Every home needs a statement piece that speaks of the owners’ appreciation for good design and excellent craftsmanship. And when you’re on the lookout for such pieces, you’d be spoilt for choice at Gudang Damansara — its showroom at Bangsar Shopping Centre in KL showcases imported furniture designed by renowned international designers including Gordon Guillaumier, Patricia Urquiola, Jesus Gasca, Jorge Pensi, Toyo Ito and Studio Lievore Altherr Molina.
In addition there is also a specially designed and edited range of furniture called Gudang Home. Of particular interest is the collection of handcrafted timber furniture made from solid teak, merbau and American walnut.
One of the luxury brands available at Gudang Damansara is Arketipo that is renowned for its solid, ergonomic, modern and beautiful design. Take for instance the Malevich Table — the asymmetrical top is innovative and original and enables the table to be set up in countless ways, to suit an office or a special meeting room as well as a dining room. Then there’s the Marea Sofa, designed by Gordon Guillaumier, that’s a system of upholstery seats that allows multiple living solutions of different dimensions and functions. The low tables Armonia, also designed by Guillaumier can be easily matched with the sofas.
Another well-established brand is Glas Italia that traces its roots to a family glass factory founded at the beginning of the last century. The openness to innovation combined with a due respect for the severe quality principles, typical of the great Lombard industrial tradition, have enabled Glas Italia to create a variety of products for the house and office that are a testament to the company’s passion for glass manufacturing. In designing mirrors, furniture, accessories, shelves, bookcases, tables and low tables Glas Italia collaborates with renowned designers. This synergy has given birth to a collection of products characterised by innovative design and inner quality that meet the aesthetic sense and the contemporary taste of a broad array of international customers.
Of particular interest is the Wireframe Table designed by Piero Lissoni that looks like an apparently unstable and precariously balanced low table. The collaboration between Glas Italia and Lissoni has been going on for many years and the newest family designed by the Milan-based architect demonstrates once again the extraordinary skills of the manufacturer. ‘Wireframe’ is a series of twisted and irregular, parallelepiped shaped low tables, obtained by gluing tempered transparent extra-light glass slabs, whose edges have grinding angles with each of their inclinations completely different from the other ones.
Another brand with an emphasis on collaboration with designers is Driade. Of interest is the PIP-e Project designed by Philippe Starck that comprises stackable armchairs made of polypropylene monobloc in white, yellow, orange and grey colour versions.
If you like these then you’ll also fall for the armchairs by Christophe Pillet; these chairs are shaped from chromed steel structure and polycarbonate shell in transparent, pink, blue, white, ruby red and smoky grey colour versions. Another fun range is Tokujin Yoshioka’s Tokyo-Pop Project boasting monobloc lounge chairs in polyethylene in white, white sand and orange colour versions.
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This article appeared in Luxury Living, the special focus pullout of The Edge Malaysia, Issue 782, Nov 23-29, 2009.