Rodolphe Parente’s Apertura Collection Includes a Lamp With Two Adam’s Apples

When Pierre Chareau, Gio Ponti and Carlo Scarpa are listed as a designer’s heroes, chances are their own work is going to be expressively shaped, functionally intriguing, and artistically quite lovely. And, happily, that’s exactly where Rodolphe Parente’s new collection of furniture and lighting has landed. Fresh from curating a hedonistic after party–inspired installation at this year’s Design Parade festival, and having previously overseen furniture projects for industry giants like Emeco and Poltrona Frau, the Paris-based designer has created the Apertura range of limited editions as a complement to the refined residential and retail interiors for which his studio is better known.

The pieces in the collection don’t have a ton in common from a visual standpoint, although each possesses the qualities mentioned above, as well as an acute attention to detail. The chair, Taglio, is a cuboid of waxed ash wood with one side scooped out into a continuous curving slope for the sitter’s body to drape over. Its other side remains squared-off, providing a surface for drinks or display. Meanwhile, a pair of amorphous tables called Lacrima has stained birch sides and dark green leather tops, and acts as a sultry addition to the more innocent-looking set.

Also part of Apertura are lighting designs that include Golosa, a tall, skinny pole with cones at either end and two bulbous protrusions like a pair of Adam’s apples towards the top. The floor lamp is made from textured lacquered wood and finished in a matte citron color. Palestra is similar, but features a single cone at the base and a straight vertical shaft for a more minimal effect. Then there’s Gesso, a more expansive line of sconces, floor and table lamps with different shade shape and color options, but all united by their brushed stainless steel armatures and textured coatings that resemble a popcorn ceiling or the stucco exterior of a house, bringing a little bit of the outside in.