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.
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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.
Swedish design student Erik Hellstrom of NFNSSFS recently introduced me to his latest project, Hanger A – a minimal and efficient clothes hanger. The design itself is based on simplicity and practicality. Hellstrom also wanted the hanger to subtly blend into its surroundings whilst maintaining an elegance. Hanger A consists of basics, that is, omitting extraneous materials and decorative elements. A lot of hangers/systems take too much attention away from the function and also the clothes on display. However, this does not mean that the design aesthetic of a simple hanger is not important, and so I worked on not “overdoing” it. The hanger is handmade, comprised of Swedish pine measuring 2x3x80 cm, painted in white egg-tempura and is suspended from white linen string. A larger version of Hanger A has also been designed in black and measures 2x3x125 cm.
Angle is one of the last products manufactured by the furniture company Calma, a project developed by the great Spanish product design studio SerraydelaRocha. They thus explain Angle: A project of an apparent simplicity, under which hides detailed technical work. Its geometry has been studied at the structural level for maximum rigidity of the simplest way, achieving a visual effect of lightness, with a thickness of only 13mm of porcelain. A table for large outdoor spaces – sculptural, architectural, protagonist, all aspects which will undoubtedly make this design the center of attention wherever it may be. I really think SerraydelaRocha achieved all the objectives they outlined for this project, with Angle being a perfect combination of lightness and simplicity with some aggressiveness and dynamism simultaneously, not to go unnoticed in any space.
Sarah Böttger, a Wiesbaden born industrial designer is fascinated by simple and easy things which are thus out of the ordinary. Her most recent design is the multifunctional wardrobe Skale. Comprised of coated metal and measuring 85cm x 155cm, Böttger describes the design: Skale can be what you make of it – a wardrobe, side table, shoe shelf or simply to display your favourite outfit. Its form is based on a collage of one original shape that has been multiplied, scaled and nested into one another. All shapes are connected to each other and thus form a stable structure. The result is a harmonious acting helper for those who like order. Although this design may not be for everyone’s everyday storage, I really enjoy the use of a single shape throughout the design.
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.
London based designer Hugo Passos has come out with a charming new table inspired by fine art. Drawing from the colorful, geometric paintings of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, this design is called the Piet Side Table. Passos’ table mimics the geometric, colorful style of the De Stijl art movement, which Mondrian was closely associated with. The table has an asymmetrical leg structure made from solid walnut and a bright matt lacquer top. This design is available in white, black, red, blue, or yellow; naturally these colors are derived from Mondrian’s paintings. I am a huge fan of the intersection of fine art and design; and this table combines them perfectly! Passos has transformed Modrian’s timeless, iconic paintings into what is sure to become an iconic piece of furniture. I am hoping to get my hands on one of these someday- the yellow is calling my name!
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.
This visually laconic and multifunctional table, called Cargo, has been created by French designer Frédéric Saulou. The beauty of the idea lies in the expandable surface of the piece, achieved by sliding or swiveling its main frame and drawer. The alluminium powder coated components are attached to the wooden base and move freely among it thanks to the clever joint mechanism. I love the functionality of the object. It expends, changes shape, accommodates demands of its surroundings. It also incorporates quite a bit of storage space, that could be both open and concealed.
This minimal desk by Germany-based designer André Schelbach is packed with clever features, allowing us to accommodate various gizmos without bringing any clutter to the equation. The piece is equipped with impressive storage arrangements, multiple power outlets and wire management components. All hidden underneath the sleek console frame. All drawers are lined with velvet (so that our precious devices can be stored scratch-free). Wires are organized via magnets, allowing running the cables through a metal frame, concealed from the view. Aside from the obvious tech-friendliness, I like how multifunctional this desk is. It can be used as an entryway item, a sofa table in the middle of the room, as well a workstation. The piece is customizable with 32 different surface materials and three leg finishes: chrome, smoked chrome, and satin chrome.
Ker is an attractive coat stand designed by Lluïsa Morató for the Spanish company Systemtronic, which specialises in office furniture and accessories since 1984. The coat stand is made using twelve beech wooden bars fixed slightly inclined to a lacquered steel hoop with butterfly screws. I really enjoy the prominence that this coat stand can have in a room, providing an important role, instead of another usual design that goes unnoticed. If you also appreciate the design of Ker, the entire collection of office products by Systemtronic is quite beautiful.