Xiral Watertower

Bring a French countryside landmark into your living room

As part of this year’s Maison et Objet design tradeshow during Paris Design Week, the exhibition “Now: Le Off!” served to showcase young, up-and-coming designers. We were drawn to the smartly conceived multipurpose pieces throughout the show. One particularly French item we spotted were Xiral‘s Watertower Tables. Made from heavy-duty concrete—the designer’s preferred material—the accent tables are meant to look like the traditional gray water …

The Geo Table

Warm pine and cold granite conjure man's relationship with nature

The new pine and granite Geo Table from Portuguese product designer Gonçalo Campos makes a bold design statement with the raw materials. By leaving the underside of the slab tabletop unfinished, Campos aims to remind the user where the individual components come from, while juxtaposing the cold top finish against the warm pine legs. This homage to untamed nature raises the question of material origin—which …

LaSelva Studio

Material juxtaposition in two furniture pieces by a pair of young Spanish designers

Exploring the satisfying contrast between powder-coated metal and raw or lacquered wood, young Spanish design studio LaSelva highlighted their petite collection of mixed material furniture at this year’s Feria Habitat Valencia. On view at the Nude platform, the new range includes a Gossip floor lamp and Supernova tables. Named for the act of leaning in to hear some secretive words, the hooded Gossip lamp can …