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CHAPLINS MILAN REPORT 2015

Milan report 2015

Each year anyone who is anyone in the design industry descends on Milan for what is the hottest furniture event of the year, the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Unlike fashion, the furniture world pretty much only has one ‘season’ and it begins in April when all the biggest and most exciting furniture brands unveil their new creations to the world.

So what trends caught our well trained eye this time round?

Well this year we saw many ‘micro trends’ emerging on the stands. These included the reintroduction of vibrant reds and blues being used as accent colours together with bold patterned fabrics for hero pieces such as lounge chairs and footstools. Comfort was also key this year with many of the sofa ranges on display being more versatile than ever before. From ‘smart pillows’ to hidden footstools, it seemed like everyone was doing their best to help you sit back and unwind.

After having spent nearly a week travelling around Milan, around the clock, attempting to absorb all the furniture and ideas on offer, it’s always hard to condense everything into one article so as a fun alternative we bring you our very own Milan Design Awards 2015!

We hope you enjoy the ceremony and look forward to presenting our new collections to you over the coming months…

BEST SOFA RANGE – Absolu Sofa by Francesco Binfarè for edra

Absolu Sofa by Francesco Binfarè for edra

With so many beautiful sofas on display this year we were looking for a distinct sofa with something extra and we certainly found it in Absolu. This timeless, somewhat normal looking sofa is made extraordinary by a pioneering invention, which enables the flexible ‘smart’ cushions to be manoeuvred around the frame using a series of shiny brass plated studs, which are available in a number of luxurious finishes. With a simple movement of the cushion we were able to transform a classic sofa into a chaise longue, yet always maintaining the same level of comfort. Brilliant!

BEST LOUNGE CHAIR – LOL : ) Lounge Chair by Giuseppe Viganò  for Arketipo

LOL : ) Lounge Chair by Giuseppe Viganò  for Arketipo

LOL : ) is a young, fresh and informal lounge chair, which had visitors queuing up to take a seat. Its oversized proportions reminded us of an ultra soft semi-closed flower, whose petals envelop you as you take up your favourite position. Available in a wide range of fabrics and finishes, the chair can be lively and cheerful in strong colours or cool and trendy when upholstered in elegant tone on tone fabrics.

BEST DINING TABLE – Icaro Dining Table by Caronni + Bonanomi for Desalto

Icaro Dining Table by Caronni + Bonanomi for Desalto

This year we saw an old favourite brought back to life in the shape of the Icaro Table by design duo Caronni + Bonanomi. This time round the table appeared more rounded and slim line giving it a more attractive appearance. However, what we loved most about the table was the discreet drawers positioned under the top, which in no way undermined the aesthetic of the piece whilst giving you that handy extra storage.

BEST DINING CHAIR – Mira Chair by Jaime Hayón for Magis

Mira Chair by Jaime Hayón for Magis

Presented in on-trend Chinese red, the choice of finish was not the only thing that made this truly elegant plastic chair stand out in what is a saturated market. When designing the chair, Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayón was able to do in plastic what is impossible to do in wood. With the expertise of Italian manufacturer Magis as pioneers in gas injection-moulding, he was able to make an expressive chair very rich in movement. This chair is perfect if you want to add a touch of Catalan modernism into your home.

BEST STORAGE SOLUTION – Camerino Dressing Box by Caccaro

Camerino Dressing Box by Caccaro

In developing the Camerino Dressing Box, Caccaro has created a completely new one of a kind product. It is a solution that has never existed before: a wardrobe and walk in cabinet all in one furnishing element.  What made it stand out from the crowd was its clever use of depth over traditional wardrobes so that even through it appeared smaller in width it still had the same storage capacity but with the added versatility. Self supporting and finished on all sides, the Camerino dressing box can also be used to petition off a room.

BEST BED – Volare Four-Poster Bed by Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau

Volare Four-Poster Bed by Roberto Lazzeroni for Poltrona Frau

This light and airy vision of the classic four-poster bed caught our attention due to its elegant modern design and beautiful leather finishes. Roberto Lazzeroni has managed to design a large structured bed, luxurious in terms of its workmanship and natural materials, yet at the same time the bed is discrete and sparing. This oasis of comfort and relaxation is perfect for the middle of the room and for big spaces.

BEST LIGHTING – Fedora Lamps by Dima Loginoff for Axo Light

 Fedora Lamps by Dima Loginoff for Axo Light

Childhood memories tend to give us warm, comforting feelings so it was no surprise that we were instantly drawn to Dima Loginoff’s contemporary reinterpretation of the much loved traditional Russian dolls. Available in rose gold and metallic bronze, the lovely combination of the metal and glass make the Fedora lamp a particularly decorative piece suitable for all areas within the home.

BEST OUTDOOR COLLECTION – Butterfly Outdoor Collection by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

 Butterfly Outdoor Collection by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

Designed to take indoor quality seating to the outdoors, Butterfly gets its name from the “butterfly” shape created by the outer corner that joins the armrest and the backrest.  This lovely range of comfortable garden furniture is perfect for entertaining due to its modular nature, which can be freely set up to suit the occasion.

A WORLD OF DESIGN ON YOUR DOORSTEP

Through our commitment to detail and sourcing the right products, we to continue to drive design forward by showcasing the very best design houses and locating the products that fulfil our clients need for a timeless yet contemporary interior. We look forward to presenting all these lovely new pieces to you over the coming weeks and months.

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Vitra Outdoor Promotion 2015: Panton Chair in Special Colours

Vitra Outdoor Promotion 2015

In Spring, we all long for a splash of colour. Vitra celebrates this special time of the year with unique editions – the Panton chair summer green and 2 new bright colours for the Panton Junior: aqua turquoise and citron. These editions will only be available from Spring to Summer. Create your outdoor dining experience with these iconic editions, and bring some unique colours to your outdoor space to enjoy year after year.

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Vitra Panton Junior - New Colours

The Panton Chair, conceived by Verner Panton and developed by Vitra, is a classic in the history of furniture design. With its bright, cheerful colours and smooth curves, the Panton Chair has also been a favourite of children – both as a chair and as a plaything. This led Verner Panton to consider the idea of producing a child-size version of the chair together with Vitra over 35 years ago. Adding to this two special colours, you have the opportunity to create a special and unique space for your outdoors or indoors.

Available from the 1st March – 31st July 2015.

Available to ORDER ONLINE from the 1st March – 31st July 2015.

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60 Years in Perfect Shape – Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair Anniversary Editions – Only available in 2015

Fritz Hansen Series 7 Anniversary Chair

More than any other designer, Arne Jacobsen pioneered the concept of Nordic simplicity. And his stackable Series 7™ chair earned Arne Jacobsen and Republic of Fritz Hansen a prominent place in design history. In 2015 the Series 7 chair celebrates its 60 years anniversary. To mark the occasion Fritz Hansen have made two special editions of the chair only available in 2015.

A colourful celebration
60 year after its launch, the Series 7 is as current as ever. The only thing Fritz Hansen have added to mark the anniversary is new colours. Inspired by the original colour palette designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1968, they have created two jubilee models in special colours. The two anniversary editions of the Series 7 chair celebrate the diversity of contexts that Arne Jacobsen’s iconic chair has performed in during its first 60 years of life – from MoMA in New York to Centre Bakery in Tokyo.

A masculine edition with a dark blue lacquer shell and powder-coated burnished legs. And a feminine edition dressed in pale pink lacquer with 24-ct gold-plated legs.

Fritz Hansen Series 7 Anniversary Chair

Strong together and apart
Side by side, the chairs highlight and complement each other’s significance. Both chairs also have what it takes for a stellar solo performance, elevating an entire room by their mere presence and beauty. The feminine chair can enhance a feminine setting or strike a fascinating contrast in a more masculine context, just as the masculine chair will bring different qualities to different environments. In other words, the chairs are designed both to stand out on their own and to complement each other and the space around them.

Rules of attraction
The 60th Anniversary Edition of the Series 7 is inspired by the notion that ‘opposites attract’, a key theme in interior design right now. The 60th Anniversary Edition of the Series 7 chair is all about contrast – in materials and colours. While the deep dark blue and the pale pink may contrast each other, they also interact to create a calm and elegant look, attracting and complementing one another. To mark the 60th anniversary of this iconic chair, each chair has a golden plate mounted on the underside of the shell.

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The Series 7 chair is by far the most sold chair in the history of Fritz Hansen and perhaps also in furniture history. The pressure moulded veneer chair is a further development of the classic Ant™ chair. The four-legged stackable chair represents the culmination of the lamination technique. The visionary Arne Jacobsen exploited the possibilities of lamination to perfection resulting in a durable chair with a perfect shape – that still is as current as ever.

In the process of producing the Series 7 chair, everything is carefully scrutinised, with as many as 22 hands checking the quality of our chairs before they leave our factory. Including the highly trained expert who hand picks the veneer from the batch. And the specialist who chooses which piece will form a coherent sheet of veneer – or not. The result is incomparable perfection seen in the natural flow in the grains of the wood. It’s all about expertise, an uncompromising commitment to quality and a passion for the materials that make each piece so unique.

Individually numbered, the limited edition chairs are priced at £524.00 and will only be sold in 2015.

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Cassina Maralunga sofa by Vico Magistretti awarded a Wallpaper* Design Award 2015 for the category ‘best reissues’

Cassina Maralunga Sofa

The timeless design icon which celebrated its 40th birthday last year with a new version, Maralunga 40, and a limited edition, Maralunga Mercurio Vivo, has been awarded a ‘Wallpaper* Design Award 2015’ for the category ‘best reissues’.

This is the third award that Cassina has received from the renowned international lifestyle magazine.

While ABBA were busy winning the Eurovision Song Contest singing Waterloo and Ernö Rubik was inventing the twists and turns of the world’s most famous cube, Vico Magistretti was completing one of his most renowned models, acclaimed winner of a Compasso d’Oro award.

The anecdote tells of how Cesare Cassina punched a prototype of Maralunga with his clenched fist when it was shown to him by the Milanese architect, as the piece failed to completely meet his demand for extreme comfort. The consequent break of the poor sofa back was just the enlightenment Magistretti needed: the clumsy movement showed him the intuitive criterion needed to make this traditional element more innovative and he commented, “right, great, it looks perfect to me like that”.

The Maralunga sofa immediately made its mark as an article with great strength and impact on the international market. The concealed innovation in the way its headrest could be moved to give a low or high back – developed from a simple bike chain – its reassuring appearance and the extreme simplicity of its soft padding, fully summarise the salient characteristics of this design.

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Wireflow by Vibia Lighting wins best pendant lighting of 2014

Wireflow by Vibia Lighting

WIREFLOW, a highly anticipated collection of sculptural pendants by Arik Levy designs for Vibia Lighting, has been honoured with a Best of Year Award for best Pendant Lighting Product by world-renowned Interior Design Magazine.

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WIREFLOW’s structure, formed by black wire, lacquered rods and LED terminals, provides visual continuity of lines and light, giving a tangible character to this abstract design concept. WIREFLOW pendant lengths are all highly customisable, making them ideal for large spaces and high ceilings. Perfect for bars, reception areas, or retail.

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According to Levy, WIREFLOW combines “presence and absence, transparency and luminosity, light and fluidity”.

Architects and interior designers can also experiment with endless configurations on their online platform, where you are also given the chance to visualise simulations of this collection in space.

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Exclusive to CHAPLINS: B&B Italia UPJ Junior Armchair – A Small Piece of BIG Design

B&B Italia UPJ Junior Armchair - A small piece of Big Design

We are very excited to introduce ‘UPJ’, the brand new junior version of B&B Italia’s instantly recognisable UP5_6, an unrivalled icon of Italian design history.

This designer children’s armchair is both comfortable and playful; its attractive shape and its bright red colour will tastefully furnish and enhance your modern living space.

UPJ is the latest ‘must have’ for all those who will not compromise on style, even when it comes to their children’s furniture!

B&B Italia UPJ on display at CHAPLINS - HATCH END

As one of the top B&B Italia dealers throughout the world, we are the only UK retailer to currently hold stock of the UPJ so act fast to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to welcoming you into our showrooms this Christmas.

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B&B Italia UPJ Junior Armchair by Gaetano Pesce

UPJ – Red Fabric – £899.00

B&B Italia UP2 Junior Armchair by Gaetano Pesce

UP2 – Red Fabric – £399.00

B&B Italia Serie UP5 / UP6 Armchair and Footstool By Gaetano Pesce

The Up series designed in 1969 by the eclectic world famous designer Gaetano Pesce, comprised of a series of seven pieces from the onset, two of which, namely the armchair UP5 with the UP6 ottoman, have become the most recognised of the series over the years and one of the most acclaimed icons of Italian design.

A timeless product for any modern interior.

B&B Italia Serie UP5 / UP6 Armchair and Footstool By Gaetano Pesce

SERIE UP 5 / UP 6 – from £3294

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Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair and Stool Promotion

Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair Promotion

KNOLL SAARINEN TULIP COLLECTION by EERO SAARINEN

Saarinen’s work for Knoll, which includes the revolutionary 1957 series of Tulip Chairs has resulted in designs that have become major icons of the post war era.

With the Tulip Chairs, Eero Saarinen vowed to resolve the “ugly, confusing, unrestful world” underneath chairs, or put more frankly, “the slum of legs.”

We are now able to offer you the chance to add a design classic to your home at a very SPECIAL PRICE…

Knoll Saarinen Tulip Chair
TULIP SWIVEL CHAIR

Tulip swivel chair in white with fabric seat pad – £960
Tulip swivel chair in white with leather seat pad – £1055
Tulip swivel chair in black with fabric seat pad – £1030
Tulip swivel chair in black with leather seat pad – £1125

Knoll Saarinen Tulip Armchair
TULIP SWIVEL ARMCHAIR

Tulip swivel armchair in white with fabric seat pad – £1175
Tulip swivel armchair in white with leather seat pad – £1295
Tulip swivel armchair in black with fabric seat pad – £1260
Tulip swivel armchair in black with leather seat pad – £1380

Knoll Saarinen Tulip Stool
TULIP SWIVEL STOOL

Tulip swivel stool in white with fabric seat pad – £600
Tulip swivel stool in white with leather seat pad – £625
Tulip swivel stool in black with fabric seat pad – £625
Tulip swivel stool in black with leather seat pad – £695

UPHOLSTERY SELECTION FOR THE PROMOTION:

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Offer ends 30th September 2015

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Vitra Christmas Promotion: Armchair Masterpieces – ends 31st December 2014

The Vitra Home Christmas Promotion 2014 is a tale about design masterpieces. It tells of chairs whose formal design could not be more unique and timeless. What they have in common is a combination of surpassing comfort and high-quality materials – focusing on the Lounge Chair by Charles and Ray Eames & the Repos family by Antonio Citterio.

For every purchase of a Grand Repos, we will give the end customer the Panchina or Ottoman from Vitra. This offer is valid for all orders of Grand Repos or Repos with any fabric upholstery. The offer does not apply to versions with leather upholstery.

Vitra Grand Repos & Panchina
Antonio Citterio, 2011
The Grand Repos lounge chair by Vitra and Antonio Citterio brings comfort and vitality to the living area. This elegant, swivel-base lounge chair exudes incredible comfort with its generous padding and a synchronised reclining mechanism concealed beneath the upholstery.

For every purchase of a Lounge Chair & Ottoman, we will give the end customer a Prismatic Table or the Eames Wool Blanket from Vitra. This offer is valid for all versions of the Lounge Chair & Ottoman.

Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman
Charles & Ray Eames, 1956
“Why don’t we make a contemporary version of the old English club chair?” This question heralded the start of years spent by Charles Eames developing the Lounge Chair. The design aimed to satisfy the need for a large seating option that combines maximum comfort with unparalleled quality in terms of materials and craftsmanship. Having met these requirements, the Lounge Chair went on to become one of the best known designs by Charles and Ray Eames and a classic in modern furniture history.

Offer ends 31st December 2014

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Carl Hansen & Sons Quickship Opportunity this Christmas

Carl Hansen & Sons Quickship Opportunity this Christmas

If you are in need of the perfect seasonal interior before Christmas … take advantage of our  Carl Hansen & Sons quickship furniture selection.

Available for delivery between 2-6 weeks the offer includes both dining and lounge chairs in a selection of our most popular finishes.

Carl Hansen & Sons Quickship

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Fritz Hansen and Jaime Hayon introduce Room 506 at Raddison Blu Royal Hotel

Earlier this month Jaime Hayon and Fritz Hansen revealed their new design project for Room 506 at the iconic SAS Royal Hotel (now Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen). In 1958, Arne Jacobsen also designed a room in this hotel – room 606, which is still preserved to this day. Room 506 celebrates the re launch of the Drop™ chair, which was created 50 years ago for the hotel, along with new designs by Jaime Hayon. Moreover, Room 506 shows how two designers can share the same passion for craftsmanship, materials and aesthetic qualities across a 50-year time gap.

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“We wanted to celebrate that the Drop has awakened from its beauty sleep. Therefore we asked Jaime Hayon to design a new Room 606 for 2014, as there are some obvious similarities between him and Arne Jacobsen. They are both known as rare multi-talented artists with the ability and the courage to create designs on any scale. And although Arne Jacobsen had more rigorous lines compared to Jaime Hayon’s more playful expression, they share the same deep-seated passion for organic shapes, exclusive materials, extraordinary craftsmanship and a clear aesthetic expression. These shared values are obvious when you see Room 506,” says Jacob Holm, CEO, Fritz Hansen.

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Room 506 is created with great respect for Arne Jacobsen’s original design from 1958. It is different from Room 606, but the similarity is unmistakable. Jaime Hayon is clearly inspired by the classic Arne Jacobsen palette of subtle colours with a few well-placed bright accents. And like Arne Jacobsen, Jaime Hayon has created a total design for the room, including furniture, works of art, bedspreads, lamps etc. Another strong link between Room 506 and 606 is the Drop chair, which has been a sleeping beauty for the past 50 years.

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Although the Drop chair was originally used both in the cocktail bar and in all the rooms, today it is only found in Rooms 606 and 506. The Drop was originally produced along with the Swan and the Egg, but it was created exclusively for the hotel and was never put into standard production. This year it is back in production and available from our Online Store. Jaime Hayon has given the Drop chair a new, sophisticated upholstery, which lends the chair a different expression and makes a perfect match for the beauty and the ambience of Room 506. Together with all the other furniture it beautifies the room and gives it a touch of Nordic aesthetic.

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“In our past six years’ collaboration, I think we have achieved a great evolution for the Fritz Hansen brand but also a great evolution in my own work, moving forward my design with the idea of making the most of minimum means. Coming from the Mediterranean, to be able to make an imprint on Danish design has been an incredibly special experience for me. The idea for this room is to create a luminous space that brings joy and genuine comfort through the Fritz Hansen designs along with some of my own designs and art. Together with Fritz Hansen, I have created bespoke designs just for this room, always in reflection of our shared principles of working with the best materials and aiming for simplicity and maximum comfort,” says designer Jaime Hayon.

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