We take a shine to two dazzling shows of brilliance
Known for sculptural furniture, Hervé Van der Straeten is a dab hand at creating what he calls ‘visual intrigue’. And there is no shortage of that in the Paris-based designer’s ‘Borderline’ console, which features a rainbow-hued coating with an oil-slick sheen created using the complex process of metallic vaporisation. Its wall-mounted, fragmented elements create a kaleidoscopic effect, an optical tease that questions function and physics, or in the designer’s words, edges ‘a step further in the deconstruction of structure’. Another outbreak of riotous colour was spotted on Prada’s A/W18 women’s catwalk. This oversized nylon coat is decked with electric pops of fluorescence that bleed into a more sombre base colour. The digital print was inspired by city lights distorted through a window on a rainy night.
‘Borderline’ console, price on request, by Hervé Van der Straeten. Coat, £2,690, by Prada For stockists, see page 169 Set design: Eleonora Succi