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CULTURE AND NOSTALGIA Inspiration abounds in design. Where current trends are concerned, designers have been looking beyond the boundaries of culture, and even time.

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1 Stackable and stylish, the Persienne modules include stripes both straight and slanted, of Arnaud Lapierre design. Available from Ligne Roset. 2 Pierre Paulin’s Archi armchair embodies the comfortable fireside chairs of the fifties. A reproduction of the CM 194 HD and CM 195 HD chairs, the Archi is a nod at timeless designs, and the perfection of the ‘comfort curve’. Available from Ligne Roset. 3 Inspired by Frankish furniture of the Merovingian dynasty (modern day France, Benelux and partially, Germany), Studio Job’s Altdeutsche cabinet for Moooi is elaborately designed. Symbolic representations of life’s essences: roses, skulls, keys and feathers rest, starkly contrasted, upon a bed of white. Available from Space. 4 The Lucrezia-Erik bed draws inspiration for its wall-mounted headboard from Oriental culture, with a circular lace motif on leather. An Antonio Citterior design for the Maxalto collection, B&B Italia, it speaks of sophistication and modernity. Available from Space.

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5 Drawing from fifties steel chairs that embody the retro age, the Nerissa chair with arms provides a burst of colour for muted rooms. Available from Nestnordic.com. 6 More Oriental influences make themselves visible in Michael Lin’s Formosamacro rug in red for Nanimarquina. Available from Space.

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