The presence of architectural elements, references, and materials is all over this season’s interior designs. London’s iconic Battersea Power Station lends its influence and name to a Sebastian Mann collection of sideboards, while the debut furniture range from Nabil Issa bears the hallmark of mid-century Californian architects like Richard Neutra. Luxury Defined presents six of the season’s best…
1. Textiles: Beatrice Larkin
Jacquard looms, like the ones Beatrice Larkin uses to weave her textiles, date back to 1804, but the inspiration for her monochrome designs comes from the Bauhaus, Brutalist architecture, graph paper, and grids. Using these patterns as starting points, Larkin manipulates and plays with scale to produce her medium-weight, super-soft Merino wool throws.
2. Interiors: Sebastian Mann
Pink Floyd used it as the backdrop for its Animals album cover, now architect and furniture designer Sebastian Mann has taken inspiration from London’s Battersea Power Station and its surrounds for his new Battersea collection of sideboards, AV units, and bedside tables. Describing the pieces as “an expression of architectural composition but also pure functional design,” they are, like all of Mann’s output, aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. All items in the rectilinear collection are made by hand in his studio.
3. Fixtures: AXOR
The MyEdition range by AXOR (part of the Hansgrohe portfolio) of faucets features 15 metallic colors and finishes, from black chrome and nickel to bronze and brushed red gold (shown). “Taps are becoming one-of-a-kind works of art,” says Hansgrohe’s Sarah Evans. “Marble, wood, leather, and metal are giving bathroom design a new lease of life.”
4. Furniture: Bolia
The Freud family of low tables was created to reinterpret a key Scandinavian furniture design motif: bent wood. The tables, designed by Busetti Garuti Redaelli for Bolia, come in three different lengths and heights, and can be used separately or as a group. And why Freud? “The name seemed to represent curved and circular shapes,” say the creators. “There is no direct reference to the father of psychoanalysis—or perhaps an unconscious psychic process has influenced our choice.”
5. Seating: Wood Tailors Club
Portugal’s Wood Tailors Club says its craftspeople “build each piece with a unique trace to suit every project, just like a real tailor.” A recent launch from the Porto-based firm is the Crockford sofa. Named after Londoner William Crockford, who ran an exclusive members’ club popular with celebrities of the 1820s, the sofa has a walnut frame, is upholstered in linen, and is available with or without rattan detail.
6. Furniture: Nabil Issa
Nabil Issa has an eclectic résumé, but his true passion is for interiors. The designer, who has lived all around the world, recently unveiled his “daring and bold” debut furniture collection. His pieces are pleasingly maximalist but also nod to minimalist mid-century Californian designers, particularly Richard Neutra. “I try to take the spirit of that era and apply it to the 21st century, combining clean, pure lines with ancient materials like marble and brass,” he says.