Minimalissimo


Categorized “Lounge bed”

This futuristically looking object, called SleepBox, is designed exclusively for naps. Envisioned by Caspar Lohner and produced by LG Hausys in collaboration with Kläusler Acrylstein AG, the piece creates a place of comfort and relaxation within airports, offices or other public and semi-public spaces, providing peace and quiet in busy urban environments. The free-form shell is made from HI-MACS®, an innovative material, which is comprised of 70% natural stone powder derived from bauxite, 25% high quality acrylic resin and 5% natural pigments. Here is how Lohner describes his experience working with this unique compound: Every day was a challenge for me, but when something didn’t work, we tried and tried again until it was resolved. I learnt a lot about HI-MACS® fabrication possibilities thanks to this project. A porthole on one side of the shell provides an entry to the sleeping capsule, lined with a leather covered mattress. The outer part, thanks to the shape of the object, can serve as seating. SleepBox will be exhibited from 17th to 21th January at Swissbau 2012.


Dutch highschool student Maarten Scherpenisse is thinking out loud about minimalist design with his portfolio of design concept visualisations. He has thought up a number of furniture items, but also this supercool foosball table right here. His concepts are all Über-minimalist forms that are not limited by functionality, and I think that’s great!


In 2001, B&B Italia challenged Belgian architect/industrial designer Vincent van Duysen to design a day bed. And so, he created this gorgeously elegant lounger. The day bed consists of just two shapes: a flat seat and one pure curve rising up, giving it a floating, light appearance. The whole is supported by a with a slim, subtle and non-disturbing steel structure. Based on the day bed design, Van Duysen continued to develop a whole seating series, including chairs and ottomans – but the day bed clearly has my preference.