Brands

...and the winner of the Wallpaper* 2014 best new brand award is...Parachilna!

Aballs table lights by Jaime Hayon for Parachilna
wallpaper* 2015 award winner symbol
aballs pendant small by Jaime Hayon for Parachilna

Wallpaper* is right: Parachina is definitely the most exciting new brand launched in 2014 – and it is a lighting brand!

They have begun with collections from three star designers. Above are a pendant and two table lights from Jaime Hayon's Aballs, which also includes a great chandelier:

Jaime Hayon aballs chandelier 12 for Parachilna

 And, for good measure, he also created the really cute table lights, Chinoz:

Chinoz table lights by Jaime Hayon for Parachilna

Including the shade, they are 62cm high.

Parachilna may be new, but it is already a very professional operation, having been set up in Barcelona (one of the two most important homes of decorative lighting), by people with deep experience in running fine lighting companies.

Their second designer is New York-based Stephen Burks, who has worked since 2005 in over ten countries, with companies like Audi, B&B Italia, Dedon, Missoni and Roche Bobois, and who has, importantly from Parachilna's point of view, a commitment to building bridges between authentic handmade craft production on the one side, and international distribution on the other – see details of his "manmade" project here.

Here are some items from his Anwar series:

Anwar pendant light by Stephen Burks for Parachilna
Anwar T 30 pendant light by Stephen Burks for Parachilna
Anwar floor light by Stephen Burks for Parachilna

Parachilna's philosophy matches ours. They talk of:

"... the integrity of the design, the quality of the materials and the artisanal craftsmanship that creates it. Preserving the skills and knowledge of the few remaining metalsmiths, glass blowers, ceramicists and other skilled craftsmen that still remain in Europe and, we hope, in other parts of the world...our passion is to work with designers from every corner of the globe."

The third designer contributing to their launch collections is Jordi Veciana. From Barcelona, he has worked with Ralph Lauren in New York and, since 1998, with Zara as a creative director conceiving new retail store concepts.

For Parachilna, he has designed the light, elegant, simple Alistair series, comprising a pendant, a table light and a floor light:

Alistair lights by Jordi Veciana for Parachilna
Alistair floor light by Jordi Veciana for Parachilna

So, as you can now see, Parachilna is, from their very beginning, working at the very highest level, with seriously great designers, fine production, and efficient administration – making them worthy Wallpaper*winners!

And that name? Parachilna is a town on the edge of the desert above Adelaide. To understand the relevance, and what these two are doing there...

Parachilna station

... have a look at this page on their web site!

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