EFFI HOME COUTURE was founded by Eva Zimmerbeutel in 2015.
"In general, my development as a textile designer is based on German art education, refined by textile studies at the Dutch Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design and work experience in companies located in Århus (Denmark) and Berlin. Now, I settled back in my home town, Remscheid, to work near the forest and in a creative community called ‘ins blaue’"
"The fascination for nature and landscape started very early. As a child I put leaves under the microscope and studied birds in the garden. I spent a lot of time outside and could keep myself busy in every part of nature. Today, I love running in the forest and take long walks at the sea. While sailing I enjoy the connection with natural elements. This does not only make me feel free and joyful but also gives me energy and stress relief. I figured that nature provides a basis for my physical and mental well-being. Besides, the flora and fauna always inspired me and the world’s natural environment is so rich of species, processes and functions that I never get bored of it. So I asked myself where this fascination is coming from: Why does nature have such an incredible effect on my creativity and well-being and is there proof for a positive impact on humans?
Actually there is and it’s called biophilia."
"With philosophical and scientific research on biophilia as well as own analysis, I developed a concept for biophilic textile design. This research provides a personal foundation for my design philosophy and product development, but also influences work processes and presentations."
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Fine craft maker Nazanin Kamali produces artisanal textiles and homedecor designs deeply rooted in her fascination with cultural mythology, with an underlying melancholia and hint of the macabre.
A postgraduate of the Royal College of Art where she had studied furniture design , Kamali established Non Specific Creativity in the early 1990s; a multi-disciplined design collective that worked on a diverse variety of design projects ranging from restaurant design to art installations. She later joined retail design company Aero as the creative director before setting up Newman + Kamali with Paul Newman in 2000 (which subsequently became iNK), designing and supplying retailers such as the Conran Shop, Heals, Crate & Barrel, SCP and John Lewis.
Kamali’s contemporary take on traditional craft techniques exemplify her belief in a sustainable approach to personalized luxury, which has been evident throughout her career. As a founding designer for Case Furniture her contemporary designs reflected the attention to precision detail found in Japanese arts, while her bespoke craft commissions are characterized by high levels of craftsmanship and intricate forms.
Following a period of personal upheaval in 2006, Kamali turned to the therapeutic craft practices of embroidery and created a vast patchwork blanket inspired by the Isabel Allende’s familial novel ‘The House of the Spirits’; seventy seven squares hand sewn in 100% wool fabric.
Galvanised by the idea that ‘all her personal documents should be embroidered’, Kamali then sought to give a sense of permanency to the notes that people routinely scribble then discard. The development of her bespoke Last Will & Testament cushion cover and Wedding Vows blanket has allowed her to further focus on the narrative aspect of craft that holds so much personal appeal.
Kamali’s debut cushion collection launching at SCP follows a similar path, drawing upon her interest in Kamons; Japanese heraldic symbols which she became enthralled with whilst designing the interior of Brighton-based restaurant Oki-Nami in 1994.
The four intricate Mon designs of Chicken, Shrimp, Hexagon and Chrysanthemum are machine embroidered on cotton, while four felt appliquéd design of Crane, Chrysanthemum plus two Snowflake designs complete the collection. Inspired by the hexagonal symmetry of the snowflake, a natural form that has intrigued scientists for millennia, Kamali has featured snowflakes in several of her designs over the years, including a panel on the original patchwork blanket that reignited her love affair with traditional craft processes.
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Based in Italy, the company operates on a global scale through the main centres of Milan headquarters - including Top Management, Design & Style department, Sales & Marketing offices, Communications activities, Administrative & Legal office - and Nera Montoro site (90 Km North of Rome), where are located the production plant and the R&D Centre, for a total area of 450,000 sqm.
Renowned for its unique and proprietary technology, over the years the company has developed prestigious collaborations with global luxury brand partners who choose Alcantara material for their creations in the fields of fashion, interior, automotive, yachting, aviation and consumer electronics.
Alcantara S.p.A. is then the only world producer of the Alcantara material, guarantee of pure Italian quality and excellence.
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Leolux: a dynamic family business with a long history and a keen vision on design and the future. Leolux has been producing all its furniture in Venlo since 1934.
The broad Leolux collection offers a wide choice of designer furniture. In every modern style, from familiar contemporary to avant-garde design, from design sofas and design corner sofas to designer armchairs and footstools. But also side tables, coffee tables, dining tables and dining chairs. All made to order, so your Leolux design furniture gets a very personal touch.
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BANMOO, founded in 2006 in Shanghai, by Lv yongzhong, Chinese architect and artist, is a contemporary Chinese furniture and lifestyle brand.
“Ban”, or halfness, is a quintessential quest for the balance of utility and Taoism. “Moo”, or wood, represents the exploration on materials and forms which contain the origin of natural life.
Influenced by his parents who were both teachers, Lv Yongzhong was fascinated on traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. Making use of his two decades achievements on architecture and interior design, he creatively combines fine materials, engineered comfort and exquisite craftsmanship with Eastern wisdom, for those who seek peacefulness and serenity in the hectic urban life, to explore on modern Chinese furniture that saw its peak during the Ming Dynasty.
Visit the Website: www.banmoo.cn
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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Alivar was founded in 1984 in Firenze, Tuscany.
We are a dynamic company, ever aware of evolving technology and advances in architecture and design.
We produce contemporary furniture for every space, each one with a distinctive style but consistent on the same time. An Alivar ambience has a refined style, it's a work in progress, anchored not to single pieces but to an overarching solution. We work with a variety of materials, endeavouring to showcase the intrinsic qualities of each, and set ourselves high standards for even the minutest of details. Our pieces are contemporary but are more than just fashion; they are a special way of interpreting interiors.We offer two different collections
Home Project and Brilliant Lifestyle for contemporary living that is faithful to the past while looking ahead to the future.
Home Project: A timeless showcase of design excellence and understated elegance, designed by Italian architect, Giuseppe Bavuso. Stylish, singular furnishings of international appeal and all-Italian quality.
Brilliant Lifestyle: Effortless simplicity, comfort and a warm, understated personality set the tone of each piece in this collection, creating spaces that are intimate, sophisticated and inviting.Our designs are oriented to consumers who enjoy luxury and refined furnishings and who buy Italian because they appreciate its innate quality and the values it represents. Alivar has gained a reputation over the years for presenting an integral vision, with the result that customers, resellers and designers are drawn to our company for our overarching approach to Italian Contemporary Living, and not just to buy individual pieces.
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There is a certain magic to the story of how our company started. Karin travelled to Egypt 22 years ago to look for interesting items for her new home accessories company, Zenza. She came back not only with a handbag full of samples, but also madly in love with Hussein! Soon business steadily grew - as well as their family. And they still live and work together passionately.
Yasmina, who started working for Zenza a few years ago, developped herself as the best office manager we could dream of. Since 2010 she became co-owner of our company.
Zenza became especially famous with its beautiful lamp collection and garnered the attention of designers and stylists worldwide. Nowadays there is great appreciation for the handcraftsmanship that is so characteristic of our collection. Handmade products have a "soul" which gives them an extra value and beauty. We often combine ancient techniques with a modern twist in our design and develop a very elegant, intimate but nevertheless modern atmosphere with our collection.
Visit the website: www.zenzahome.com