It sounds like you two also get along very well on a human level.
"Indeed, but also as art lovers. When I visited Van Den Weghe, I immediately sensed a heart-felt passion for the arts. The large collection of contemporary artworks in the building speaks volumes. It's like walking around in a museum. And I feel like a kid in a candy store in the Van Den Weghe laboratory: an abundance of textures, colours and materials"
The June side table is available in 4 terrazzo colours, with a metal, stainless steel or brass finish.How much of that choice was deliberate or coincidence?
"The design first took shape in a hotel room, when I was traveling with my son Henry in Bologna. That city not only has vast palace floors, but even pavements made from terrazzo. But it started with the letter J. I noticed it in a logo at the time, and now it is recessed, 8 millimetres deep, in the tabletop. In choosing terrazzo, we also took account of our footprint. The material is ecological,because of how it is manufactured. But we also made changes, in the course of developing June. Originally, I wanted to have the base milled from a solidpiece of natural stone. To minimise the impact, we eventually decided to castthe whole thing. I think it's great that this doesn't detract from the artisan character of the furniture collection. Because of the manual techniques involved, every June is different. For example, the leg is bent by hand. It's a custom-made object. You can see and feel that."
You are an experienced interior designer and product designer. How are they different to you?
The approach is similar, whether it's for an all-in project or a piece of furniture. The difference is that, as an interior designer, I know the client personally. As a productdesigner, I cannot put a face on the end client. However, this collection, which consists of the June side table, the slim June350 coffee table and the solid June300 console is very versatile. It's a subtle balance of styles that will fit into any luxury interior. Because of my experience, I'm not afraid to rely on my intuition. What's more, the element of surprise also adds excitement to the design process. If all the pieces fit, it's challenging, in fact."
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