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May Design Series: New Launches

Posted on May 11, 2015 by

May Design Series is just around the corner, and so many brands are unveiling exciting new product launches in the lead up to the event. We’ve noted a clear return to natural materials and craftsmanship, and a prevalence for smart storage and ‘green design’ (recycling and restoring old furniture with a fresh contemporary aesthetic). We caught up with two brands who have a penchant for industrial furniture and metalwork and came across some very classy cabinets that we just had to share with you.

Designer furniture store Emodi are launching their first ever furniture collection with May Design Series this year. And what we have seen so far certainly peaked our interest! The collection comprises two sideboards, a bedside table and a coffee table – all traditionally crafted from solid oak and each with decorative strikes of raw steel across the door and drawer fronts. The steel elements in these Emodi have been kept raw and unfinished, complementing the warm tones and smoother textures of the oak.

Side table, from £562, Emodi

Side table, Emodi | Traditionally crafted wooden furniture with industrial raw steel | May Design Series 2015

Side table, Emodi
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Emodi director Egle Baksaite explains the importance of practical, sustainable design, “The pieces are created to be ‘statement items’ for modern living, providing a focal point and a talking point – but I’ve designed them to be truly functional and durable too.” Well, they’re certainly a hit with us. And we predict they’ll prove popular at May Design Series.

Sideboard L, from £1080, Emodi

Sideboard, Emodi | Industrial raw steel and wooden oak furniture | May Design Series 2015

Sideboard L, Emodi
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British designer Kate Noakes launched her first collection of redesigned furniture at TENT 2012, and has since become a popular fixture on the design circuit. Kate accepts bespoke commissions, transforming old furniture into contemporary eye-catchers. She reconditions each item of furniture by replacing the original vaneer with a layer of sheet metal. And the result? Luxe furniture with a razor-sharp, industrial edge. We can’t wait to see Kate’s striking new ‘Checkometry’ cabinet this year at May Design Series.

'Checkometry' cabinet, Kate Noakes Industrial furniture May Design Series

‘Checkometry’ cabinet, Kate Noakes
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“I recycle, recondition and redesign furniture that is in need of more than varnish to extend its life as a functional and desirable object,” she says of her graphic, visually affronting designs. We love the striking contrast between old and new, monochrome and metal. These are real statement pieces that will add wow-factor to any home.

'Shard' cabinet, Kate Noakes | Industrial furniture | May Design Series 2015

‘Shard’ cabinet, Kate Noakes
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Warehouse Home is a media partner for May Design Series – so we also look forward to seeing many of you there! In the meantime, if you enjoyed this post, take a look at our previous pre-event coverage for May Design Series and New Design Britain.

The second issue of Warehouse Home will go to print shortly – and we can’t wait to share it with you all. But in the meantime, you can enjoy our launch issue in full here or by clicking in the reader below.


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