Susanne Khan adds a touch of mystique to the modern home
It’s been about a month since interior designer Sussanne Khan showcased her new collection of sculptural furniture and lighting at the Salone del Mobile 2021, an international design and innovation exhibition in Milan, but her Instagram account still contains articles about the show and the pieces it makes. works for its collaboration with the Italian furniture brand Chellini in partnership with the Varisan group.
At the Salone del Mobile, also known as the “supersalone” organized by Italian architect Stefano Boeri, Italian craftsmanship could be seen coming together with eastern design in a new collaboration. Khan showcased two-tier greenhouse side tables, with light blue hues and patterns inspired by dense foliage, and all-gold cocktail tables, which stood out with their neat geometric lines. Low lounge chairs, branch mirrors and more were also on display.
This was part of the VSK Chelini Edition, an exclusive collection of furniture and decor conceptualized by Indian interior designer Sussanne Khan for Italian brand Chelini, which has been producing handcrafted furnishing accessories since 1898. Created in partnership with Vero by the Varisan Group, this collection will be used in luxury homes, hotels, yachts and resorts that this design and project management company manages around the world. Currently the team is working with Khan on new projects in Dubai and Singapore.
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The collection features elements of Khan’s signature aesthetic, a blend of classic and modern chic. Each piece has the dual function of an art object and a functional furnishing accessory. This selection will also be retailed in her design concept store, The Charcoal Project, which she founded in Mumbai in 2011. Khan believes the synergy between her aesthetic and Chelini’s design sensibilities is perfect. In an exclusive interview, she talks about some of the highlights and what luxury means to her. Edited excerpts:
What attracted you to Chelini as a brand?
Chelini is a very special and renowned Italian brand known for their impeccable, clean and textured craftsmanship. It can be interpreted as a subtle luxury. thus the collaboration between Vero Susanne Khan (VSK) x Chelini went hand in hand, in particular with the concepts that we were trying to achieve. The design of each product we have created is based on the same philosophy: silent and complex artisanal luxury.
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The new collection seems to focus on geometric lines, neutral tones and warmth. Could you develop the theme and design further?
In this collection, I wanted to bring elements from the mystical world into a modern home. I mainly focused on three key products: the feather chair, the branch mirror and the installation of the chained treasure.
The branch mirror is an artistic representation of a surreal golden branched tree in a forest. These are then assembled in a natural sculptural way, after which they are electrolytic in old liquid gold.
The chained treasure is a representative adaptation of a human artery. As human beings, we must conserve and protect our thoughts and actions from the corruption of negative influences. So, in the installation, the golden chains bind our good energies together while keeping our hearts alight. It is therefore our chained treasure, and the installation is its metaphor.
The chained treasure is a representative adaptation of a human artery
The feather chair has this talisman of a charm bracelet hanging from its back. The bracelet has a crystal stone surrounded by hand braided leather in order to attract good energy. All other products in the collection balance these three masterpieces in terms of color palette and warm textures.
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What does luxury mean to you?
Luxury is for me an emotion that we, as designers, can express. Design is my tool to create this feeling. In a world filled with uncertainty, we only control what we try to express through our art, with the truest intentions at heart.
Could you explain the process of creating some of the sculptural chairs, light fixtures, such as the Chained Treasure, and more?
Creating all of this has been an incredibly interesting process. I wanted to put in place concepts that create emotions. And in doing so, we wanted to use new techniques. The creative process of Chained Treasure has been one of my most rewarding experiences so far. We actually dug a giant artery out of clay with exaggerated, textured crevices and valves. Each of these valves had to be assembled to be cast in a mold. It was then galvanized and fitted with automated wiring to create the lighting and final finish that we wanted. In the end, the chained treasure was wrapped in 50 meters of golden brass chains coated with PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition).
How does materiality impact the theme of the collection?
The materiality helps to bring out the expression within each of the products. Today, as we speak, having a thought and trying to adapt it with our imaginations, can only help us to manage in life, with a little more pleasure.
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