November 08 2012
Simplicity can be an underrated luxury. But in an increasingly complex world, its value should be revered. When married with naturally beautiful materials and technically clever innovation, everyday objects can become desirable must-haves. Discipline, a new online design shop, demonstrates this to perfection.
The site is the brainchild of Renato Preti, the former CEO of contemporary design company Skitsch. But where Skitsch sometimes trod imagination’s wilder shores, his new venture focuses on simple-yet-engaging, intuitively functional, interiors pieces. The roster of acclaimed designers he works with are known for their rational, pared-down approach, and include Mario Bellini, Marc Sadler, Klauser & Carpenter, Max Lamb, Luca Nichetto and Philippe Nigro.
Clean shapes, sustainable materials and neat, technical solutions characterise this small but growing collection of furniture, lighting and home accessories. Take the Kami table (second picture, £1,480) by Claesson Koivisto Rune, with its sleek, geometric shape and slender profile – it’s made from sustainable, solid bamboo with an innovative interlock assembly (no screws, bolts or glue). Ichiro Iwasaki’s jewel-like Cup table (£302) in 8mm-thick blown amber-coloured, or purple, glass cleverly inverts to become a vase or container. While Pauline Deltour’s Roule tray in polished copper (third picture, £143), brass (£143) or gunmetal steel (£113) shines, literally, with minimalist elegance.
Ding 3000’s Pieces of Time wall-clock (first picture, £88) has segmented ash inlays that divide the dial into 12 sections, nullifying the need for anything so fussy as numbers. Sibylle Stoeckli’s black-painted glass Bell lamp (£234) is smoothly undisturbed by etching, chink, wave or indentation, while the traditional, angled desk light is updated by SmithMatthias with jolly red- or black-steel details on the articulated, ash arm of the Companion desk light (£266).
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