NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T
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.