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Established & Sons Present New Designs for Salone di Mobile

Well, SEEN has just had the most marvellous time admiring the furniture and lighting on its way to Milan as part of the Salone. Established & Sons are exhibiting (for the next two days) a showcase of modern design classics that reference the past yet have a narrative all their own. The accent is on craftsmanship and exquisite detailing. Buy one of Konstantin Grcic’s Barbican Chaises and you’ve got it for life. Available in a variety of configurations and cushion colours, it divides into a sofa and a chaise. Versatility is key.

Or indeed one of the 70s-styled stackable Mauro chairs by master Mauro Pasquinelli for that matter – everything has its own story in terms of actual history and the modern desire for its aesthetic. The dining chairs came in a variety of finishes – oak and leather – speaking very much to the crafts still flourishing abroad yet dwindling in the UK.Established & Sons collaborate with outlets in London rather than sell direct. Their approach is eclectic yet with an eye to commercial tastes, as Design Director Sebastian Wrong said to SEEN. They definitely know their audience, who, more likely than not, are passionate about design generally and probably live in the city. This actually bodes well for trade post-Brexit as Established & Sons have long-standing connections with craft companies abroad. They know exactly where to go to get what they want.

The Filigrana Light design by Sebastian Wrong was stunning: Hand-made Venetian glass shades suspended so delicately that the sea urchin-like forms appeared to be floating. They were cleverly positioned next to the Light Lights by Dmitri Bähler, whose Washi paper shades looked very fragile but were in fact quite robust, in the manner of papier-mâché. What both lights had in common was that each shade was individual, reflecting the processes used.

As you would expect, the Cassette Sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec were exquisitely upholstered and sturdily framed, with each sofa capable of being dismantled and reassembled – essential in the city’s small living spaces. The fabrics were warm and cosy and very comfortable to sit on; a restrained palette of cream, black and rust gave them a calming simplicity. The fabric on the Barbican Chaise was by Kvadrat, so elegant, colourful and hard-wearing. Be sure also to check out the wall hangings that accompany each design. By Barcelona-based designer Albert Tercero and featuring a variety of yoga positions, they speak of the playfulness inherent in Established & Sons’ approach to life and design.

The exhibition is on until 9pm tonight and from 9am – 5pm tomorrow (Thursday 29th March).

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