No Sashimi Required: Alternative Collection Embodies Wabi-sabi

Luminaire has officially debuted the Alternative furniture collection by Joan Lao for the North American market.

Following the Japanese aesthetic based on the acceptance of transience, Alternative's nine-piece set takes its shape from natural materials including stone, steel, oak and leather.

Using a special scratching technique to the veneer to create the specific effect, the Barcelona designer, whose background includes art direction and architecture, has created a simple set including a sofa, sideboard, tables, compositions and mirrors made to complement each other and other collections.


Prior to creating the Alternative, Lao's work has included more than 3,000 projects, including the workshop of El Bulli alongside Ferran Adrià, interior design for private houses and apartments, and the creation of international sales outlets for fashion designers such as Carolina Herrera and Victorio & Lucchino.

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