By Megan Slack
The transatlantic collaboration of the season has landed – and it combines the very best of American and British design. The partnership in question is a lighting collection between designer David Netto – and London furniture powerhouse, Soane Britain.
The collaboration from the New York native and Pimlico’s celebrated furniture store blends David’s glamorous, but no less humorous approach to modernism – with Soane’s quintessential approach to craftsmanship.
The result is a collection of chic country pieces that will set the standard for lighting trends long into the future.
And while the collection only launched yesterday, October 6th, the relationship between the designer and Soane is already well established. David has often worked with Soane on several of his interior projects, meaning the collaboration is a natural extension of the custom designs that have been made for his clients over the years.
The collection features nine new designs that draw inspiration from the most beautiful home ideas – and most fashionable locations globally.
For example, David and Soane modeled the Rattan Bouillotte Hanging Light from the lamp that hung in Hubert de Givenchy’s living room on the Cote d’Azur, Le Clos Fiorentina.
Similarly, the aptly-named Lourmarin lights (below) epitomize Provençal design – both in their name (the country town of Lourmarin in the Luberon) and in their rattan textures and hues.
The modernist aesthetic stems from the southern French houses designed by Barry Dierks – that pay homage to the art movement. One of David's friends owned one of these houses – which now acts as the catalyst behind the Rattan Antibes Wall Light – with its boxy shape that curves outwards unexpectedly.
‘I have loved shopping at Soane since they started up in the 1990s,' explains David, in the discussion of these most modern of cottage lighting ideas.
‘When I think about the future of English country house style, the people moving that forward, I think of Soane. There is a journey to what the company does, taking the history and heritage of the English country house as a starting point and moving it in a fresh, always charming, slightly surprising direction. I like to think of this collection as the modernist chapter in that journey.’
More information about David Netto’s collaboration with Soane Britain is now available via their website.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.
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