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    European Design WOWs Melbourne at Denfair 2018.

    For Denfair this year, Living Edge showcased the latest showstoppers from Muuto and Established & Sons – proving that European design still captures the world’s imagination.

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    All things tech may have been hot-topic at Denfair this year, but it seems clear that craftsmanship and excellence in artisanal design still remains at the forefront of our design desires.

    In many ways, superiority in craftsmanship has always been a hallmark of European design, and to this end Melbournians were delighted with Living Edge’s latest offering from our European portfolio of designs. Including work from the studios of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Dimitri Bahler, Cecilie Manz and Anderssen and Voll – among many others (!) – Living Edge brought some classic pieces and brand new works from Muuto and Established & Sons to Denfair 2018.

    From this iconic stalwart of the British design scene, Established & Sons wowed Melbourne with the Australia’s launch of its new collection of unique and distinctive furniture and lighting designs. Featuring much-anticipated pieces by the Bouroullec brothers, Grcic, Bahler, Mauro Pasquinelli and the brand’s design director, Sebastian Wrong, this was the first chance for many in Australia to see the pieces and sensibilities that made Established &  Sons such a hotspot throughout Salone del Mobile earlier this year.

    Infused with colour and a unique personality, the entire collection presented by Established & Sons responded to the practicalities we all seek in our contemporary lifestyles. Favourites from the brand’s legacy collections – including the Wrongwoods Cabinet by Sebastian Wrong, and the capacious Quilt Chair – proved to be just as eye-catching to Melbourne’s design afficionadi as they have always been, generating a lot of interest in the city’s decorator and stylist market.

    New offerings that included the Cassette and Barbican sofas, demonstrated the brand’s ongoing investment in pinpoint perfect upholstery techniques and delicate linework – a true mainstay of the Established & Sons approach to product development, that positions the brand at the forefront of designing the new wave of ‘essential furnishings’ for living. Meanwhile, the Filligrana series and Light Light reaffirmed just why Established & Sons is such an innovator in the lighting design scene, embracing the latest technological developments in electrical componentry, glass manufacture and the manipulation of raw material into bold, sculptural forms.

    Scandinavian design is showing no signs of abating any time soon, with Melbourne being brought to life with all the simplicity, streamlining and minimalist aesthetic that’s so characteristic of the Scandinavian tradition.

    What Muuto offered at Denfair, however, is a foretaste in the brand’s new direction in Scandinavian design. Tracing a more expansive, industrial aesthetic agenda, Muuto has kept its studio very busy with investigating a new colour palette of de-saturated hues of cognac, khaki, greys and navy – equal parts organic and industrial – that is bringing a new perspective of robust industrialism to the Muuto design vernacular. 

    Alongside Muuto’s popular Outline and Around series of tables and seating, the brand showcased the new Workshop Coffee Table by Cecile Manz. Representing the pinnacle of the brand’s ethos of seamlessly integrating design into every aspect of our daily lives, new pieces from Manz demonstrate just how far the Scandinavian design tradition is continuing to explore new trajectories of influence. Simplicity in appearance and enjoyment in functionality, of course, remains the order of the day for Muuto, but there is clear evidence to indicate that there are a few more aces up the brand’s proverbial sleeve that we’re all excited to see come to fruition in the year ahead.

    If you missed out on joining us in Melbourne this year for Denfair, don’t worry! The very latest from Muuto and Established & Sons have arrived on Australian shores and they’re now proudly displayed in Living Edge showrooms across the nation. Why not pop into your local Living Edge showroom and speak to our team for a private tour?

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