Salone Furniture Fair – Milan 2015

Highlights from the world's best Furniture Fair

After many miles walked, many espresso’s drunk here are our highlights from Salone 2015 –

Vitra
As always the Vitra stand was superb with a theme around their packaging almost like a warehouse, hence the many crates. New sizes (height increased by 2″) and colours on the DSW & DSR chairs due to people on average being larger since they were designed in the 1950’s.

Salone 2015 - Eames Chairs
Vitra Eames Chairs stacked high
Panton Chairs
Lots of miniatures – Panton Chairs
Jean Prouve - Vitra
Jean Prouve Sideboard and new upholstered Standard Chair in collaboration with G-Star

There was a new upholstered version of the Prouve Standard chair, adding ultra comfort to an already superb chair.

Salnoe 2015 - New Vitra Polder
New Vitra Polder Sofa sizes and Colours

The iconic Vitra Polder sofa has been re-sized and re-jigged with new brass buttons and fabric choices.

SCP

The SCP show was titled – ‘The Arrangement of Furniture in a Room’ and took place in central Milan. This was a cool show that had a collection of old Vintage furniture mixed with SCP’s new designs, a great mix and our favourite show.

Salone 2015 - SCP - Arrangement of Furniture in a Room
SCP – Arrangement of Furniture in a Room
SCP Show - Milan 2015
SCP Show – Milan 2015
SCP Balzac Chair
The old classic – SCP Balzac Chair
It’s always good to see the stunning Balzac Chair, love the Tan Russet leather which only improves with age.

SCP Agnes and Bertha Chair
SCP Agnes and Bertha Chair

Another classic on show was the Agnes Shelving unit, a firm favourite here at Cimmermann.

SCP Oscar Sofa
Oscar sofa covered in stunning Donna Wilson fabric

The Oscar Sofa looked very nice in this Donna Wilson fabric, really changed the look of the classic sofa.

Foscarini Lights

Foscarini had some cool new lights mixed in with the old classics. It was inspiring to see the Diesel with Foscarini lights, a new addition to our website, a favourite was the Fork Floor light.

Foscarini Lights
Cool new Spoke light from Foscarini
Chouchin Lights
New Chouchin reverse lights
The new Chouchin reverse lights made a good impression, the main light is finished in blown glass and the bottom of the diffuser is in the vivid colour.

Diesel with Foscarini Fork Floor light
Diesel with Foscarini Fork Floor light
Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon went all out this year, hiring an old warehouse in downtown Milan and turning it into – ‘The Cinema‘. As usual he didn’t disappoint with a stunning collection of new lights. A particular favourite was the Melt light, which looks totally different when turned on, it appears to become see through.

Tom Dixon - The Cinema
Tom Dixon – The Cinema
New Tom Dixon Spun Lights
New Tom Dixon Spun Lights
Tom Dixon Melt Lights
A Cluster of new Melt Lights
Tom Dixon cluster
A selection of famous Tom Dixon Cluster’s

Kartell
The Italian Masters of Plastic didn’t disappoint again. An amazing collection of new and old products with a twist. The Neon Boookworm was really cool and the new Mat finish Fly lights were stand-out pieces for us.

Kartell Room set at Milan Salone 2015
Kartell Room set at Milan Salone 2015
Kartell Toobe lights in transparent
Kartell Toobe lights in transparent
Kartell Glossy Table
New Kartell Glossy Table with gold legs
Kartell Fly Light in Mat finish
New Kartell Fly lights in Mat finish
Kartell Bookworm
Kartell NEON Bookworm!!!
Salone Milan 2015 didn’t disappoint, always an amazing show with plenty to see and be inspired by. Hope you enjoyed the round-up of our favourites, here’s looking forward to next year.

The Team at Cimmermann

Barbican Tower Flat

brutalist masterpiece

Over the past 10 years the Thomson brothers have had the dream job of working on a variety of interior design projects on one of our favourite brutalist buildings, the Barbican. The Barbican is a residential estate built during the 1960s and is a prominent example of British concrete brutalist architecture. We have had the pleasure of working with the them on a number of projects and on their most recent project, a tower flat, we have supplied some iconic lights and furniture. Here are some images of the pieces in situ looking great.

Barbican Flat
Stunning view from the desk, love the Eames fabric on the Eames Office chair
 
Love the Tulip Table and Foscarini Chouchin light
Love the Tulip Table and Foscarini Chouchin light
Simple White kitchen with a splash of colour in the form of Foscarini Chouchin Light and Tulip chairs in green
Simple White kitchen with a splash of colour in the form of Foscarini Chouchin Light and Tulip chairs in green
Iconic shard in the background, nice terrace!
Iconic Shard building in the background, nice terrace!
Doesn't getanymore iconic than that - Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and Knoll womb Chair
Doesn’t get any more iconic than that – Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and Knoll womb Chair
Recreate this stunning look with some of our favourite products featured in the interior –

Vitra Eames Lounge chair
Foscarini Chouchin Light
Vitra LTR Table
Flos Taccia
Vitra Eames DCW Chair
Vitra Ball Clock

Hope this interior inspires you!

The Team at Cimmermann

Suspension Lights – Iconic Favourites

A stunning suspension light can transform a space into something quite special. The Italians are really the market leaders with iconic brands such as Flos, Artemide, Foscarini and Kartell
Tom Dixon is flying the flag for us Brits with his iconic and individual lighting designs. George Nelson’s Bubble lights are superb lights that offer mid-century design from Modernica. For a Scandinavian fix Muuto do some cool and colourful designs.

Whatever your design style, when choosing a suspension light think about the following:

what sort of light do you want  – diffused, up/down light, bright light ?
do you have supplementary lighting or is it your only source of light in the room?
do you mind if you can see the bulb from below ?
length of cable – do you have a high ceiling ?
dimensions – too big will overpower, too small will look silly ?
cluster of lights – great option if you like a smaller light but have a big space ?

To help you along here are some of our iconic favourites.

Foscarini – Caboche Media Suspension light

Foscarini Caboche Light
The Foscarini Caboche suspension light – a true Design Classic
Foscarini Caboche Amber
Beads that make up the Foscarini Caboche Amber version
Tom Dixon – Copper Shade suspension light

Tom Dixon Copper Shade
Simple yet sublime Tom Dixon Copper Shade Supension light available in 2 sizes – 25cm & 45cm diameter
Tom Dixon Copper Shade in a cool dining room setting
Tom Dixon Copper Shade in a cool dining room setting

Flos – Smithfield suspension light
Flos Smithfield Suspension Light
Jasper Morrison’s stunning Smithfield light for Flos is available in 3 colours – White, Black and Mud

Modernica – Bubble suspension light

Modernica Bubble Lights
Modernica Bubble Lights in abundance (image coutesy of http://www.nylafreedesigns.com/2012/10/experience-london-hotel-citizen-m/)
Bubble Lights by George Nelson
Selection of iconic Bubble Lights designed by American designer George Nelson

 Lighting is so important and makes such a difference to a space, see our selection of stunning suspension lights – hope this has helped!

The Team at Cimmermann

CREDITS AND LINKS

http://pixersize.com/blog/en/10555/top-11-hot-interior-design-trends-2014

Spring Into The Outdoors – how to plan a new outdoors for Summer 2014

This year, live outside. Extend the size of your home by using your outdoor space to its best advantage. In the spring and summer, your outdoors can be an extension of your indoors. Imagine enjoying an evening around a cosy outdoor fireplace, lounging in style. Or taking a nap in a luxurious armchair whilst gazing at the stars. We think there are three key areas to consider when planning your outdoors for this summer: furniture, flow and lighting.

Furniture

No longer simply the realm of deck chairs or rattan, today designers are able to use innovative materials to bring the comfort of indoors, out. Take the Kartell Pop Outdoor Sofa, which now comes in a range of Sunbrella fabrics.

Kartell Pop Outdoor Sofa -Spring
Spring into Summer – Kartell Pop Outdoor Sofa
Flow

Remove the distinction between indoor and out. With doors flung wide, stepping onto your deck, terrace or lawn should feel a seamless transition. Outdoor fabrics for awnings and furniture, can match your indoor colour scheme. We love Sunbrella outdoor fabrics  for their palette of 55 solids, influenced by a return to the natural, full of subtle nuances of pure white, ivory, taupe, coffee or ochre brown.  Danish fabric company Kvadrat do some stunning
outdoor fabrics too.

Spring - Kvadrat Waterborn Fabric
Spring Outdoor Fabrics – Kvadrat Waterborn
Lighting

Forget the glare of a security light. Today’s outdoor lighting can enhance mood and tone from dusk to darkness. The Foscarini Solar Outdoor Floor Light works as lighting, a table, or a contemporary hearth to gather around Or try an Artemide Dioscuri wall light for its soft diffused light.

Spring - Outdoor Foscarini Solar Light
Spring Lights for Outdoor – Foscarini Solar Lights
Bring on the Summer Sunshine!

The Team at Cimmermann

Light up the dark nights – Mood lighting

Light up the dark nights – The nights have now closed in, so what better than treating yourself to a new suspension light, task light, wall light or floor light to add ambient, cosy or bright light to your home. The correct lighting for your home is so important and correctly done can really lift your mood.

Check out our 5 favourite lights for different mood effect’s around the home –

Bright Cool Light – Smithfield suspension light

You want bright light then Smithfield suspension light by Flos is for you. Smithfield offers 300W (240W energy saver) of bright halogen light, we have one in our kitchen at home and it certainly wakes you up on these dark mornings.

Flos Smithfield Suspension Light - by Flos Lighting
Flos Smithfield Suspension Light in bright glossy white. Image courtesy of Flos

Cosy and Warm – Copper Shade suspension light

The iconic Copper Shade by Tom Dixon offers a cosy and warm copper glow that really warms your mood in these dark winter months. Using a E27 42W Halogen Energy Saver Clear bulb the soft light that is omitted is copper in colour due to the colour of the diffuser.

Copper Shade by Tom Dixon Lighting
Cluster of Tom Dixon Copper Shade suspension lights. Image courtesy of www.tomdixon.net

Ambient – Flos Spun floor light

The Spun floor light by Flos is a beautiful light offering an upward and downward arc style light pattern that can be controlled by a dimmer. Have the light set low to create an ambient and relaxing light to relax in or set bright to light up the whole room.

Spun Floor Light by Flos Lighting
Spun Light by Flos offering soft ambient light. Image courtesy of Flos.it and Montis Images.
Spun Floor Light by Flos Lighting
Flos Spun Floor Light offering bright white light – image courtesy of Flos.it

Fun & Funky – Kartell Fly suspension Light

Fly suspension light by Kartell is one funky light. Available in 11 different colours its sure to brighten up any room in your home. The diffuser is not perfectly hemispherical but the cut-off is underneath the height of the diameter to collect the most light. The large bulb and colour choices by Kartell give the light a retro yet modern feel.

Fly suspension light by Kartell lighting
Kartell Fly suspension light – fun colours
Task Light  – Foscarini Twiggy Floor

Task Lighting is what you need to do a specific job, whether it’s reading, working at a computer, cooking, drawing or knitting basically were light needs to be focused on the area you’re using. Twiggy Floor light by Foscarini is a great large scale task light. The light bulb is protected by a diffuser reducing the glare and can be positioned over you to suit your needs.

Twiggy Floor light by Foscarini lighting
Foscarini Twiggy Floor Light – great task light
Twiggy Floor Light in White by Foscarini Lighting
Foscarini Twiggy Floor Light – setting the mood with downward task light
Whatever you want from your home lighting solutions our lighting section will have something for you.

links –

http://www.bbc.co.uk/homes/design/lighting_types.shtml
http://www.kartell.it/
http://www.tomdixon.net/
http://www.flos.com/en/home
http://www.foscarini.com/