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A healthy com­bi­na­tion of open and closed stor­age is prov­ing pop­u­lar in the kitchen, and the same ap­plies to din­ing room fur­ni­ture. Mar­cel Wan­ders’ Theca col­lec­tion for Po­liform is a prime ex­am­ple, as is Jean-Marie Mas­saud’s Lloyd buf­fet for Poltrona Frau. This fea­tures a se­ries of pan­els made of thin ver­ti­cal wooden rods that sit on in­vis­i­ble hor­i­zon­tal rails and can be moved as de­sired, al­low­ing glimpses of the con­tents with­out fully re­veal­ing them.

Um­berto As­nago has taken a slightly dif­fer­ent ap­proach with his Rondo side­board for Po­rada, which is made from canaletta wal­nut with dec­o­ra­tive in­serts in nat­u­ral maple and a base in brushed bronzed brass. Com­pris­ing two cup­boards and two draw­ers, it also in­cludes a small bar area at one end that’s cov­ered by a curved smoked-glass door. The con­tents are still vis­i­ble, but only just.

Smoked glass is a re­cur­ring theme in fur­ni­ture de­sign. A favourite of ours is Mini­form’s Kramer by Ital­ian de­sign stu­dio e-ggs, which fea­tures an LED in­side the side­board that peeps through the soft smoke-grey glass doors.

Trans­par­ent glass is pop­u­lar too. Col­lec­tor, a set of glass stor­age units and side­boards by Bri­tish de­sign duo Bar­ber & Os­gerby for Glas Italia, is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple. Look­ing for a com­pro­mise? Glance by Mat­teo Nun­ziati for Lema blends oak and glass.

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