Design fairs always provide a great opportunity to see new contemporary design. At Collecting Design Fair tonight, I was introduced to the series Palafitte by Italian designer Giacomo Moor who is presented by Milan-based ProjectB Gallery. Moor is interested in the relationship between architecture and design, and his minimalist pieces are inspired by three sources: the fine verticality of stilt houses’ structure, the elegance of Flamingos, and the oriental world. His fascination with natural wood, his prime working material, has led Giacomo's research into new scenarios that bridge artificial and natural worlds. The series comprises of a wall-mounted desk, a low and high console, a table, and coffee table and all pieces are made of the same combined materials. Layered bamboo, brass, and sanded glass embody transparency and graceful structural systems. Sheets of bamboo fiber are hot glued at first and this tenacity allows the manufacturing by the lathe in sections without experiencing breaks. The combination of the white bamboo composite with brass compartments and glass and the graceful, elegant forms brings to fresh and airy pieces that are compelling and reflect a sense of peace. They were loved by my son whose high-brow and rather educated taste I truly respect.