11 design collaborations we’re loving right now – from Lingua Franca, Camille Walala, and more
If the latest market debut has any lesson, it’s that the design community does indeed work better together. From furniture inspired by the wanderlust of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent for living spaces to crockery at Crate & Barrel that celebrates the Lucia Eames archives, industry brands across all categories come together to bring thoughtful new offerings to designers’ toolkits. Looking for the latest in furniture, decor, lighting and more? Meet the latest dynamic duos in the industry.
Camille Walala x Ambar
When French multidisciplinary artist Camille Walala and Natalia Nicolau of the Ambar textile development center realized they had neighboring studios, it was only a matter of time before they worked together. The time has come. The duo recently unveiled an eye-catching line of knitted textiles for the table and home, produced in the UK. Murals and monumental installations are the norm for Walala, so these small-scale objects, including merino wool throws and jacquard table runners, are particularly captivating. Sculptural floor cushions are accented with Walala’s signature black and white stripes and graphic placemats are inspired by the dimensional interplay of architecture and natural light.
Heath Ceramics x Artek
Embracing natural materials is a hallmark of Artek, the Finnish furniture company launched in 1935 (Alvar and Aino Aalto were among its founders), and Heath Ceramics, known for its California-made tableware since 1948. Merging their respective passions for curved solid wood and clay, the heritage design brands have joined forces on the Rectangular Tile and Square Tile tables. Crafted in Finland from the Aaltos’ beloved local birch, the pieces are crowned with an array of rectangular or square Heath tiles in varying shades of green, white and black. To complete the tables, a special edition of Alvar’s iconic 60 stool. First designed in 1933, this versatile piece has now been reinterpreted as a set of nesting stools in a continuum of green tones.