Metropolitan Improvement Minima Moralia Room divider by Christophe de la Fontaine - All photos: courtesy of Dante Goods and Bads.

Metropolitan Improvement Minima Moralia Room divider by Christophe de la Fontaine – All photos: courtesy of Dante Goods and Bads.

Maison & Objet, Paris. German furniture brand Dante Goods and Bads presents Metropolitan Improvement urban-inspired collection that aims “to improve rather then innovate”. Designers Christophe de la Fontaine and Andrea Steidl made use of existing industrial features to please the Citizen Himself: the most generic and, at the same time, unique individual.

El Santo Jiffy by Christophe de la Fontaine.

El Santo Jiffy by Christophe de la Fontaine.

Conceived with a playful attitude, Metropolitan Improvement comprises a side table, a stool, an upholstered armchair and a room divider. The designs are made of powdered-coated aluminium, leather and cotton fabrics. The collection comes in urban-inspired colours like white, shades of grey and black but also bordeaux and yellow.

Metropolitan Improvement.

Metropolitan Improvement.

We’ve go a bit contemplative. So we took a step back and instead of innovation we thought about improvement. Making stuff better. Making stuff that is already around into something new” say at Dante Goods & Bads.


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Metropolitan Improvement inspiration.

Metropolitan Improvement urban inspiration.

French designer Christophe de la Fontaine created the El Santo Jiffy upholstered armchair that combines neutral or yellow fabrics with a footrest made in metal and leather parts.

El Santo Jiffy by Christophe de la Fontaine.

El Santo Jiffy by Christophe de la Fontaine.

De la Fontaine designed also the H.E.A. 310 stool and the Minima Moralia room divider.

Metropolis a.k.a. the city represent a place of constant re-invention. A place where, as brilliant Rem Koolhaas would put it, culture is made. So we took generic industrial shapes like the T-beam and improved it into a stool” say at Dante Good & Bad.

H.E.A. 310 by Christophe de la Fontaine.

H.E.A. 310 by Christophe de la Fontaine.

Minima Moralia room divider is composed by three or more oval panels. “We coaxed the machine that churns out aluminium shutter slats to help us make a beautiful folding screen. Which is a very metropolitan product itself, as it provides privacy in public space”.

Minima Moralia 3
Minima Moralia 2
Minima Moralia 1

Fire-retardant cotton spins around a powder-coated aluminium frame until creating an elegant textile surface. The screen comes in bordeaux, yellow and dark grey. Minima Moralia can also be expanded by adding other panel-units to fit multiple interior solutions.

Revue by Andrea Steidl.

Revue by Andrea Steidl.

Revue side table by Andrea Steidl is made with two folded powdered-coated steel sheets. The minimal and smooth design is available in white, black and bordeaux.

H.E.A. 310 by Christophe de la Fontaine.

H.E.A. 310 by Christophe de la Fontaine.

Founded in 2012 by artist Aylin Langreuter and industrial designer Christophe de la Fontaine, Dante Goods and Bads shares a profound love of the material world for all its pathos and beauty. A fragile and highly ambitious endeavour, nevertheless Aylin and Christophe are determined to persevere.

El Santo Jiffy by Christophe de la Fontaine.

El Santo Jiffy by Christophe de la Fontaine.

Photos: courtesy of Dante Goods and Bads.

Revue by Andrea Steidl.

Revue by Andrea Steidl.