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Friday, 11 March 2011

The new Stone Age

At this year’s upcoming Milan Salone del Mobile, many of the Brits (including Modus, Benchmark, Race, Innermost, Channels, Anglepoise, Anything, Melin Tregwynt, Wedgwood and +Stone) have cleverly ganged together as Designjunction. Among their previewed offerings was something that caught my eye.

Picture courtesy of +Stone

It’s the first collection by +Stone, a new collaboration between Brit design stalwart, Michael Sodeau, and Portuguese stone specialists Sienave which design fans might have spotted at the Tramshed show during the London Design Festival back in September. It’s another example of the huge trend for raw materials. The simplest of forms have been chosen so that the material itself is the star - and why not? with it’s beautiful natural texture and warm colour palette. Refreshingly, Sodeau has created the kind of vessels that don't need to be left empty to be appreciated. I'd love to see a table strewn with these, filled with meze for grazing. Yum.