Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New at Crema Design: a Milan review.

Hi Folks

I hope this finds you well!  The seasons have turned, which means more time spent indoors enjoying the personal spaces we’ve created, called home.

The world’s largest furniture exhibition recently took place in Milan; I went to see what new designs were being launched by Crema Design’s suppliers and take pleasure in giving you a sneak preview here.

Most will be in our Cape Town showroom in the next few weeks; so please do pop in and see them. 
Etch Web Pendant

An astonishing new Design from Tom Dixon, the Etch Web is a vast 65cm wide shade with an unusual open structure, designed to cast atmospheric angular shadows when lit.  An irregular pentagon shape is repeated 60 times across the body to create a total sphere, making it the ultimate shadow play pendant. 


A beautiful new aluminium pendant light by Tom Dixon, proudly exposes its inner workings, taking usually invisible electrical components and making them integral to the design. The result is a self-contained piece featuring both a shade and light in one. Fin round is also available in aluminium and blue, the range includes an obround pendant and a table light.


Lustre is the latest discovery in Tom Dixon’s continued exploration of extraordinary metallic finishes. The iridescent sheen is created using a top secret glaze containing minerals and precious metals, resulting in a striking colour change effect. Available in Flat, Round, Square and Wedge.


The Brass Etch Pendant relaesed by Tom Dixon in 2011 is now joined by the Copper and Stainless Steel versions. Etch - a digitally manufactured pendant light etched from metal, creating a mass of intricate shadows when lit. Also available as a candle holder.


There is always something magic about the word chest, even if it’s simply meant to store blankets in a charming vintage way… In this case the magic originates from the intricate pattern of symbols designed on its surface, creating a mysterious message that waits to be deciphered.
Checking the time will never be the same with Studio Job’s Grandfather clock, a playful interpretation of old Frankish furniture holding all its beauty and atmosphere. A Studio Job souvenir is hidden in a secret compartment of the clock. A treasure to be found… Handmade quality spring driven eight day movement, use the included custom Studio Job key to wind up. Door opens to storage compartment. 


Marcel Wanders Valentine’s shiny, refined black, white, gold & chrome shell encloses and frames a meadow of light and sparkling glamour. With the style of a precious jewel, Valentine is designed to guard his heart of crystallized flowers, frosted in time. Made from crystal clear blown glass with chromed, gold plated or lacquered shade, transparent cord and steel cable.

Big Ben

With time constantly ticking away in our pockets, on our wrists and computer screens the use of wall clocks has almost been forgotten. Big Ben by Marcel Wanders helps us regain consciousness of time’s weight. So why not give it an important position in our living space? Why not go for a giant, decorative, iconic wall clock to give time our own, personal dimension? 


Chillida, a new collection of rugs by Nanimarquina, based on a chronological selection of Eduardo Chillida work. It includes two pictures of his famous hands from the 90s, and Gravitación, where he creates a new form of relief, sculpture made of paper.

Tambour Collection

The side tables have a very simple design that suits to any type of environment, whether it is next to a faded sofa from the 50’s or whether it stands in the sleek lounge of a modern lobby. Made from injected aluminium, the Tambour tables comes with one or two levels and with or without base wheels.


From top to toe Zartan is a wholly natural chair. The high ecological technology explores the advantages of using bamboo, linen, hemp.... To understand what will be our daily future. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

There have been lots of new and exciting changes at Crema Design, one being the new “Foscarini Wall” in the showroom. Given that they are an iconic Italian lighting manufacturer, we decided to design a dedicated wall just for Foscarini and Foscarini Diesel lighting. After researching the many ways in whichFoscarini have displayed their lighting over the years we decided to use wood panelling as the back drop for the many beautiful lights we already had in the showroom and all the new lights we then imported.  
Come and have a look at all the new lights on display!

One of the Foscarini pendants in the showroom is the Aplomb a small hanging lamp in concrete offered in three, coloured finishes which celebrate its personality, bringing together different styles, from the traditional grey of cement in its raw state, which adds depth to the volumes, to a stylish white hue, and a warm intense brown. Perfect for occasional tables, peninsulas and counters, either on its own or in a group.

The Binic is a table lamp with an ABS base and polycarbonate projector. Available in six different colours, Binic is suggested as a “take away” object - a present, or a personal object of desire - thanks also to the special packaging.

The Big Bang is one of our favourite suspension lamps. Made of intersections of white or red metacrylate panels the Big Bang is a dynamic composition that offers diffused and reflected light. It looks spectacular at dusk or dawn.

The iconic Twiggy lamp is available in four chromatic colours; black, white, red and yellow. The shade is made of a compound material and is anchored on a lacquered glass fibre base. The Twiggy comes as a table lamp, floor lamp, ceiling light and suspended pendant.

The Foscarini Diesel range is an industrial, quirky and creative range of lighting. 
The Cage Pendants have an “underground” origin in the real sense of the word. They were inspired by the lamps of miners and workers, protected by a metal cage which in Cage becomes a decorative element, thanks to its artisan craftsmanship, which can be seen in its irregular structure, and  the colours that characterise it. Glamorous white, fashionable black or pop light-blue: three colours that change according to the use of the lamp, lighting up a space when it is switched off, or taking on completely new shades when it is turned on. Cage is a personal object that will satisfy all your desires.
The table version has the total versatility of building site lamps: it can be hung, moved or placed on any surface or on the floor, or it can become an ironic desk lamp, which plays on its resemblance to a microphone.

The Pett's diffuser evokes the wings of a bat, the roof of a Gothic building or the atmosphere of a dark-natured comic book. Friendly, yet holding an expression of cutting wickedness, emphasised by the spikiness, by the veining in relief, the striped rubber feet and the interplay between the opaque and shining surfaces, in dark, technological shades. An irresistible amusing cult object for new generations, an original expression of contemporary pop culture, accessible to all, to be exploited in total freedom – as a faithful room mate or unconventional gift idea.

The Fork lampshade is inspired by casual fashion, by campsite tents and by an informal, playful and dynamic lifestyle. The stitching on the fabric has been created like that on jeans and the rings are not merely decorative, but respond to practical needs with simplicity and immediacy.  
The light inside reveals a patchwork structure and the texture of the canvas, a little like when you turn on a light inside a tent. The lampshade is extremely flexible and can be oriented 360°. Its stand is also very mobile, thanks to its joints: this means you can change the direction of the light as you please, play with the lamp and have fun continually finding new positions for it. We see all of Fork’s dynamism carried forward to the new hanging versions too, available in both large and small versions. The warm light of Fork is perfect for the home, but is also ideal for public spaces where a relaxing atmosphere is desired.

Glas takes on the familiar image of industrial lamps used in warehouses and factories worldwide. A reinvented icon in the light of a new contemporary lifestyle, transformed into a precious and personal entity, transported into a timeless dimension.  
By day, by night:  Glas is a lamp with a double life. When it is off, the superficial chrome-coloured vacuum metallisation finish reflects the surrounding environment and objects like a mirror. When it is on, it emits a warm beam, with a retro feel, which is both directed and diffused. 
Large or small, suspended on a chain, Glas transforms a home or public environment into a creative laboratory, a fascinating workshop of new trends.

Like a volcanic rock that when it breaks apart reveals a jewel within, Rock is an interplay of surprises and contrasts. Mysterious and severe outside, diamond-bright and iridescent inside. Outside, the dark version is rough with a scattering of golden motes, whilst inside, it shimmers, smooth and mother of pearl-covered. The white version assumes a new personality to fit in with each different use, a precious stone that highlights in particular its asymmetric facets, evolved according to a casual logic. They reflect the light’s rays in the internal surface as in a crystal, producing a surprising and unforgettable effect. This is an object that does not go unnoticed from any point of view. 
The hanging version focuses its light on the space below, while the new floor version, of surprising proportions, can focus its light band to function as a reading lamp as well as sending light upwards. Rock is a striking component of public or domestic furnishing. Its light focuses on the space below, highlighting it. Whether alone or in a group, it is always a protagonist, but its presence is never invasive or excessive.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

STUA NUBE, design Jesús Gasca & Jon Gasca, 2007

With a bold, linear outer form and soft curves inside, the NUBE is a cosy curved nest, perfect for the human body. Instead of a solid block, the design of the NUBE allows us to see all of the chair's structure and interior form. You really must sit in the NUBE to understand what a comfortable design this is.

The frame of the NUBE is made of solid steel in a shiny chrome finish. The frame is lightweight and elegant; it also allows for easy cleaning as the base is open and accessible from all sides.   

The outer lines and inner curves are visually enhanced by the use of two colours in the upholstery. The removable seat pad is always upholstered in the same fabric as the curved seat. 
From bright and vibrant colour combinations. . . 

stylish greys and beige colour combinations. . .

to the new elegant leather colour options,

the NUBE is suitable for residential and commercial use. Style your lounge with two NUBEs next to your sofa or place an individual NUBE as an accent in your bedroom or entrance hall.

The NUBE has been used for commercial applications around the world; from shopping centres to hotel lobbies. The NUBE has been designed with a metallic linking system which attaches one chair to another. Given the square form of the NUBE, many combinations of shapes can be created making it ideal for reception areas.

We have just placed an order for our showroom NUBE in the stylish two tone grey option! It will be here in about 3 week’s time. So pop into the showroom, have a coffee and test it out! 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Metamorphosis: an unforgettable concert of light at Fuorisalone

12th-17th April 2011

7 models from the Foscarini collection, 464 lamps deconstructed, repeated, reinterpreted and reconstructed in 22 surprising creations. More than 110,000 visitors admired the unforgettable light concert. These are the figures of Metamorphosis, the installation that marked Foscarini’s presence at Fuorisalone 2011, presenting the metamorphosis of an industrially-produced product into large-scale light scenery.

Concept: Vicente Garcia Jimenez
Lighting Design: A.J. Weissbard
Music Design: Francesco Morosini

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Making space for new designs!

To all our lovely followers! I have some good news! As I’m sure you all know, Milan Design Week starts next week Tuesday! This means that lots of exciting new designs are going to be released!
At the showroom we love to keep our stock up to date and display as many of the new designs as possible. Our only problem is that we don’t have enough space to keep it all! So in order to make space we are offering some of our fabulous products at a staggering discount of less 40%!

The Floc Rug from nanimarquina is a very original collection of solid coloured rectangular rugs, each of which stands out thanks to the wide cut-out fringe design on one of its sides. 

Sale price - R 5 000.00 excl. VAT 170 cm x 120 cm

The simple straight lines and pattern of the Moire Rug from nanimarquina presents it with an elegant and sophisticated look while its soft velvety feel makes it all the more adorable. 

Sale price - R 8 400.00 excl. VAT 170 cm x 240 cm

When there is a need for a high intensity lighting solution, Foscarini Dolmen is the answer. This lamp with anodized aluminium support has two diffusers, one in the rear and another in the front. The front is white while the rear one is transparent. It utilizes two florescent bulbs as the source of illumination. May be used alone or in multiple compositions, hanging from or leaning against the wall. 

Sale price - R 6 300.00 excl. VAT 40 x 12 x H 18040 x 12 x H 180

If you'd like to come see the products, please visit us at the showroom. Corner of Main and Upper Portswood Road Green Point. Above Hudsons Burger Joint. 021 434 0661.

Yours in inspiring design
Créma Design 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Moooi chairs visiting the showroom! Come see!

The Vica Stackable Chair from Moooi

Designed by Bertjan Pot

"A warm and friendly looking chair that protects you from the cold sensation of brushing against a bare steel frame...  by dressing it up with a colorful touch!"

Materials: Steel frame covered with a polyester sleeve upholstered with Kvadrat field fabric on fire retardant foam.

Available in Black (grey, black and yellow sleeve), Grey (grey, light grey and orange sleeve), red (red, yellow and orange sleeve)

79x54x58cm (HxWxD)
Seating height: 46CM

Pricing starts at R 7 900.00 incl. VAT 

The Carbon Indoor/Outdoor Chair

Designed by Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wanders in 2004

"Carbon Chair of Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wanders speaks of dedicated craftsmanship in connection to high tech materials only made possible by personal excitement and passion."

Material: Carbon fiber drained in epoxy resin

Available in: Black

79x47x49cm (HxWxD)
Seating height: 46cm 

Price: R 8 550.00 incl. VAT

Yours in inspiring design
Crema Design