Like the rest of the design world, Parisian design duo Aki and Arnaud Cooren are also in Milan presenting a range of new projects at the Salone.
All these new works are currently on view in the city as part of an exhibit called 'Nouvelle Vague' at the Centre Culturel Francais on Corso Magenta 63.
'Yabane' is an ash storage unit inspired by the traditional 'Yabané' Japanese graphic pattern (meaning 'arrow' in Japanese) and opens in two directions. It can easily be used in the middle of a room as a divider of space.
Next is 'Big Air Sundae'; a soliflore vase made from Borosilicate glass. Reminiscent of an ice cream sundae, Aki and Arnaud divided the form into two parts making water-changing easy.
The 'Hippo' series of lamps, which they designed for Vertigo Bird (and are also on show as part of the 'Vertigo Bird Cabinet Bestiarium' on Via Tortona this week) is a series of lamps attached on a magnetic spindle.
The rounded glass volume with a reflective metal calyx stays stable through the use of magnets and is available in ceiling, suspension, wall, table and floor versions.
And lastly, there's the 'Torii' stool and magazine rack which draws its form from the traditional Japanese Shrine gate.
Made in ash and oak wood, it comes in several bold colours, including vermilion red, which visually replicates the appearance of a Shrine gate.
Images Anthony Girardi.