“Bamby questions the visual perception of furniture. Face on, it’s a classical and welcoming chair with a solid wood structure firmly planted on the ground and an upholstered seat. From another viewpoint, Bamby reveals a slender and ethereal profile with tilted rear feet which suspend the seat in the air; a leaf delicately placed upon a dynamic structure.”
Bamby Chair, by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, for Marcel By
First installed at the The Sezz Hotel St. Tropez, Emeco presents a collection of designed aluminum chairs, stools and swivel chairs entitled Sezz by French designer Christophe Pillet. Known for works that meditate on notions of time as well as the esthetic and illustrative memory, Pillet brings these themes together in five pieces: A series of timeless, handmade recycled aluminum chairs and stools manufactured at the Emeco factory in Pennsylvania USA. “The Sezz chair is a little story about Emeco and what Emeco has become, the capacity of the best of the best. It is a specific story, an interpretation of the Emeco way,“ says Pillet.
“The chair is not made to look a certain way, but to make you instantly want to climb up in it and have a nap. The idea is to be timeless and create desires, using the objects in its purest form. When you collect, you choose items you would like to keep for a long time and not throw away, even when these items are not in fashion, you still love them”
- Christophe Pillet
Sezz Collection, by Christophe Pillet, for Emeco
Thanks to its side recesses, the Shrimp Cocktail easy chair has a sharp silhouette that results from the flat cushions and a bentwood shell. Available in a choice of wood, leather or fabric.
Shrimp Cocktail Easy Chair, by Jehs+Laub, for COR
Soba Chair is a three-dimensional stacking structure for indoor and outdoor use. The frame is made of powder-coated steel rod and the seat and backrest from taut PVC strings which makes the design light, resistant and very comfortable.
Soba Chair, by Dunja Weber , for PCM Design
A rectangular table with great visual impact caractherized by the rounded corner of the top joined to the solid wood table leg. The top is made of matt white Cristalplant® and legs in solid wood with a rounded and tapered trapezoidal section available in oil-treated teak, oak and wenge-stained oak.
Beam Table, by Luis A. Arrivillaga, for MDF Italia
The Designers from Coordination got inspired by traditional craftsmanship and created the Lean Tables as a result. By using a wedge, legs and a hexagonal boards from local oak form structural entities. At least three units join to become a table. For structural reasons the legs are slanted and as a result the single pieces seem to lean against each other. The shape is contemporary yet individual. The natural material complements many interior styles. The table is available in two different sizes to allow playful combinations.
Fredrik Färg’s rocking chair made a buoyant debut after Design House Stockholm first showed the prototype. One year after, the much awaited piece of furniture, named Rock Chair, proudly displays its eye-catching curves on the cover of the 2012 catalogue (celebrating the 20th birthday of the Swedish firm). Färg, a skilled cabinet-maker graduated from the Gothenburg HDK School of Design and Crafts, recalls how he first crafted the armchair a few years ago, then a student, during an exchange term in Australia. “I was given an assignment to create a chair using only MDF boards and a jigsaw. The real challenge was to produce something personal and coherent, using the simplest means.”
Färg’s Rock Chair perpetuates the traditional rocking chair’s comforting, soothing function, while displaying a contemporary design. Sign of the times, the Rock Chair, composed of five pieces, easy to fit together, is sold flat-packed. No hinge, screw or hidden element: this is a brilliant instance of “What you see is what you get” design.
“When the chair has been assembled, the construction is its expressive feature. Nothing is hidden and one can see how the chair holds together. There is a toy-like charm to its simplicity. As a model, Rock Chair is like a drawing that one can sit on, as beautiful as it is cleverly functional” – Design House Stockholm.
Comfort was needed to ensure relaxing time: Fredrik Färg also designed soft cushions for the Rock Chair. Made of leather or canvas, the round-shaped removable upholstery cuts a different graphic line that enhances those of the chair.
After his graduation in 2008, Fredrik Färg’s intelligent and accurate designs rapidly grasped international attention. Awarded such titles as ‘Rookie of the Year’, ‘Newcomer of the Year’, or even ‘Shooting Star of the Year’, Färg has now proved himself someone to count with, not the promising ‘up-and-coming young designer’ anymore.
Invited to imagine and curate a textile-themed exhibition during the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2012, Färg chose his co-worker and accomplice designer Emma Marga Blanche (their Färg&Blanche studio was launched last year) to develop the project with. ‘Beyond Couture’ might well, born from the gifted pair’s imagination, receive as much praise as their Biologiska’s exhibition (dubbed “the biggest attraction of the Stockholm Design Week” last year by The New York Times).
Rock Chair by Fredrik Färg
Elodie Palasse-Leroux is a Paris-based writer and journalist, the founder and editor of Sleek design.
Berlin based designer Sebastian Scherer has completed his Aluminium series, a set of furniture composed of a dining table, a chair and a coatstand, all made of 8 mm water-cut aluminium.
“The Aluminium Series is based on the idea of transforming a two-dimensional form into a three-dimensional object through the process of folding. The smooth oscilloscopic formed legs gives an kaleidoscopic impression when seen from different angles.”
- Sebastian Scherer
Aluminium Series, by Sebastian Scherer
Central to the French postwar reconstruction/industrialization effort, Philippon and Lecoq were among a group of young architects who changed the face of French furniture production in the 1950s and 1960s. Inspired by the teachings of the modernist masters of the Union des Artistes Modernes (U.A.M.), their goal was to bring harmony and comfort to interiors, employing modern materials and techniques, to improve the daily life of French citizens in the challenging postwar climate. Philippon and Lecoq’s furniture combines minimalism with a pervasive sense of architectural refinement and elegance. The couple approached interiors as well with an almost puritanical sense of functionalism, but succeeded in creating an extremely efficient environment which was still comfortable and humanly accessible. They received numerous prestigious awards during their career including the ‘Rene Gabriel’ prize in 1961.
Exhibition: Antoine Philippon and Jacqueline Lecoq, at Demisch Danant
German Manuacturer Böwer is showing matching highboards and a table to compliment a sideboard by designer Eric Degenhardt at imm cologne. With a similar construction of six milimeter wooden sheets, a horizontal gap and the long tabular steel legs, the highboards are available with drawers or doors and a open compartment. 120 cm wide and 100 cm high. The table is made of a vacuum veneered top – with a thin line ( available in wood or linoleum ) and is simply held by the v-shaped wooden base.
Sideboard, Highboard, by Eric Degenhardt, Table by Eric Degenhardt + Böwer, for Böwer, Photography by Tillmann Franzen