Globe Trotting

New and innovative furniture designs from around the world

New and innovative furniture designs from around the world


This curvaceous chair from the Incanto collection, designed by Giovani Svorza, makes a stylish statement in any home. Featuring Italian leather and a sturdy, hardwood frame, the piece is available at Anora Home and Urban Essentials in Washington, DC, and Danker Furniture in Maryland and Virginia. Visit www.incantogroup.com

Hitting the U.S. this month are the distinctive MUON loudspeakers from renowned British manufacturer KEF. Designed by Ross Lovegrove from super-formed aluminum, the nearly seven-foot-tall speakers were produced in a limited-edition series of 100 sets. Visit www.kef.com

Swiss company VITRA has introduced the textural Polder sofa by designer Hella Jongerius. The low-lying piece combines five different fabrics in five complementary colors, accented with large buttons. Available locally through Apartment Zero in Washington, DC. Call (202) 628-4067 or visit www.apartmentzero.com.

The Novecento chair, from Spanish manufacturer Paco Capdell, is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Made entirely from polypropylene in a crisp white, it’s perfect for summer, whether enjoying time on the patio or sitting in a stylish living room. Available from Eurotrend Furniture LLC; visit www.eurotrendusa.com.

The curvaceous Amari Dining Table from Danish BoConcept makes a stylish centerpiece alone or as a display space for collectibles. The black-stained oak veneer table measures 60.5 inches across the top. Available at BoConcept in Georgetown, (202) 333-5656, and Tysons Galleria, (703) 556-4444, or visit www.boconcept.com.

Just launched at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Cappellini’s new  Island Table is actually multiple pieces in one—small overlapping tables come together to form a graphic, funky design. The thin metal plates come painted in white, anthracite, cherry red, yellow and turquoise. Visit www.cappellini.it.

The Canova, part of Fendi Casa’s new 2007 collection, is a petite set of drawers in a range of designs. Finished in gold or silver-leaf lacquer (shown), as well as white, ivory, and brushed polyester black, the drawers open with a braided leather “Spy” fastener. Fendi Casa is now open in Washington, DC, (202) 479-0990.

Take flight with the Tonin table, a graceful, propeller-like piece with a chrome-plated metal base and a curved black frosted-glass top. It’s one of the Italian company’s many unique coffee-table designs. Available in DC at Theodore’s, (202) 333-2300, and Anora Home, (202) 363-3033.

Furniture from the French company Roche-Bobois is known for its scrumptious clean lines, as shown in the Eclipse Buffet. Drawers are tucked away behind two contrasting lacquer doors, one in a soft cappuccino shade, the other in a deep wenge stain to match the rest of the body, with accents in brushed steel. Available at Roche-Bobois in Washington, DC, (202) 686-5667, or visit www.roche-bobois.com.

Choose from a variety of fabric and leather headboard options on the Dream bed by Italian manufacturer Poliform. The bed also comes with matching night table, chest of drawers and a charming round storage bench. Available at Poliform in The Washington Design Center, (202) 554-8658, or visit www.poliformusa.com. 


Architect Peter Marino joined forces with Poltrona Frau of Italy to produce Linea A, cubist-inspired furniture designed to be both graceful and comfortable. The collection includes an armchair and two- and three-seater sofas, which come in more than 100 colors of leather, from deep browns (pictured) to fuchsia. Available at Poltrona Frau in Georgetown, (202) 363-1166, or visit www.poltronafrau.com. 


The new Kristall collection from i4 Mariani of Italy blends clean, sleek lines and luxurious comfort with enough options for any design scheme. Firm, non-deformable cushions are available wrapped in a choice of 23 colors of leather, and pieces range from four sofa sizes and two armchair sizes to various ottomans, cabinets and tables. Available locally at Theodore’s in Washington, DC, (202) 333-2300, or visit www.theodores.com.