Classics from yesterday and tomorrow now together

Every year, along with the Maison et Objet exhibition, the Paris Design Week invites design lovers to a series of discoveries and events in the heart of the capital. The 2018 edition will go through the new Monolithe showroom in Saint Germain des Prés.

Monolithe édition

Monolithe is settling in Saint Germain des Prés

Monolithe will receive amateurs and professionals in its new premises, 4 rue Madame. A beautiful address in a typically Parisian street of the district with a unique character. There, you will find the Monolithe édition collection in an inspiring presentation : the Klec bookcase, the L88 lamp, the Eora chair, the Hansel and Gretel tables, the Charles & Elie bookends.
To « dialogue » with the contemporary edition, some rare furniture from the 1950s and 1960s, selected by Emmanuelle Vidal, antique dealer and decorator, and the soul of Monolithe vintage, complement the decor.

Among the most beautiful pieces, a desk by Pierre Guariche, a set with lounge chairs and a coffee table or a dining table by Gérard Guermonprez. The opportunity to verify once more that refined shapes and materials, created and designed as close as possible to the item’s funtion, complement each other perfectly, regardless of their age.

New mirrors with round or oval shapes, manufactured in materials already used in the collection – marble, brushed brass, stained oak – the creations signed by Pierre Dubourg are not only used as image reflectors but they also are part of the decor like a painting. The tinted glass and Silestone that adorn the mirrors’ surface are forming a kaleidoscope reflecting textured light effects, sometimes smooth, sometimes velvety. Designed as abstract art works, the mirrors can be hanged in any position, following the decorator’s instructions.

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Kitchen inspired on ancient Japanese tradition

A basic and refined concept design that combines tradition and innovation which tends to subtract the redundancy as a tribute to beauty and pureness of lines and materials. IRORI (=ancient Japanese domestic fulcrum built in the floor which was used for heating and cooking) it handles about a kitchen inspired to a Japanese furniture style which considers this interior environment as the fulcrum of domestic energy this is where the rhythm of vertical and horizontal surfaces is confronted with natural materials and colors.

Kitchen inspired on ancient Japanese tradition

The round tube which takes up again the shape of cane, characterizes all metallic furnishings, starting from the handle to the large table up to the backlit boiserie. The system can be creatively expanded or reduced according to the required dimensions.

IRORI is exclusively proposed with handle in the version of 8 mm aluminum door and is also available in large formats and in wooden door declination with a typical frame of oriental tradition. In the whole kitchen the research of extent and harmony is evident even in the small dimensions, where there is a game of balance between elements, materials and colors.

Understanding light and color.

A basic and refined concept design

Entirely natural materials processed according to tradition (Shou Sugi Ban)
IRORI provides an unreleased book of natural materials by starting from the Black Irori Stone up to the woods, which are suggested apart from the Smoked elm also in the Shou Sugi Ban processing technique, the centuries-old Japanese method of wood treatment obtained by superficial carbonization. The result is given by an elegant blackbrown colored wood, of which the intensity depends on the type of wood and on how long and deep the combustion process has lasted.

Choosing your furniture first helps you hone in on a palette more naturally. If you find yourself gravitating to really strong, bright colors for your chairs and sofas, a neutral wall color is easy to style against. But what if you fall in love with a sofa — like, head over heels, can’t eat, can’t sleep in love with this sofa — and it only comes in neutral colors? The sofa and you belong together, so it’s coming home. But you might want to change up your wall color to accommodate this unexpected change in plan. Remember: paint options are infinite, but furniture comes in a specific selection of shapes and colors.

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Traditional feel in the kitchen

The freestanding Heritage Series cookers show off three different matt colors to increase the charme of an unique imprint: the colors, black, wine and cream are applied on stainless steel in a durable, double layer coating on stainless steel using the latest powder-coating processes.

A basic and refined concept design

The product’s core is always the advanced and accurate engineering that allows to achieve high performance for perfect results in cooking. The appliance is available in various sizes: 120 cm with two twin ovens; 100 cm with triple or double oven; 90 cm with double or single oven. The single piece pressed-hob includes the exclusive Bertazzoni brass burner, with a high efficiency dual-ring power burner.

With 135 years of excellence, the elegance of the late 19th century design evolved in today’s aesthetics to provide sophisticated and distinctive home appliances, ideal for a both modern and traditional setting.

Tradition’s timeless appeal joins cutting-edge technology to create a unique product which is well finished in every detail: chromed finishes and brass inserts enhance the product, with a large oven door handle and knobs of solid metal

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Perfect finnish: Secto Design’s artisanally produced lights

“How many (insert noun of your choice here) does it take to change a lightbulb?” opens the old joke standard. In the case of Secto Design, it’s more of a case of how many woodworkers does it take to craft a quality-first, distinctive Secto lamp?

If you were to head up to the town of Heinola, in Central Finland, you’d discover that the answer is fewer than you think. You see, in spite of its position as a global lighting brand for discerning architects, Secto Design certainly keeps it real. Its busy factory employs just a couple of dozen craftspeople – home-grown, Finnish cabinet-makers every one of them.

Secto Design products never forget where they’re from.

Each and every piece that’s produced is authored, as it were. Initialled by the artisan who constructed it. Know this: it’s no easy task making a Secto lamp. Its formal reduction and simplicity belies its innovation, the latter requiring a great deal of know-how, patience and perfectionism. The diligence and passion of the team, however, means that they can nonetheless respond to even the largest of orders.

High-quality, PEFC-certified Finnish birch veneer is form-pressed into blanks, which are then cut into slats. These are sanded and finally connected using rings of aircraft plywood. The slats are then glued and nailed to the rings. A proud craftsperson’s signature may be one thing, but that doesn’t mean the lamps avoid a rigorous quality inspection before leaving the factory.

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