In an effort to challenge conventional retail experiences through unique site-specific exhibitions, the furniture and design gallery VERSO presented PALMA: Five Pieces – Collection No. 1 during the inaugural edition of Alcova Miami. It’s the first furniture collection designed by Palma, the São Paulo-based studio led by Cléo Döbberthin and Lorenzo Lo Schiavo. A natural pairing, both VERSO and Palma work with varying typologies as an exploration of the handmade, production processes, and design narratives.
As the collection’s title implies, PALMA: Five Pieces – Collection No. 1, includes just that. A coffee table, corner table, table lamp, floor lamp, and room divider keep the series simple and focused.
At first, the base of the Esfera Table Lamp appears pearlescent, when in all actuality it’s covered in aluminum foil applied like gold leaf. Its polished stainless steel cross legs and conical shade, paired with the spherical base, explore the relationship between the three shapes.
Palma used eggshells from their own studio breakfasts to create the lacquer used on the Marshmallow Console. Aptly named after its marshmallow-like legs, which are hand painted with enamel paint and marble dust, it makes for a substantial piece with a particular presence.
The B de Bola Coffee Table combines unlikely materials and shapes in its reinterpretation of the sculptural marble trompe-l’oeil. You’ll find fiberglass, aluminum foil, plaster, and more being used to create a stone-like surface that’s always unique when finished.
The visual balance of the Pinheiro Floor Lamp is achieved with two identical, seamless fiberglass cones that represent a pine tree. The base structure is hand painted and finished in a texture reminiscent of tree bark, while the shade is bare and translucent.
The Moreau Room Divider presents “spolia” from Brazil’s Art Deco past, molded in place from public monuments before being cast in bronze. You may have already noticed that the hand-painted base echoes the shape of the B de Bola table.
To learn more about VERSO’s PALMA: Five Pieces – Collection No. 1, visit verso.nyc.