The world of design has become truly a ‘World of Design’ , with so many terrific products and furnishings being produced in Europe and Asia and other far off places. Today a designer thinks nothing about purchasing a product manufactured overseas, whereas that thought was
daunting years ago.
The number of emails I receive from companies all over the world introducing me to their new products or inviting me to see them at some international design show is amazing. One can certainly begin to understand that the resources for interior designers is most certainly global today. All of this is perfectly fine by me, as it adds a bevy of new designers and their products to my dezign repertoire.
Segue to an email I received back in September from a company out of Oporto, Portugal called Ginger & Jagger introducing me to their new collection called “Earth to Earth,” which they were unveiling at the upcoming design shows Maison & Object Paris, and Decorex International 2013 and Tent London /Super Brands London. Unfortunately, I had no plans to attend any of these events but I was most decidedly duly impressed with the beautifully designed pieces displayed in the email.
According to the press release from the company, the designers of the furniture took their inspiration from nature . This new collection celebrates “…the ephemeral, the immaterial and the pureness in Ginger & Jagger’s own way.” The descriptions of the pieces were very poetic, connecting numerous design details to some natural occurrence. For example, the Cliff Console draws on the image of how the sea carves out the rocks of a cliff and many of the other pieces had unique “natural elements” associated with the design (see picture of Magnolia Sideboard.)
Everything is executed in top quality materials , including high gloss lacquer, polished brass, antiqued copper, silver leaf, hammered metals, mirror, marble and high end wood veneers. AND I like the simplicity and refinement of the designs…definitely not too ungaputcsh,…my favorite word for “over done and garish!”
They also have some very chic look lighting fixtures, such as the Savana Suspension Lamp and Wall Sconce. AND a very hot looking coffee table called the Nenuphar Coffee Table and a beautiful Walnut Bar Cabinet with some perfectly outlandishly designed hardware on the doors. Other “hotties” for me are the Vine Tritych Mirror…very original design…the Pebble Stool/ Side Table…I’m a sucker for a sweet side table…and the Magnolia Sideboard, pictured above and the very elegant Rosebush Coffee Table.
Portugal furniture design is something i have written about before (see post), so apparently there is lots of good dezign-things going on in that part of the world today. I guess I gotta add Portugal to the “Must Go and Visit” places when I take off on my dream adventure around the world!
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!