Manufacturer: Jeffrey Braun Furniture.
Product: Stepping Stone.
Standout: Stepping Stone, despite its name, is most definitely a table. The steel body, offered in a range of powder-coated finishes, is weighty enough to hold its own, whether planted in a bustling retail setting or a rambunctious living room. The 24-inch top comes in steel, wood, solid surfacing, or upholstery; the hollow interior accommodates various power and USB options.
Standout: The Philippine manufacturer employs its signature material, galvanized iron, in the base of its sharp glass-top Dining table. Conceived by Kalikasan Crafts for Schema, the table comes in a black or dark-gray finish and measures approximately 77 by 44 inches across and 30 high. Ask about the matching console.
Standout: Sérgio Mendes evokes elegant Art Deco with Empire, his folding screen for the Portuguese maker. Plywood panels padded in fire-resistant polyurethane foam can be upholstered in an array of fabrics or leathers. Secured by gold-leaf metal brackets, the screen extends to 83-1/2 inches wide, with the tallest panels reaching 79.
Manufacturer: Hao Wai.
Standout: The detail is pared down and functionality ramped up in Ada, Luke Wong’s minimalist mirrored screen framed in solid oak with hinges of blackened steel. With each panel at a 90-degree angle, the screen measures 44 inches wide, 16 deep, and 84 high. Custom sizes and alternative wood and metal finishes are also available.
Manufacturer: B. Pila Design.
Standout: Creative director Gabriela Noelle collaborated with photographer Javier Gomez on Mandala, a family of tables celebrating nature’s vibrancy. Selections from Gomez’s Flora Fractalis series are embedded in 11-1/2 inch transparent acrylic tabletops, which rest on X-shape bases. Choose a height of 17-3/4 or 19-1/4 inches.
Standout: Some see life through rose-colored glasses–in the case of the Vela glass screens by Bernhardt & Vella, you’ll be looking through blue, peach, and green. The pastel tones of the transparent panels are meant to mingle and cast multicolored shadows. The 71-inch-tall freestanding unit measures 31-1/2 by 39-3/4.
Product: Passage collection.
Standout: Vantot, aka Eindhoven-based designers Sam van Gurp and Esther Jongsma, have added to their Passage collection, which now encompasses side tables, tabletop “plateaus,” a room divider, and the original carpet design that started it all. While referencing the age-old technique of intarsia, the laser-cut plywood patterns read throughly modern. Motifs appear to move as the user changes perspective, causing a vertiginous trick of the eye.