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Comfortable ‘marble’ chair carved out of… silk?


This wonderful chair looks anything but comfortable. But it is! Designers  Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman used 100% silk for the outer material of the chair, and applying it over a polyurethane foam structure. This created the illusion of it being carved from a single piece of marble, while giving it the comfort of any great old chair. It is aptly called the Louis XV Goes to Sparta Chair

The Louis XV goes to Sparta Chair by Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman

 

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Vintage finds and antiques revamped with old Silk Road fabrics


In my other career as PR, I am sometimes lucky enough to work with highly inspiring clients. Momiq is one of those. An former colleague of mine recently started this company with her sister.

Momiq combines antique and vintage furniture with fabrics from the old silk road

Momiq combines antique and vintage furniture with fabrics from the old silk road

They create wonderful, individual pieces of furniture using antique and vintage pieces upholstered with handcrafted colourful old and new fabrics. The fabrics used are mainly from countries along the old Silk Road. Among others, these are suzanis and ikat fabrics from Uzbekistan. Suzanis are embroidered pieces of cloth made by women in the region of Central Asia. They are an important part of a girl’s dowry and are also used for decorative purposes in Central Asian households. Colors are separately dyed and once the panels are complete and sewn together, the suzani is sometimes slightly mismatched because of this. But in these delightful flaws lies its beauty. Although the aim of Momique is to design in a sustainable way and re-use as much as possible, they also use new fabrics. These are all from established brands such as Designers Guild, Nobilis, Lorca and Osborne & Little.

SOBIR

Sobir is a walnut Fauteuil à la Reine from the Regènce period in France (1715–1723). The front side of Sobir is upholstered with a new fabric Papilio Plain II from Osborne & Little. An embroidered strip from Uzbekistan is attached to the front of the seat

Sisters Lidewij in ‘t Veld and Rosemarijn van Velzen – in ‘t Veld share a love for used furniture, colourful fabrics and different cultures.They roam the planet looking for hidden gems they can use when creating the collections for Momiq.

Sisters Lidewij in ‘t Veld and Rosemarijn van Velzen – in ‘t Veld, founders of Momiq

The first collection is called ‘Nomads’. Trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort used the term Nomadism for the trend where boundaries are blurred, and time, culture and place all roll into one. It is this what inspires Momiq. The first collection of chairs each bare the name of an Uzbeki word. Uzbekistan is a country on the old silk road.

Photography sunna & marcvanpraag.com

Piero Fornasetti rugs by Roubini


Luxury rug makers Roubini Rugs have taken inspiration from 20th-century Milanese Renaissance man Piero Fornasetti. Their collection of 26 Fornasetti Rugs each carry unique iconic themes, such as the woman’s lips in the Bacio rug below.

'Bacio' rug by Roubini

All 26 rugs are made of wool and silk and are hand-knotted by expert workers  in standard shapes and sizes. The collection can, however, be customized as required for any interior.