Days are long as we approach the summer solstice and it is the perfect time of year to introduce some new interior ideas. For our recent in-store photoshoot we looked at bedroom style and focused on two beds by Vico Magistretti for Flou – Nathalie and Tadao. Accompanying products are contemporary and classic designs from a number of other brands.
Flou was founded in 1978 when it launched Nathalie (pictured above), the first-ever ‘modern textile bed’. Its recognisable pillow covers with their distinctive, bow-shaped ties help to keep the bed tidy and the natural linen upholstery shown is completely removeable and washable. One of its most popular features is the optional under bed storage. Lift the mattress base from the end of the bed and hydraulic pistons quietly activate to take the weight allowing fuss-free access. Dependant on the specifications, Flou offer up to nine different size options and a range of other upholstery fabrics and leathers. Here it is photographed flanked on the right by ClassiCon’s chrome Orbis floor lamp and the St Tropez rug by Eileen Gray.
The free-standing Mira mirror by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Swedese is seen in natural oak. It also comes in black stained oak or white lacquer. Next to it sits Jean Prouvé’s Tabouret Solvay stool, designed in 1941 and now produced by Vitra.
Next to the bed are the Libri shelves by Michaël Bihain for Swedese. Lean one against a wall or create a bookshelf room divider with multiples. It is available in two heights – small is pictured.
Eileen Gray’s Blue Marine rug enlivens the neutral tones by providing a pop of vibrant blue. As does the Keep dresser by Danish modular storage experts Montana, who offer a varied palette of forty-two water-based, coloured lacquers. The textured Tress floor lamp from Foscarini compliments Nathalie’s natural linen upholstery and the off-white shade of the Roattino lamp. Tress grande is pictured in griege, with black, white, crimson and indigo options also available. The smaller version – Tress media – stands at almost half its height.
Eileen Gray designed the E1027 side table for her sister who enjoyed eating breakfast in bed. Being adjustable in height means it fits well next to most beds. Its strong lines and form are clearly emphasised by the matt black lacquer – a finish which she considered especially elegant.
In contrast to Nathalie, Vico Magistretti’s Tadao bed is a minimal, wood-framed design. Strong slats of Canaletto walnut, stained oak (pictured) or larch joined together by dark blue grosgrain ribbon form the base and headboard. Four legs provide support, with two large castors at the headboard end and circular feet pads at the front. The castors make it easy to move, as well as being a playful accent.
The floor covering is Eileen Gray’s graphic Bonaparte rug and her Folding Screen is shown in gloss-white lacquer. In front is the Eames Elephant, designed in 1945 by Charles and Ray Eames. This American cherry plywood version is new from Vitra – the first time it has been serially produced in the Eames’ intended material. Next to it sits another Eames classic, the LTR occasional table in walnut, also produced by Vitra. Flou’s multi-functional Servomuto chair/side table offers a spot to keep night-time essentials and Arne Jacobsen’s AJ floor lamp in yellow ochre provides reading light.
The night-stand above is by Montana. Just like their modular range, Dream comes in forty-two colours with an optional matching coloured glass top (pictured). The white gloss lamp is Tab by Barber & Osgerby for Flos.
Montana produce a number of products by 20th century Danish designer Verner Panton. His stackable Panton Wire cubes are showed above left in chrome with an optional removable marble top. White, black, red and dark chrome are also available new finishes.
Above right is an example of USM’s new Haller-E range – an electrified adaptation of their unique modular storage system. This clever evolution turns the distinctive chrome structure into cable-free conduits and housing for hidden LED lighting, and USB power-points for various devices. The lamps can be configured for such uses as task-lighting in a bureau unit, accent lighting in a living-room setup, a fully illuminated display cabinet, or a bedside unit.
All furniture and lighting shown is currently on display in-store where we hold a library of material and colour samples for the majority of products.