Moroso's Paper Planes fly higher a year later
I heard grumbling last week at the Milan furniture fair that firms were showing fewer new designs and instead were just rolling out 2010 looks in new colors and materials. That's true, to a certain extent, but it's also true that consumers can benefit from the editing.
Take Moroso's Paper Planes, designed by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. When I first saw the chairs, they were upholstered in a graphic pattern punctuated by crystals, right. This year in Milan, the chairs were shown in solid colors minus the sparkle, and dare I say, I think these Paper Planes fly higher. The lack of decoration better emphasizes the form that makes the chairs special in the first place.
I was less enthralled by Moroso's new looks for the Klara chairs by Patricia Urquiola. I do think the 2011 display, below left, probably will be easier to sell, but what made the 2010 look so fantastic was how the Pop red and blue played off the traditional cane back, below right. That original Klara was one of the pieces I remembered best from 2010.
-- Craig Nakano in Milan, Italy
Photo credit, Paper Planes detail: Moroso
Photo credit, all others: Franco Forci / For The Times