An­i­mate your home with fun de­sign el­e­ments

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We are for­tu­nate to be in­tro­duced to those es­pe­cially tal­ented de­sign­ers who raise the bar for all of our ev­ery­day liv­ing re­quire­ments, such as ta­bles, chairs, lights and ac­ces­sories. One or two se­lect ad­di­tions ramp up the en­ergy and char­ac­ter in any room. Take Alessi’s famed ket­tle, de­signed by Michael Graves, with the bird on its spout that sings when the wa­ter boils. Its sleek lines be­came a time­less icon in con­tem­po­rary kitchens.

Bri­tain’s gifted tex­tile de­signer Tri­cia Guild has fash­ioned an ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­ray of fab­rics and wall­cov­er­ings that layer fur­nish­ings and walls with uniquely de­vised col­ors and pat­terns. The Eames chair, made of molded ply­wood and leather, not only de­serves a place of honor in well-ap­pointed liv­ing rooms, but sits among the best in New York’s Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art.

Al­ways on the look­out, I was ex­cited to dis­cover a wildly imag­i­na­tive col­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture, light­ing, wall­pa­per and de­sign ac­ces­sories at RAD­form. RAD­form ex­plains that they hand-pick items from around the world that tell a story from a dis­tinct point of view. The unique de­sign lan­guage is por­trayed us­ing high qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and con­struc­tion.

From the “mo­bilier de com­pag­nie” col­lec­tion, de­signer Benoit Con­vers has cre­ated a zoomor­phic group of ta­bles and stor­age shelves that func­tion on two dis­tinct lev­els. The prac­ti­cal bit is ev­i­dent, with sur­faces on which to layer items of in­ter­est. But the over­all im­ages are clearly taken to an an­i­mated level, where birds and beasts are in­vited into the do­mes­tic scene. Shown here is Con­vers’ En­light­ened Os­trich Con­sole, called Diva Lu­cia.

Deb­bie Travis

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