Milan 2011: Established and Sons 7

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Quilt, The Thing by Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec

This year British furniture brand Established and Sons abandoned their 10,000 square foot space at Bera's La Pelota in favour of an exhibition space further South at the Versace Teatro in Piazza Vetra. At 1200 square feet the new venue is significantly smaller and the exhibition design is somewhat simple in comparison to the extravagance of previous years, however this year the products take centre stage. Their seventh collection includes new designs by  Sylvain Willenz, Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec, Richard Woods, Sebastian Wrong, Committee and Barber Osgerby to name a few.

Pour for Estd. by Established and Sons

There are also new additions to their successful Estd accessories collection. Launched last year, the Estd collection contains smaller and less expensive pieces to complement the firm's signature range. New additions include simple but beautiful designs such as Pour, a handcrafted, pewter jug made up of two intersecting cones that has been inspired by old-style oilcans.

Volcano Klaus Haapaniemi and Mia Wallenius

WGSN-homebuildlife is particularly impressed by the work of Finnish designers Klaus Haapaniemi and Mia Wallenius, whose folkloric tapestries stood out against Established's trademark slick and super contemporary aesthetic. The volcano design that was seen on their circular rug (a reference to last year's ash cloud chaos in Milan) also made it onto this year's infamous Established and Sons canvas tote bag.

Meteor and Mammoth by Klaus Haapaniemi and Mia Wallenius

Having previously worked for fashion brands such as Stella McCartney and Gucci, Klaus Haapaniemi and Mia Wallenius were the duo behind the design of Hel Yes!, the critically acclaimed pop up Finnish restaurant at last year's London Design Festival. Expect to see an interview on WGSN-homebuildlife very soon.

Hay Bale by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong

Cape by Konstantin Grcic

Soft Rocker by Committee (Previously launched by SCP)