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...
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The WR.02 is a minimalist chair with a fun twist I recently discovered in Lisbon. The chair is created by the Portuguese industrial designer and art director, Marco Sousa Santos. What appeals to me are the fresh lines and the interesting combination of materials, beech wood and rubber, the WR.02 is made up of. The backseat, one piece with the rear legs composing a strong structure, is coated with Rubber Skin creating the illusion of a hard back, yet surprisingly soft and comfortable. I really like how Sousa Santos plays with this illusion. The chair, available in various colours, is part of the new collection of Branca, a new furniture label founded by Sousa Santos.
I would like to share the MVS Chaise Maarten van Severen created in cooperation with Vitra with you. At first glance the MVS Chaise looks more like a sculptural object than a comfortable chair but upon use you immediately notice how the resilient material conforms the body. The backrest and footrest are made of a polyurethane integral foam shell with upholstered effect.The headrest is available in leather or polyurethane foam, matching the shell’s colour. The stainless steel base gives a nice contrast with the soft and elastic rest and completes the whole. A timeless furniture piece suited for indoor and outdoor use.
Naoto Fukasawa has recently completed this inspiring design for the Spanish furniture brand Viccarbe. A modular seating system, called Common, is comprised of eight cushioned forms, varying in size and height. Each piece is supported by the natural oak hardwood feet. The collection is accompanied by two auxiliary tables, also made of solid oak. I love how the pieces correspond to each other, creating harmonious seating landscapes. The manufacturer claims that high-density foam, used in creating these pieces, retains purity of the lines, even after intense wear.
Polish product designer Jan Kochański, based in Warsaw, has created this beautiful, minimalist and chic collection of outdoor rocking benches called Swing, each piece comprising bent steel and metal sheets. Designed for the Polish furniture brand, Delivié, the Swing collection’s inspiration derives from childhood activities. There is something special in rocking and swinging that gives us the feeling of calmness and joy. A rocking bench allows you to recall that feeling and simply enjoy the time, whether that be alone or as a couple. Aside from this, these benches are incredibly attractive. The slim curved frames and smooth glossy seats are likely to provide an elegance to your outdoor space. And as far as a benches go, they appear quite comfortable too.
The floating geometric frames of Les Ailes Noires by Tongtong are an exquisite play on form, shadow and line. The lines that compose these frames are based on a concept of fluid dynamism, whereby the expected form of framework is being challenged. Each piece is designed to be installed void of any need for screws or hardware, allowing for re-integration and re-use in each installation scenario. The series of industrial objects have been designed specifically for commercial retail, residential and special event environments. Manufactured in steel, these frames are available in a variety of finishes (flat black, white powder coating or polished chrome). These objects are part of a series of eleven pieces, including a full-length mirror, a wall-mounted sideboard with glass shelf, a ceiling-hung rack and eight freestanding racks. Canadian firm Tongtong say their work is inspired by movement and driven by diversity. This philosophy is clearly evident in Les Ailes Noires, where the lines cast shadows through the moving affects of the sun, clothing and artificial light. The firm’s philosophy of engaging in work that brings a richness of thought, vision and humanity, is clearly embodied in these pieces. I find the framework, the interaction of the lines...
Low Table is a series of solid wood low tables, created by the Belgian designer Marina Bautier for her own furniture and products brand, MA. After ten years of working in the furniture industry, it felt like the right time for the launch of my own label along with its own retail space. MA is short for ‘Marina’, it coincidentally means ‘the space in between’ in Japanese, a translation fitting well with the brand’s ethos. MA was launched recently, with all product manufacturing taking place in Belgium. What is clear to me from these table designs is the incredible quality and care taken, producing a quite beautiful finish to each piece. I am certainly excited to see how this brand develops.
The Revolt chair, originally designed in 1953 by the Dutch industrial designer Friso Kramer, is a true design classic. The chair, made of moulded plywood and powder-coated steel, was very innovative in those days. It caused a sensation when it was introduced and won a permanent place for itself both in the business world and in Dutch living rooms. After the Revolt chair had been out of stock for several years, Ahrend reintroduced it in 2004. Once again it has proven that a product that still has something to offer just gets better as the years go by. An ergonomic, flexible chair that gives you active support while working or having dinner. Revolt now comes with a polypropylene seat and back in black, white or dustgrey.
Inspired by the shifting tectonic plates of the Bay Area, San Francisco-based, design studio Box Clever created Segment. The table’s top is made from custom 1/2″ thick concrete sections that form the structure. Between each section there is a narrow opening that continues down through the legs. The satin grey-blue colored steel frame emphasizes the lines of the channel cutting across the surface. These openings create a functional channel for a unique system of accessories and cord management. The set consists of a polished aluminum tray, a low copper dish and a brass bowl. Each object can be locked into the channel and gives the impression of floating above the table’s fractured surface. Segment meets the needs of modern lifestyle with a adaptable and versatile system of accessories and configurations that easily shift from work to leisure. Segment looks at how beauty and function can coexist and evolve from one scene to the next.
Hold On is a modular desk and shelving system developed by the great Belgian designer Xavier Lust for the Dutch furniture company Gispen. Its elements are fixed on the wall with vertical supports that rest on the ground, producing a fantastic feeling of simplicity and lightness because of the reduction of the structure to the essential elements. Hold On is made in lacquered steel modules that create working surfaces, console tables or shelves, according to their dimensions, allowing multiple combinations and configurations to be use in private, professional or commercial spaces.
To mark its 75th anniversary Knoll joined forces with OMA, co-founded by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. At Salone del Mobile 2013 in Milan earlier this month they launched a new collection of kinetic furniture called Tools for Life. The collection features adjustable tables, swivel chairs, a stool, an executive desk, and other items. The minimalist material palette makes the furniture compatible with a range of residential and workplace interiors. I would like to highlight one of the collection pieces named 04 Counter. A horizontal stack of 3 timber blocks that can be transformed from a wall-like unit to cantilevered benches that swing around a central axis. A metamorphosis from a spatial partition to a communal gathering place. We wanted to create a range of furniture that performs in very precise but also in completely unpredictable ways, furniture that not only contributes to the interior but also to the animation – Rem Koolhaas
The internationally recognised Dutch furniture brand, Pastoe, is a brand that stands for simplicity, timelessness, quality and craftsmanship. This year, Pastoe are celebrating 100 years of design innovation and are currently exhibiting their many designs at Kunsthal Rotterdam, including furniture, drawings, publications, photographs, posters and advertisements. Curated by Anne van der Zwaag and a host of notable designers, artists and architects, the exhibition includes design pieces from different periods of Pastoe’s illustrious history, all presented together. We have touched on a couple of Pastoe designs on Minimalissimo over the years, but I would really like to take this opportunity to share with you some of our favourite furniture collections. These include the calm, understated beauty of Vision and Vision Elements, the clean lines and elegance of Pure, and the bold colours of Shift. In addition to the exhibition, a book titled, Pastoe: 100 years of design innovation has been written by author and design critic Gert Staal and curator Anne van der Zwaag, published especially for the anniversary. This looks back on the past century, but also looks forward with a modern vision on living, interior and design. Furthermore, on 27 May, an auction of old Pastoe furniture will take...