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AZURE July - August 2018

Lively, fresh, forward-looking, but also socially relevant — this defines Azure, the leading design publication covering the expanding world of international contemporary architecture and design. Each issue delivers readers inspiring ideas and cutting-edge innovations, from state-of-the-art green building to the latest in furniture and home accessories from around the globe.

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behind the prize

Carved from Carrara marble, the 2018 AZ Awards trophy is a minimalist yet multi-faceted sculpture that – appropriately for a prize – fits satisfyingly in one’s hand. Working with Italian stone innovator Salvatori, designer Michael Anastassiades – the London-based talent best known for his elemental lighting fixtures – has crafted the piece with a timeless quality reflective of his work.“I’m curious to see the different functions the object takes on,” Anastassiades says. “It has been designed to facilitate multiple uses: as a decorative object perhaps, as something that might have a more practical function, like a paperweight.”On June 22, the trophy was handed out to the 20 category winners of the eighth annual AZ Awards, for which Anastassiades was also a juror (meet the full jury on page 66). Honouring…

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where are they now?

Konstantin Grcic and VitraThe winning relationship between Vitra and German designer Konstantin Grcic continues apace. Their Waver chair – whose seat is suspended, like a paraglider’s harness, from a metal frame – won an AZ Award in 2012 for Best Furniture Design. It was also just one of the pair’s many successful collaborations. The latest is the exhibition Night Fever, on view at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. Night Fever explores how clubs and lounges have been de facto laboratories for disciplinecrossing innovation, pushing architecture, interior design, lighting, graphics and even fashion to their limits. The highlight is a multisensory installation created by Grcic and lighting designer Matthias Singer. The exhibition runs until September 9. design-museum.deMason White and Charles WaldheimTogether with his Lateral Office partner Lola Sheppard, architect Mason…

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africa rising

Peter MabeoThrough his eponymous design brand, manufacturer and distributor Peter Mabeo has made it his mission to bring “a uniquely African sensibility” to the global design scene, emplying countless craftspeople in the process. Hit releases have included Garth Roberts’ Seri series of solid-wood tables, stools and containers, distinguished by intricate edging hand-carved by artisans in Botswana, Mabeo’s home country. More recently, French designer Inès Bressand’s sleek Lebone lamps, showcased in Milan this spring, feature sheet-metal bodies and shades, their surfaces hand-beaten in the manner of traditional forgers. mabeofurniture.comDundun Coffee Table“The revival of African design sometimes risks being interpreted with preconceptions,” says Studio Lani founder Lani Adeoye, whose sculptural furniture, inspired by her Nigerian roots, is anything but cliché. Take her bent-metal Dundun coffee table, which evokes West African talking drums…

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midnight in milan

BLUE VELVET CHAIRDesigned “in the name of softness,” Fernando and Humberto Campana’s ultra-plush armchair for Edra comes in other colours, but its namesake hue taps the zeitgeist. edra.comSIGMUND DAYBEDThe bright brass screws are the sole flashy detail on this daybed made for relaxing; its subdued blue upholstery conceals moulded polyurethane suspended on a light metal structure. arflex.itL.A. SUNSET TABLESTo evoke a darkening SoCal sky, Patricia Urquiola chose a “pearly midnight blue” for the frames of these low metal tables; the circular glass tops sport a complementary opaline finish. glasitalia.comWONDER CABINETLeave it to Marcel Wanders to jump on the blue train but then steer it down his own track: Concealed behind the glossy denim-coloured doors of his clean-lined cabinet for Roche Bobois is a riotous screenprinted interior depicting scenes of exotic…

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grain man

Dutch designer Tijs Gilde sits in his Eindhoven studio amid samples from his Gravel collection of silica products.The line includes vases and lidded vessels tinted with natural pigments or, in the case of black pieces, PU paint.You may not want to run your hand over the surfaces of Tijs Gilde’s latest creations, a series of roughly textured silica furnishings including vases, lidded vessels and sculptural outdoor side tables. But the young Dutch designer, who has worked as a trend strategist for brands such as Ikea, is okay with that. In fact, it’s rather the point of his colourful Gravel line, which he showed at SaloneSatellite during Milan Design Week.“I was reflecting on how our digital society is more attuned to things that aren’t real or physical, but also craves things…

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marble’s arc

AQUA DINING TABLEDesigned by Fabrice Berrux, Roche Bobois’s Aqua table features a laminated Fenix veneer top supported by a bulbous solid-marble base, shown here in white Carrara. roche-bobois.comSPAN OUTDOOR BENCHBanish all thoughts of marble as hopelessly baroque: A Bianco Carrara slab atop sandblasted sandstone legs, John Pawson’s Span bench for Salvatori couldn’t be more now. salvatori.itMOON INVADERS SIDE TABLEThe veining in Gino Carollo’s side tables for Arketipo, available in square and rectangular versions, offers a galaxy’s worth of interest; the trim is vegetable tanned leather and the slender legs are metal. arketipo.comN_ELLE KITCHEN ISLANDA highlight of Cesar’s N_ Elle line is the monolithic island panelled with large sheets of Grey Saint Laurent marble; despite its rusticity, the unit boasts vertical grip recesses and push-toopen fronts. cesarnyc.comStriding through the palazzi and…