If the market’s latest debuts have any lesson to tell, it’s that the design community indeed works better together. From Studio McGee’s regal kitchen and bath fixtures for Kohler to Ozwald Boateng’s African-motif-emblazoned furniture for Poltrona Frau, industry brands across categories are coming together to bring thoughtful new offerings to designers’ tool kits.
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Ozwald Boateng x Poltrona Frau
When British Ghanaian fashion designer Ozwald Boateng opened his first retail shop on Savile Row in 1995—at 28, he was the youngest tailor to boast such a coveted storefront—he made waves in the world of bespoke menswear with his refined cuts and bold splashes of color. For the first time, Boateng is translating that combination of precision and edginess to furniture and accessories with his Culture & Craft collection for Poltrona Frau.
Just unveiled at London Design Festival and making its US debut at Design Miami in December, it is distinguished by Boateng’s celebrated Tribal print, which reimagines the traditional Kente cloths that speak to his Ghanaian heritage. On Poltrona Frau’s Chester sofa, for example, Tribal is applied to leather using a hot embossing technique, while it’s digitally printed onto the velvety fabric swathing the curved Vanity Fair armchair. Boateng also bolsters Poltrona Frau’s Beautilities range with a wool rug, cushions, wallpaper, scented candles, and a mancala board game. Typically played in Africa with seeds, this version melds dark wood and Murano glass.