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
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 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
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.
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
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 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.
The idea of Citti is simple: a storage unit with great flexibility that can be adapted in form and color to a user’s needs. Modular storage painted MDF available in any color, piano stand is available in oiled elm, oak, ash or lacquered birch.
Citti, by Håkan Johansson, for Zweed
The Bouroullec brothers will present the Osso chair during the upcoming Salone del Mobile in Milan. Osso, meaning “Bone” is a solid wooden chair hand-crafted in combination with CNC technology.
Osso Chair, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Mattiazzi
“I wanted the sofa to be based on a shell. A shell being hard on the outside, soft and welcoming on the inside, I wanted to create a form that embraces you, something really organic–that’s why we named it Favn.” (Danish word for embrace)
“Favn is picking up from the long tradition of Arne Jacobsen in the sense that I wanted to create a form that was based on a shell, like the ‘Egg’ and the ‘Swan’ which looks equally beautiful from all angles.”
- Jaime Hayón
Favn Sofa, by Jaime Hayon, for Fritz Hansen