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As cork seals for wine bottles increasingly become replaced by other materials, designer Aurélien Barbry sought to celebrate tradition—with a wink and nudge—by designing bottle stoppers and pourers using cork. "My designs are based on objects in daily use," says Aurélien. "I redefine their use, and find new shapes and expressions to give new life to the object." His Wine & Bar sets celebrate the daily meal and dinner parties alike. The cork stopper can be reused and suitably seals the contents within. A great gift for the casual or dedicated oenophile in your life.
“When Jan and I look at new designs for Normann Copenhagen, we take a very intuitive approach to the products,” according to cofounder Poul Madsen. “A picture can say much more than words and if we are both struck by what we see, we are interested.” Jan Andersen and Poul Madsen teamed up to create the Normann Copenhagen with a vision to shake up the contemporary design field. Now known the world over, they collaborate with new names and established talents from their native Denmark as well as internationally.
The company puts a premium on challenging conventional thinking in collections of tabletop products, lighting and furniture—with bold design strokes, innovative materials and a deft enjoyment of color. “We like products that have an original idea and a simple design, although we do not tie ourselves to a particular line,” Poul adds. “For us, the important thing is that the projects we get involved in bring something new into the world of design.”