Beauty Spot: Julep and Claudia Schiffer

Claudia Schiffer’s modernist country home is a breathtaking work of art. – “She’s dressed in pale blue skinny jeans, an Etre Cécile sweatshirt with a rainbow slogan and sandals embellished with colourful tassels. Her bombshell-blonde ponytail swings high. “Let’s sit in here,” she says, leading me into the living room, where a grand piano, two curved Tacchini Julep bouclé sofas and some impressive artworks dominate (…)” (from Vogue UK, October 2019).

Author: Kate Finnigan. Photographs: Derek Henderson. Styling: Kate Phelan.

Julep, designed by Jonas Wagell

Soft, enveloping shapes characterize this family of upholstered pieces. Julep is influenced by the 1950s Avant-Garde movement, drawing upon its simplicity and grandeur, refined by a contemporary, romantic, feminine allure. Star of the series is the sofa, whose generous rounded lines provided evolutionary DNA for the entire collection – including an armchair, a chaise-longue and an ottoman – in an interplay of proportions and shapes that gave rise, little by little, to all the other versions. Fully upholstered, the seats look ample and full, yet convey a sense of lightness, thanks to the recessed base that invisibly lifts them off the floor. Designed for home decor, their inviting appeal encourages cozy comfort and relaxation, making the Julep seating options also ideally suited to contract venues.

Julep Armchair
Julep Chaise-longue

Jonas Wagell is an architect and designer from Stockholm. Born in 1973, he trained as graphic artist and then specialised as an interior designer in Stockholm and New York, where he attended the Parsons School of Design. In 2008 he founded the JWDA firm which handles architecture, product design and brand management projects. Wagell is fond of creating functional items with features of simplicity and intelligence, objects which can be used and understood easily by those who choose them. The best known design from the JWDA studio is the prefabricated Mini House. For this design, in 2008, Wagell was named by Wallpaper as one of the fifty young architects worth watching. Today JWDA focuses above all on product design for Scandinavian and international brands.

Jonas Wagell

Tacchini on cover: Vogue Living Australia

Vogue Living Australia is going to celebrate some of the most breathtaking Parisian interiors on the new issue of November/December 2019, and Sesann – Tacchini best seller designed by Gianfranco Frattini – is the main actor on the cover “with elegance, luxury and inspiration as well as a certain joie de vie” – to quote the editor-in-chief Rebecca Caratti.

Sesann Armchair

Sesann, designed by Gianfranco Frattini

Respecting the thought of Gianfranco Frattini, the new edition of Sesann keeps the spirit of the product intact. Characterized by a fabric or leather upholstery, Sesann owes its typical soft and enveloping form to the cold foam structure, encircled with an architectural tubular steel (chrome or painted), with feet in ash wood. The particular configuration of Sesann – both formal and functional – constitutes the basis for a system of products characterized by the same structural elements, but declined in unique and fascinating objects. This approach of synthesis and reduction, proposed by Frattini, produced a formally elegant design, conceptually elaborated and, above all, unique.

Gianfranco Frattini is one of that skilled generation of architects and designers, who have marked the Italian design movement of the last century. Frattini’s projects are characterized by a formal elegance, which is able to transmit clearly, and simply the ideas and thoughts that led to their creation. At the beginning of his career, he was a collaborator of Giò Ponti. Over the years, Gianfranco Frattini will develop a personal and symptomatic approach to the design based on a careful formal and structural research.

Gianfranco Frattini