Berlin based German designer Sebastian Scherer has created the Aluminium Chair as part of his Aluminium collection. The collection was presented at this year’s DMY, the International Design Festival in Berlin. Devoid of additional materials and hardware, this elegant chair, designed in black and white, is comprised of open loops and sleek curves. With its continuous form, one will struggle to establish where the aluminium material begins and where it ends. The 8 mm water-cut aluminium seating was constructed with the objective of folding the 2D cut-out into a 3D shape. The finished product resulted in impeccable similarity to that of its cardboard prototype. The smooth curved legs in particular look fantastic. As for the comfort level this chair offers, I can only wish to discover that.
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After Bruno Fattorini became president at MDF Italia in 1992, their leitmotiv changed to ‘developing for precise life styles’. Sounds mighty interesting, but the Aluminium bed series (which he designed personally) a wonderful visual illustration of this approach. These beds show the aesthetic purity of extremely simple shapes. Fattorini’s rational minimalism deduced the bed to its archetypical qualities, but without ‘undesigning’ it. All elements seem of the perfect length and thickness, and the result is of a beautiful coherent balance.
PA1 (an acronym for Proper Audio) is a minimal mountable aluminium bodied bluetooth speaker, made by Australian studio Proper. Designers tried to create a combination of laconic beauty and powerful sound. The result is being currently founded through Kickstarter. Here is how they describe it: PA1 connects wirelessly to virtually every smart phone, tablet and computer, regardless of operating system. We’ve selected a premium Bluetooth module, with close consideration to antenna placement ensuring clear, consistent pairing and audio streaming. PA1 also remembers up to 5 devices, so you’ll only ever need to pair the first time you turn it on. The On, Off, and Pairing commands are operated intuitively via a single button. The device is versatile, it can be moved from one room to another, mounted on a wall or placed on a shelf or desk. The interchangeable fabric covers are available in black and white.
Milan based architect and industrial designer Monica Armani, internationally recognised by the precision of geometry, the purity and consistency of her work, designed in 2010 the minimalist, sleek and stunning WGS Stool for Italian furniture brand, Gallotti&Radice. The WGS Stool is designed in bright stainless steel as well as embossed white or grey aluminium, which can be covered by felt, 3D Tex, leather, suede or fabric in a variety of colours and patterns. Measuring 45 x 30 x 45 cm, the low stool is a simple and subtle piece of furniture that would surely compliment any contemporary interior. I really enjoy the thinness of the design, its smooth rounded corners, and the iced 3D Tex finish is particularly beautiful.
I present you the Zero Chair, a minimalist chair made out of one sheet of aluminium with just three cuts and two folds. At first the chair makes a ‘cold’ and ‘metalic’ appereance. But when you take place it shows you a different personality: resilient and playful. A chair with a personality. The Zero Chair is part of the aluminium collection by DoroDesign. The chaise longue and coat rack follow the same precise cuts and clean lines. The Zero Chair was the first self-produced furniture piece by Dorodesign, an Italian design firm founded by Dario Olivero and Stefano Ollino.
Sara Mellone is an Art and Design graduate at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. Her graduation project, presented in February 2013, is an award winning furniture series called The Simple Things. The project comprises pieces of furniture, including a strong, but lightweight bench and two stools made from 2.5 mm sheets of aluminium that have each been folded four times. The simple shape of the double fold creates enough strength to build a bench that is three times longer then the stool. The white powder-coated version of the folded stool is very durable, therefore it is well protected from fingerprints and scratches. It is reminiscent of simple folded paper and this demonstrates where the inspiration came from. The pieces do not require any assembly and there are no off-cuts. Sara’s approach to design focuses on the simplicity and longevity of the product, by using materials that work in harmony with the design. Though all her products are minimalistic, she always keeps the poetic character of a piece, maintaining the sense of narrative and expression. This is a very impressive graduation project and I really enjoy the powder-coated stool, particularly. I will certainly be keeping an eye on Sara Mellone’s...
The Lunaire wall light has been created by French designer Ferréol Babin for Italian lighting brand FontanaArte. Inspired by lunar eclipses, the piece produces beautiful effects on the wall. It consists of two disks: the smaller one, containing the light source, is set inside a large aluminium diffuser. The small disk rotates, changing the position towards the diffuser and creating various lighting effects. I love the versatility of this piece. It can be set to create an intense direct light, an indirect soft one, and many variations in between. Also, thanks to its generous diameter, Lunaire can illuminate any space, even a big one, while remaining minimal and unobtrusive to the eye.
I recently discovered the wonderful collection of lighting designs from Milan based, Omikron Design. The Italian company has a primary objective to produce objects that enhance the illuminated spaces through light and outstanding design. Well, today I would like to introduce you to a particular lighting structure that does just that – Duo. The wall mounted Duo increases the functional characteristics of the cube. The structure is limited to the pure essence, enclosing the light sources and electronics with basic architectural geometry. Comprised of aluminium, Duo has a matt finish and is available in a variety of colours including black, white, silver and bronze. Understated elegance.
Thin lines and effortless functionality are but two mere elements of Daniel Rybakken’s Ascent table lamp designed for Luceplan. Presented at Euroluce, in Milan 2013, this piece is made from a combination of aluminium and technopolymer and is available in two alternate versions, with or without a standing base. In the base-less option, there exists an anchor bolt. In both options, the lamp is designed to be suitable for larger public spaces as well as domestic use. Disassembled, the elements that comprise the Ascent table lamp are traditionally recognisable. However, its Rybakken’s reinterpretation of its reassembly that is impressive. Mounted on a slender vertical stem, by moving the head along the stem the light intensity goes from being turned off at the bottom position, to gradually ascending to the full light output at the top. This ease of use, and variation in customisation, affords the user the ability to control the light intensity, but also the spread of the light. Daniel Rybakken, based on Norway, has a growing portfolio of work that spreads installation, lighting and illumination experimentations. With a background in Fine Arts and Design, his work spans across both disciplines, pushing boundaries through innovation on both accounts. The...
New York based multidisciplinary designer, Joe Doucet is the creator behind the simple, but certainly attractive little wireless Prism Speaker – the result of his first collaboration with the French producer of design, Lexon. As one product of Lexon’s Prism collection, which includes a clock and clock radio, the Prism Speaker measures only 8 x 8 x 8cm. It also features integrated touch controls, an in-built rechargeable battery lasting up to four hours, and an LED battery level indicator. For optimal acoustics, the speaker is reminiscent of a cube sinking into the surface upon which it rests. Prism is available in black, aluminium, and white.
Rim table lamp by Japanese born Paris based designer Jun Yasumoto is a simplified take on the lampshade idea. Made of steel, aluminium and lampshade fabric, the piece diffuses light on one side and reflects it on the other. The circular frame moves freely around the bulb, allowing the user to chose different angles and control the direction of the light. Designer claims that the minimalist style of Rim was only partly chosen for aesthetic reasons. The simple construction eliminates a complex production process and makes manufacturing more affordable. Rim lamp comes in black and yellow.
Italian furniture design studio Kristalia recently introduced me to one of their latest products – The Thin-K table, which will be presented at the next international trade fair in Milan. The incredibly slim Thin-K is the result of a collaborative project between Kristalia and the great Luciano Bertoncini. One of the primary features of Thin-K is of course how thin it is. Measuring a mere 6mm thickness, its structural frame is comprised of Anodised aluminium. The legs and top can be finished in a number ways, including aluminium with white, sand grey and black lacquer. The table is also available in genuine wood veneer with brush-effect, a technique that highlights the natural grain of the wood. Stunning.