NYC Design Week 2015 saw the Rhode Island School of Design alumni Farrah Sit and Anna Lynett Moss from Chiyome, both New York-based product designers, collaborate on a beautifully light and elegant furniture collection. Rooted in an analysis of planar relationships and with a nod to design elements borrowed from fashion, the collection is a study of weightlessness and balancing opposites — line vs volume, bright vs muted, transparent vs opaque. Both designers became friends in the NY design scene through a mutual deep admiration for each others’ work and share a focus on thoughtful, considered and sustainable design with community engagement – this collaboration was an opportunity to explore such design philosophy on a larger scale. The collection was exhibited during NYCxDesign2015 at Colony, a furniture showroom that celebrates and showcases the community of independent designers in New York City. Photography by Christopher Saunders.
Exhibited at this year’s Milan Design week this beautiful and minimalist collection of shelves and tables is designed by Japanese studio Nendo for Glas Italia. Slide is a collection that includes two shelving units, a counter unit and a pair of small side tables that express a “slide” of position by focusing on the technology that bonds glass to glass. One black sheet of glass is bonded in a way that it has slid from its original position. Nendo comments: The shelves are particularly challenging to develop, since the black glass that is sticking out has to be attached to a transparent glass using an extremely small area of the cross-section. The same materials are used for the cuboid tables, which have tops shifted away from their dark bases in a similar way. The tables look as though the surface on top of the black box has been opened in a slightly slid position. Extremely simple. I love the glass, which is a radical and pure material and the Slide collection interprets these characteristics perfectly. Photography by Kenichi Sonehara.
Milan-based architect Victor Vasilev partnered with the Italian manufacturer Boffi, to create an innovative shelving solution in blind shape. Vasilev was inspired by the profiles of buildings, touching the sky, in big cities. The breakdown of the volumes of the buildings has created a series of staggered floors which may contain seveal objects, creating a fascinating urban setting. The modular shelving system, named CTline, are blinds with inside vertical storage units, like staggered floors, varying in height and depth. The characteristic composition with its irregular profile really strikes the eye. The modular shelving units, made of a matte-white Betacryl solid surface material, can be positioned to suit specific needs. There are six different proportions to complement your home. The bathroom unit comes fitted with a mirror on inclined front side.
The German design label Studio Hausen has rethought a modern classic of design; the hanging shelf. The link shelf is stripped down to the essentials; a number of massive ash wood shelve boards and a set of black steel mounting brackets. I like the contrast of the natural wood and dark steel and the open structure of the shelf. The open character makes the shelf perfect to store and display acquired treasures. One can easily arrange, and expand, the elements of the shelf by himself adapted to his needs and space requirements and play with the many potential compositions. The link shelf was exclusively availabale in two variants through MONOQI and was a real hit.
Berlin based interior design studio Applied Object, founded by Dirk Rittberger in 2012, is dedicated to promoting furniture and objects conceived and created by various designers. With an eye on innovative and lightweight materials Applied Object aim to make furniture suited to mobile lifestyles known to blur the boundaries between home and work. Such furniture is the long board and short board wall shelves, which boast a beautifully minimalistic, functional and timeless design, suitable for almost every apartment, studio or house. This elegant wall shelf, made from a single folded sheet of aluminium composite, has been designed to hold books and CDs as well as crockery. Measuring 188 x 7 x 24cm and 94 x 7 x 24cm, the shelves are available to order through Berlin based store LOCAL. Photography courtesy of Simon Freund.
Mamba, by Bulgarian designer Victor Vasilev for MDF Italia is more than a shelf. It’s a perfect combination of shape, function and material, a unique mix of a shelf, a console and a desk with a LED light source which creates a new kind of furnishing. Mamba is a new concept of furniture comprised of Cristaplant, that fits into a modern domestic space with a unique image, sensual to the eye and to the touch that seems to materialize from the wall and then vanishes. In 2013, two years after the launch of Mamba, Mamba Light was created. A sober hanging desk or a decorative shelf that lends itself to different uses and home environments — from the living room to the studio. Mamba Light is a shelf-desk cabinet made of medium-density wood fiberboard, with variable thickness, curved mold, matt white, green, orange, blue, sand, ivory, yellow and gray coated finish. The basic shape gives the product a unique design and identity of a strong iconic character.
Berlin based Björn Meier created a minimalist, light, modular shelf-system named Dike. Dike is composed of several components, each made of a coated top and bottom shelf, two side elements of acrylic glass. The rear and blind are made of aluminum. The system invites you to make your own composition. The open transparent shelves encourage us to store beautiful and well crafted objects though. Else it is hard to keep the clean, uncluttered appearance. Meier founded his Berlin Product Design Studio in 2007, after his graduation in product design from the University of the Arts Bremen in 2006. Photography by Axel Köhler
Clopen is a simple little floating shelf with the neat storage compartment. Creative minds at Torafu Architects envisioned it looking like a solid wooden piece. The illusion breaks when the face panel slides open, revealing a hidden storage area. Designers explain: This shelf panel is constructed from elaborate aluminum parts, and at 34mm thick, it looks as if it’s made of natural wood. Attaching sliced veneer to a thin structure, we made space between two boards which can be opened using magnetic keys. You will not get a lot of storage capacity from this shelf, but it will give you enough space for some jewelry, documents and other valuables. Also – an ultimate secret stash item! Photography by Yosuke Owashi
Looking for a flexible and light structured shelving system? Do not look further. I would like to share Meccanica, a great minimalist shelving system by Demode, engineered by Valcucine, with you. The base unit frames of Meccanica are made of iron with a electrophoresis coating, connected together by using mechanical joints. The framework can be easily assembled by the end user and can be recomposed and customized extremely. All door types – wood, metal or covered with removable fabric – can be customized in various colors. On request one can also have the frames lacquered in a personal preferred color. “We can not longer continue to produce without worrying about the goods that will accumulate in the environment tomorrow” says Valcucine so at the end of it’s life-cycle Meccanica is easy to disassembled and can be 100% recycled or reconditioned by 90%. The use cases for Meccanica are endless, where would you use Meccanica for?
As a fan of New York-based practice Snarkitecture ever since their collaboration with fashion designer Richard Chai, I have been looking forward to their new installation in Chicago’s Volume Gallery, a series of everyday objects ‘confused’ in their original function, typical context and familiar materials, producing a collection of Fun. A lamp whose globe melts away from leaning onto another lamp. A coffee table frozen in collapse under the weight of a marble that ‘pours’ its heaviness out. These objects are kept in minimal colors and forms to convey the artists’ intention. Funiture reconsiders our reality, often centering on creating confusion – whether with familiar objects in unexpected contexts, or the dissolution of recognizable volumes into irrational forms. Snarkitecture, comprising of Alex Mustonen and Daniel Asham, has often brought the fields of topography and geography into a smaller, human scale. Shelves, smooth on the top surface to function as, well, shelves, are made out of fiberglass and wood while they resemble rock excavations on the underside. Consistent in their philosophy of making architectural sense in their work, what I like most about the collection is that it serves its purpose by reminding us that sometimes it is ok not to take architecture...
Osko+Deichmann, the product design studio founded by Blasius Osko and Oliver Deichmann, created a minimalist family of tubular steel furniture named “KINK”. While normally tubing used in furniture is bent the Berlin design duo rather functionally folded, dented and kinked the tubes in their furniture pieces. The traces that come with the steel process are now integral to the furniture’s design. The family consists of a table, chair, writing table, cantilever chair, sideboard, shelf, coffee table and floor lamp made exclusively of tubular steel, pine wood and clamps.
I love the simplicity of Revolver – a display and storage system based on a reversible shelf design. Revolver is made by the London based design studio Henny van Nistelrooy. Van Nistelrooy, 1979 – The Netherlands, founded his studio after his graduation in 2007. Revolver was developed as part of the retail design commission for Velorution – a London based bicycle store. The shelving system is very flexible and perfect to exhibit objects and garments. The combination of the wood (Douglas fir) and powder coated sheet metal works fine and give the system a subtle elegance. One can easily adjust the system by hooking one shelf above the other.