The Global Nomad
As we all know, there is nothing quite like travel as a way to collect new experiences. Often, we seek to bring a bit of our adventures home, whether by learning to make new cuisine or decorating our homes with treasures from our travels. While some trinkets are small, increasingly some globetrotting voyagers are thinking bigger. So big in fact, it is no longer uncommon for the individual traveler to arrange to have furniture, decor and other found treasures, shipped home as design is a universal language, but one that is colored by heritage and place. Following are just a few select designers we’re currently loving and that are worthy of shipping home, wherever you live.
The famed French furniture brand, Roche Bobois, has multiple stores in major cities. Its glamorous cosmopolitan style is known throughout the world and collaborations with designers such as Marcel Wanders keep the brand on the cutting edge. roche-bobois.com
Based in Milan, Italy, Oluce was founded in 1945 and was one of the leaders in the rise of modernism and its application to lighting. The minimal yet fluid styles work well with both classic and contemporary decor, evidenced by the fact that models created decades ago such as the Atollo Arte lamp are still relevant today. oluce.com
South African designer Siyanda Mbele’s creations are both utilitarian and distinctive, bringing together elements from Zulu symbolism, Ndebele patterns, and his years of training in interior design. His inspired tables and desks have earned a global following, especially in Europe.
Designer Aakriti Kumar brings together the sculptural integrity of an artistic tradition with a sensitive eye toward using reclaimed and salvaged materials and sustainable manufacturing principles in her designs. Wood pieces are finished using nontoxic oils and waxes and each piece exposes the natural story the wood has to tell. Her furnishings often have a playful note as well, such as the Dot pieces which use carved wood buttons to mimic the look of upholstery. differniture.com
Lanzavecchia + Wai
Italy & Singapore
Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai are designers, researchers and craftspeople. Together they are a prolific design force, collaborating on pieces such as the pleasingly rounded Pebble desk/vanity for Living Divani and the intricately detailed Clockwork sideboard for Exto. Each project combines a sense of joyous playfulness with a strict attention to the smallest of details. The designs themselves become stories, each one evoking a particular mood and feeling. lanzavecchia-wai.com
To view the full article, take a look at the feature in Luxury Portfolio Magazine here.