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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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”.
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 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.
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.
Photos: courtesy of Dante Goods and Bads.