PHOTO COURTESY OF MARTA SALA EDITIONS.
Every month, Interview picks an artist or designer created object that straddles the line between aesthetics and function. Subdued tastes need not apply.
Form meets function meets sophistication in Italian entrepreneur Marta Sala’s furniture, now available for sale—for the first time stateside—at The Future Perfect showroom in New York. Sala, who started her eponymous label, Marta Sala Editions, in 2015, has launched two collections in collaboration with Rome-based architecture firm Lazzarini & Pickering; their work includes plush and modular seating, able to be rearranged and reshuffled, and many variations on lamps, tables, and screens (sometimes all combined into one).
“I had a really emotional connection to the work. Without it being overly funky, it was new, it was fresh. But it didn’t have all the negative connotation that the words new and fresh can have,” David Alhadeff, The Future Perfect’s founder, recalls of encountering Sala’s work for the first time in Milan.
From her new collection, one standout piece is the Renoir mirror, whose shape evokes a cracked open book. In keeping with Sala’s insistence on duality, the mirror can be either hung on the wall, placed just so on the ground, or on a tabletop.
“Contemporary mirrors can often be rude in their confrontation,” Sala says. “With the Renoir, the brass frame and angle of the mirror’s structure provides the beholder with a softer and more poetic reflection.”
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