ICONIC DESIGN
SA Home Owner|September 2020
ICONIC DESIGN
Old meets new with a selection of long-standing design classics we continue to love and items we’re sure will be just as coveted 30 years from now

THE INSTOMI SIDEBOARD AND UMTHI HANGING LAMP BY MEYER VON WIELLIGH

The Instomi Sideboard is inspired by the stories that the trees tell through the year with the rings on the end grain blocks. Each tree has a different story and different conditions that it grows in and you can tell this by looking at the year rings, giving each piece a unique character. The simple yet beautiful lines of a tree and the way the branches join into each other are the inspiration behind the Umthi Hanging Lamp.

THE WORLD CAME TOGETHER AS THE PEOPLE STAYED APART COLLECTION BY ARDMORE

The Ardmore artists have brought striking new ceramic designs to life during lockdown. Some pieces explore themes of equilibrium and mutual cooperation in nature through interlocking animal forms. Curled up in their instinctive form of lockdown, the large pangolin sculptures are powerful symbols of the pandemic and our response to it, facing the uncertainty of whether to emerge or withdraw.

THE FAN CHAIR BY TOM DIXON

Tom Dixon has been one of Créma’s anchor brands since the beginning. One of their most popular pieces is the Fan Chair. It’s available as a high-back chair, stool and table. The stools and chairs are fitted with a leather seat cover, while the chairs have a curved back to provide support and comfort.

THE BANAMI ANCESTRY SERVER BY AFRI MODERN

According to AFRI MODERN’s founder Sifiso Shange, the Banami Ancestry Server is a piece deeply rooted in respect and love and a tribute to those who walk with us spiritually. It forms part of a new style of his work to be showcased in Europe next year. The horns represent male ancestry, while the diamond shape at the centre represents female ancestry.

THE GHOST CHAIR BY FIAM

Available from Casarredo, and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Ghost Chair is a product icon designed by Cini Boeri in collaboration with Tomu Katayanagi. A technical marvel, the Ghost chair is a “habitable sculpture” made from a single crystal plate of glass 12mm thick, cut with Paser technology (a method developed by FIAM in 1982) and opportunely curved with dynamic moulds.

THE KENT ARMCHAIR BY LEMON

A statement piece that also pays heed to the essentials of a seating solution – such as comfort and durability – the Kent Armchair is a celebration of form and fabrication. It champions Italian 1950s design, from the angular lines of Gio Ponti’s 811 Chair to the upholstery of the Mercedes-Benz 300, while remaining timeless in its simplicity.

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September 2020