At this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, Draenert, a German company for exclusive furniture design shows new design developments and product enhancements
Design can aim for major advances or adapt existing household products to changed requirements by means of minimal adjustments. A case in point is designer Stephan Veit’s nightstand simply titled „Night“. Veit took a new look at sleeping rooms through the eyes of today’s consumer necessitated by the fact that mattresses have been „growing“ in the recent past: queen- and king-size beds have become large bedroom blocks.
„Night“ is comprised of a light-weight metal stand in brass or black coloring. The eccentric hinge allows a drawer to swing out.
The top can be a slab of natural stone or leather – as usual, clients can choose from Draenert’s 180 types of natural stone and 90 hues of leather. The choice of material is a distinguishing factor of the German company, whose headquarters are near Lake Constance. Draenert is a world leading name in exclusive design.
Another novelty, which was shown at IMM Cologne for the first time, broke with Draenert’s tradition of exclusive choice of material: „Totem“, 3 side tables by designers Quaglio Simonelli are sold only as a trio in the material combination shown. That is because the ensemble has the most beautiful effect.
„Lope“, is another addition to the program: a rectangular table with a large format tabletop. Its designer is Wolfgang C. R. Mezger who also had conceived the round predecessor „Trilope“, also in Draenert’s program. The three-legged version has become a table with two pairs of legs in keeping with the original shape and slant.
The new additions were complemented by a number of product amendments and improvements. Designer objects of years gone by were given a new lease with innovative details.
Take, e.g., „Fontana“: the new version has a U-shaped foot allowing the tabletop to extend almost magically. The piece has already won 4 of the most prestigious designer prizes.
„Atlas“, also an extendable table but with a different technology now comes in the XL „Magnum“-format, previously 2.00 m (extended 2,80 m) to presently 2.8 m (extended 3.6 m).
Dining table „Tadao“ has a new foot. Whereas it was originally set on stone wings, the conical foot has been added to the repertoire with an accent set by a disk at the base of the cone.
„Victor“, too, has enjoyed a product enhancement: it is now available in all stone types Draenert has to offer. For reasons of mass, the tabletop comes in a strength of 2 cm. The edges are added giving the impression of a much more massive slab.
„Surf“ is unique: a coffee-table with metal tube legs somewhat akin to a hoof. The wooden table top has heightened edges. Its designers were Hakakian & Harper.
The design underscores the mobility of a coffee table of this size and weight.