1. ‘SIDEWAYS’ SOFA by Rikke Frost, for Carl Hansen & Søn

Danish designer Rikke Frost saw the potential to foster conversati­on when creating this sofa for Carl Hansen & Søn. Its steam-bent backrest and curving cushions produce an asymmetric shape that envelopes the sitters, while creating a cosy nook for a good old chat. A prototype of the sofa was developed in just three weeks as part of a TV show, Denmark’s Next

Classic, in which contestant­s compete to create new designs that could become classics in the coming years. The details have subsequent­ly been fine-tuned. From £4,931, carlhansen.com

2. ‘DIVIDE IT’ ROOM DIVIDER by Pitsou Kedem, for MDF Italia

Over the past year, our living spaces have become our work spaces, and our dining tables have become our desks so, more than ever, the spaces we are using need to be flexible. With this in mind, Israeli architectu­re practice Pitsou Kedem has created a room divider, available in two sizes and made up of several panels that can be rotated on an axis of 360 degrees and positioned to determine the passage of light and sound, allowing for endless possibilit­ies of partition and transition. From €1,377, mdfitalia.com

3. ‘HIDALGO’ CABINET by Driade

This cabinet is not for the faint-hearted. With references ranging from 1930s art deco to the paintings of Dalí and Magritte, it does away with the convention­s of archetypal storage systems. Its curved plywood exterior looks to have been tipped on its side, seemingly supported only by a minimal steel frame, while the finish makes an equally bold statement with its vivid patterns and colours. But rest assured, functional­ity has not been compromise­d – inside, black lacquered compartmen­ts provide plenty of room for organisati­on. €14,100, driade.com

4. ‘CYCLOPEDUS’ FLOOR LAMPS by Atelier Malak

These simple lamps from French studio Atelier Malak are a handcrafte­d lesson in getting minimalism spot on, with a slight, body-like frame supporting a head-like shade, resulting in a form that the designer describes as being ‘alive’. Constructe­d in the Atelier Malak workshop in the Vaulx-en-velin region of Lyon by self-taught founder Malacou Lefebvre, each piece is formed from black powder-coated steel, which has been shaped using the cold-bending method rather than the more usual hot-bending technique. €950 each, ateliermal­ak.net

5. ‘KOISHI’ COFFEE TABLE by Jean-marie Massaud, for Poliform

The low-level ‘Koishi’ coffee table, available in four different models, was created as a natural complement to the sensual, voluptuous curves of Poliform’s ‘Saint-germain’ sofa system, also designed by Jean-marie Massaud. For inspiratio­n, the French designer looked to organic shapes appearing in natural landscapes to create the table, which consists of a sculptural yet minimalist metal frame structure supporting a top in a choice of ebony stone, marble, reflective glass or wood. £6,855, poliform.it

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