1. Barware: Lady of the Stars Whiskey Decanter
Glassmaking was a major economic engine in the Black Forest in the 15th and 16th centuries, but by 2010, when the then 25-year-old Saro Zeville happened upon the last active glasshouse in the German town of Wolfach, the industry was moribund. His Lady of the Stars whiskey decanter (and matching glass) and his Wolfach-based brand Zeville—he acquired part of that glassmaking factory—represent a rebirth through innovation. They shatter the old-fashioned image of heavily cut glass, proving that old-world artisanship can yield something sexy, sophisticated, and consummately modern.
- It takes about 72 hours and four glassmakers to produce each decanter.
- Crystal mixed with molten diamonds reportedly creates the design’s brilliant sheen and extraordinary depth of color.
- The Swiss-made polished stopper contains 150 grams of silver, but custom stoppers with rubies or other gems are also possible.
Zeville, zevillecrystal.com (decanter, $7,100; glass, $760)
2. Furniture: Heritage Collection Emerald Chair
Established in 2011, the Heritage Collection belongs to the Luxury Living Group, whose umbrella of brands also includes Fendi Casa, Bentley Home, and Trussardi Casa. Heritage is about reimagining classic styles, and clearly art deco was the inspiration for the Emerald chair. The 2015 design would fit well in any period deco interior but is also adaptable to any setting by virtue of its proportions, minimal styling, elegantly understated silhouette, and supreme comfort.
- A solid beech frame with high-gloss-lacquered legs is the foundation of the versatile seat, which can serve as a dining or side chair.
- Detailing between the seat cushion and wooden frame is stainless steel or polished brass, and the seat back is comfortably curved.
- The chair is understated enough to be at home in an ultramodern glass penthouse or to hold its own in a room filled with pieces by deco masters Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean-Michel Frank.
Luxury Living Group, luxurylivinggroup.com ($4,380 as shown)
3. Light Sculpture: Flight
The Dublin-based artist Niamh Barry deserves the praise she has received for her looping, interlocking light sculptures that evoke planetary orbits. In 2014 she broke from that orientation to offer the angular series His, which has an especially energetic—perhaps even aggressive—sense of movement. The jagged trajectories of the 2015 His-series work shown here, Flight, demand our attention. That the sculpture is functional adds value but seems almost beside the point.
- Barry’s one-of-a-kind Flight incorporates mirror-polished and patinated hand-formed bronze, opal-glass mosaic, and LEDs.
- Bespoke versions of the original Flight, with custom dimensions and finishes, can be commissioned.
- Dimmable lighting is possible.
Niamh Barry, through Todd Merrill Studio, toddmerrillstudio.com (price upon request)
4. Kitchen Cabinetry: Steelia Finishes by Arclinea
In 1988, architect Antonio Citterio made us think about bringing industrial-looking stainless-steel kitchens home, through his revolutionary Italia kitchen design for the Italian manufacturer Arclinea, and stainless steel has since become a staple of kitchen design. Now Citterio has done it again, introducing in 2015 the first kitchen cabinetry finish that actually colors the stainless steel, according to the company. The new finish, dubbed Steelia, comes in three chic shades: bronze (shown), black, and Champagne.
- Steelia finishes are available on all door styles for Arclinea’s Italia and Convivium cabinetry designs.
- A PVD coating affixes color to the steel through the evaporation of titanium molecules within a vacuum chamber, a process the company says strengthens the steel and enhances its resistance to corrosion and friction.
Arclinea, arclinea.com (starting at $60,000)
5. Kitchen Essentials: Duparquet Copper Cookware
When the Cornell-educated engineer Jim Hamann discovered in a French antiques shop a copper pot that had belonged to chef Bernard Loiseau of La Côte d’Or, a career was born. Now, a dozen years later, Hamann runs Duparquet Copper Cookware, a Rhode Island–based maker that also offers retinning. In 2015 the artisanal company debuted a made-to-order range of pots and pans lined with silver rather than tin, for enhanced conductivity. This kind of specialization is perhaps what has made Duparquet customers of such acclaimed chefs as Alain Ducasse and Lidia Bastianich.
- Duparquet handcrafts its cookware—including the new made-to-order, silver-lined series—in the States.
- The silver on the cooking surface is five times thicker than that of average silver-plated flatware, for greater resiliency in cooking and cleaning, and it affords a high melting temperature (1,763°F for silver versus 450°F for tin).
- Pots and pans are polished to a near-mirror finish.
Duparquet Copper Cookware, duparquet.com ($500–$1,000)
6. Bathroom Furniture: Cape Cod Collection
The French designer Philippe Starck is known for combining subtle wit with practicality in his creations, and his Cape Cod bath series for Duravit is no exception. Rather than resort to clichéd marine motifs or forms, he captures something essential about the breezy, beachy Cape Cod lifestyle by mixing earthy materials (wood, ceramic) with silhouettes that are quotidian (a sawhorse-like vanity) and organic (a tub like an abstract shell, with flanged edges). The material options and cleanness of design convey an unmistakable, unpretentious sophistication.
- Cape Cod’s vanity rethinks the usual shapes—wall mounted, cabinet-style, and so forth—in favor of a new concept that, depending on the shelf type, can include hidden or open storage.
- The collection’s three sink shapes are made with DuraCeram, a patented material that allows for ultrathin edges. Shelving options range from a driftwood-like oak to a more polished-looking American walnut and an eye-catchingly modern high-gloss white lacquer.
- An integrated headrest makes reclining in the tub a no-brainer.
Duravit, duravit.us ($655–$5,000)
Robb Report Home & Style | June 13, 2016
Jorge S. Arango