If you want to control the future, you must have the courage to look ahead. Take initiatives that explore new ground and observe the world from a different angle. Which is why Leolux is introducing the Viewpoint Collection. To put products, processes and ideas in a different light and discover new paths.
The Leolux Viewpoint Collection includes products with a story. Think of experiments, one-off art projects or material studies. Sometimes we look for a new interpretation of an existing model. We use alternative materials and look for shapes which give the design a new dimension. But we also develop pieces specially for this collection. They all have one element in common: they offer a new look at the world we live in.
For this collection, we look for new collaborations. For example the glassworks of the Netherlands Glass Museum. Or with Flock Techniek, a company that specialises in the coating technique 'flocking'. We also join up with artists to translate their vision on interior design and lifestyle into a unique product. In the coming years, we will continue to develop this collection, to discover and explore. And we invite everyone to join us on this journey.
The glass occasional table, Klaar, is a collaboration between Leolux, Studio Truly Truly and the National Glass Museum in Leerdam. Klaar adds a new form of craftsmanship to our collection, which is very close to our hearts. Because there are many similarities between glassblowing and producing furniture in the way that Leolux does. Expression plays a significant role in the product and elements such as technology, teamwork and experience are essential for both processes.
Nevertheless, glassblowing is a process with a unique character. It is more explosive, a performance in which function, timing and precision come together. This is all because of the nature of the material. Glass is dissolute, it never lets itself be totally controlled. Under the influence of temperature, heat and movement, it chooses its own way. And that’s exactly where the charm lies. Even when you always use the same quantities and colours, the pattern and colour gradient of each table are unique.
Studio Truly Truly designed three colour schemes for Klaar. Mottle is really intended as an eye-catcher with multiple distinct colours. This combination truly feels like a piece of art. The Lapis version combines different tints of blue. Some are transparent, while others are not. The result is slightly less complex in terms of colours, but the transparency effect is stunning. Finally, there’s Nougat, with its natural tints. White, almond, creamy; for a soft and modest look. But whichever colour you go for, the transparent glass is the ‘carrier’. There’s a layer of transparent glass between each layer of colour, so the colours seem to float. You see that very clearly when you look at the tables from an angle.
Every good design has a contrast, a contradiction that evokes tension. In the original design of Cream, that's the combination of the hard wooden shell and the soft upholstery. Cream Velvet Touch is a discovery of the way in which familiar materials can evoke a new sensation. Because, by applying a special 'flock coating' to the wood, the shell gets a velvet touch. A completely different experience. And the contrast? That shifts to an intense colour pallet.
This exclusive edition combines a special design with a unique finishing technique. On the shell, leg and control lever, a flock coating is applied. A technique with numerous applications. From motor sport to the most exclusive yachts and from printer components to perfume bottles. Often a flock coating is applied for practical considerations. It reduces friction and thus noise and heat, but it also absorbs light, minimising reflections. But the unique feel and tactility formed the basis for this special version of Cream.
Flocking starts with applying an adhesive layer to the surface to be treated. An electrostatic field is then created within which tiny fibres shoot back and forth. These fibres attach to the surface, forming a high-quality velvety coating.
For this version, Studio Truly Truly selected two colour combinations. Cream Velvet Touch Red has a particularly rich robin red shell and sophisticated Raffino Whale upholstery. Cream Velvet Touch Blue exudes an ambience of absolute individuality. The strong blue colour is reminiscent of Yves Klein Blue and gives the shell a stunning contemporary look. The thick, rich Negev leather in Seco colour gives this version body and a tangible strength.