The celebration of the ideal home started it all for Nicole Aptel, whose willingness to dream and to nurture creativity has indelibly marked her out as an alchemist, one who succeeds in eliciting emotion through design.
Roberto Bendini remains true to himself and his ethos. Every sofa design starts broadly with a drawing and evolves dramatically from there. His uncompromising aesthetic of elegance is honed by seeking inspiration from fashion, art and automotive design visionaries, and soaking in the mundane.
CS Toh’s designs are subtle distinction braided with unpretentious practicality, communicating his gentle curiosity about life. No complicated construction or elaborate detailing for him – just an elevation of utilitarianism entertained with the right amount of ingenuity.
Teun Van Zanten dispels all concepts of inspiration, preferring to stream artistic conscientiousness into his work. The self-declared “best cube maker of the world” prides himself on his ability to go beyond the minimalist, producing couches that are both austere in appearance and comfortable.
Ken Okuyama raises the sense of design, his voice and style resolutely his own. The mastermind behind the stunning lines and curves of the Enzo Ferrari and the Maserati Quattroporte instils contemporary good taste in all his engagements, from exclusive cars to furniture.
Comfortable exuberance is palpable in Hans Hopfer’s iconic Mah Jong sectional sofa. The modular-seating groundbreaker avoided the trendy in his varied career, animating his longstanding desire to produce products that look good and feel even better through unfussy elemental pieces that have stood the test of time.