ESTABLISHED IN 2007
Sonite designs and produces distinctive surface coverings, including the industry’s most diverse range of alternative-material mosaics. By pairing considerable ingenuity with advanced technologies, Sonite extends the creative limits of surface and interior design.
Sonite materials – including mosaics and bespoke surface coverings – remain unparalleled within today’s design community. Crafted by talented artisans making the most of ground–breaking technological advances, our materials allow for effortless customization through myriad texture, pattern and color combination. Collections by Sonite encompass a tremendous range of visual effects, from the cool shimmer of pearlescent varieties to the warmth of our eco–friendly Bio–Composite line made from recycled coffee grinds and rice husks. Indeed, Sonite materials can harmonize with just about any interior aesthetic. Always at the vanguard of surface-covering design, Sonite creates award-winning and truly innovative materials.
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Modul Distribution designs and manufactures switches and sockets under the Modelec brand in France since 1976. The Modelec signature is distinguished by constant innovation on technical aspects and design.
Forerunner in the use of wood, Modelec opens the Brass line to home automation, gives character to plastic and works an unexpected material: enamel. Modelec switches and electrical outlets are selected by architects for the development of prestigious places, historic monuments, luxury hotels, individual houses and luxury apartments, yachts, luxury office buildings.
The design of each new range is exclusively carried out in France by the design office of Modelec. Many technological innovations resulting from his research have been made to our products. The well and the facade of the wooden outlets are machined in one piece. Our mastery of the technical specificities of the different wood species allows a real work of cabinetmaking. The brass switches do not need to be grounded, for easier installation, and their fronts are secured without visible screws.
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GKo Gallery is a project started in 2008. The original idea was conceived by Garikoitz Murua, Kim Francis and Gabriel De Maeztu, soon after, Kamilo Rodriguez joined the project. It officially opened its doors in August the same year. Its main intention is to open a space for urban art creation in the Basque Country.
Monthly expositions display a variety of expressions inspired by the urban-street environment. Although our interest is to collaborate with artists, galleries and projects abroad we put special priority to local artists. We believe that this kind of initiatives will enhance artistic creation in the region.
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ENOstudio is a French editor of objects signed by the most gifted current designers.
Our philosophy is to create simple, beautiful, useful and curious objects to enchant our daily lives. We observes the evolution of our everydaylive’s behaviors and asks the designers to imagine the objects that match with.
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As an artist, I try to make this dizzyingly complex unity tangible by scaling it back to imaginable proportions. As such, I study methods through which people make the world logical or meaningful, such as science and religion. I combine these rational and spiritual systems in my work; in my opinion, geometry and the mystical go together very well. Inversion is a technique I use often for this. I put things that are insignificant and worthless on a pedestal, while I relativize things that are considered sacred and valuable.
Concrete objects and behaviour that refer to abstract values intrigue me. Nothing around us has intrinsic value; all meaning we perceive is attributed by us ourselves. There seems to be an enormous difference between a sheet of toilet paper and communion bread, but in material terms there is little to distinguish the two. It is the state and treatment of the goods that differs greatly.
It fascinates me how we can convince ourselves and one another of the sense and the logic of certain notions. I like to make my audience aware of this willingness and capacity by making use of it in a way that is as playful as it is convincing and transparent. As an artist, I allow myself to take on an insidious naivety, and I create an open atmosphere in my work, where there is as much room for seriousness and recognition as there is for humour and estrangement.
I use my position as an artist as a licence to gain entrance to many different, sometimes inaccessible, places. I have done work in a church, a zoo, a hospital, a brothel, a camp site and a cemetery. In such places, I ask for explanations and information about everything that I notice and everything that surprises me. I document, analyse and measure my objects of research with equal amounts of zeal and perspective, and I stylize and ritualize my methods. Sometimes I involve my audience in this process. I organize and present the data I have gathered as directly, accessibly and clearly as possible. Graphic design forms an important part of my work. I like to give people a souvenir to take home as a reminder of the experience my work has given them (pamphlets, posters, cards).
I strive to make my audience feel like they are part of the world, and vice versa: to make my audience feel that the world is inside them. It is the connections that we make between ourselves and things around us that make our existence and our encounters interesting and meaningful. I want to share the feelings of wonder that can be evoked by research into the systems in and around us.
Visit the Website: www.pavelvanhouten.nl
1986: AKABA was the concept of three young entrepeneurs, who had the idea of creating a company that could manufacture furniture by spanish designers that they would promote internationally.
Motion and emotion, design is at the heart of AKABA. Akaba's philosophy is to stay true to its heritage of passion in design, materials and production detail whilst embracing new techniques, processes and technology in the manufacture of its iconic range of furniture. AKABA's commitment is to its global customers and one of the values of this dynamic organisation is to demostrate continual improvement in bringing innovative design to market that is cost effective, environmentally friendly and recyclable.
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GONG has a range of lighting collection like the Retro one is made of metal, the Bizz collection is made of coton, and the silk one. Fréderic Michel starts his chairs collection and mirors.
Visit the Website: www.gong.co.uk
TOPOS workshop was born from a 20 years’ experience, fabricating for architects and designers special design projects, realizing from a single object to a complete interior design. We have collaborated in significant amount of projects like restaurants, hotels, shops and offices.
As an outcome of this continuous collaboration with designers, we generated a collection of furniture, lights and accessories. The primary materials we are fascinated to work with are wood, iron and cement.Also, many of our materials are recyclable.
Our main goal is to design and produce furniture that can withstand time, not only physically but also as a design.
Our challenge is always to find ways to minimize the production cost so that the final price for the end user is kept low. We always welcome young designers that have the same love and passion with us about design, to collaborate. If you have an idea…we can build it!
Visit the Website: www.toposworkshop.com
mambo unlimited ideas is based in Lisbon, Portugal, a country with a long crafts tradition. The city of Lisbon growing dynamic reflects the emerging creativity and energy that is making Lisbon to be recognised as a new cultural and business cluster and here we gathered the energies of talented people to develop our company products.
Research– Our design team is all about research, from what colours to use to what package is more efficient, through what images and materials capture our attention. The different individuality and personal interests play an important part as each team member contributes with an unique perspective upon the world. From this mosaic of different ways of seeing the world, the Mambo creative process is enriched.
Handmade– We like the appeal of unique pieces made with traditional techniques. Our collection is born from the traditional crafts that have been perfected by Portuguese craftsmen: the work of lacquered metals, solid woods, marbles and noble metals such as brass and copper and the work of glass, both with rich tradition in Portugal. All of our products are carefully made one by one, in a production balanced between state of the art processes and handmade details.
Tradition– Embracing our crafts heritage, while up to date with the innovations and creativity developments around the world, Mambo develops contemporary pieces with traditional Portuguese materials and techniques. This aspect is a constant in our creative process and produces high quality products: we mix what we do best – edgy creativity and experienced craftsman production.
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DANYÉ was established in 2006 to offer unique contemporary handmade products. It starts travelling to Africa and finding artisans to collaborate with.
In 2007 DANYÉ Gallery is opened in Pamplona. The showroom is a lovely setting where DANYÉ products can be seen and purchased.
In February 2008 Cristina Ilzarbe, founder of DANYÉ, takes part in the hispanic-african business women congress, organized by Casa Africa. Throughout 2008 new collections of original African products are added, including big African baskets and small furniture.
In January 2009 DANYÉ exhibits for the first time in the International Deco Show Maison & Objet in Paris, expanding its sales to other European countries, specially France and Italy. Is in Paris, where the new range of recycled wooden frames is showed for the first time.
In September 2009, again at the Trade Show Maison & Objet in Paris, DANYÉ presents its cotton fabrics of great quality with naïf designs created by Sun people of South Africa.
In 2010 DANYÉ keeps growing in the European market, suggesting also its own designs while continuing to enhance its existing collections with new products.
More and more DANYÉ sells to specifiers, and thanks to that, in 2011 it is selected by Maison&Objet with the label ARCHI.DESIGNER, group of exhibitors that organisation suggests to specialised visitors like architects, consultancies, decorators and designers.
In 2012 DANYÉ continue developing its international market. It launches new collections at Maison&Objet, specially the very contemporary tables and stools made with same fiber as the traditional baskets from Southafrica and Zimbabwe. Also it presents its new floormat with cercles, very succesful among Specifiers.
DANYÉ launched in 2013 the "Memories" collection. In 2014, it launched two really creatif collections in Europe: "The Song of the Weaver" and "Desert Diaries". They become very succesful.
In 2014-2015 the collection "The Song of the Weaver" is exhibited in different places. In january 2015 a selection of few pieces of this collection are showed at the Elizabeth Leriche exhibition "Human Made". In march 2015 we visited the weavers that were the inspiration and the producer of this collection and we showed them the book "Make" related to the exhibition, where these women and the products were published. A great team work.
2016-2017 are years of consolidation and developement of new interesting products together with the artisans.
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WE EXPLORE AND FIND TREASURES, WE PRESERVE HERITAGE AND CULTURE, WE EMPOWER PEOPLE AND TRADE FAIR.
Generating impact. VAN VERRE believes in the original spirit of fair trade. We establish sustainable ties with communities to improve their living while working with us. We are transparent about the origin of our products, and focus on social engagement, dignity and shared value. VAN VERRE builds a bridge between the producer and the retailer. From the community of craftswomen who sell their products for a decent and ethical price to the retailer who pays a fair price for a high quality good, we create business opportunities in which every link of the ‘‘prosperity chain’’ can grow and feel equally strong. VAN VERRE is not obsessed by profit and treasures all individuals.
Our producers. VAN VERRE aims to preserve cultural heritage and artisanal handicrafts by establishing long-term relationships between craftspeople, retailers and their customers. In collaborating, we promote values such as openness, trust, friendship, curiosity, as well as sharing joy. We want to tell the story of the people and the culture behind the products and give face to the talent behind the beauty.
Our products. At VAN VERRE, we trade original goods only. Our desire is to sell handmade crafts that carry the power of centuries of savoir-faire. In our collection you will find beautiful, colourful and inspiring items that easily touch your heart. Their design is powerful and therefore timeless; the products have been produced by many generations. In collaboration with our partners, we work to improve the designs or suggest logical line-extensions. The products furthermore are of high quality and reflect authenticity, tradition, and hours of dedication. If you look closely at our products, you’ll see they all have some marks and tiny imperfections. This is because each product is different and therefore beautiful and fascinating in its own right.
Our customers are retailers and entrepreneurs who are often unique story tellers. By selecting powerful products, they contribute to a better world for two reasons. Firstly, they are the ambassadors of the communities of craftsmen and craftswomen that produce our products, thereby promoting their heritage. Secondly, they are a reference for their clients, for us, but also for the producer because of the inspiring atmosphere they create in their stores. These independent entrepreneurs are game changers and strong-minded synergy composers, and it shows in their boutiques.
The story of VAN VERRE
Suzanne Mertens, founder and now creative director of VAN VERRE, is a creative and conceptual thinker with a good eye for detail. She is intrigued by craftsmanship and the creativity that many cultures carry.
Inspired by her many journeys along the historical trade routes and guided by her creativity, curiosity, and fascination with other cultures and social engagement, she discovers the finest products. She believes that fairness in trade lays the groundwork for a flourishing and ethical business, and therefore co-created VAN VERRE; a perfect example of a respectful company was born.
Suzanne is joined by Gerard de Rooij, an enthusiastic and successful entrepreneur who is also driven by bringing cultures together. He is business-minded and has led VAN VERRE to be a modern, conscious and mindful business partner.
Supported by a small dynamic team of talented employees who each make their own special contribution, VAN VERRE is a company that believes that changing the rules is possible.
We invite you to embrace our philosophy and join us in our journey of making a difference.
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The first seeds of Gorbon Tiles were sown in the 1940s when Prof Rebii Gorbon, founder of the company, got his hands on a ceramics catalogue and began to produce objects in the kiln which he constructed in the garden of his house in Mecidiyeköy in the early 1950s. From then on, Rebii Gorbon professionally developed his deep interest in ceramics. As a result of his meticulous research and endeavour lasting years, he crowned his passion by opening his first factory in Gültepe, Levent in 1958.
In this period Turkey’s ceramics market was met with serious challenges, in particular a shortage in the production of construction materials. The few factories that were in operation could produce ceramic tiles and sinks in a limited range of colours and sizes. Importing such goods was even more complicated than domestic production due to the high exchange rates. Domestic production was of vital importance for the market that had shrunk further with the devaluation of 1958. Virtually a life line for the ceramics market at the time with its quality ceramics and professional approach, Gorbon Tiles continued its reputable business in later years and contributed greatly to the ceramics market of the country.
Predominantly producing ceramic tableware and various other objects in the first five years of its production, Gorbon Tiles began to produce ceramic tiles in 1963 with the support given by the Bank for the Development of Industry according to the needs of Turkey at the time. By closely following architectural trends, building designs and popular tendencies of the period, the company reserved itself a pioneering and leading position in the sector due to its know-how and vision. The design of many buildings in Istanbul as well as their floor and wall tiles were produced by Gorbon Tiles.
Gorbon Tiles realised the tile and architectural design of many domestic and global buildings and had the opportunity to represent Turkey in many different countries due to its understanding of and approach to quality. The quality of Gorbon Tiles can be witnessed in many places across the world such as UAE, Iraq, Germany and the UK. By widening its product range over the years, Gorbon Tiles has continued to produce quality products with diverse dimensions, and bright and distinctive colour samples.
Following the establishment of the first factory, the second Gorbon Tiles factory was opened in 1985 in Gebze. In 1990 Gorbon Tiles went public, and in 1995, the factory in Alemdağ was set up. The establishment of the last factory located in Pendik and where production still continues to this day dates back to 2005. Throughout its production of 60 years, Gorbon Tiles has developed a wide product range including tableware, single-piece ceramic objects, souvenirs and reproductions of Ottoman ceramics as well as operating in different areas such as retail. It particularly created a large market in the production of decorative wall panels. Gorbon Tiles had a total of five shops in Şişli (1972), Erenköy (1974), Mecidiyeköy (1980), Akmerkez (1993) and Nişantaşı (1996) all of which have closed down over time.
Some of the buildings that have sprung to life with Gorbon Tiles can be listed as; Atatürk Cultural Centre upon Hayati Tabanlıoğlu’s recommendation; Kenter Theatre in Şişli, branches of Halkbank all across Anatolia, Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Ünver Hospital, the ceramics of the entrance door of the Kaaba in Mecca, The Ritz Carlton in Yeniköy (Istanbul), Büyük Efes Hotel in Izmir, The Sheraton in Çeşme, Büyük Marmara Hotel in Ankara, Data Darbar Mosque (Lahore, Pakistan), Baghdad Parliament Building, Saddam Hussein Palace (Baghdad, Iraq), Sultan Said Bin Taimur Palace (Oman) and Babaji Restaurant (London, UK).
Visit the Website: www.gorbontiles.com
Fameed Khalique - an unmatched resource to wow clients on commercial, residential, hospitality and marine projects.
The Fameed Khalique Collection
Our celebrated collection of innovative materials, drawn from around the globe, offers designers an unmatched resource to wow clients on commercial, residential, hospitality and marine projects.
Our sourcing service will seek out the materials you need but can’t find. Whether budget, time or finding exactly what you need is the challenge, our team will work tirelessly to source or create a solution for your project.
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"My lights are strongly influenced by creative processes in architecture. The illuminants LED and OLED have completely opened new ways for design. In my designs I always pay attention to harmony between content and form. What is feasible? What makes sense when working with the new technologies? In which direction are we going?"
In 2006 the company benwirth licht was founded in Munich. Our studio is workshop, showroom and "science lab", it is a room to experiment, to build and to exhibit. This is where we design exclusive lights and lighting systems, customized lights and one-offs, with a main focus on LED illumination. Moreover, we develop lighting solutions for private homes and public spaces such as hotels, restaurants, banks and shops.
Visit the Website: www.benwirth.de
X8 Chairs & Tables has the mission of developing a network of partners, putting their quality and demand at your service.
We are studying styles, trends and furniture images for 25 years. In 2005, we decided to bring together the best technicians in decoration, design and architecture, meeting the current market needs. We are unique because we want to do it differently.
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Il Pezzo MancanteIl Pezzo Mancante ("The Missing Piece") was born in 2010, created by Cosimo Terzani and Barbara Bertocci. Inspired from their passion for quality raw materials and an innate love for their homeland, Tuscany, they create a world made of authenticity and vision in which you can rediscover an extraordinary rich artisan culture.
It’s a world that celebrates the beauty of handcrafted pieces; tangible works of art designed to express warmth and “familiar feel”.
The solid wood, the brass castings, the hand-blown crystal and the marble sourced from the finest Carrara quarries, are not just icons from the past but symbols of timeless intelligence and elegance rediscovered in modern life.
Il Pezzo Mancante is an atelier that designs and creates unique pieces, a world of memory, material, touch, illuminating the senses. Thoughtful elegance and passion; a place where you can watch, think, do and look for something missing: Il Pezzo Mancante ("The Missing Piece" in english).
Visit the Website: www.ilpezzomancante.com
Ceramica Flaminia began producing bathroom fixtures made from ceramic 60 years ago. Working in collaboration with some of the most outstanding designers known the world over, Ceramica Flaminia focuses on innovation to create high-end products for the bathroom.
All the stages of product development – from prototype construction to the finishing stage – are carried out in-house, starting with the modelling process that gives life to the design concept; then the idea takes tangible form through a manual process conducted in close coordination with the designers, and with all the care typically associated with a craftsman’s workshop.
All manufacturing processes are carried out exclusively in Italy, in the plants situated in the district of Civita Castellana, through production processes using leading-edge manufacturing systems and manual operations in which the know-how of expert craftsmen makes all the difference. Efficiency, quality, ongoing research and innovation make the Flaminia trademark one of the most prestigious ambassadors of Italian know-how, well-known and appreciated everywhere in the world.
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Zaniboni® is the Contract Division of Cantalupi USA. For the past decade, Cantalupi USA has been the #1 leading source of Yacht Lighting in the USA.
In the last five years, due to rapid growth and demand, Cantalupi USA created Zaniboni Lighting— a separate, well identified division and brand name to address the growing demand of the Hospitality and Architectural markets. Zaniboni's Mission is to provide Customers with Signature Lighting Fixtures and Accessories that elevate the aesthetics and experience of guests in any hospitality space. Boutique Hotels and Five-Star Resorts require continuous attention in making their guest's experience unique. The unique design and quality of the Zaniboni® products responds to the need of Architects and Designers; making their ability to win contracts a realization.
Our commitment to You, is that we will never deliver a dull and boring fixture.
Visit the Website: www.zanibonilighting.com
Neal Jones Furniture specialises in designing luxury English furniture of the highest standard.
Neal Jones offers a highly personalised bespoke furniture design service, encompassing suites for private dwellings, corporate spaces, superyachts and standalone pieces. Neal brings together traditional cabinet making techniques with the best contemporary engineering, producing furniture which is both beautiful and highly functional.
Neal founded Neal Jones Furniture in 2009, having trained and worked with a number of fine furniture makers, including Viscount Linley, Stewart Linford, Silver Lining (Chester) and R & D Davidson (London Mayfair).
Since inception, Neal Jones Furniture has worked with some of the best interior designers in the country and designed bespoke furniture and suites for numerous private clients including royalty and British nobility.
The initial inspiration for a unique furniture design develops from getting to know you, viewing your property and understanding your preferences, desires and practical needs. Our clients are involved at every stage of the bespoke furniture design and crafting process, beginning with a client meeting. We listen to your requirements and design something that is not just unique, but unique to you.
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atelier oï - the apparition of emotions and of a contemplative mind frame are part of our creative process and approach.
atelier oï’s creations, always elegant and coherently conceived, express the desire for a harmonic and natural unity. They epitomize a “ po-ethic ” vision of creativity, to bring the individual closer to the elements, to nature, to the material and to emotions.
A rich spectrum of inspiration and different elements support the creative process: music, colours, light, scents and movement. Moreover, there is the possibility of drastically changing a perspective, of making unexpected use of a given shape, of venturing towards the thousands of facets of materials ...
The final purpose being to create a sense of pleasure and “ levitas ” by carefully addressing individual needs. Purist, minimalistic and always skilfully realised according to the most rigorous standards, atelier oï ’screations seduce by arousing emotions, memory, senses and conscience.
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We are ZAM, a Portuguese lighting brand.
We design and produce stylish handmade lamps.
Design is not just about the look.
We believe a decorative lamp should be smart and intuitive. As a decorative piece shouldn’t just be ornament, a lamp shouldn’t just be an illumination device. The design and inspiration must be all about the way the piece interacts with the environment and the people.
We are craftsmen of illumination devoted to display something different and exceptional. Our production ability allows that each piece we craft is especially made for each costumer’s preferences.
To Light something up is the ability to illuminate darkness.
Light is fearless. Light is life.
Visit the Website: www.zamlighting.com
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