Here at CRÉMA we never fail to be impressed by GUBI. These treasure hunters of furniture design have a very simple philosophy, “great design should have a story to tell and be able to blur the lines of time, and that a bit of courage and risk-taking can carry you far in the design world.”
This design philosophy has steered GUBI’s designs over a 50 year history acting as a marker of what it takes to create a brand that celebrates the luxury of living life.
We would like to introduce Bosa, the internationally known Venetian ceramics workshop, which has been creating completely handmade objects and pieces of furniture since 1976. Bosa creates functional objects and works of art and design in collaboration with designers and businesses. Bosa products are known for their exclusive colours and finishings, such as precious metals and enamels, the fruit of the company’s natural and constant propensity towards experimentation and research.
By now you are back from the beach ready for the year ahead. We thought we would start the year by introducing some lighting by Foscarini. One of Italy’s finest lighting manufacturers, Foscarini are treasure hunters who work with the best designers they can find – and then source the most skilled manufacturer for that particular material to deliver the very best product possible to you.
Foscarini focuses on developing new products but chooses to only put into production those that express new ideas. This is why Foscarini lamps are so innovative yet built to weather the whim of trends and become true classics.
Like you, we are a little design obsessed – we can never have enough. And with so many beautiful pieces to choose from, curating our showroom is a real challenge; something one tackles slowly but surely.
Below are some of the new pieces that have arrived over the last weeks. We have added more Tom Dixon and Foscarini lighting especially. Plus two lovely lounge chairs. [read more]
Crema is excited to announce we are now open in the heart of Johannesburg – 17 4th Avenue Parkhurst.
Filled with the likes of Tom Dixon, Lee Broom, Hay, Muuto, Foscarini and Nanimarquina, Crema Johannesburg showcases a collection of the worlds best luxury furniture and lighting.
As we have settled into our showroom in Woodstock, we welcome new products into our space. The newest addition being the 70/70 Table by Muuto.
The design of the table in minimalistic yet when you take a closer look, it reveals careful detailing that add to the character of the table. With cast aluminium frames and a plywood table top with linoleum, this table is used in all environments; home, office or public setting.
Our big move from Greenpoint to our own space in Woodstock is finally complete; we look forward to welcoming you. Thanks to Chris van Niekerk of The Fold Architects for all his hard work.
The new showroom concept is a gallery space. Nothing is allowed on the walls, or even against them. We’ve steered clear of room settings and placed one or two pieces per plinth at varying heights in four strict rows to give the space structure and make the product feel like art on display. The Fold Architecture, headed up by Chris van Niekerk custom designed pretty much everything, down to the door handles and desks. The space was very much a warehouse, which was then clad in dry walling to give it a super-slick finish while the original cast cement concrete floor industrialises the look. We are so happy with the result.
Lee Broom is one of the UK’s leading product and interior designers. Lee founded his own label five years ago where he designs, manufactures and retails his own collections.
The importance of the manufacturing process is integral to Broom’s philosophy. As a supporter of British manufacturing techniques, Broom works closely with specialist traditional craftsman from the initial concept to final production runs.
In his career, he has launched numerous furniture and lighting collections, designed over 40 retail, restaurant and bar interiors and has won more than 20 awards. His meteoric rise has seen him dubbed “the pin up of British manufacturing” by The Times.
The Caddy mobile storage unit is flexible, robust, practical and built to last. Taking inspiration from aircraft trolleys Architect and Designer, Christoph Ingenhoven, has created a revolutionary product for basic configurations Standard, Media and Catering can be individualised to meet specific needs. For instance, Caddy can be configured with electrical wiring as a compact standing workstation on wheels, equipped with a projector for conferences and presentations, or customised with handy interior fittings for catering purposes.
Crema will be utilising the caddy as a home for the Fabric swatches that are on offer from Vitra, demonstrating the Caddy’s versatility to blend into any context and or enviroment.
The Dock Kitchen was created in the Wharf Building at Portobello Dock, sublet by Tom Dixon to Stevie Parle to run as a restaurant. The design is intended to be rough, leading customers through six different environments: reception, deli, canteen, kitchen, salon and private dining room. Each area has its own identity led by the function of the area.
The reception is clean and clear, signage being key to the identity of the space.
In the restaurant the spaces become warmer and more rough, with soaped wood, exposed brick and warm brass coloured lighting. The open kitchen provides visibility through the restaurant and a sense of theatre for the customers. Key to the open kitchen is the Beam kitchen by Ekoij and Tom Dixon. Beyond the kitchen lies the salon and private dining room, where the experience is calmer and more secluded.
The entire restaurant is littered with Tom Dixon range products and custom variations of these. Additionally one off pieces have been created including a reception desk, a waiter station and a screen. The restaurant has proved fantastically popular with critics and customers alike.