Rocket presents the first gallery exhibition of furniture by the London-based Japanese designer Tomoko Azumi and her tna design studio. Models, drawings and watercolour sketches relating to collaborations with several international furniture-makers will be exhibited. The exhibition will document the evolution of the new Azumi dining table – a collaboration between Rocket and Benchmark Furniture.
Exhibition: Tomoko Azumi | Objective, 18 September – 20 November, at Rocket, London, UK
Each of the pieces from the Quarter Round series by sculptor Christopher Kurtz is made by hand by the artist in his studio. The Quarter Round series includes an arm chair, side chair, dining chair, stool, bar stool and counter stool. The chairs, bar stool and counter stool are all available in an open or closed back. Available in ash, douglas fir, maple, walnut, or white oak with the choice of either a hand-rubbed oil or Danish soap finish.
Quarter Round Armchair, by Christopher Kurtz, at Artware Editions
The striking appearance of the Allumette sofa, table and chair is attributable to its filigree framework design in hardwood sourced from the Arura Vermelho tree. Here, forces and counterforces interplay to accept loads. Elegance and originality combine with stability. The non-varnished wood with its metallike tone is finely polished, allowing its sensual presence to develop fully. The Allumette sofa offers a high degree of seating comfort – and adds an extremely prestigious touch to living spaces and reception areas thanks to its sturdy and distinctive appearance.
Hong Kong based Fuquan Junze an interior, furniture and industrial designer, has created Perspective shelf. The design of the angular shelf is based on the principles of perspective drawing. Available in Oak.
Perspective Shelf, by Fuquan Junze, Oil Monkey Limited
Pillow is a new range from Vondom and Stefano Giovannoni, designed to make a big squishy impact on any indoor or outdoor environment. The collection is suitable for contract and residential and perfect for that unique ‘edge’ in any hospitality project. The range features a choice of high-gloss lacquer colours, LED illuminated, or a remote controlled colour glow. The collection includes a lounge chair, coffee table, planter and ottoman.
Pillow, by Stefano Giovannoni, for Vondom
Finalist for the Delta awards and selected for Designpreis of Germany, Boomerang chill is the latest innovative piece in the Boomerang collection. Inspired by an aboriginal implement – boomerang form is taken as the backbone of the whole design. Made from solid ash, models include an easy chair, ottoman and chaise longue.
Boomerang Chill, by Quim Larrea, for Sancal
For Aurélien Barbry designing is an existential exercise. “An exercise where you think about the most simple things in you daily life and ask yourself why you do like you do or how it could be done differently.” The Fossa Sofa changes roles when cushions are added to or removed from the slots in the seat.
Designed back in 1960 by a 28-year-old Dieter Rams, the 606 Universal Shelving System has achieved an important milestone: 50 years of continuous production by Vitsœ. A significant exhibition showing examples of the earliest production of the shelving system, which is being hosted with the support of The Geffrye Museum, includes rare and previously unseen in public examples of the shelving system of impeccable provenance. In turn, they are juxtaposed with the shelving system of today to show differences of detail but also that it is very much the same species, still able to breed with itself.
“Surface is a collection of low table furniture with the graphical appearance of a Piet Mondriaan painting and the sculptural form of a Donald Judd artwork,” explains Van Duysen, thus revealing his sources of inspiration. “It is pure, simple and designed as a multifunctional domestic object. Each unit consists of metal and wood faces with a subtle colour touch. The collection consists of 6 different units and a broad choice of finishings allowing different kind of configurations or layouts”.
Winner of Best Sideboard in the annual Wallpaper* Design Awards, Terence Woodgate’s Tactile is made of natural wood combined with glossy white or black doors/drawers which are set deep into the frame. There are no handles, just a simple touch initiates the opening of a door or drawer–hence the name Tactile. Available in nine different configurations and two heights (same container size with short legs or tall legs)
Tactile Sideboard, by Terence Woodgate, for Punt Mobles