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Month: February 2017
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On the seafront in the stunning Larvotto area of Monaco, are two apartments that young, talented interior designers Humbert & Poyet have transformed into a unique space. The duo had the privileged opportunity to work with an unusually large space in such an expensive area and they grabbed this with both hands.
“By reflecting our vision of the Riviera lifestyle, the aim of the project is to be timeless while exuding discreet luxury,” say the designers. “The building is straight out of the ’70s, with a ceramic mosaic façade. It is the perfect link to an interior inspired by the iconic images of Monaco, Palm Beach and Palm Springs by Slim Aarons.”
Much like directors, Humbert & Poyet treat spaces like stage designs, aiming to create different emotions within a single location. Inspired by the blending of French and Italian style that takes place on the Riviera, Humbert & Poyet wanted a mix of legendary French pieces from the 50s along with vintage Italian furniture. The resulting design is one of measured sobriety, punctuated with touches of bright colour, printed wallpapers influenced by plants and breath-taking exterior views out over the Mediterranean.
From the Art Deco-styled lobby complete with red terrazzo flooring and smartly dressed members of staff the private elevators bring you into the apartment with a beautiful collection of mirrors to greet you, all designed by Emil and Christophe themselves.
“The challenge of the project was the blending of beautiful 20th century furniture from galleries around France with contemporary new pieces and bespoke designs,” the designers share.
Walking through the apartment, two sconces by Safarti Jeanneret and two chairs that express the Franco-Italian marriage of styles beckons you towards the heart of this apartment. The 60 sqm living room is filled with innovative furniture and objects; however these contemporary pieces fill the room naturally, with grace and without becoming formulaic and too precious.
Photography by Francis Amiand
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Handpicked from 233 candidates, eight young designers will be vying for the ultimate prize in the 2017 MIFF Furniture Design Competition presented by Southeast Asia’s biggest industry event, Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF).
The panel of international judges led by China-based Malaysian designer and consultant Philip Yap had a busy time in October and November to whittle down the entries which doubled the number received for the 2016 contest.
The shortlisted finalists have entered the crucial final stretch to prototype their designs for the final round judging scheduled on March 7 and showcased during the MIFF 2017 at the Martrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC), the co-venu of the trade show with PWTC from March 8 to 11.
The MIFF Furniture Design Competition 2017 with the theme “Table2Gather” was opened to young talents up to 30 years of age. Competitors were required to incorporate wood in the challenge to design a table and chair set for any setting. The 2017 winners will be announced at the MIFF Prize Presentation Ceremony on Mar 10.
Held for the eighth year, the competition continues to be supported strongly by local manufacturers who are working closely with the designers to prepare the prototypes.
The competition was launched in 2010 to attract and groom young talent to sustain Malaysia’s export-driven furniture industry. Ms Karen Goi, General Manager of MIFF comments, “The MIFF FDC 2017 has produced designs which are practical with high market appeal. The finalists put a lot of thought in creating lifestyle pieces that can be expanded into collections. The prototyping process is a steep learning curve that offers them important lessons on furniture construction and material use. I must thank the manufacturers who have stepped forward to build the prototypes when they are busy preparing their exhibits for MIFF 2017 as well. Credit goes to the judges too for spending a lot of time to vet the large number of entries received.”
Philip Yap, owner of PYD Associates with offices in China and Malaysia, is the Chief Judge for the third year. The others in the six-member panel are Shinichi Mitsuki (Mitsui Designtec Co Ltd, Japan), Lu Ke Yan (Tian Di Ru Feng, China), Tommaso Rodolfo Masera (Masera Design, China/Italy), Ar Lim Wei Hong (Arkitek WHL, Malaysia), Hamidah Abdullah (Malaysian Timber Council, Malaysia) and Dr Eric Leong (The One Academy, Malaysia).
The MIFF FDC showcase is open to the public via pre-registration on www.miff.com.my. More information and updates on MIFF 2017 is available on the same website.
Here’s a video of last year’s Furniture Design Competition (FDC) 2016
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