By: Roman Kozak
One evening in Milan I accompanied our editor-in-chief Nichelle Cole to the event of Bougeotte by Hodara. I’d already heard about their innovative design pieces, but when I saw them with my own eyes and touched the materials I really felt the chills on my skin…
Bougeotte’s creative director Fayina Fridman presented to Salone del Mobile Milano a set of absolutely innovative pieces, representing a real avant-garde in the world of interior design. Her pieces made of wood and fur are a living oxymoron, art installations that represent a stylish blend of modern – soft and hard, roundness and strength, fluidity and solidity.
The Russian-born designer took us into her pleasant and fascinating world; she made us jump into a new reality, made only of mystery, where everything was seen like a dream, there was no logic, just a big puzzle, ready to solve.
Passing the new accessories made under the symbol of the bee I focused on the Folio coffee table. Made of oak-wenge finishing, it represented a strong stable element for interior design. Both tables – one with the racing Ferrari pistons preserved in plexiglass in flawless detail and the other with its engine also placed into the highly transparent material – gave us a contemporary view and the impression of future masculine interiors.
The half-egg shape acted as a symbolic element of reincarnation and reminded me of Salvador Dali’s ideas. Using these reincarnated car elements and the combinations of very different materials Bougeotte breathed the air of innovation in this brainstorm personalities’ world.
The series shared a gradation of colors that represented the absolute king of the shades of the wood- ranging from dark brown and finishing with the deepest black. Fur, used for the chair and in combination with the dark heavy wood, shimmered in evanescence with sensual color to enrich the whole design, giving unique refinement and offered a trademark ready to make a certainty to its name.
Bougeotte’s new pieces are undoubtedly a priceless discovery in the world of interior design, a world that sometimes tends to repeat itself, to remain anchored in the past, in classicism, where one is afraid to dare or to overstep the mark. But Fridman took all her cosmopolitan background, without making us clearly understand what her true source of inspiration was, as if her past and the vision of her future were united in a single thing, focused on unique pieces that were able to tell a story to an entire world.