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Luxury furniture 2020: Expect modern styles, exclusivity and quality craftsmanship from brands like Versace, Pérch, Timothy Oulton and more

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Because you deserve to sit in a comfortable chair that knows your contours better than you know yourself

Home is truly where the heart is. That heart that has forked out a fortune, that is. It’s your most cherished investment; a place where you start anew each morning and an abode you retreat to after the spoils of the day. What sets a stylish pad apart from others isn’t in the acquisition of the biggest names per se, but a respect for craftsmanship, coupled with some serious style. To kit out your home with modern masterpieces, look towards these purveyors of furnishing who marry both style and substance.

Boca do Lobo

Opulence is Boca do Lobo’s calling card. Made by artisans in Rio Tinto, Portugal, these sculptural collections are inspired by the storied past – be it a decorative mirror that embodies the ancient Greek god Apollo, or a chandelier whose structure recalls the explosion of a supernova. These caricatures marry both legacy and function, dripping in gold leaf finishes, lacquered veneers and a high-gloss sheen. Our pick is the Mondrian, a limited-edition sideboard that puts the iconic squares of the Dutch abstract artist to good use.

Boca do Lobo

Christian Liaigre

When it comes to creating the perfect bachelor pad, look to Christian Liaigre for understated luxury. While many have mourned the namesake’s departure from the company in 2016 (and his death on 2 September 2020), its successor has taken the brand to new heights while keeping true to its aesthetic. Case in point, there’s nothing OTT about Christian Liaigre. What it lacks in flashiness, it makes up for with a careful curation of materials, and you don’t look to appreciate the luxury of a Christian Liaigre piece, you feel it. This impressive tactility is seen in the veins of rare woods such as shiny walnut and blasted pine, as well as the harmony of contrasting materials such as textured leathers and Vesuvius marbles. They also bring this finesse to the little things, like marble and enamelled brass trays, lacquered boxes and cashmere plaids.

Christian Liaigre

Katharine Pooley

Scoring points for being an interior designer herself, Katharine Pooley’s line of furniture and accessories is both glamorous and refined. A global nomad who works on both commercial and residential projects, Pooley’s expertise lies in personalisation and service. You don’t just pick an item out at the showroom or boutique. Instead, her team can conduct a full consultation in your home so that your needs fit within the space. Her online boutique retails everything you need (or didn’t think you need) in your home, from dining accessories, bathroom necessities, lighting and other objet d’art to outfit your pad.

Katharine Pooley

Pérch

Mexican furniture and accessories brand Pérch, helmed by designer Paulina Herrera, features finely crafted furniture and decorative objects influenced by classic Nordic design. Functional and timeless, each piece of furniture and accessory has been meticulously handcrafted by expert Mexican woodworkers. Notable pieces from Pérch’s Ensamble collection include the Ibis sofa, Alondra armchair and Quetzal coffee table, among others. They all flaunt subtle curves and retain the natural tones of various woods, such as walnut and rosy trumpet tree.

Pérch

Poliform

Founded in 1970, Poliform continues to stay true to its heritage as a family-run business till today. That, however, has not stopped the Italian furniture brand from blending technical expertise with technological know-how, to produce contemporary, functional and customisable modular systems. Known for its sleek closets and wall systems, Poliform has also diversified to include furnishings for the entire home, including bookcases, wardrobes, beds, kitchens, sofas and armchairs. Suffice to say, a Poliform kitchen, dining table or sofa will easily elevate your pad into a comfortable, stylish and modern home, tailored and modified solely to fit you.

Poliform

Poltrona Frau

Not only have the Italians mastered food and fashion, they’ve also taken up real estate in furnishings, too. Fans flock to Poltrona Frau for the understated craftsmanship that it upholds in sleek lines and plush comforts, as you would see in the classic Poltrona Frau’s 1919 armchair. In 2019, the brand collaborated with Roberto Lazzeroni to revisit this icon with a lower seat, an increase in internal width and a raised backrest. It’s these little details that have achieved a more relaxed experience, with comfort to boot – the seat is padded with rubberised horsehair, while the backrest and armrests are in hand-shaped vegetable horsehair.

The Get Back sofa is also a worthy investment, particularly if you’re into The Beatles. Here, the seat and seat and backrest merge together in a single, light element decorated with sleek, thin piping. Inspired by the lyrics “Get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged”, Poltrona Frau invites you to put comfort first, above everything else.

Poltrona Frau

Roche Bobois

It’s inevitable not to include the French purveyors of fine furnishing in this roundup, especially hot on the heels of the opening of their showroom in Singapore. Known for working with some of the best names in both design and haute couture, Roche Bobois has had the pleasure of calling Kenzo Takada, Jean Paul Gaultier and Missoni Home partners. One such designer is Dutch maverick Marcel Wanders, whose Globe Trotter collection will put all other ‘wanderlusters’ to shame. Taking the exploratory essence of travel into form and function, he pays tribute to the legacy of the Montgolfier brothers (who invented the hot air balloon) into a sofa. But for something truly Parisian, Roche Bobois’ tribute to Cancan dancers show up in the La Parisienne tables, with legs dressed in fishnet stockings.

In addition to the luxe looks in its Singapore showroom, Roche Bobois also provides interior design expertise and a product customisation service, complete with made-to-measure dimensions and 3D design tools.

Roche Bobois

Sé Collections

Headquartered in London, Sé Collections is famed for bringing a touch of whimsy to its sleek, luxe lines. There’s a playfulness to the brand’s curvaceous aesthetic, best exemplified in its popular collection, Stay. Made in collaboration with Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc, the overall theme borrows the glamour of ’50s modernism. You’ll see this in the velvet upholstery and slender, gold powder-coated steel legs that characterise the entire collection, as well as a palette of dusty pink and emerald hues, which play up its understated elegance. Make your orders via Maison Affluency, the official distributor for Sé Collections.

Sé Collections

Timothy Oulton

The go-to pick for many a private member’s club and man cave, Timothy Oulton is synonymous with British heritage and craftsmanship. His 2020 collection, Noble Souls, places huge importance on the “purest, most authentic materials”: full natural vegetable dyes, feathers and natural linens. Some things to look out for include the Shaggy, a real standout piece with long-haired sheepskin, and the Slouchy armchair, which is clad in buff burnish leather and reclines fully at just a touch of a button.

Timothy Oulton

Versace

One of the first fashion houses to commence its home design line in 1992, Versace has since evolved from specialising in textiles, to incorporating furniture, tableware and even sculptures in its home collections. Theatrical, exuberant and dynamic, Versace’s latest Home Collection 2020 takes from the house’s signature motifs, such as the Medusa head and flamboyant Baroque patterns, and turns them into ebullient furniture designs for the home. Given the new partnership between Versace and Lifestyle Design, who will now officially be producing Versace’s homeware, we can certainly expect superior craftsmanship and even bolder designs to take off in the years to come.

Versace

Walter Knoll

German engineering has fuelled the best of automobiles, and it’s this same precision that has taken them through luxury furnishings. At Walter Knoll, you’ll see numerous tributes to the Bauhaus movement. Their collaboration with Austria’s EOOS Design reimagined Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in a sideboard called The Farns. A piece of modernist architecture that’ll fit in your home, this multi-functional item is a play on light and shade, shape and geometry, and wood and glass. Another nod to the movement lies in Swiss designer Ginger Zalaba’s update to the ’60s Love Chair. The Aisuu Side Chair with its wing-like armrests is a tribute to Otto Kolb, her grandfather and a master of the New Bauhaus, who designed avant-garde furniture in the Chicago of the ’50s.

Walter Knoll