December 29 2011
Liqui is an appropriate name for a design company that blurs the boundaries between art/design, graphics/furniture and lighting/sculpture. And, by championing an easy, interdisciplinary flow, it has created a furniture and lighting collection full of youthful joie de vivre.
Its e-shop presents products in graphic picture frames like iconic artworks. And since they are so colourfully eye-catching, why not? Take the brightly lacquered Curva 2 Coffee Table (£360) or Edge Coffee (£360) and console (£570) tables in gloss laminated veneer prints. All would make lively, arty additions to a family den.
The new Nutility Collection in natural birch ply will appeal to anyone who favours a pared-back aesthetic (Chair Bench, £350; Chair, £245; Stool Bench, £300; Stool/Table, £175). And if you’re in need of a stylish, contemporary sideboard, then check out Cyril (third picture, £3,500) with its subtle wave design and short, pointed legs.
Several designs have a small footprint, making them ideal for compact apartments. Hi-Line, a stackable chair in moulded fibre-board and birch ply (£225) and stackable Splice stools, made from birch ply with wool-felt seats (first picture, £200), come in various bright colours, while the Splice table is in natural birch ply (£300).
Liqui’s lighting is irreverent and witty. Bagalight plain (second picture, £35) is a paper/cardboard carrier bag illustrated with line drawings of chandeliers, oil lamps and other lights. Each comes with an A-rated energy-saving bulb and necessary fittings. Meanwhile cutout lamp shapes define the Symbol collection. Made from lacquered wood, the table light (£230) and floor light (£395) are available in six standard colours or any other colour (from £25) using Liqui’s bespoke service (which also offers made-to-measure furniture). It’s all very innovative. As co-founder Cameron Fry puts it: “We think we can make a difference because we can make things that are different.”