Christmas 2020 is finally here. The final touch on an odd and disorientating year dictated by a pandemic that will remain in the history books for some time to come. Yellow, orange and red are still the colors marking a country divided at the borders but united at heart. There, within each and every one of us, hope-soaked anticipation is tinged by a brilliant white purity. “White sounds as the silence that can suddenly be understood,” wrote Wassily Kandinsky in his celebrated Concerning the Spiritual in Art. Neutral, yet full of latent energy, the non-color color par excellence encloses the essence of the future. “White is nothing, or more precisely — is nothing pre-primary, before the birth of things. So, maybe, sounded the land during the Ice Age.” Analyzing the strong link between music and art, the forerunner and founder of abstract painting associated the conventional sum of all colors in the iris to the pause between one bar and the next, preluding other sounds. A sort of limbo, without accents and without surprises, that lives waiting for tomorrow.
“May your days be merry and bright. And may all your Christmases be white,” sang Bing Crosby to the words of Irving Berlin. The song, the highest selling discographic single of all time with over 50 million copies sold, continues to conjure dreams for a white Christmas between the sparkling treetops and snow. But far from the ski slopes and mountain lodges, the white that colors our holidays is only an abstract atmosphere that speaks — even today — of intimacy. A nuance of liturgical solemnity and spirituality, in the most human and earthly interpretation, the latin term albus still symbolizes a sort of “restart”: an empty canvas ready to be re-written with the color of light, and not of surrender.
Our Design Favorites of the Week then is the wish for a white Christmas full of hope, which through the furnishings and objects that surround us, give us that extra push and courage to spark a new beginning. Because as Kandinsky wrote, “this silence is not dead, it is full of possibilities”.
Edra - Pack
An ice floe for a base, and a bear laying on its side as a backrest. This is Pack, the sofa from Edra designed by Francesco Binfaré, which is inspired by the arctic landscapes and their nature. “Form opens a new space. In our Mind and Home. An open space to play and live. An angle of intimacy. A warm nest,” says the designer. With this, a unique padding is available in either white or black, translating the concepts of hospitality and comfort with irregular forms and soft volumes. What’s more, the also cladding comes in eco-fur and the padding in Gellyfoam and feathers.
Saint-Louis - Twist 1586
Twist 1586 is an audacious collection of glasses that masterfully mixes aesthetics and technique. Designed by Saint-Louis, a manufacturing company born in the wake of Louis XV’s “Verrerie royale”, the collection is distinguished for a particular crystal working method. The parisons are in fact decorated with Venetian ribs that reveal all of the wine’s vibrant hues thanks to a subtle light effect.
Yali Glass - Vignole Table
With Vignole, Yali Glass experiments with a casting technique that allows for the creation of solid and resistant forms by modeling a liquid glass mass inside a mold. It’s with this that the unique glass surface is created in Marie-Rose Kahane’s coffee tables. Featuring a round and sinuous form, it’s an homage to the landscapes of the Venetian lagoon, where islets, coasts and canals create irregularly shaped water forms. The silhouette also recalls the vases on which complex floral decorations are placed according to the ancient Japanese practice of Moribana.
Westwing - Frosty Table
Marble plates, transparent glass cups, silver cutlery: the Frosty Table with accents and accessories available on Westwing is an elegant composition of ice and snowflakes that references the beauty of the mountainous landscape. Metallic touches and crystal details make room between plates, cups, and napkins in a magical mix for the most wonderful white Christmas.
Lapalma - Albero
The Albero coatrack presented by Fabio Bortolani for Lapalma extends its white metallic branches to various heights to order space in a busy environment. Defined by a simple and graphic touch, it translates the complexity of nature in a minimalist composition that combines aesthetics and functionality.
Zanotta - Elica
The result of a technological study on materials pairing the elegance of the modeled line with the functionality of use, Elica is an architectural table designed by Prospero Rasulo between 2009 and 2010. To distinguish the piece is a base in Cristalplant, a trademarked composite material in polyester and acrylic resins loaded with minerals, which allow for sinuous forms and sculptural torsions. The opaque white base is paired with the luminous effect of an extraclear, tempered, and acidated plate glass top painted white, or in white Carrara marble.
Giorgia Fantin Borghi - Tavola Neve Incanto
“Abandon minimalist style. Christmas in 2020 will be comfortable and comforting, in search of that warm and charming atmosphere typical of a winter hideaway, with particular attention to protection, to dreams, to magic and to hope for the future,” says Giorgia Fantin Borghi, the creator of this gorgeous Christmas table (also pictured in opening). Among the trends identified by the table stylist and wedding etiquette expert is the all-white: Neve Incanto is an explosion of light, warmth, and spirit.
Amini Carpets - Valparaise White
The elegant and sinuous lines designed by René Gruau for Fede Cheti are configured with a modern floral depiction influenced by traditional Japanese prints. But today, on Christmas, they recall snowy bouquets. The Valparaise rug from Amini Carpets, also available in yellow, is the tangible result of important themes for the artist translated into a refined and unmistakable product.
Rex - Les Origines de Rex
In the search for eternal beauty, Rex, a brand made in Florim, finds the sensual support of nature’s most prized materials. Among these is white marble, a symbolic stone that’s both prestigious and elegant. Les Origines de Rex explores the brilliance and eternal beauty of this clear material through new aesthetic articulations. Among the four ceramic varieties with a marble effect, Origines Blanc explores all the wonder of pure white.