Friday, April 10, 2009

designbyte: French Furniture Renaissance Comes of Age and Sprouts Moustache

The Italians and Scandanavians are generally at the top of the design food chain, particularly when it comes to luxury furnishings.  But Moustache, a new furniture company launched by Stephane Aurriuberge and Massimiliano Iorio (partners in Domestic) is about to move France up a few notches at the upcoming Milan Design Week.  The First Collection which features designs by Mattali Crasset, Inga Sempe, Big Game, and Francois Azambourg seeks to attain the heritage value that objects held in the past while anticipating and fulfilling needs of a lifestyle in the future.  In other words, crazy next gen French designs which maintain some connection to the past without being cheesy and nostalgic.  Pretty trippy stuff that strangely blends yet contrasts with the traditional French aesthetic.  In the same way that Louis XVI style furnishings still have a place today, Moustache is gambling that their designs will have the same enduring timeless appeal.

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