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Free Port Cabinet by Martí Guixé for BD Barcelona

Free Port Cabinet

Free Port Cabinet by Martí Guixé for BD Barcelona

Free Port Cabinet by Martí Guixé for BD Barcelona

The Free Port Cabinet is multifunctional. Perfect for being the centre for a party. It allows for different configurations, and can also work as an island piece.

“It is a modular piece of furniture made of container cubes, with various functions. They have a dynamic both in their volume and in their position and finish. The woods, all different and all synthetic, are always on the inside.”
- Martí Guixé

Free Port Cabinet, by Martí Guixé, for BD Barcelona

Clamp Chair by Andreas Kowalewski

The intention was to design a comfortable yet simple wooden chair, which reveals the beauty of the wood material and the skills of the craftsman. The “Clamp” principle shapes the chair consistently and determines its character, by interlocking the legs, corpus, seat and backrest structurally as well as visually and forms eventually a seamless unity of all elements. Made from a single piece of molded plywood, the upholstered backrest embraces the body of the user like a shell. Each of the wooden parts was carefully selected in terms of coloring and grain. The structural details such as the wooden joints emphasize the aesthetical appearance and precision of the chair.

Clamp Chair, by Andreas Kowalewski

Woopy Armchair & Bar Stool by Karim Rashid for B-Line

B-Line Woopy Armchair by Karim Rashid

B-Line Woopy Bar Stool by Karim Rashid

B-Line Woopy Bar Stool by Karim Rashid

B-Line Woopy Armchair & Bar Stool by Karim Rashid

B-Line Woopy Armchair by Karim Rashid

B-Line Woopy Armchair by Karim Rashid

B-Line Woopy Armchair & Bar Stool by Karim Rashid

Made from a single rotomoulded polyethylene piece, Woopy is a generously-sized small armchair. Like the bar stool bearing the same name, it can also be used outdoors.

Woopy Armchair, and Woopy Bar Stool, by Karim Rashid for B-Line

Hemp Chair by Werner Aisslinger

At the exhibition “Poetry Happens” in Milan’s Ventura Lambrate district, Werner Aisslinger showcased the world’s first concept for a monobloc chair made of natural fibers – a project supported by the German chemical company BASF. The Hemp Chair has been designed for a lightweight manufacturing process stemming from the car industry: the renewable raw materials hemp and kenaf are compressed with a water-based thermoset binder to form an eco-friendly, lightweight and yet strong composite.

Materials: hemp, kenaf (Malvaceae), water-based thermoset binder Acrodur®

The Hemp Chair, by Werner Aisslinger

Husk by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

A moulded plastic shell and a series of soft cushions: these are the basic elements of the Husk armchair. A celebration of softness, Husk is the result of a long development process to create a versatile armchair that is both unique in its own right and able to complement even the most classic sofas. Three types of cushions are available: standard, large and very large or with a headrest, while the body support can be either fixed or rotating. An ottoman footrest is also available. Playing on the wide range of colours and finishes of the body (in four-toned recycled plastic), the support (in natural oak or grey or black lacquered wood) and covers (numerous types of leather or fabric), Husk can radically change its appearance, from a single colour to an extremely bright or subtly elegant style.

Husk, by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

Avus Club Chair by Konstantin Grcic for Plank

Avus pays tribute to the characteristic qualities of the leather club chair: great comfort, attention to detail and refined elegance. However, the use of modern materials processed with cutting-edge technology from the automotive and sports industry makes Avus a radical reinterpretation of the lounge classic. The rigid base in ABS is produced as a twin-sheet moulded shell, reinforced with a polyurethane foam core. The stiffness of the base is contrasted by a flexible upper shell made of a single sheet of the same material. The soft leather upholstery is zipped into the upper shell in one piece using a technology common in the production of high end luggage.

Avus Club Chair by Konstantin Grcic, for Plank

Pavillon Hermès by Enzo Mari, Antonio Citterio & RDAI

Enzo Mari, Antonio Citterio and the RDAI studio recently joined Pierre-Alexis Dumas, artistic director of Hermès, to design a complete furniture collection for the iconic French maison. Sofas, chairs, tables and other pieces accompany wallpapers and furnishing fabrics. Opulent materials like precious wood, leather and fine fabric are central to the project, come only second to their approach to design around the essential needs of comfort and and basic function.

In the quest for the best quality, the team chose Dedar to head up the manufacturing and distribution of fabrics and wallpaper, while B&B Italia is their preferred partner for the development and construction of the contemporary furniture.

Pavillon Hermès, by Enzo Mari, Antonio Citterio, RDAI
via: Cool Hunting

Maritime by Benjamin Hubert for Casamania

Inspired by traditional wooden shipbuilding techniques, Maritime is a solid wood range of chairs that are skinned internally with a formed plywood shell. The construction technique where the supports are visible on the outside allows for a distinctive design language that is in harmony with the material and production. The ribs allow for a structurally robust chair with minimum use of material.

Maritime is comprised from solid and laminate ash and offered as an upholstered option. To enhance the construction details the range is also offered in translucent dyed colour.

Maritime, by Benjamin Hubert, for Casamania

Yabané by A+A Cooren

Inspired by a traditional Japanese graphic pattern, Yabané (arrow in Japanese) is a drawer that opens in two directions. Made from ash wood, Yabané can be placed in the middle of a room as a divider of space.

Yabané, by A+A Cooren

String Soft Limited Edition by String Furniture

String Furniture has created a limited edition of the design classic bookshelf that was originally created 1949 by the Swedish architect and designer Nisse Strinning. The three versions are available in either powder pink side panels with oiled walnut shelves, skin coloured side panels with oiled birch shelves, or in mint coloured side panels with oiled oak shelves.

String® Soft, Powder, Nude, Mint, Limited Edition, by String Furniture

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