Simon James Design is taking its pared-back aesthetic to Milan with the Resident collection. This year is the second that Resident will show at Italy, with Light Years from Home billed as “an installation of progressive lighting and furniture”, with an emphasis on pendant lighting.

The design house founder, Simon James, had only been out of a spatial design degree for two years when he set up his own business, developing and manufacturing contemporary furniture for the residential and commercial markets. Fifteen years later, his trademark clean, streamlined work continues to raise the bar in New Zealand.

As well as working alongside architects and specifiers to develop innovative furniture and lighting solutions – often designing new products from scratch for large-scale projects and clients such as Air New Zealand, Microsoft, Auckland University and Vodafone – James introduces leading international brands to New Zealand through his showroom in central Auckland.

The Simon James Design collection includes Established and Sons, Swedese, Jasper Morrison, Barber Osgerby, Erwan & Rowan Bouroullec and Konstantin Grcic, alongside local design stars David Moreland and Jamie McLellan.

Simon James started up the new brand Resident in 2011, which contains work from some of the country’s best and brightest designers, with the goal of taking it global. The collection is characterised by its crisp lines and near-obsessive attention to detail and functionality, and orders are already being taken from Conran’s London and Paris stores, and a Dutch distributor.

Joinery, by Nat Cheshire, is a new generation of snap-together illuminated brass channels, while two-time Designer of the Year award-winning McLellan has created Eccentric Mobile, a precision-engineered mobile that rotates on four axes, providing a kinetic piece of aerial sculpture.

The collection also includes hotly anticipated new work from London-based designer Phil Cuttance, who made a splash last year with his Faceture range of lamps and furniture. James has contributed Lotus, which investigates the repetition of a single pressed form, and has anchored the collection with the Codex Chair, a breakout chair that that explores the graphic relationship between two cantilevered forms.

The Resident exhibition will be located at MOST, in ‘The Underground’ section of the Air and Water Building, inside the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Via San Vittore, 21, 20123 Milano.

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