THE TASTE­FUL EIGHT

An octet of em­i­nent de­sign­ers spot­light their favourite prod­ucts

Esquire (UK) - - Contents - Com­piled by Teo van den Broeke and Char­lie Teas­dale

Our favourite de­sign­ers pick their favourite de­signs

Lee Broom, in­te­rior de­signer Alessi Big Shoom fruit bowl by Nigel Coates £190; alessi.com

“This was the first de­signer prod­uct for my home which I bought. What I re­ally love is its sim­plic­ity and its or­ganic fluid shape. The re­flec­tive mir­ror fin­ish of the stain­less steel gives it a very lux­u­ri­ous feel but in a min­i­mal way. It’s one of those pieces that looks equally as good on its own or with ob­jects in­side. It has pride of place in my London apart­ment on my cof­fee ta­ble.”

Bjarke In­gels, ar­chi­tect Wooden dolls by Alexan­der Girard £70 each; vi­tra.com

“I love can­dles and I love the lit­tle life they spread in the home. But can­dles ac­tu­ally pol­lute the in­door air qual­ity with par­ti­cles and they tend to burn down if for­got­ten. Enter the dig­i­tal can­dle con­ceived by Walde­meyer for Ingo Mau­rer. You’ll find my dig­i­tal can­dle next to a bowl of Alexan­der Girard’s wooden dolls — he’s a ge­nius de­signer who brought colour and pat­tern back to the international style of mod­ernism.”

Se­bas­tian Bergne, prod­uct de­signer Drop jug by Se­bas­tian Bergne £90; se­bas­tian­bergne.com

“My ev­ery­day ta­ble is pop­u­lated with many things I use and love. The crock­ery de­sign

I’ve been en­joy­ing for 20 years is the Mon­te­fel­tro stoneware range de­signed by Franco Bucci. The tools are from Achille Castiglioni’s Dry cut­lery range. To wash it all down, wa­ter or wine is served in one of my own cre­ations: the Drop jug. It first ap­peared as a pro­to­type for test­ing and has since be­come a reg­u­lar. I’ll let you judge it for your­selves but the fact that it is still there says some­thing.”

John Paw­son, ar­chi­tec­tural de­signer Wish­bone chair by Hans Weg­ner £650; con­ran­shop.co.uk

“The spare sim­plic­ity of the Dan­ish craft tra­di­tion gave the coun­try’s de­sign cul­ture a vis­ual sen­si­bil­ity that al­lowed a form of moder­nity to de­velop that was not a rup­ture with the past. Hans Weg­ner, a fur­ni­ture de­signer who orig­i­nally trained as a cab­i­net-maker, pro­duced a series of chairs that em­bod­ies this con­ti­nu­ity. For me, the most beau­ti­ful, be­cause it is the most re­fined and the most pared down, is the Wish­bone. It’s light, strong and ev­ery­one looks good sit­ting in it.”

Mar­garet How­ell, fash­ion de­signer Leonardo ta­ble by Achille Castiglioni £2,195; twen­tytwen­ty­one.com

“I bought this ta­ble in the Sev­en­ties when I started out de­sign­ing from home and needed a bench-height work­top to draft my pat­terns. The func­tional flex­i­bil­ity and ad­justable height of the Leonardo was per­fect (it works equally well at ta­ble height for din­ner par­ties). When­ever I’ve moved, it’s come with me. I never tire of it. I still keep the thought­ful book­let on how to look af­ter var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als that came with the ta­ble — a mark of re­spect for good de­sign made to last.”

Joe Casely-Hay­ford, fash­ion de­signer Ver­tigo Pen­dant lamp by Con­stance Guis­set £840; hol­lowaysoflud­low.com

“The Ver­tigo Pen­dant lamp was de­signed by Con­stance Guis­set in 2010. I was im­me­di­ately at­tracted by its strong emo­tional pres­ence. Be­ing ex­tremely light, the Ver­tigo lamp re­sponds to the slight­est draught, when lit it turns softly, pro­ject­ing a graphic shadow onto sur­round­ing walls. I love this unique or­ganic el­e­ment. The Ver­tigo light sits com­fort­ably in my draw­ing room jux­ta­posed with Ge­or­gian and bru­tal­ist pieces; ex­ist­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment of per­fect har­mo­nious dis­cord.”

Sir Paul Smith, fash­ion de­signer Type 75 mini desk lamp by An­gle­poise + Paul Smith £145; an­gle­poise.com

“The An­gle­poise Type 75 is a de­sign clas­sic. The per­fect lamp for ev­ery­one from a stu­dent for their first desk to a grown-up for their of­fice. It’s been such an honour to re­colour the lamp sev­eral times over. My Type 75 sits pride of place in what I call my ‘ jet lag‘ room which is the cor­ner of my house where I slip off in the mid­dle of the night to do some work.”

Yves Béhar, in­dus­trial de­signer RAR chair by Eames

£465; con­ran­shop.co.uk

Swiss de­signer Yves Be­har, who is based in Cal­i­for­nia, is best known for his in­no­va­tive “one lap­top per child” project and is the brains be­hind the Jaw­bone blue­tooth speaker com­pany. His se­lec­tion, the Eames RAR (Rock­ing Arm­chair Rod Base), was de­signed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1950. Fea­tur­ing maple­wood rock­ers and a polypropy­lene seat, the chair is now made un­der li­cence by Vi­tra and com­bines com­fort with mod­ernism and a re­laxed sense of fun.

Paul Smith Grey checked wool suit, £1,145; silk-blend printed bomber jacket, £585, both by Paul Smith

Case­lyHay­ford Navy wool coat, £1,470; black/ white/navy striped wool jumper, £390; navy/grey checked wool trousers, £360, all by Case­lyHay­ford. Black leather brogues, £475, by Church’s

Mar­garet How­ell Stone matte twill shirt, £245; black pais­ley silk tie, £85; black cot­ton-can­vas trousers, £425, all by Mar­garet How­ell. Black ny­lon train­ers, £225, by Mizuno for Mar­garet How­ell

Lan­vin Green wool jacket, £2,105; green wool trousers, £570; brown calf suede belt, £370; black/ grey calf skin boots, £890, all by Lan­vin

Burberry Black cash­mere Ch­ester­field dou­ble­breasted coat, £2,895; white cot­ton poplin evening shirt, £350; blue gemem­bel­lished brass brooch, £695, all by Burberry

Saint Lau­rent Co­gnac suede jacket, £2,910; black vis­cose twill shirt, £390, both by Saint Lau­rent

Ber­luti Pink silk jacket, £1,920; khaki cot­ton shirt, £500; char­coal cash­mere vest, £730; black cot­ton trousers, £550, all by Ber­luti

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Camel cash­mere dou­ble-breasted over­coat, £3,160; light blue leather shirt, £1,915; black cot­ton roll-neck, £215; light blue leather trousers, £1,915; bur­gundy leather sil­ver toe­plate Chelsea boots, £850, all by Calvin Klein...

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