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It takes two: A look at nine new designer collaborations
Mar 11, 2015

The best way to create a new product bound to garner a lot of attention is to pair a talented designer with an established company. Editor at Large is keeping an eye on all new pairings and products they have to offer. Crystal accessories, revamped textiles and countertops, a one-of-a-kind lighting solution and a collection for small spaces pioneered by students are among new collaborations this year.
Read on and take a closer look at what's new from Alexa Hampton for Maitland Smith, Thomas O'Brien for Century Furniture, Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Daum, Damien Hirst for Lalique, Jonathan Adler for Formica, Rebecca Atwood for Studio Four NYC, Paul Cocksedge for FLOS, Kelli Ellis The Tile Bar, and School of Art Institute for CB2.

Alexa Hampton + Maitland Smith
The Alexa Hampton collection for Maitland Smith will debut in April at the High Point International Furniture Market, featuring over 60 pieces. The collection was inspired by classicism and include decorative objects such as obelisks, paperweights, candlesticks, urns, wall plaques and tabletop boxes with inlay. It will be available in stores in October 2015. This is the company's second designer collaboration, after interior designer Celerie Kemble.


Photo by Michelle Arcila.
Thomas O'Brien + Century
Century Furniture has teamed up with interior designer Thomas O'Brien for a new collection of upholstery, cabinetry, casework and other accesory furniture, to debut in April at the High Point International Furniture Market. The over-125-piece collection has a vinage modern focus, and is a mixture of modern and traditional pieces.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard + Daum
Interior designer to the stars Martyn Lawrence Bullard takes French crystal manufacturer Daum to the Garden of Eden with a new collection wherein he recasts the apple made famous by Eve in three presentations: a paperweight, a candleholder and a chandelier centerpiece. All pieces were made using Daum’s signature pâte de cristal technique, resulting in the crystal’s particular bold, saturated coloring. The collaboration debuted at the 2015 Maison et Objet home furnishings show in Paris.
 
Eternal Love in Clear Gold.
Lalique + Damien Hirst
Crystal manufacturer Lalique and Damian Hirst present Eternal, a collection reflecting Lalique’s push to modernize and expand its artistic presentation while staying in touch with the Art Deco influences embodied in René Lalique’s original pieces. The collaboration with Hirst resulted in three different designs of a butterfly, titled Beauty, Love and Hope. The three designs will each be reproduced in 12 colors. The resulting 36 panels will be limited to a quantity of 50 each worldwide.
 
Greek Key in charcoal.
Formica Laminate + Jonathan Adler
Formica Laminate and Jonathan Adler have come together to present a collection that will combine the flexibility and performance of Formica’s products with Adler’s luxurious aesthetic. The new color and pattern combinations are based on an update of one of three classic materials: Lacquered Linen, Malachite or Greek Key. Each of these is available in a variety of colors.
 
Rebecca Atwood + Studio Four NYC
Studio Four NYC presents a new collection of fabrics by Rebecca Atwood, influenced by the New England coast. Atwood was inspired by the water’s motion and ability to alter the landscape, which in turn influenced Atwood’s sketches. All designs began as hand-drawn pieces, then were repeated and printed on 100 percent Belgian linen.
 
FLOS + Paul Cocksedge
London-based designer Paul Cocksedge and FLOS present Shade, a new, innovative pendant light. The unconventional design addresses the need to omit the clutter associated with light fittings such as wires, cables and switches. Instead, the new design features a simple shade suspended by wires, with no lighting components attached. (The light source itself comes from the floor below.)  The paper shade reflects the light emitted by the LED floor fixture, providing a unique and minimalist approach.
 
Kelli Ellis + The Tile Bar
Kelli Ellis has teamed up with The Tile Bar to present the Kelli Ellis Collection, which debuted at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas in January. Ellis was influenced by her travels and a touch of Old Hollywood glam, and thus combined antique-style mirrored and glass elements with more traditional stones, such as Calcutta marble.
 
CB2 + SAIC
CB2 is partnering with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to produce a collection inspired by small spaces designed by SAIC students. The designs are the result of a year-long course where students were advised by the CB2 team; the collection is available at CB2 locations nationwide and online.

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