Artist Aylin Langreuter and industrial designer Christophe de la Fontaine set up Dante – Goods And Bads in 2012, united by a shared love of the beauty and passions of the material world. The young company creates modern objects born out of collaborations with different guest contributors and mentors.
Dante - Goods and Bads: Designing products shaped by the needs of the society that create them
Dante - Goods and Bads was set up in 2012 by artist Aylin Langreuter and industrial designer Christophe de la Fontaine, united by their love and passion for the material world. This young company creates modern objects in conjunction with different guest contributors and mentors.
The two designers are inspired by emotions, habits, memories, tastes and aversions, following their own motto: “the good, the bad, never the ugly”. Their collaborations with other designers produce objects and designs that are the result of some form of dialog or concept with that individual. Their memories, emotions and habits come into play as well. For Dante - Goods and Bads it is integral that every product made is shaped by the most prominent need of the society that creates it. Most often than not, this is the search for practical and maximal usability. There is however another desire, according to the two designers; warmth and content and the connection of these two elements. The aim of the brand is to create objects that are not just things, but favourites and talismans. Demonstrating that objects that are useful and practical can also be emotional. For this reason, their products can have material attributes, like humour or passion. The designs are made by selected saddlers, carpenters and leather manufacturers in Milan.
Dante - Goods and Bads items are stocked around the world, such as in New York, London, Turkey, Switzerland, Korea and France.
Christophe de la Fontaine
Christophe de la Fontaine was born in Luxemburg and trained as a sculptor and industrial designer. Fontaine’s career as an artist and sculptor, he believes, brings together artistic freedom and creativity with the industrial needs. He was taught by Richard Sapper while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart from 1996 to 2002 and from 2000 to 2003 he was interning at London’s “Therefore - product design consultant” and Piero Lissoni’s Milan office, as well as collaborating with Stefan Diez which got him the “Design Report Award” in 2002.
Fontaine became head designer at Patricia Urquiola’s studio in 2003 and has been running his own practice in Milan from 2010, which led to cofounding Dante - Goods and Bads in 2012 with his wife, German contemporary artist Aylin Langreuter.
According to one of Fontaine’s clients Rosenthal, he is their most award-winning designer and Fontaine’s work has even been approved by Luxembourg royalty.Iconic Products
'Come As You Are': The ‘ Come As You Are’ bar cart was designed by Christophe de la Fontaine. It is a modest cart and references the classic hostess service trolley. By reducing the quantity of components to their core, the three-dimensional use of the outer railing, which acts to envelop and unite the two overlapping serving surfaces, overcomes the exactness of this archetype. The piece comes in minimalist steel, tempered glass panels and features two horizontal surfaces for increased capacity.
'Minima Moralia' Room Divider: The ' Minima Moralia' Room Divider is part of Dante - Goods and Bads’ 'Metropolitan Improvement' collection, that debuted during Maison et Objet. Also designed by Christophe de la Fontaine, the folding screen is crafted from bended steel, a machine that churns out aluminium shutter slats was used to help fold the screen, which is then covered in pleated fabric, adding an elegant finish to the screen's industrial aesthetic. The screen comes in three colours; black, bordeaux and yellow. As well as being an industrial production in itself, the ‘minima moralia’ reflects the idea of a city, with an object that provides privacy in a public space.
‘Established’ Collection: Designed by renowned barkeeper Charles Schuhmann for Dante - Goods and Bads in 2013, the ‘ Established’ collection features an elegant edition of silver plated Julep tumblers with a robust champagne bucket, with the essence of the project inspired by the traditional ritual of serving and drinking. The set draws on the aesthetic of classic pewter ware. An essential part of the series is the luxurious silver-coloured tumbler, manufactured by famous Milanese silversmith De Vecchi.How To Shop Dante - Goods and Bads on WallpaperSTORE*
Shop via Category