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Mushiki Storage System by Tomas Alonso

During a collaborative research workshop organized by dutch company Arco, London-based Okay Studio created a series of new furniture pieces, including the Mushiki storage system by Spanish collective member Tomás Alonso. Named after the Japanese word for steaming vessel, these side tables draw their shape and functionality from the stackable bamboo components of their namesake object’s design.

Available in two sizes, each round structure features a column with a wooden hinge running along it, which allows various modules to be stacked, rotated and opened. Like many of Alonso’s designs, these tables combine simple elements to render more complex structures, enabling users to adjust its movable components to explore proportion and spatial relationships. With a strong emphasis on how humans relate to the products, Alonso says, “For me it’s important that what I design makes its way into people’s hands and people’s homes. I would like my objects to be used, lived with and enjoyed.”

Mushiki Storage System, by Tomas Alonso, via: designboom

Florinda Chairs by Monica Förster for De Padova

Swedish designer Monica Förster has created a series of colorful chairs called Florinda for the Italian manufacturer De Padova. The new chair combines simplicity of form and lightness of structure, The chair comes with a solid beech finish, combined with colorful plastic seat and back. Stackable versions are available, with or without armrests.

Florinda Chairs, by Monica Förster, for De Padova

Didi by busk+hertzog for Globe Zero 4

This brand new multipurpose lounge chair is by its high level of comfort and attractive size an ideal chair for lounge areas, receptions, hotel rooms and dinning and/or living rooms. With a crisp, elegant expression and a whole world of possibilities within material and colour combinations, Didi can be specified into almost any design scheme.

Didi, by busk+hertzog, for Globe Zero 4

Premier Collection from Oeuffice

For its first collection, Oeuffice proposes “totems for living”, monolithic objects that dominate the habitat, yet remain entirely functional. These objects are inspired by the geometries that govern architecture, and conceived as domestic altarpieces, infused with a sense of utility, grace and wit. In other words, these “totems” become dominant and narrative objects around which one is invited to stop, to contemplate and to display personal artifacts of importance.

Calico, Laveer, Centina , by Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and Jakub Zak, Oeuffice

Sputnik Stool by Roger Arquer for Zilio Aldo & C

Sputnik’s design presents a single piece of bend metal rod that defines its structure and function. This inner metal piece holds the legs of the stool together, offering a strong structure, while three highs for the footrest. The different heights of the footrest allow several positions for comfort.

Sputnik Stool, by Roger Arquer, for Zilio Aldo & C

Autoboxes by Andrew Haythornthwaite

During a collaborative workshop organized by Dutch furniture company Arco, New Zealand-born Okay Studio member Andrew Haythornthwaite created Autoboxes, taking mechanical cues from the children’s toy jack-in-the-box, this project explores structures that can expand and contract with an easy gesture. The two resulting manifestations convert storage objects into display units by simply turning a handle, one expanding horizontally and the other vertically.

Autoboxes, by Andrew Haythornthwaite, Okay Studio, Photography by Lucas Hardonk
via, designboom

Nenufar Sunshades by Samoa

Outdoor umbrellas tend to be fairly conventional, a fresh approach by Samoa offers Nenufar, sunshades with control over the shadow angle, perfect for that outdoor cafe or keeping cool poolside.

Nenufar by Samoa

Ekko Tri Leg & V Leg Base Table from Davis

Ekko ushers a new level of style into conference rooms and personal office spaces everywhere. Its clean, crisp lines and unapologetically simple aesthetics make a bold statement about both modern interior design and the people who incorporate it into their daily lives. New materials and striking architecture make Ekko a much-heralded addition to the impressive collection of traditional conference room options from Davis.

Ekko Tri Leg Base Table, Ekko V Leg Base Table, by Wolfgang C.R. Mezger, for Davis

DEX Desk by Reinier de Jong

DEX is a refined, compact en minimalist desk that fits anywhere at home. The frame consists of two horizontal cross shapes of solid wooden laths and a drawer unit. The frame has a minimal presence round the seat for optimal comfort. The drawer unit has two or three drawers. They can be pulled out entirely to provide a place for a printer which one can control from the seat.

DEX Desk, by Reinier de Jong

Exhibition: Jean Prouvé by G-Star Raw for Vitra

Prouvé RAW is a collection of newly interpreted furniture classics from French designer and artisan Jean Prouvé. The designs of Jean Prouvé have been a source of inspiration for the creative team at G-Star for quite some time. This appreciation of and fascination with the artist was the starting point for Prouvé RAW in collaboration with Vitra. Thanks to the cooperation of G-Star, the Prouvé family and Vitra, Prouvé’s most famous designs have been re-issued with a contemporary flair, while some of his lesser-known designs have been rediscovered.

Jean Prouvé by G-Star Raw, June 15th – July 31st, daily 12 – 2:00 pm, at the Fire Station by Zaha Hadid on the Vitra Campus in Weil

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