Posts Tagged ‘furniture design’
April 10th, 2013 – The Salone del Mobile has kicked off this week, transforming the fashion mecca of Milan into a design mecca. Designers, architects, makers and buyers have entered Milan from all corners of the globe for what is indisputably the world’s best furniture fair. On display this year at the Rho Fiera exhibition is the Ribbon Chair, designed by VIV PROJECTS, a Melbourne based furniture and product design studio led by Vivianne Kollevris. Kollevris is an engineer-turned-designer who is inspired by the beauty of geometric shapes, her work focuses on the purity of shape and its potential to become something extraordinary. The Ribbon Chair exploits the potential offered by high performance fiber reinforced concrete to create a piece of furniture unlike any other. At just 22mm thick, the Ribbon Chair utilizes the tremendous strength offered by concrete of this type to produce a thin and elegant form, in contrast to what one expects to see from concrete. The chair almost seems like it has been captured in a moment of time, a moment of movement ready to unravel into another amalgamation of curls. Kollervis says she used her background as a professional structural engineer to combine “creative and engineering skills to develop this distinctive design that challenges preconceptions on how an object should work, look and feel.”
Photography By VIV Projects
What happens when a two dimensional QR-code is transformed into a three-dimensional structure? This is the question that German designer Elena Belmann asked herself before she created this wooden QR stool. Then she pondered “Would this change its information content?” only one way to find out! She created a wood sculpture that is part architectural form and part scannable data. This wooden structure is also a lamp. Awesome!
At first glance this reworked Chesterfield chair appears as though it is seen through the lens of a kaleidoscope, a mirage of fragmented angles. The design is a fresh take on the stiff, classic, tufted armchair that goes hand in hand with leather-bound books and wafting cigar smoke. The new chair, however, is fresh, fun and full of life. Christian Fiebig replaced the traditional deep button aesthetic with origami-inspired faceted angles, and reinterpreted the original design by reconstructing it through polygon surfaces in a computer program. The digital, 2D model was then printed and rebuilt on paper. While the scale is actualized, don’t think about cozying up with a good
celebrity tabloid novel just yet, the artist is currently still working on the development of a functional version.
Let’s be real, you can’t hug yourself, it’s just not feasible. (Although I’m sure we’ve all tried at some point). We’ll for those melancholy moments, fear not. Enlist your closest compadre and curl up in the comfy embrace of the PDA-friendly Hug Chair. Budapest born designer and winner of the 2011 ICFF design award, Gabriella Asztalos, created the exclusive lounger that ‘combines the original spiral shape and the values of a hug.’ The circular corkscrew embodies the intersection of design and intimacy. The unique structure links the two seats together, creating the perfect nook for a little face time, or canoodling, if that’s more your speed. ‘The upper “half-pipe” bends above the heads creating a highway of thoughts and a chain of emotions. In this way you are interconnected in the same circle and the focus is always on the other person, exactly what a hug is about.’ Now if they could only make a spooning-friendly sofa…
Moises Hernandez has taken inspiration from a tie in his latest piece of furniture called the Tie Chair. The chair is made of basic materials like maple, walnut, plywood, leather, and has a clean and minimalistic silhouette. Moises outlined and hallowed out the back of the chair and placed a horizontal leather band down the center to act as the seat back. Hernandez explains that he likes objects to be simple, and he likes to find and search the key elements that give shape to them, which is a statement that truly speaks volumes in his work on the Tie Chair
Joseph Walsh is a one of a kind self taught designer. The Irish born designer expresses his passion and imagination through his work ethic and commitment to exploring the depth and potential of wood as structure, form, material, technology and ecology. It’s part of Formations collection which consists of several similarly designed furniture pieces.
The design is derived from his ambition to collaborate with the environment and create innovative products that maintain the grandiose in nature. This particular piece exudes all the qualities of wood; flexibility, strength and unparalleled texture. Walsh opted to strip the wood down into thin layers, maximizing its natural elasticity. A free flowing design exempt of rigid edges ensured that each of the aforementioned merits was personified. The final design invites the user into an oasis of nature; indoors. Enjoy!