At the Heart of Contemporary Design

Exquisite contemporary design is a must-have for any home – and now you can also get the chance to see a curated selection up close, with an exclusive preview.

FÄRG & BLANCHE, ‘The Baker’s Lamp’, Large. Photo: Adorno
FÄRG & BLANCHE, ‘The Baker’s Lamp’, Large. Photo: Adorno

The design-focused online platform Adorno has a whole suite of superlative pieces available to its customers, whether it’s contemporary furniture, ceramics or mirrors you’re after. 

However, its three of Adorno’s designers who have managed to singularly capture our eye: Mette Schelde, FÄRG & BLANCHE, and Dila Gokalp.

Mette Schelde, ‘The UU Chair’. Photo: Adorno
Mette Schelde, ‘The UU Chair’. Photo: Adorno

Architect Mette Schelde’s works takes its starting point in function and everyday situations. She creates lighting and furniture – both one-offs as well as industrial designs for production. A year before graduating from the School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark, Schelde founded her own studio in 2012. Since then, she has received several awards and nominations for her work. 

“All my work takes it starting point in the function. The function can both have a concrete utility, or be more based on sensual functions that is capable of being perceived by the senses. The process takes place in my universe across disciplines of exploring drafting, sketching, testing and building. Design is a language telling a story by reflecting the integrated values. It can be sensed in the quality of the function, choice of material, craftsmanship techniques and the aesthetic idiom of the object.”

FÄRG & BLANCHE, ‘The Baker’s Lamp’, Large. Photo: Adorno
FÄRG & BLANCHE, ‘The Baker’s Lamp’, Large. Photo: Adorno

Stockholm-based design studio FÄRG & BLANCHE was founded in 2010 by the Swedish designer Fredrik Färg and French designer Emma Marga Blanche. As a studio, they work across a wide variety of fields, collaborating with established furniture brands such as BD Barcelona Design, Gärsnäs, Petite Friture and Design House Stockholm to name a few, as well as producing their own collections and limited art pieces for galleries.

Known for their experimental stance, where each expression informs the other, they effortlessly move between the exclusive one-off handmade and the industrially-produced, without ever losing their distinctive touch.

Dila Gokalp, ‘KE07 Terrazzo Footed Bowl’. Photo: Adorno
Dila Gokalp, ‘KE07 Terrazzo Footed Bowl’. Photo: Adorno

Dila Gokalp articulates today's contemporary materials with an artisanal touch of ‘heritage’. As an award-winning architect and founder of DGA - DILA GOKALP ARCHITECTS, she expanded her material research under a 'couture' product collection project. Each collection is designed by a collective of professionals with passion and who have more than 20 years of experience in the fields of design, manufacturing and art. Gokalp creates design objects that are simple yet sophisticated while they indulge in eastern cultural heritage with a western interpretation.

You can now get the chance to see the designers up close and personal with Adorno’s private viewing of Crossovers at the London Design Fair. The show presents 11 unique design collections from the design scenes of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. All you have to do print the above image (or click on it to be taken through to a printer-friendly, PDF version) and take it with you – along with one guest – to the private view on 19 September from 8-11pm at Old Truman Brewery, 26 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR. 

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