Porada was established in 1968 by Luigi Allievi with the help of his 4 sons in order to expand the production of chairs, started in 1948, to other branches of home furnishing.
This Giotto Coffee table is my personal favourite from their current collection and illustrates perfectly the result when combining modern technological processes with the traditional artisan style of the area.
See Porada for further details.
I’ve been coming across more and more Japanese furniture which have a lovely mid century modern vibe to it. This selection is from a store called GRAF but unfortunately the website is in Japanese so there is little more I can say except for enjoy the lovely pictures!
A future classic if ever I saw one! This occasional ‘Egg Table’ designed by Russell Pinch for Benchmark comes in several sizes and three different lacquered finishes.
Excellence in design, materials and craftsmanship form the foundation of Benchmark, producing contemporary classics in a sustainable way that will last several lifetimes.
The Benchmark collection includes designs from well known names such as Terence Conran, Thomas Heatherwick and Russell Pinch as well as pieces from up-and-coming young designers.
Handmade to order in certified timbers by skilled craftsmen at their workshop in West Berkshire, the range is sold direct to customers at workshop prices from their showroom which they positively encourage their customers to visit.
Further information available from Benchmark
Barcelona designers Mediodesign have created a birch plywood chair in homage to the Eames elephant. Named the Elephant Lounge Chair, this birch plywood chair was inspired by both the LCW Molded Plywood Chair and the Elephant Stool designed by Eameses in 1945.
The chair cleverly slots together like a puzzle which in turn means that there is very little waste during production, something which is very important in this environmentally conscious society that we live in today.
For more information go to Mediodesign
In terms of design philosophy, Kursi does not confine itself to one particular aesthetic; nor does it intend to adopt a particular house style. Having said that, they confess to having a penchant for all things mid 20th Century – which can be seen in the lovely sideboard which is kind of retro-futuristic!
Designed by Abdul Ghafoor, this unique sideboard takes into account a variety of storage needs. The case is built of plywood, while the base is constructed from sapele (a hard wood with similar properties to mahogany). The lead time on an order is roughly 12 weeks.
For more details go to Kursi
The founders of INK – Joff Casciani, Ollie Wood and Haydn Evans couldn’t find anything they really wanted to put on their walls. Everywhere they looked they saw reproduction artworks, painfully hip artworks for loony prices or prints that looked like they had been designed by a machine rather than a human.
So they set about making truely sublime posters which were colourful, at times deep and meaningful but always a talking point. Either lithographed or silk-screened, Ink is printing on some beautiful papers, all 100% recycled sheets with a critical eye tuned to detail and colour.
To purchase go to Ink Posters
Loving the new Angular range of mid century influenced furniture from designer/woodworker Kurt Dexel.
Kurt Dexel builds beautiful, clean, and modern crafted furniture. His work is a reflection of his background in engineering, an affinity for modern aesthetics, and his dedication – as a self-taught craftsman – to the art of woodworking.
For more information go to Dexel Crafted