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Architects take design beyond four walls, creating structurally informed furniture for harmonious living.

Design diversification is no new thing. Early exponents of the Arts & Crafts movement, such as Charles F. A. Voysey, produced furniture in simple vernacular forms and motifs, in keeping with the comfortable cottages for which the architect has become renowned. An early pioneer of industrial design, Voysey paved the way for many successors.

Jean Prouvé, Gio Ponti and Arne Jacobsen brought industrial design to the fore in the first half of the 20th century. Believing that every part of the home had to be harmonious, down to the fixtures. Jacobsen's 1956 Egg chair remains a modern day design icon more than half a century later.

Following in the footsteps of their illustrious predecessors, architects are taking commissions from concept to completion, down to the last detail. Design duo Ludovica and Roberto Palomba have become as famed for their chaises and shower fittings as they have for their structural successes, while fellow Italian architect Piero Lissoni and Scandinavian architect Jonas Lindvall are both proponents of contemporary turnkey commissions. Clean, sinuous lines, fluid forms that blend harmoniously with their surroundings – welcome to the world of architecturally informed furnishings.

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