Super futures

Super futures

This month's Super Brands London interiors trade fair will feature an informative Super Talks 2014 conference/seminar programme covering the themes Future Design, Future Cities, Future Architecture and Future Technology. Architects, academics, interior designers and business leaders will debate, among other things, nature's influence in the design process, specialist craftsmanship vs mass production, materials that will change the future, and how Danish design heritage will influence future designers. Super Brands London will provide a rare opportunity to see a selection of the worlds most progressive furniture, lighting and interiors brands. It forms a key element of the London Design Festival and runs from 18-21 September at the Old Truman Brewery on Hanbury Street. Stephen Cousins picks 10 to take home.

Smoke Wall Surface by Armourcoat. A combination of CAD and traditional hand sculpting is used to create this creamy curving wall, which is constructed from a series of pre-cast panels bonded to the substrate.
Material Container Series by Jeonghwa Seo The South Korean designer's collection of stools and tables comprises a conical base topped with a flat disc-shaped ‘container’ in one material, sitting slightly proud, with a contrasting material inside. Different material combinations include basalt and rosewood, cherry and copper, and cork and aluminium.
Prado nomadic settee by Christian Werner. The vast 120cm by 240cm seat can either be used independently or configured into different seating arrangements using the specially-designed back cushions, which are weighted and fitted with an anti-slip system to keep them in place without an attachment.
Lacuna Lamp by Iain Howlett and Marina Dragomirova. An unusual juxtaposition of age-old craftsmanship and progressive technology, this mouth-blown Bohemia glass lamp incorporates high efficiency LED chips.
Concrete Seat by Fatboy. Although inspired by building blocks, this stool/side table has a Screw-off cap on the bottom, enabling the user to fill it with sand to increase sturdiness and stability.
Elle Dining Chair by Live Iconic. The perfect seat for diners with a split personality, the seat pan and backrest are divided in two and inclined together to increase comfort while clever joinery ensures rigidity.
Curva Chair by Branca Lisboa. We liked the futuristic simplicity of this visor-shaped lounge chair made of natural beech wood and lacquered bended plywood.
Acid Cluster Chandelier by Curiousa & Curiousa. Acid Drop shades are not, as the name suggests, a throwback to 60s fashion, but a form of free-blown semi-opaque yellow glass pendant. Each has a central antique filament bulb and is suspended on matching yellow fabric twisted flex.
Halo Console Table by Ginger & Jagger. The swirling circles that form the brass base were inspired by ‘the storm in the ocean that makes seaweeds twirl on themselves, originating random circles,’ says Ginger & Jagger, while the clear acrylic top ‘embodies the purity of water.’ We're reliably informed that this emotive piece will also function as a table.
'A' Room Divider by &New. A powder coated steel shelving unit with plywood shelves, which when combined with the 'A' clothes rail forms a full wardrobe or a room divider.

Stephen Cousins


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