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Zurich and London
Things are not what they seem in the debut collection from the up-and-coming Swiss duo Dominic Plueer and Olivier Smitt. The two met while working in the studio of famed designer Alfredo Häberli and bonded over their love of minimalism and abstract design. When they started their own line, they tried to move past a "preconceived vision of rudimentary products" by offering transformative takes on rugs, side tables—one made from CNC-milled slabs of onyx marble and another cast in three colors of resin—and the delicate Vase N°1 ($335), an inverted blown-glass object that looks like a lighting fixture.