Seth Eshelman from STAACH Design created the Cain chair in 2006. The chair and the Cain collection were born ultimately from the need for simple, affordable furniture, while also allowing extra features like being stackable and the ability to be upholstered. The Cain chair is STAACH’s first piece to truly encompass every form of sustainability in manufacturing and design, from sourcing and fabrication (it’s made with extreme reduction in tool usage) to shipping methods. This is an old favorite of mine – I love the simple, functional and straightforward lines of the design and appreciate the sustainability embodied in every aspect of it.
Clean angled lines, made of durable American black walnut and a touch of humor. United Kingdom based designer Derek Welsh created Dogleg, a chair with an angled back to accomodate the sitters easy elbow rest position. There are right and left handed versions available in a painted or solid wood oiled finish. Photography by Graeme Hunter.
Milan based industrial designer Sakura Adachi created Trick, a bookcase which can be transformed into a console table with two chairs. Adachi, born in Aichi – Japan, studied at the Musashino Art University in Industrial and Craft Design, specializing in woodwork, and moved to London afterward to completed her MA in Industrial Design at Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Trick is a perfect furniture piece to fulfill your everyday activities in a small environment. Moving both sides of the bookcase from their original positions they become chairs and the center part becomes a table ideal to use for office work and dining.
Coca-Cola wants to make it easier to recycle. So it makes perfect sense that they are turning bottles into chairs. Coca-Cola and furniture manufacturer Emeco partnered to re-engineer the original aluminum Emeco Navy Chair and develop the 111 Navy Chair. The 111 Navy Chair, which is less than 13 pounds, is composed of 111 recycled plastic bottles. Not a bad PR move. And apparently, Coca-Cola’s environmentally-friendly move requires three million plastic bottles recycled annually to develop Emeco’s chair. Learn what other designers, architects and creative professionals think about the 111 Chairs project. Keep recycling the little plastic bottle as a resource for future use. Either way, it’s a good bet I’ll stick with water. What can you build with 35 chairs? Ligne Roset’s Christmas tree includes 35 chairs of La Pliée by M-A Stiker-Metral. Whishing you all a very Merry Christmas.
This series of plywood chairs are created by design and art studio ROLU, rosenlof/lucas, ro/lu (how maximalist is that name?! ;-) from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. These chairs must be amongst the most minimalist chairs I’ve ever seen. Obviously the designers have successfully limited themselves to the use of geometric, basic shapes, but what’s most interesting is the choice of material – and how this really shows the power of material. In this specific case, the use of simple, bare plywood is giving us the experience of naked form – zero decoration. You don’t look at them as comfortable, or practical; you just see pure shape. And that’s a pretty rare experience if you ask me (Thx, Jon!)
Given that people nowadays – due the the economical situation – spend less money on expensive furniture, young designers are pushed to think how they can succeed. Athens, Greece based designer Alexander Xanthakis adds: In order to sell my design, without notoriety, the object has to be simple, strong and affordable. A minimalist chair because it has to be minimal. A chair which is both strong – tested to support a weight of 1000kg – and elegant on the one hand, but made with less material and production labour on the other hand. He came up with the “7.11 €/kg” Chair, made of 5 bended pieces of steel welded together, one consolidating the other. The 7.11 € per kilogram is the mass production cost that Xanthakis aimed for since the project started.
Later this week, during 100% Design London, the Plooop chair by London based designer Timothy Schreiber will be launched. All elements of the armchair – seat, backrest en legs – are made of layered plywood. The use of one single material, the open organic shape and the complex manufacturing process make that I like this chair so much. Schreiber likes to explore and challenge the boundaries between digital design, manufacturing methods and environmental sustainable use.
I could sit in this chair for hours. The Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, captures Mies’ aesthetic agenda of “almost nothing.” It is a chrome and leather lounge chair in a pure and linear “Miesque” frame. The furniture reflects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s early work, as a pure classicist; a German-born architect, known for his “less is more” phrase and a dream of the purest, spatial perfection. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed the Barcelona chair and ottoman for the King and Queen of Spain, when they visited his 1929 German Pavilion, in Barcelona. Knoll Studio received the exclusive manufacturing rights by Mies in 1953 as well as trademark protection to the Barcelona collection. Mies was a supreme Modernist of absolute austerity. Strangely, his rigorous structure feels poetic despite his struggle to express emotions in architecture—perhaps that was the Mies formula twist. We’ll take it.
Tokyo based furniture designer Oki Sato designed this wonderful, thin and almost fragile wire chair. The wire chair is a follow up of the cord chair. The stainless steel legs have a diameter of 12mm and multiple layers of powder coating and hand polishing give the chair a lustrous finish. Due to this finish you can use the chair outdoors as well. Available in three different serene colors a perfect complement for your interior. Photography by Masayuki Hayashi.
Magic! The black Magica and his sister, the white Magica2, will make anyone look twice. Their designer, the Italian Davide Conti, replaced two legs with plexiglass to create the illusion of an impossible balance. The Magica’s are not in production yet, so manufacturers: give Davide a call!
There’s something about his Simple Chair which I find really attractive… Maybe it’s the fact that it looks small, modest. Whatever it is, Italian designer Emanuele Magini won the first prize with it in the Promosedia International Design Competition 2009 – Calazza Memorial Challenge. The jury admired the chair’s design for its beauty and expressive simplicity and for the perfect balance and harmony of solid and void. I guess that says it quite nicely, actually.
Dutch designer Bram Geenen created the Gaudi chair as a follow-up of his Gaudi stool. Like the Gaudi stool, the Gaudi chair is developed by using the same methods (models of hanging chains) as Antoni Gaudi used to find the strongest shape for his impressive churches. The construction of the chair is compared with the stool a bit more complicated due to the forces in the chairs backrest. That is why Geenen combined the chain models with a software script to determine a 3D printed structure of nylon ribs to distribute the forces of the backrest across the chair. The structure is covered by a thin shell of carbon fiber.