Architect Steve Leung will be debuting a collection of furniture for the Italian brand Visionnaire Home Philosophy during Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan a week and a half from now and I can’t wait to see the furnishings IRL. He describes his inspiration for pieces like the Tiway chaise longue, the Wunjo armchair and the Aurora vanity cabinet, which illustrate this post, as the vast and varied world of nature.
In case the Hong Kong-born architect, interior designer and product designer is new to you, the self-proclaimed minimalist is dedicated to contemporary style with heavy notes of Asian cultural influences. He has owned his own design practice for 30 years and employs 400 highly skilled staff members to maintain one of the largest interior design consultancies in Asia. He has won over 120 design and corporate awards worldwide as he has perfected his personal philosophy “Enjoy Life • Enjoy Design” by sharing the art of living with others through his architectural and interior projects, and his product designs.
The partnership between Leung and Visionnaire celebrates a decade of design innovation and globalization for the company, which has a presence in more than 50 countries with solo-branded stores in Milan, Bologna, Bari, Baku, Beijing, Chisinau, Moscow, Istanbul, Cairo, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shunde. The Italian brand will soon be opening in Doha, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Miami and Sidney.
About Visionnaire’s Salone del Mobile offerings and events, Eleonore Cavalli, the company’s creative director, remarks, “We wanted to celebrate our tenth anniversary and the globalization of the company with a capsule collection designed by a world renowned architect. Leung was one of the possible candidates and the one with whom we found an immediate affinity. We appreciate his deft understanding of linear design, which is combined with his talent for elegantly incorporating the richest of details.”
Visionnaire’s move toward the home philosophy theme is an extension of the company’s focus on luxury, style and quality. I asked Cavalli what she believes sets the brand apart and she told me that a “careful observation of the world, and of the continual evolution of modern society and culture” are at the heart of Visionnaire’s creativity and modernity. Leung’s sumptuous modern pieces with a slight Art Deco feel to them, described below, speak to this point of view.
The Tiway chaise longue is wood-framed and covered in leather. The cushions are quilted leather and the chaise’s feet are chrome. The Wunjo armchair has a quilted back, which is covered in leather, and the seat cushion and support cushion are upholstered in velvet. The feet are chrome and leather. The arms are set with decorative onyx or semi-precious stone accents.
The Aurora vanity cabinet is veneered in ebony wood then finished in a high gloss lacquer. The doors are decorated with onyx or semi-precious stones and inlays of steel. The inside is covered with fabric, and is configured with a clever arrangement of drawers and shelves, as well as an illuminated mirror. The frame is made of polished aluminum and the stool has an ebony frame with a base in gold aluminum and a quilted leather cushion.
If you are not attending iSaloni, you can see their products stateside when the first US showroom opens in Miami next month. If you are attending Salone del Mobile, you can see the collection at the Milan showroom on Piazza Cavour, 3, 20121, and at the Visionnaire booth at Salone Pad 5 H02-H06. I can already feel the “so many booths, so little time” panic setting in!
Text of Visionnaire Home Philosophy © Saxon Henry, all rights reserved. Saxon Henry is an author, poet and journalist based in New York City. Books include Anywhere But Here and Stranded on the Road to Promise. Saxon is also the co-founder of Sharktooth Press. She also produces The Diary of an Improvateur and is a columnist on Architizer.