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Published by Sugar & Cream, Thursday 23 May 2024

Images courtesy of LINTELOO

It’s all about comfort.

At LINTELOO, we spend many a wonderful day—including quite a few late nights—debating the essence of ‘good design’. We could, of course, quote Dieter Rams’ rightfully famous Ten Principles of Good Design. But we won’t. Over the past 30 years we have, however, come to a conclusion on what defines ‘successful design’. And in our humble opinion, successful design stimulates the senses, not just visually but in ways that go beyond aesthetics. We simply love it, when one of our amazing designers comes up with a design that immediately makes you want to touch it, feel it.

Linteloo Bricks S26 | Linteloo Edoardo, Stall, Charles, Qiviut S10

It could be because of an interesting silhouette. It might be because of the inviting texture of a fabric. Do your fingers want to trace the tree rings in a table top, or to harness the sense of power, exuded by silky smooth metals? Is it the connection you feel, resting your hands on surfaces last touched by the craftsmen and women who made them into something so stunning? And when we say ‘feel’, we mean that both literally and figuratively. Because successful design is not only about how it feels but also, and more importantly, about how it makes you feel, on the inside. You should feel welcomed intoyour own home, comforted, safe. No wonder really, that at this year’s Salone del Mobile Milano (16-21 April) LINTELOO’s presentation of exiting new designs will revolve around ‘TOUCH & FEEL’.

By Sjoerd Vroonland
Dutch designer Sjoerd Vroonland’s innovative products are often inspired by classic designs and are created using materials, techniques and shapes that we are all familiar with. From a saddle to the clothespin, Vroonland uses the best features of time-honoured design and finds new ways to apply them, in an exciting combination of materials. The result is a pure and poetic dialogue between craft, innovation and modern-day living. Pendant ‘Bricks’ is Sjoerd Vroonland’s ode for LINTELOO to the archetypal brick. Since time immemorial, worldwide, and in all styles imaginable, we have been using it to build our future. Shaped by human hands or machines, baked by the sun or by fire, made of clay, mud or even manure—the brick underpins our existence. In Sjoerd’s design, the ‘bricks’ are glass, which thanks to an LED strip light—mounted in the electrum-coloured metal frame—shows its exciting colour gradient.

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By Sebastian Herkner
In 2023, LINTELOO launched a truly unique side table, ‘Charles’—a design by Sebastian Herkner. Cast in a hand-modeled clay mould, it is the organic irregularities in shape, colour and texture that give this bronze side table, ‘Charles’, its unique appeal. See it and you will want to touch it, stroke it, feel the visible traces of the original artisan’s fingers, moulding the clay. Place your palm on its oval top, and you are touching hands with the craftsmen who made ‘Charles’. ‘Charles’ reaches out to you, quite literally, standing next to your sofa or armchair, handing you your glass of wine or your book. No wonder that clients start enquiring after a coffee table-sized ‘Charles’. Well, good news: we listened. The somewhat irregular tops—let’s call them ‘almost circular’ and ‘close to oval’—and sturdy, earthy legs are not only available in the original bronze finish but also in shiny polished aluminium. And for an extra special edition, the ‘Charles’ can even be cast in solid brass.

By Sjoerd Vroonland
Designer Sjoerd Vroonland generally works in wood and is a master of innovative construction. He is excited by seeing and showing how one material grabs hold of another. Instead of hiding the ‘technical’ details, this designer chooses to focus on the beauty of structure and construction: the characteristics of the material are celebrated and the manufacturing process is visible. The result is a pure and poetic dialogue between craft, innovation and contemporary living. A prime example is the ‘Clamp’ series, launched in 2022, where the metal frame embracing the table top has its clamping system in full view. The combination of marble and wood or wood and wood—mostly from off-cuts, for optimum sustainability—is selected by you, from a range of exciting suggestions. Be your own designer! No wonder therefore, that the circular ‘Clamp’ tables are among the most favoured pieces in the LINTELOO collection, an excellent reason to extend the series with the two new coffee tables, this time rectangular: 150 x 75 x 30 cm and 180 x 90 x 30 cm.

Linteloo Palm Beach, Stack, Framed, Cubo S17 | Linteloo Isola, Gentle, Heath S09 | Linteloo Miami, Heath, Clamp, Stack S04

By Guillaume Lopez
At some point in the mid-1800s, the ‘crapaud’ saw the light of day, a compact armchair, with a rounded back seamlessly gliding into lower armrests, providing a comfortable hug. In a time where we want to be able to play with our interiors, where we do not want our imagination limited by cumbersome, fixed lay-outs, Guillaume Lopez recognized the renewed need for such an elegant, compact yet comfortable piece of seating furniture. Et Voilà, ‘Claude’, named after this grandfather, in part because of that charming nod to history, but also because the initial ‘C’ is reflected in the design. Whereas the original crapaud was a lavishly ornamented item with buttons and fringes, ‘Claude’ is pared back to a pure, sculptural form. The oak veneered base—closed in the armchair, open in the slightly higher, multifunctional version—ensures its timeless, natural appeal, in an exciting combination with the upholstered, thickly padded seat and back. ‘Claude’ makes a beautiful statement in your home, yet at the same time this chair is modest and flexible in its use—a perfect example of successful design.

By Valerie van der Werff
That lovely shag rug, where you would lie on your belly for hours, warm and safe, in a world where Dad chased away the ghosts from under your bed and Mom kissed your scraped knee all better… Whoever experienced the Seventies ‘live’—nothing retro about it, simply childhood memories—will undoubtedly immediately see the lava lamp on the dresser. Birthdays meant tumblers on the table, filled with cigarettes. Uncle Joe would light up another cigar, while the Aunts were torn between a glass of Mateus or a Snowball. Indeed, some things are best left behind. But that sense of safety provided by that rug… The history of shag rugs in fact goes back much further, to the ancient Greeks with their ‘flokati’. And now, there is ‘Framed’—a pure woollen rug with a 40mm pile, which nods to that rich tradition, with a contemporary ton-sur-ton twist. Just like in ‘The Weekend Collection’—a series of stylish throws she designed for LINTELOO together with the iconic AaBe brand—, with ‘Framed’ Valerie van der Werff again opts for warmth, created through honest materials, a muted colour palette and a clear aesthetic.

Linteloo Gentle, Charles S29 | Linteloo Gentle S08 | Linteloo Isola Gentle S02 | Linteloo Isola Gentle S06

By Sebastian Herkner
The German designer Sebastian Herkner (1981) is adamant: ‘Design needs a human touch’. The end product is made by skilled craftsmen, who bring so much knowledge, passion and effort to creating the highest quality possible.’ And Herkner is creating an homage to those anonymous workers, by making the traces of their craftsmanship an integral part of his design. He did so in the beautiful side table ‘Charles’, and now there is ‘Gentle’, an armchair and a dining chair. By hand, clay moulds are sculpted for each element, into which aluminium is subsequently die-cast. Place your hand on the armrest and you will feel the traces of their sculpting work. You are shaking hands with the makers, across the boundaries of time and countries. But the unique surface of the frame does more than connect you with the makers: The subtle imperfections give the, basically, ‘hard’ and ‘cold’ material aluminium a warm, organic and exceptionally tactile look and feel. Add to this the perfect curve of the back rest and the soft, comfortable seat, and ‘Gentle’ lives up to its name, in all respects.

By Jan te Lintelo
The blue ocean, the white beaches, waving palm trees… Florida’s Palm Beach: the name is known the world over, yet only 10,000 people live there. The atmosphere is sophisticated but relaxed, think ‘luxury hotel but without the chi-chi’. This modular sofa ‘Palm Beach’— designed by Jan te Lintelo—is exactly the same, with its unpretentious but ultra-comfortable lines. The shape? Well, you decide, because there are countless configuration options. And this guarantees a sublime range of functionalities. Because, what is it you want to do? Loafing? Lazing? Lounging? Even sleeping is a real option. In addition to the various seating elements, ‘Palm Beach’ also offers table elements: a drawer for what you need but don’t want to see and above it a glass-topped compartment for what you possibly don’t need but simply do love to see. The dark oak veneer of the tables combines and contrasts wonderfully well with the metal ‘frame’ (in bronze or gunmetal finish), on which ‘Palm Beach’ rests. And it is precisely the absence of traditional feet which contributes to the laid-back character of this sofa: a hint of cool, a touch of sexy but in no way ‘over the top’.

Linteloo Willow, Charles, Pelage S31 | Linteloo Tinza, Silva, Claude, Tussah S27

It will be your ritual, at the end of a busy working day: coat off, bag in a corner, through to the kitchen, pour a glass of wine, enter the living room, flop onto the sofa, kick off your shoes and let your toes sink soothingly into the high pile of the rug ‘Pelage’. This is what coming home truly feels like. As its name suggests, ‘Pelage’ (French for ‘fur’) is a wonderfully soft yet durable rug, thanks to its combination of 70 percent New-Zealand wool and 30 percent polyester. Add to this the subtle colour palette, in which that high pile—no less than 40 mm—creates an interesting play of light. ‘Pelage’ is tufted using the so-called ‘table tufting’ method, resulting in a hybrid of ‘machine-made’ and ‘hand-made’. The machine resembles a classic sowing machine, but with multiple needles. By hand, the carpet pattern is moved back and forth under those needles, which requires a steady hand and the utmost skill from the craftspeople. As you would expect from LINTELOO, this high quality goes hand in hand with customization options: ‘Pelage’ is available in several standard sizes, but can—upon request—also be made to measure (maximum 400 cm wide). Even circular rugs are possible. This makes ‘Pelage’ extremely suitable for a wide range of uses.

‘Qiviut’ is the word the Inuit use for the precious, wonderfully soft inner wool, shed by a muskox during the moult in Spring. The ox will leave its inner wool wherever it decides to brush its enormous body against. The Inuit subsequently collect this wool—true heroes will even pluck it straight from the ox!—and use it to create ultra-warm clothing. Equally soft is this rug of the same name, in the collection of LINTELOO. With its muted colour palette, modest pile height and custom measurements, ‘Qiviut’ suits a wide range of spaces. The rug is, of course, available in various standard sizes, but can—upon request—also be manufactured in any required size—with a maximum width of 400 cm—including a circle. ‘Qiviut’ is machine-tufted, made from extruded polyamide, with all its notable characteristics such as wear resistance and damping effect.


By Guillaume Lopez
During his many walks in the French Alps, where his design studio is based, Guillaume Lopez continues to be enchanted by the giant trees of the forests. Towering over this tiny human they appear invincible, rooted deeply in eternity. And then, suddenly, felled by the wind, old age or man, they vulnerably and movingly show their light hearts. His dining table ‘Silva’ reflects this play between tough and vulnerable, between light and dark, through the subtle colour variations in the oak veneer. Like geometrical interpretations of tree trunks, the half cylinders that form the base are lighter on the ‘inside’ than on the outside, and the top also has a darker stain. The round version of ‘Silva’ hides a practical surprise: a Lazy Susan. In its sculptural design, grounded feel and timeless character, ‘Silva’—Latin for ‘forest’—is the ultimate homage by Guillaume to the trees, which time and gain, both literally and figuratively, provide the material for his work.

By Anthony Guerrée
In his designs for LINTELOO, Anthony Guerrée is often inspired by human actions. This time, he started out with the notion of stacking. It seems to be a deep-felt need: give toddlers a set of building blocks and, instinctively, they will immediately start stacking. In his ‘Stack’ series—two coffee tables and a cabinet—, Anthony plays with storage and display spaces in the same, liberated way. A rhythmic combination of shapes and materials—dark oak veneer, subtly shimmering brown steel, and various types of glass—results in utterly functional furniture, with a light and dynamic character. This is typical of Anthony’s design style, whose fresh outlook often produces highly innovative solutions. The end result is always defined by fluid movement, clear lines and a perfect finish.


By Anthony Guerrée
For his ‘Stall’ series, Anthony Guerrée was inspired by a one of the most simple and, at the same time, most ingenious tools mankind has ever invented: the wedge. From a crooked barndoor that keeps swinging open, to a supertanker in dry dock—wedges keep the world balanced. Anthony would not be Anthony if there wasn’t an innovative and playful element in this design. In this case, he decided to create this modest tool, which you could make in the blink of an eye simply folding a beer mat, out of one of the most robust materials known: beautiful, gold-veined Agadoro marble. Polished to a soft shine these wedges provide their solid, almost embracing support to the elegant curves of the dark or white washed oak-veneered (storage)furniture.

By Visser & Meijwaard
Steven Visser and Vera Meijwaard are ambitious, talented and have an interesting way of seeing the beauty in sometimes utterly mundane objects. Their versatility and unique outlook is quickly gaining them international acclaim. They are able to see aesthetics where none were intended, retrieve them, enlarge them and turn them into something quite extraordinary. This time, they were inspired by the ultimate symbol of humility: the ting-sha. Today, the sound of the ting-sha—two small hand-held cymbals, joined by a leather strap—reverberates across the world, from the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet, high-pitched and crystal-clear. And the sound has become synonymous with calmness and mindfulness. This clarity and tranquillity were translated by Visser & Meijwaard into a visual, contemporary interpretation of the ancient cymbal: pendant ‘Tinza’, where a brass ‘cymbal’ balances atop a ball of soft pink glass.

By Yabu Pushelberg
From its studios in Toronto and New York, Yabu Pushelberg—the globally renowned interior architecture and design practice, set up by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg—is probably best known for its high-end residential, hospitality and retail design. A lesser known fact may be that the company not only designs interiors, but also the furniture and objects that go along with them. Their pieces excel in an amazing attention to detail, with a tailored look that transcends any trend. As George Yabu puts it: ‘There is a certain kind of design that burns very bright, but the flame goes out fast. We like to think our designs have more longevity.’ And it is precisely this timelessness, which is embodied by Yabu Pushelberg’s latest design for LINTELOO—the ‘Willow’ sofa. Lean against the trunk of an old weeping willow and you sense that ‘time’ is all relative. The supple branches sway gently in the breeze and surround you, as if protecting you. This comforting feeling of ‘everything is going to be alright’ is what ‘Willow’ offers—a modular sofa, embracing you with its beautiful, wooden frame. Notice how the arms and back lean slightly outward, as if the entire sofa is lightly cinched by this reassuring hug.

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