December 24, 2019

Top Product Collaborations of 2019

The industry’s leading designers and manufacturers work together in almost every product category, from lighting to outdoor furniture, and we’ve covered dozens of great collaborations. Here are 10 of our favorites from 2019.

Patricia Urquiola’s Cabana Line for Haworth

Under the auspices of architect and Interior Design Hall of Fame member Patricia Urquiola, Haworth refreshes its Mart showroom annually. This year the theme was social spaces, a rallying cry to bring fun (and beauty) back into the office. Echoing its popular NeoCon riverfront lounge, the team moved back its reception desk to make way for entry-zone seating vignettes featuring Urquiola’s latest mega-release, Cabana. The streamlined modular sofa system set on refined aluminum legs creates a workplace habitat that’s cozy as can be yet primed for business. Read more about this product

Marcel Wanders and Gabriele Chiave’s Nightbloom Collection for Lladró

Marcel Wanders Studio is no stranger to collaborative design. Wanders, an Interior Design Hall of Fame member, frequently works with the likes of Alessi, FLOS, and most recently, Lladró. Together with his Creative Director, Gabriel Chiave, Wanders sat down with Interior Design at Salone del Mobile to talk about the surreal Nightbloom lighting collection the duo designed for the Spanish ceramics company. Read more about this product

Jean Nouvel’s Jumper Collection for VS America

“This is not only a project; it’s an experience.” That’s Jean Nouvel, describing his double duties for VS America at NeoCon, which involved designing a seat, Jumper, and then a showroom to surround it. The Pritzker Prize–winning architect created the multi-purpose chair—in a vibrant spectrum of color offerings—for cafeterias, training rooms, and other quick-turnover spaces. Read more about this product

Barber & Osgerby’s Soft Work for Vitra

When technology freed workers from cubicles, it spawned a new breed of spaces: public-private hybrids called upon to do triple duty as meeting rooms, workstations, and pit-stops. Vitra enlisted Barber & Osgerby partners Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby to fuel the phenomenon with Soft Work, which mixes the best elements of residential, contract, and hospitality into a multipurpose modular landscape. Read more about this product

 Rebecca Atwood’s Hand-Painted Fabrics for Hunter Douglas

Brooklyn’s in the house…or at least on the windows. Hunter Douglas has collaborated with New York textile designer Rebecca Atwood for its inaugural featured-artist series, part of the company’s new one-stop-shop Design Studio program. The collection encompasses 43 fabrics designed by Atwood in her unique hand-painted style and is available as side panels, drapery, and roller and Roman shades. Read more about this product

India Mahdavi for Ralph Pucci International 

The starry scene at last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach was burnished by Ralph Pucci International, which hosted the stateside launch of a new collection by India Mahdavi. The architect’s Eclipse table was produced by century-old lacquer artisans L’Atelier Midavaine using nearly 20 layers. “To combine precise geometric patterns with lacquer is a technical feat,” 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Mahdavi says. Read more about this product

Raphael Navot’s Nativ Collection for Roche Bobois

The human body has hardly changed in 200,000 years, the Jerusalem-born, Paris-based designer Raphael Navot mused. Yet the design world is constantly looking for new methods of expression. Determined to get back to basics, Navot—the man behind the IRL version of filmmaker David Lynch’s Silencio nightclub—crafted Nativ, a furnishings collection for Roche Bobois that posits organic shapes as a universal and embodied language. Read more about this product

Roger Thomas’s Barre and Zeppelin Collections for Rocky Mountain Hardware 

Roger Thomas, executive vice president of design for Wynn Design and Development and Interior Design Hall of Famer, and Rocky Mountain Hardware, the leading manufacturer of artisan bronze architectural hardware in the U.S. are back at it again, releasing a third collection of high-end hardware for the home. For their latest collaboration, Thomas and Rocky Mountain Hardware looked to the past, mixing diverse sources of inspiration such as vintage ballet barres, 1920s furniture, and 18th-century French decorative arts for two new collections called Barre and Zeppelin. Read more about this product

Tom Fereday’s Crawford Collection for Stellar Works

Designer Tom Fereday offers details about the subtle surprises in the Crawford Collection, his latest range of furniture for Stellar Works in collaboration with Lane Crawford, developed for the Asian market and shown at Salone del Mobile. Learn more about this product

Yabu Pushelberg’s Nacre Coffee Table for Glas Italia

In their collaboration with Glas Italia, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg were inspired by the organic form of an oyster shell. The fluidity of the Nacre coffee table’s asymmetrical form imparts a spatial lightness and undeniable elegance to its surroundings. Read more about this product

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