This is a brand new line of furniture by the architect and designer Sebastian Mann and with prices starting at £155, I think it’s one we should be taking a closer look at. It’s refined and elegant but also quite masculine and the strong clean lines would work well in both modern and traditional interiors.
The 13-piece collection has things for every room including shelving units and dressing tables, magazine racks and, my personal favourite, and also (hurray) the cheapest thing – and that never happens to me – the mirrors. I love the mirror with the black square handle. I wouldn’t have chosen copper ordinarily either but now that I see it in these mirrors with the black handle to counteract the pretty pink I find I like it more than I have ever liked anything copper.
However, I am nothing if not practical (cue howls of hollow laughter) so if I were buying it and I needed to look in it I would buy the silver. If I wanted it as a trick to bounce light around in a dark hallway (see yesterday’s post) I might choose the copper.
The collection was inspired by Mann’s Battersea neighbourhood and the materials and shapes are all reminiscent of the local architecture while each item is named after a street in the area.
But Mann is first and foremost an architect so it’s more than just a collection of names. “I am passionate about creating items that are aesthetically beautiful but functional,” he says. “This is an expression of architectural composition but it is also pure, and functional, design and real life.
“We wanted to create a pure urban vibe inspired by London.”
The resulting pieces are definitely industrial but in a more grown up and refined way than we have seen in recent years. You don’t have to live in a loft to own these. They would work equally well in a pared back Victorian scheme as a modernist house.
Everything is made from wood and steel and a new product called Valchromat, which is the grey element. It’s a sort of compressed high density fibre panel and you can choose the pale version with the lighter wood or the dark with the walnut.
Edna, the mirror is £155 while the dressing table, Rozel, is £885. The tall shelves would work well in a hallway as well as bedrooms and sitting rooms. What do you think? You can see it all here at Mannmade.