Drawing inspiration from architectural constructions using the cantilever principal, the lacquered metal skirt gives a solid volume on which the entire desk depends. This support contrasts with the light oak suspended top which juts out over an empty space. The choice of material is a metaphor for a ‘sports coupe’ car: the metallic exterior reflects the immediate environment and hides the user’s legs. The refined topstitched leather interior creates a warm protective cocoon. The elegance of the lines hides all that is to be hidden: computer cables, electric wires, drawer. Materials: oak; topstitched leather and metal.
The Big Boss Desk, by Piergil Fourquie, Edited by Galerie Gosserezl, Photography © Ian Scigliuzzi
The Bell Table by Sebastian Herkner turns our perceptual habits on their head, using the lightweight, fragile material of glass as base for a metal top that seems to float above it. Hand-blown in the traditional manner using a wooden mould, the transparent tinted glass base asserts a sculptural presence in space, contrasting intriguingly with the solid brass frame on top while also forming with it a harmonious unit recalling the elegant curving silhouette of a bell.
With its appealing reflective surfaces and contrasting materials, the side table adds a distinctive touch to domestic interiors. It celebrates the beauty of the materials with their colours and surfaces, along with the virtues of hand-craftsmanship.
Inspired by the fashion world and crafted with fine tailoring skills, this armchair casts a spell of sheer fascination with its sleek, graceful lines, while surprising the viewer with its novel use of the quilted fabric : instead of simply dressing the metal frame, it becomes a soft and cozy body in itself with an edge along the back that reminiscent of a jacket collar. Two down feather cushions add a soft touch of made-to-measure comfort.
Havet is a cabinet made out of pine. The surface treatment resembles a stormy ocean at night and is created by combining traditional craftsmanship with an unconventional technique. The pattern is chiselled by hand using an angle grinder. Just like the waves on a windy sea, each cabinet created will be unique. At first, the furniture is built as a classic cabinet with right angles and with fittings, details and interiors in place. The carpenters then chisel out the distinctive pattern — a process requiring as much time as building the cabinet itself. The pattern is carved on all sides and across all external joints and fittings, creating a monolithic and sculptural gestalt.
Havet, by Karl-Johan Hjerling & Karin Wallenbeck, for Snickeriet
Adrien Rovero was one of 40 swiss artists, architects and designers invited to transform 40 year old cable cars into new objects. Created for Mountain Climbers, a Swiss cultural and sustainable project benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Switzerland, Rock is the first of 40 projects to be revealed. Rock was premiered at the opening of Rovero’s solo show, Landscale, at Lausanne’s Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC). For this project he decided to celebrate the rocking movement of the cable car and thus to create a garden rocking chair.
A selection of projects will be revealed at Design Miami in Basel in 2013 and the remaining projects will be revealed in Basel during the fair week in 2014. The exhibiting will be touring in Switzerland in different cities and followed by a Christie’s auction, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Switzerland.
Thread Family is a set of small hight adaptable furnishings featuring a thread and seat lathed from walnut wood on a welded steel base in many colours. The family consists of three members: Small Stool, Bistro Table & High Stool. Main feature is the lathed upper part, consisting of a 40 mm thread cut from american walnut, connected with the seat by a visible and well crafted wedge-joint in a cross shape. Its surface is finished with hardwood oil to enhance the natural looks and to produce a smooth motion of the thread while adjusting the seat hight. The steel base was welded from precision stainless steel tubes, inspired by high quality bicycle frames. All additional parts like feet and inner thread have been hand crafted from a non dyed technical polymer.
Conceived as objects of high flexibility, the Thread Family works in small spaces and in large places. They rise and adapt to the needs of the user and can become a lifelong companion to a kid or an adult. “Thread” emphasizes the natural qualities of wood and works well as a single piece and in a group.
Thread Family, Small Stool, Bistro Table & High Stool, by Designer, for Coordination
The classic canopy bed in a modern interpretation, suitable to be positioned mid-room; base frame and headboard in leather or fabric. The bed rests on a platform which is large enough to position a storage element with an open compartment and a drawer at the foot of the bed. One single large size and four different finishes: brushed light and black oak, grey and brown oak. While maintaining the structural characteristics of a canopy bed, another version is now available, Alcova. The new bed is smaller in size with the headboard and mattress box higher than the original version. The protruding base has also been eliminated. The easily removable covers are finished with exquisite needlework. In natural grey, brown, black oak or wengé.
Alcova Canopy Bed, by Maxalto
Button is a side table developed with the purpose to provide versatility in the living space. With the removable table top it can also be used as a serving tray and adapts to the user’s wish. The centered handle makes it easy to move and it also becomes a visual feature in itself.
Button Side Table, by Fredrik Wærnes
During the Salone Del Mobile, De Padova launched the Keel table, FUWL’s first collaboration with the legendary Italian design house. The simple table idea is based on observation of sailboats. The vertical divider inserted in the table is like the centerboard that crosses the keel of a boat. The colored wooden part at the center adds stability and crosses the whole structure, a single piece of curved wood that makes the table balanced and elegant.
Keel Table, by Form Us With Love, for De Padova
The name giver of Marionet shows how to do it: only the connections between the (body) parts, joints and threads hold together the marionette; if one of the components is missing it collapses. This principle is equally applicable to the side table, which Simon Busse designed for the Mox Company: Only if all its components interact the table stands firmly. Three flat wooden legs other form the basis and are brought into position by a connective element. A hook on the top side of the connective element holds a coloured elastic band – the marionette’s string. The band runs through the wooden legs towards a tabletop and turns into a carrying handle on the upper side. In order to lock this fragile structure, the tabletop is bevelled downwards, the legs are kept in position and the entire table stands firmly.
Marionet, by Simon Busse, for Mox, Interior Innovation Award, 2012, (German Design Council)