Paris – During the mid-January installment of the Maison&Objet 2019 trade fair in Paris, family-run Spanish furniture maker Vergés presented three furniture collections, including two that have already garnered awards, that bespeak a bright, well-crafted comfort. The collections, including the Bernardes collection by Andreu Carulla, the MIM collection by Tarruella Trenchs Studio and the Naoshima collection by Emiliana Design Studio, come in lightly finished blond woods or palettes of off-white and peach, ochre, forest green and even high-contrast black or deep blue.
In the beginning, Vergés was a small workshop dedicated to the production of artisanal wicker chairs, a regional tradition. Based in Alta Garrotxa in the province of Girona, the brand has been tucked into a landscape that remains a canvas of vibrant natural color throughout the year: from ochre and black to green and copper, a context that stands as the deepest and most constant inspiration for the brand. Today, the little workshop has burst its seams to become a modern manufactory with a staff of 50 people.
The Bernardes collection by designer Andreu Carulla earned a Delta de Plata (FAD Awards) in 2016. It features rounded beechwood and softened ovals, blending broadly slung upholstered leather or fabric seats with generous caned backrests. Carulla took his cues from the richly austere and ever discreet medieval Roman convent. The pieces, a long bench with firmly tapering legs, a cafe chair and an armchair, are available in subdued whites, beige and peach or a deep blue version. The chairs are redolent of a warm artisanal tradition applied with great sobriety.
Tarruella Trenchs Studio's MIM collection, launched in 2018, is a visually lightweight series of chairs, benches, stools and tables that mixes and matches its finishes with great versatility, combining crisp forms and efficient lines with slender metal legs and backrest spindles, fabric-upholstered seats, solid wooden backs and stone tabletops. Their simple, straightforward looks suit these pieces to use in the more sophisticated but still rustic interiors of restaurants, cafes and waiting areas.