By Julia Ford-Carther
At Opalinski Design House, a progressive design perspective creates an innovative, futuristic interpretation of luxury.
It was mere hours after Lukasz Opalinski, head designer for Opalinski Design House, touched down in Miami that he knew this was where he was meant to open his eponymous furniture design firm two years ago. “I’m drawn to the colors and the contrasts, the beautiful water and the palm trees,” says Opalinski, who was born in Poland, but trained in furniture and industrial design in the U.K. “That, in combination with the architecturally inspiring buildings, the vibrant atmosphere and the multicultural elements, triggers my imagination.”
The fluidity and asymmetry of nature are prevalent in many of Opalinski’s most striking pieces. “Stylistically, I look for structures that are visually exciting and offer something unexpected to the viewer,” he says. “I work hard to make sure that an object has visual interest from many different angles.” Comfort is also a major factor, and Opalinski marries form and function into each piece he designs.
The Indulgence Chair
To see Opalinski’s work first-hand, visit the 25th floor of the Conrad Miami hotel in Brickell. There, you’ll find one of his limited-edition cast-bronze “Indulgence” chaise lounges, which were “designed to prove that you can obtain balance out of asymmetry.” Opalinski fashioned the custom beauty by fusing together several pieces of bronze. “It’s a piece of furniture with all the ergonomics, but it’s also a piece of art,” he says.
Another factor Opalinski considers is sustainability, which is demonstrated in his use of recycled aluminum and natural foam in many of his outdoor collections. “It’s about creating objects that can be designed, built and then utilized in a way that they are living in harmony with Mother Nature,” he says. “Therefore, the user can have a symbiotic relationship with it.”
Opalinski’s latest product is a detour for the designer, who is accustomed to working on large-scale sculptural pieces. “It’s a very simple, laminate bar stool, but the seat itself, the way it’s designed, is captivating,” he says. Materials such as gelcoat-finished fiberglass, laminate wood and yacht-inspired technology maximize quality while still maintaining a fluid silhouette. Pre-launch, the stool is already making waves as orders flood in: One of Opalinski’s clients in the brand-new Porsche Design Tower is eyeing three for himself.