From significant business shifts to remarkable product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this bi-weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.
Maker & Son acquired by Inc & Co
Amid the chaos of financial and supply chain setbacks, as well as a slew of layoffs and unfulfilled orders, British furniture start-up Maker & Son has been acquired by Manchester Inc & Co’s investment group in a multi-million pound deal. Founded in 2018 by Alex Willcock and his son Felix Conran – the grandson of design and retail legend Terence Conran – Maker & Son’s profile has risen during the pandemic with its sustainably made sofas and beds and cleverly sold via a fleet of traveling vans. The specific roles Willcock and Conran will play in this new era for the company are still unclear, but the budding Inc & Co, which owns a number of properties in retail, real estate, digital, food and beverage and logistics, is already getting the brand. on the right track with a new manufacturing partner in the United States.
Forbes + Masters faucet decorator
Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters, the design talents behind Atlanta studio Forbes + Masters, possess a love for color and graphics. This affinity for the bold shines through in the spacious terrace by the pool they imagined for the Home Room series of Decorist, an online design hub. For the breezy hangout, they curated a trendy mix of outdoor-proof items. A Burke Decor teak touch stool and a Crate & Barrel black coated steel wall planter, for example, blend with a serpentine wicker dining chair from France and Son and coriander-colored Sunbrella lumbar pillows.
Vitra updates Jean Prouvé furniture
The splendid creations of Jean Prouvé for Vitra were unveiled for the first time in 2002, 18 years after his death, in close collaboration with his family. Today, the Swiss furniture brand reinforces its range of works by the French designer with several reissues available September 20. There is the conical Abat-Jour Conique lampshade that Prouvé created in 1947 for his Potence wall lamp, as well as the Rayonnage Mural, the wall shelf he designed in 1936 for the National Professional School of Metz. Two stools, the Tabouret N° 307 in oak in the shape of a saddle and the Tabouret Métallique in folded sheet metal, also make their appearance, as well as a second limited edition of the Kangourou chair by Prouvé which combines a dark oak base with legs in metal in Blanc de Prouvé. Colombe color with cushions in light bouclé fabric juxtaposed with dark brown piping. The refresh also makes way for Gris Vermeer, Bleu Dynastie, Blé Vert, Bleu Marcoule and Métal Brut from the original Prouvé palette.