Konstantin Grcic dresses up the slipcover with Cape

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Konstantin Grcic’s new Cape sofa and chair seemed to win the most attention at the press preview Monday for Established & Sons, one of the first to show its new collection during Milan design week, with a wide-ranging presentation at the Versace Theatre.

The Cape pieces moved beyond the slipcovers and tight-fitting, washable coverings seen at last year’s Milan furniture fair. Grcic’s mantle was much more free-flowing, casual but still tailored -- less Snuggie-for-your-sofa than these pictures might imply. It’s available in different colors and weights so customers can change looks over the years or even change textures with the seasons.

The Established & Sons 2011 collection also includes work from Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Peter Bristol and Leon Ransmeier.

Ransmeier’s Revolver stool has a footrest the spins on ball bearings, giving the familiar lines of a bar seat a pleasingly off-kilter look.


Bristol’s Corner Light takes a quiet perch in the darkest part of a room, the cord serving as a hint that it’s not part of the built architecture.

The Bouroullecs’ Folio is a shelving system with a fabric panel that slides on a track. Of biggest interest to me was the choice in wood -- oak, which I saw in abundance at events all across Milan on Monday. The walnut and reclaimed woods so popular in recent years have been supplanted by oak in a large number of tables, cabinets and lamps. I even saw a sculptural tower for a shower head and tub faucet made in oak.

More on that design and other sightings from the world’s premier showcase for new home furnishings in postings to come. You also can follow my sightings at

-- Craig Nakano


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