Ryan Laurin’s Objects of Desire
Welcome to Objects of Desire, my personal journey to find truly exquisite and compelling creations. In this edition, I’m thinking about fall and early winter, when light and warmth are what we crave.
Ligne Roset Togo Sofa
Deep in rural France, by the banks of the Rhone, Ligne Roset have been making furniture for generations. But their designs are not stuck in time — far from it. Every time I sit down on the Togo sofa, I am simply blown away that this was designed back in 1973 by Michel Ducaroy. The Togo takes upholstery to new levels. To me, it’s a sculptural art form, as well as being one of the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever snoozed on!
Blacksaw Peyote Baby Alpaca Throw
Steph and Kyle Taylor at Blacksaw say that their baby Alpaca is ‘as warm as the desert sun.’ On a rainy day in Van, that sounds like heaven to me. I love the primitive aesthetic of these magical designs — in fact, you can use these blankets as wall coverings. My personal favourite is the Peyote Reversible Throw in black and ivory, with its striking rattlesnake motif. Wrapping yourself in a sustainable weave of summer sun on a winter’s day — it doesn’t get any better.
The 100 Series from Bocci
Light transforms space. That’s always been my mantra in real estate. So I’ve long been a fan of Omer Arbel’s work with Bocci. His latest collection, called the 100 Series, creates truly unique glass forms by welding together handmade bubbles. The result is an unpredictable supernova of a lightsource. You can have clear and grey in combination, in surface mount, table light or pendant. My personal favourite is the clear, frosted multiple chandelier.
LX Turntable by La Boite
My musical tastes are all over the map: from AC/DC and Metallica to ELO and Rachmaninoff. But I like consistency and quality in the tone from my hi-fi — and I also insist that it looks good. If, like me, you are also a connoisseur of the exceptional sound that can only be got from vinyl recordings, you need to check out the LX Turntable. This is a beautiful piece of furniture that also happens to be an audiophile’s waking dream.