2014 Design Trends: Top Stitch

2014 Design Trends: Top Stitch

The finer points of high-end fashion are making their way into furniture. Check out another great trend, in our annual report by Azure‘s Catherine Osborne and Elizabeth Pagliacolo.

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Grace by Living Divani
Topstitching, belt loops, collared capes and coattails are the tailored details Giopato & Coombes has worked into a family of four boardroom-ready armchairs, launched this spring by Living Divani. The upholstery, in leather or haberdashery grey, slips over a simple armature like a bespoke jacket.

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Cradle by Moroso 
Benjamin Hubert’s new seat for Moroso seems to employ spandex for its super-flexible backrest, but the designer actually cut a pattern of short dashes into a non-elastic textile, enabling it to stretch with the contours of the body.  ­

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Mochi by Vitra 
Hella Jongerius brings her flair for offbeat colour combi­nations and attention to detail to Mochi, a versatile pouffe for Vitra. While its form was inspired by Japanese rice cakes that are served as soft balls, some might also see it as the world’s biggest pincushion.

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Textile by Gandia Blasco
Ana Llobet is one of the young talents introduced in Milan by outdoor furniture manufacturer Gandia Blasco. She crafted a recyclable polyethylene chair with seams stitched together using a braid of high-tenacity polyester rope. The piece comes in white, sand or bronze, with nine rope colour options.  ­

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Fionda by Mattiazzi
A loose canvas coat slips over the four corners of Jasper Morrison’s modest but sturdy wooden chair for Mattiazzi. Inspired by a foldaway camp chair from his own living room, the British designer reconstructed the form for indoor use.  ­

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Hive by B&B Italia
These delicate-looking side tables, by Atelier Oï for B&B Italia, are eye catching for their leather surfaces, which look like ruching. The detailing is crafted from scraps left on the cutting-room floor at the company’s manufacturing plant.

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F-A-B Collection by Färg & Blanche
Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche, of Färg & Blanche, have an inventive portfolio of furnishings that cross-pollinates with high fashion. The Swedish designers’ new line starts with a traditional Shaker chair, which they glam up with handcrafted high collars and couture stitching.

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