His houses flooded with light, Neutra shaped the scene of Californian Modernism. From there he rose to be an architectural icon embodying the “International Style”. Today, Richard J. Neutra, who died in 1970, has long been seen as one of the great names in the history of modern architecture. This pioneer of Modernism can now be rediscovered as a furniture designer: The individual items or small series production developed by Neutra for clients commissioning his house designs are now manufactured and sold exclusively by VS. The Neutra Furniture Collection by VS came into being through collaboration with Dion Neutra, the son and architectural partner of Richard Neutra.
Neutra Furniture Collection, by VS
Geometry Stool is composed of a half split log of Japanese cypress and a copper round rod. The copper round rod acts as a joint for connecting each half split log, therefore the tangent point of two different materials where logically meet in section has generated geometrical configuration.
Geometry Stool, by Koichi Futatsumata
Photography by Hiroshi Mizusaki
The collection is available in a range of powder-coated colour finishes and consists of a set of three enormous cone-shapes – well over a metre in width or height. Based on the most basic of geometrical shapes – the cone – all three are super-sized, pushing the limits of manufactured, spun aluminium, yet fitting through a normal doorframe.
w151 Lamp Collection, by Claesson Koivisto Rune, for Wästberg
Created in the 1950′s by danish designers Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, the woven chair, made from oak, is offered in its ‘original’ version and in an outdoor adaptation. The traditional Ditzel chair has hand-braided wicker, while the outdoor version is made from artificial fiber and teak to protect against the elements. The ‘basket chair’ is accompanied with custom cushion fabrics that are also designed by Nanna Ditzel, who has been coined the ‘queen of Danish design’.
Basket Chair, by Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, Edited by Kettal
The Booleanos cabinet designed by Joel Escalona, is a intriguing piece with an architectural curiosity formed from interacting squares. Echoes of constructivism are reflected in the offset angles of its beguiling shape and emphasized by tinted gradations across each element of its façade. The sideboard stands 150cm tall and is made with one drawer and three doors to access separate interior storage spaces fitted with glass shelves.
Booleanos, by Joel Escalona, for Roche Bobois
Photography by Revista Casa Viva
1,2,3 Mirror was part of designers diploma thesis The Past Is Never Dead at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany. Most recently, however, it was exhibited at Tent London during the London Design Festival. The three-part mirror is designed to not only be a reflection of the onlooker, but also an imprint of the time, place and context, demonstrating how context and our self-image are inextricably linked. The three layers are simply leaned against the wall, no nails or mounting required. The first two layers, a light pink layer on top of dark grey glass, provide the reflective surface. The third layer, made from untreated brass, changes with time and touch. It eventually modifies and distorts the reflection, much like our past memories and experiences can distort our present self-image. A simple mirror thus slowly becomes a physical manifestation of the self throughout time.
1,2,3 Mirror, by Matthias Klas and Philipp Schenk-Mischke, Klas Schenk Mischke
Photography by Jan Motyka
A magical light source with a graceful afterglow which lingers for up to eight hours once all the other lights have been turned off and the sun shines upon another hemisphere. The pattern on the cream FSC papershade is screen-printed with a special ink that charges itself throughout the day, and from the light of the lamp. Loena Lantern is a dream catcher for bedroom or nursery, and a shining beacon in the darkness – this celestial body is suitable for any ceiling.
Loena Lantern, by Ontwerpduo
Carla forms a geometrical composition with a large, round mirror that’s bisected by a wooden shelf on two legs, still leaving plenty of room to gaze at yourself. The narrow shelf can hold your jewelry, makeup, accessories, or even your cell phone, as there’s a cable guide hidden behind the shelf. The shelf is reflected in the mirror making it appear larger than it really is. It even looks like it has three legs. Then there’s Carla’s partner, Carlo, another dressing table that was designed to be used while standing with its tall, rectangular mirror.
Carla and Carlo Dressing Tables, by Florian Schmid
Designer Adrian Magu’s interest for everything green and his work in the automotive industry has resulted in the Kasokudo Bonsai Planter; a stunning fusion of form and function. Referencing speed forms and manufacturing processes used in transportation design, this piece juxtaposes movement applied to what is usually a static object. The piece gives the impression of an accelerating form that effortlessly floats to house a bonsai tree, evoking a perfect balance of dynamic harmony. The latest manufacturing processes of the highly polished finishes of the planter and 3D-printed ‘mountains’ contrast to that of nature that usually takes many decades to grow, sculpt and form the gnarled bonsai forms. In all, a unique synthesis of cutting-edge precision with the imperfect beauty of nature.
Kasokudo Bonsai Planter, by Adrian Magu
Photography by Andy Beard
Oversized pendant lamp shows sensitively the beauty of smooth glass in soft curves. The source of tubular light permeating daringly the delicate body of the lamp builds a thrilling tension of this concept. Sophisticated and strong look of the elegant hand blown lampshade resembling a shape of a futuristic helmet is based on the principle of penetrating forms, previously applied in the design of the Capsula light designed for Brokis in 2013. Natural combination of a wood, textile and blown glass reflects designer’s distinctive style. Lampshade is fixed on a stick sheltering LED source, suspended on textile straps secured by wooden buttons. Mona shade can be also pierced on a steel tube in order to create a standing version.
Mona Lights, by Lucie Koldova, for Brokis