Best of 2013: Furniture

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Foliage armchair by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell.

Foliage armchair by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell.

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Foliage armchair in blue with red legs.

Foliage armchair in blue with red legs.

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The Foliage armchair by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell is the perfect collision of the organic and the man-made. While constructed from modern materials, the design (which debuted at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April 2013) references natural forms.

Its base of thermoplastic legs creates a seemingly haphazard framework of branches, while a topstitched, leaf-patterned seat is slung over it, creating a high-backed, cocooning and cosy chair. The Trevira fabric is hard-wearing, making it ideal both for our high-sun environment and for high-octane family settings.  But it’s the colour combinations that make this piece so special. There are four (and each cushion also comes in a wool option). Our pick? The blue cushion with red legs – the perfect, eye-catching marriage of whimsy and design. 


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