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Today's round-up of design news starts with two new product launches from the Danish brand Vipp. Inspired by ancient, East Asian paper lantern traditions, the new Vipp Paper Lamp series fuses Asian design craft with cosy, subdued lighting of Scandinavian décor.

I have studied and drawn inspiration from the symbiosis between Danish and Japanese design, which pays homage to simple and durable design. The two cultures have long been the subject of mutual inspiration, where it is about simplicity in design and respect for nature. — Morten Bo Jensen, Chief Designer at Vipp.

Every piece of paper is created through a hand-held process which adds a poetic dimension to the lampshades that each hold its own unique story and distinctive structure. Stretched over a metal grid held together by a top ring in dark, solid oak, the thin paper features vague textures creating a beautiful play of shadows through a warm diffusion of light.

The series, which includes a pendant and floor lamp, will be available online and from stores at the end of September. 

A sculpture of comfort, the new Vipp665 pouf is a versatile addition to the Vipp furniture collection. With its geometric, six-piece construction in off-white Barnum upholstery, the pouf is a perfect footrest companion to Vipp’s Chimney sofa or Loft sofa, yet it is versatile enough to act as a stand-in for a spare seat or even an informal side table to put your tray on.

"Sculptural yet informal, the hexagon-shaped pouf holds linear detailing against round edges. The pouf is constructed of high resilience foam molded around a wooden frame offering a resilience through versatile use while helping to maintain the firm shape of the pouf for many years." — Morten Bo Jensen, Chief Designer, Vipp.

Swedish brand Blå Station have launched Plybord, a versatile piece of furniture that can be used as a seat, stool or table. Easy to move around with a playful vibe that will appeal to kids and adults alike, Plybord in crafted from pine plywood and painted with a pigmented lacquer that highlights the wood grain and provides a dynamic and vibrant expression.

Stockholm-based design studio All Matters have launched Knivsöder, a new range of ceramic tableware handmade by Sthlm Pottery. Catering to all occasions in everyday life, the series consists of mugs, bowls, small and large plates and serving dishes. The pieces come in three different glazes, all of which can be mixed and matched harmoniously. And because they are handmade, each piece is truly unique.

All Matters is currently exhibiting at Nuvole Design in Copenhagen through to October. 

Photography by Filip Gielda

Oslo design brand Northern have released the Valet Wall Console by acclaimed Gothenburg based furniture designer Sami Kallio. Combining timeless Nordic wood crafting techniques with forward focussed design values, the console can be used as a desk, side table or nightstand. Taking the traditional and practical pocket knife as its starting point, this multi-functional and precision-made piece, with its sweeping curves and strong frame can be hung at different heights, providing multiple uses in even the smallest of spaces. Available in a light oiled oak, smoked oak or black painted oak, the unconventional circular drawer with its tactile Sørensen leather detailing, provides the perfect place to hide away all your everyday essentials without compromising on your sense of style.

“When I design, I want to create something that will last and will make everyday life a little easier." — Sami Kallio

Born in Finland, but based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Sami Kallio is an award-winning furniture designer and interior architect. Sami’s work is a deeply rooted mix of traditional craftsmanship and modern manufacturing. His designs, while contemporary in style, still carry a strong reference to the past. Everything Sami designs can be characterised by their clean lines, pure forms, and unblemished surfaces, and typically combine natural materials with the manmade. Sami has an instinctive skill when it comes to woodworking and this natural talent for compression moulding and woodturning sets him apart.

In local news, we may not be able to travel abroad, but two retailers are bringing Italy to us, with the introduction of renowned design brands.

Dawson & Co recently welcomed Molteni&C, with a new showcase of evocative settings inside the Parnell gallery. A leading Italian furniture brand for over 80 years, its creative direction has been in the hands of Belgian designer and architect Vincent Van Duysen since 2016, gracing many of the designs and showrooms with his signature refined minimalism. The collections include pieces by Patricia Urquiola, Michael Anastassiades, Gio Ponti and more. 

This week Good Form has announced their exclusive representation of luxury rugmaker CC-Tapis. Born in France, designed in Milan, and produced in Nepal, CC-Tapis offers beautiful hand-crafted rugs from some of the world’s leading artists and designers. Founded on a commitment to tradition, quality and design, each rug is handmade by Tibetan artisans, refining natural materials, and passing down artisanal know-how from generation to generation.

The Italian rug maker has collaborated with an impressive number of designers such as Patricia Urquiola, Faye Toogood and the Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis, who has a strong connection to Aoteoroa having spent a large part of her formative years here including two years studying industrial design at Wellington University. 

CC-Tapis allows the freedom of customising dimensions, colours, and even the materials used to create a bespoke piece for your home or commercial project. More than just décor objects, each rug is a piece of art with a lasting beauty. Good Form is excited to showcase a curated selection of the rugs online now and in store. 

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