DL Lounge Chair scores serious style points with its Bauhaus-influenced woven saddle-leather seat slung on a minimalist metal frame. Available in olive, black or beige leather with powder-coated or polished-chrome steel frame. From A$2,890. designbythem.com

06 HAUTE TILES

After three years of exhaustive research and experimentation, design duo Formafantasma and architectural materials firm Dzek launched ExCinere. This 1970’s-inspired collection of rectangular tiles, which are glazed using volcanic ash from Mount Etna in Sicily, is perfectly suited for any mod surface — from kitchen countertops and floors to exterior cladding. Available in two sizes and five colour glazes. Prices upon request. dzekdzekdzek.com

07 EYE SEE YOU

Woven with Chinese silk and Himalayan wool, the opulent hand- knotted Nazar rug by Atelier Février takes its name from the eye-shaped talisman said to protect against the evil eye curse. Customizable in any colour, shape and size. Price upon request. atelierfevrier.com

08 AWASH IN STYLE

Xavier Dupuy, founder of the high-end kitchen appliances brand La Cornue, is launching Bassines, a line of fine French copperware that is sure to be a fixture in contemporary luxury bathrooms. The Bassines collection of premium metal washbasins includes the Narcis Ronde, whose graceful aesthetic belies the superior grade of the scratch-resistant stainless steel it’s made of. Price upon request. bassines.com

09 CHEF’S DREAM

German manufacturer Gaggenau takes cooking to yet another level with its Vario 400 Series full-surface induction cooktop. A chef’s dream, whether pro or neophyte, it boasts a generous 3,200-square-centimetre surface that accommodates up to six cookware items of varying sizes and formats anywhere on the cooking area. Other features include 17 heating levels and booster functions for both pots and pans. From $8,339. gagggenau.com


By Arren Williams *This article originally appeared in INSIGHT: The Art of Living | Fall 2019

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