Australian designer Brodie Neill and Italian design manufacturer Marzorati Ronchetti have collaborated to produce the limited-edition Reverb Wire Chair. The design is based on the form of a geometric vortex – a wireframe network of handcrafted and mirror polished stainless steel rods that map out the expansive conical geometry of the chair. The steel rods of the Reverb Chair repeat themselves to form a rhomboidal grid with openings of different sizes. The diamond shaped gaps widen towards the outside, reaching the circumference in the same material. Made with the same steel rod that closes the border, the openings get smaller towards the central fulcrum, where the funnel-like space forms the seat and the support trunk simultaneously takes form. I obviously can’t vouch for the comfort of this chair, but aesthetically, I really enjoy it. It’s light, transparent and surprising.
Aptly named after what inspired its form, Melt, by Japanese design collective Nendo is essentially a piece of structural metal, in a black powder coated finish for that matter, that appears to ‘melt’ into the back, the arm rest and the legs of a chair while being supported by the seat. At the 2012 Salone del Mobile, the chair was part of a series called K% black&black which is described as perfecting the balance between structure and function in furniture, without the unnecessary distraction of new materials, technique and colour. It was a small but pleasant ‘aha’ moment when I first saw the chair without reading the brief. Clever and simple, its form has the modern sensibility to suit any contemporary interior, minimalist or not.
Chicago based designer Dan Goldstein created a minimalist chair, named Re-Ply, made of a steel frame and discarded cardboard boxes. A chair which reminds me a bit of the of the Hardoy chair (butterfly chair). Goldstein discovered a way to mold 4 plys of cardboard into a comfortable shell. The fibers of the cardboard fibers are strong enough for the chair’s construction. The shell is attached to a triangular steel base with two bolts. The bolts make it possible for one to gently rock the chair. I love the concept that the shell can be created from up-cycled cardboard and easily can be recycled after years of use. The use of cardboard also makes it possible to easily customize the shell yourself after purchase.
Meet the #3 chair by StudioGorm, minimalist and strong chair influenced by classic Egyptian furniture. The seat, made of laminated wood, is gently curved at the top and bottom edges and placed on a triangulated joint, giving the chair its strength. “A chair you can pass on to your grandchildren” the makers say. The #3 chair comes in a neutral or a crayon colour finished seat. There is also a slightly wider seat version available which can be used as a small bench for two. StudioGorm is a collaboration between John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong. Arndt and Jeong met during their master program at the Design Acedemy in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. They founded their studio in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, but are now based in Eugene, Oregon – USA. I really like their products; simple, practical but thoughtfully made with attention for details and finish.
When photographer Fien Muller and artist Hannes Van Severen combine forces to create, you know it’s going to be something to marvel. What they have created is this ridiculously elegant collection of chairs, creating the furniture out of sheer necessity and function. The artists explain their minimal designs: As to form or proportion we do not add anything; the rich marble or the vibrant colours of the synthetic material create a contrast with the tight form. The image of minimalism is worn out. This furniture battles with minimalism and uses it at the same time. Details have been left out, everything has been reduced to the most simple technological solution and still the result is very rich in ornamentation. I think the combination of the materials and minimal forms result in a collection of some of the most beautiful chairs I’ve seen to date.
Last year international acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby – studio Barber Osgerby – created Tip Ton for Vitra. A solid chair made of polypropylene available in eight vibrant colors. The name refers to the two types of sitting experiences that characterize this innovative chair. From a normal position one can tilt the chair a few degrees forward where it then stays in place. In 2010 study proved that a forward-leaning sitting position, until now the preserve of mechanical office chairs, increase muscle activity in the abdominal and back areas, which improves oxygen supply to the body. Great for use at the dining table or in your home-office.
In 1948, Charles and Ray Eames presented their first collection of moulded plastic chairs at the New York Museum of Modern Art during the International Competition for the Design of Low-Cost Furniture. The competition focused on: The need for well-designed, moderately priced furnishings for the vast majority of people; furnishings that could be easily moved, stored and cared for, thus meeting the demand of modern living. In addition to these concerns, the chairs were designed to be mass-produced. The Eames team were careful to design these chairs so they would look great in large quantities, such as in auditoriums; minimalist in their overall uniformity. Today, the moulded plastic chairs are being produced by Herman Miller in recyclable polypropylene, and by Modernica using the original fiberglass moulds.
I love the fluid lines and light profile of the JUNO chair by James Irvine. The Milan based Irvine created the lively chair for the Italian manufacturer Arper and was presented early this year during the Salone del Mobile 2012. JUNO is made of plastic cast produced through single gas assisted injection mould. Juno enjoys all the benefits of simplicity and uniformity but with a clever twist. The chair is created for both indoors and outdoors and can be used in residential and commercial spaces, Irvine explains. What I find great is that Juno shows that a plastic chair, in contrast of what one often sees, does not necessarily look cheap. The JUNO chair is available in four different forms: solid or open back, with or without armrests. All stackable to accommodate large-scale use and storage. One can choose from white, sand, anthracite, orange and yellow.
This elegant little chair is designed by Rik ten Velden. Bearing the name of “Femme Chair”, this chair is constructed from a single rope. Rick ten Velden is fascinated with sailor’s knots and all the different objects knots can create. He spent three months learning how to knot before he perfected the technique. Then he started the Single Knotted Collection, and is currently making objects all using these knot techniques. The seat of this chair is made of classic rope, and the rest is made of a single metal rod that curves into two circles, one to support the bottom and the other to support the seat. I love the simplicity of the two materials and how they work together. The use of rope in the seat also ensures durability. This is a chair made to last. The Femme Chair is obviously reminiscent of all things maritime, providing a simple nod to its inspiration. This chair does not hide anything, its structure and composition are plain for all to see, allowing one to trace its origins and see how the parts fit together. Femme Chair is quiet and unassuming, but possesses a strong sense of character. The way the circle tilts upwards, delicately balanced on...
Studio Färg & Blanche have designed this stunning modern rocking chair as a reaction to the dwindling rocking chairs available in the furniture market today. According to Färg & Blanche: Being rocked as a means of relaxation or comfort is a timeless, basic human experience. Though at some time in the early 20th century the design development of the rocking chair stopped. Rocking chairs frequently remain in an ornate, salon mode. Fredrik Färg’s Rock Chair is a rocking chair for our own time. It continues the traditional rocking chair’s comforting function but in a modern design. Rock Chair is an elegant design composed of simple elements. The chair is sold in a flat pack that contains five pieces. The pieces easily fit together and the finished chair reveals its construction. Accordingly, the process of assembly becomes a design feature. The viewer understands the process by which the chair came together because nothing about the construction is hidden from sight. Rock Chair has an ease and simplicity about it. I love its clever functionality, and its classic charm ensures it will fit in well with any living environment. Rock Chair even comes with corresponding cushions in either leather or canvas, to...
Pasila Design, a recent founded small Finish family business design agency, created Tuoli. Tuoli is an ergonomic, minimalist, chair for parents making it easy for them to interact – on eye level -with a playing child on the floor. The chair is multi functional as one can create a slide for the child by turning it upside down. Pasila design just finished their first furniture collection, a collection that consists of timeless designs and classic furniture with a funny edge. At the moment the products are prototypes, but their goal is to be able to offer furniture for your home in the near future.
Hong Kong born and Canada based designer Kitmen Keung has collaborated with Belgian furniture label Sixinch on their début project, Dual Cut – a modular furniture piece that employs the simplest production processes true to its materials with minimal wastage. The design features two ergonomically comfortable L-shaped foam blocks and a multi-formation ability to compose a one seater with a side table, a chaise lounge or a corner table. Dual Cut is available in Light Grey and Dark Grey and with a three-layer-system coating, it’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The designer explains: Dual Cut was designed with a dedication to Sixinch’s urethane cut technology, which is processed by data without the need of molding. It was an experiment to minimise the production process and material wastage, and more importantly to maximise its function values and flexibility in real life. Not only does this look good, but it’s an effective and practical way of occupying restricted spaces in the home.