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Ideal for public spaces, Runway’s universal units can be configured in endless variations to suit your specific needs. Designed by Busk + Hertzog, their signature stitching details and unique canted angles add an unexpected element to the series’ dynamic and crowd-pleasing adaptability. Use one of the standard configurations as a template or combine the standard components to create a layout of your own.
The Netherlands is known to get cold. Very cold. Dutch designer Joost van Veldhuizen, founder of VanJoost, created a portable standing fireplace to help beat the freeze. Calling the little heater Brazier ‘Mikado’, Veldhuizen’s cool arrangement of bent steel is able to maintain its sturdiness, even amongst the very spastic set of legs. Because the Mikado is light weight and compact, it can easily be moved from spot to spot depending on where the outdoor gathering is happening.
Leave it to design genius Philippe Starck to create a lounge system that’s built for not only comfort, but staying connected as well. Italian furniture manufacturer Cassina had asked him to design a sofa many years before but he always saw the sofa as “obsolete.” Now, he sees them as a necessity for the changing world where leisure time is just as important as work, especially for those with more flexibility between the office and home. Partnering on the MyWorld collection brought Cassina’s level of high quality and impeccable taste together with Starck’s razor sharp design aesthetic, to create a modular seating system that could work for anyone.
“We live in a schizophrenic society. Let’s assume that. MyWorld is a cocoon, a nest, a world where we can be egocentric and comfortably commune with our own shadow or collect some snatches of news from the world, that is said to be real.”
MyWorld is available in a two-seater sofa, a three-seater sofa, an armchair, a chaise lounge, and pouf with two incorporated drawers. There are also tables, both side surfaces and freestanding, and box-cupboards that slide out. Screens are available to create privacy and definition around the sofa. We all lead different lives and one sofa doesn’t fit all. This unique system allows you to adapt various aspect to your own needs, like relaxing, conversing, eating and drinking, working, or whatever.
13 Jun / Floating Table by Ingo Maurer
At first glance this seems to be a typical white kitchen table and chairs but look more closely and you’ll see the table itself has no legs; instead it’s supported by the arms of the four black chairs.
The table was created by German designer Ingo Maurer and is much more practical than it first appears. Maurer has designed a simple extending mechanism from the arms of the chairs and a hidden mechanism beneath the table that allows the chairs to be pulled out and guests to sit down. First conceived in 2012, the table goes into production this week with British brand Established & Sons. Both rectangular and circular versions are available.
A sustainable design solution for your home, providing an innovative approach to coat racks and a real alternative to plastic.
Grapple Hooks are a hanging system for coats, hats, bags and anything else you deem fit for them. Inspired by old, industrial crane hooks we cast original hooks from bio-resin but soon realised that hand-casting is just too slow, and natural bio-resin just too expensive. Rejecting the usual petroleum-based polymers we discovered an amazing recipe for moulding natural plastic made from grass clippings and recycled plastic. The material is developed by Biowert, a german company (or bio refinery) processing meadow grass into environmentally friendly plastics, insulation and green electricity. The final result is a beautiful, textured, strong natural plastic with the faintest smell of meadow that’s 100% recyclable and renewable.
“A simple buckle system made from a length of natural jute webbing, and held together by a small, bio-polymer buckle, completes Grapple. Users can slide on as many hooks as they like, allowing for a flexible hanging system. We aim to produce the hooks in packs of 1, 2 and 4, with a view to soon offering a fully customizable product where customers can choose the number of hooks and length of webbing. The hooks will come in 4 colors – granite, leaf green, pomegranate red and topaz blue.”
Back them on Kickstarter here.
Ying Zhang and Ida Thonsgaard’s Playtime is flooring, a chair and a table that starts flat and is folded into shape. ”The furniture works almost like paper folding. When unfolded, it is flat, lightweight and easy to transport.” say Zhang and Thonsgaard.
“With two specfic folding techniques, the flat pieces are transformed into a chair or a table, held together with clips and small magnets. The floor boards are also put together with easy ‘click’ joints and the length/width can be continued endlessly. One of the main themes of the collection is ‘fabric’ – how to give solid, interior pieces a light and playful character, through the use of texture and pattern and a ‘fluid’ assembling method.Using wood, laminate and bright blue and orange colours, the self-essembly pieces evoke the visual imagery of classic childhood toys.”
“The collection also include stilistic refrences back to both Asian and Scandinavian design traditions, fusing origami and the patterns of knitted, nordic sweaters.”
What is humanity made of? To each person, life has gifted unique talents, abilities and beauty. All of this is written in genetic code. Now DutchDNA enables people to express their uniqueness, to capture the most defining elements, through timeless forms.
The version of the glass-topped Darwin table pictured here was formed from the DNA of Giulia Wolthuis, a contemporary dancer and the daughter of Dutch DNA founder Eric Wolthuis. The process starts with a standard genetic profile. After being analyzed by a lab in Holland, a piece of software translates the individual’s unique genetic characteristics into personalized 3-D forms.
“Dutch DNA starts the creative process with a sample of a person’s life-code using a DNA profiling test and through the language of design plots the distinguishing genetic characteristics on a visual design map. Based on a unique design process, these beautiful and elegant forms capture the eloquent expression of life.”
Exactly how this happens isn’t entirely clear, but if you don’t like how it looks, well, sorry, but it’s really no one’s fault but your own. Or maybe your parents.
Milan 2013: Spanish designer Jaime Hayón presents aluminium and terracotta outdoor furniture designed for BD Barcelona Design in this movie. The collection went on show at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan earlier today.
The new collection, entitled Gardenias, includes cast aluminium seating in muted colours and terracotta vessels with small hoods. Armchairs and benches in the collection have slatted backs, with some extending over to form canopies. The chairs have padded seats and backs, with aluminium tubes that loop around to form armrests and flick out to create feet. “We have worked with aluminium in the way you would work with wood,” adds Hayón.
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