4 A-list designers on our radar for their path-breaking designs

Looking for futuristic or contemporary designs to add an edge to the interiors of your abode? Or inspirational designs from different cultures? We have selected some of the most distinctive designs by the best designers out there– the only quality that unites them is their excellence.

Follow our front line finds, and everything that’s pathbreaking.


On the design trail

Acclaimed Polish creative Mac Stopa known for his work across several design disciplines has been on our hit list for a long time. One of our favourites by him is the Drum armchair for Cappellini. Inspired by the namesake hexagonal electric instrument from the 1980s, it has a futuristic, yet organically sculptural form.

Website www.massivedesign.pl; www.cappellini.it


On the design trail

Norwegian creative Daniel Rybakken’s Amisol Hanging Light developed for Italian brand LucePlan mimics sunlight filtering into a room. A translucent white film or a metallic mirror membrane stretches in its circular aluminium
profile and a powerful source of light reflects onto the large, rotatable disk, illuminating the space.

Website www.danielrybakken.com; www.luceplan.com


On the design trail

A partnership between China Merchants Shekou Holdings and V&A Museum, the recently opened Design Society is a first of its kind cultural hub and the new key attraction in Shenzhen, China. Part of the project is a V&A Gallery put together by the curator Brendan Cormier that consists of objects from their collection from London and others crafted by contemporary international creatives. Our Katran rocking chair is now a permanent feature there!

Website www.vam.ac.uk/shekou


On the design trail

We love the idea of reinterpreting old products into contemporary pieces.
Industrial designers Tim Wigmore and Rebecca Asquith of New Zealand studio Design Tree use felt, birch, pinewood, leather and metal to do exactly this. Their Giddyup Rocking Stool made using old discarded horse saddles gets our thumbs up.

Website www.designtree.co.nz