There are no duds at this fair. The biennale cherry-picked 300 exhibitors to show off their latest furnishings and concepts, and the result is an inspiring showcase of well-edited design.
This year, the show also presents a few select brands – including Hay and Piet Hein Eek – at the Buda Island offsite hub, which also hosts a rapid-prototyping lab, a design eatery inspired by a farmers market, and a few of the Future Primitives installations.
Despite this unending feast for the eyes, a few items stood out on the show floor and at Buda. Here are five pieces that caught Azure‘s attention:
1 Marine Peyre’s Outbed XXL
Displayed in the corridor known as the Rambla, Peyre’s cushiony piece is no doubt accentuated by the hanging plants above it. Yet, the sheer simplicity of this lounger also makes a strong impression.
2 Stencil collection by Julien Carretero
This new collection by the Paris-born designer, shown by his Belgian gallerist Victor Hunt, veers off in another direction from his early pieces, like the colourful plaster Drag pendants and vases and the multi-striped To Be Continued bench in polyurethane composite. Made of cast aluminum and veneer, the Stencil pieces are more sober in form and finish.
3 Infinity by Lasvit
In addition to showing off Ross Lovegrove’s Liquidkristal installation, which debuted in Milan last April, the Czech crystal manufacturer suspended Jitka Kamencova Skuhrava’s massive and dazzling chandelier above its booth.
4 Old lampshade-lamp by Piet Hein Eek
The master of meaningful upcycling, Piet Hein Eek presents a new, all-white version of his literally-named Old lampshade-lamp.
5 Booth by Limited Edition
In terms of display ideas, this one is a bit of a kitschy cool one. Belgium rug maker Limited Edition is covering its booth in new carpets, and furniture pieces that seem to be sinking into them.