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
Vitra has developed the Tip Ton chair in collaboration with the designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. This innovative all-plastic chair allows for a dynamic seating position thanks to a simple forward tilt action – allowing, for the first time, significant ergonomic benefits in a chair of this type.
Tip Ton Chair, by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Vitra
Combining materials in a new innovative way, the Israeli designer Omri Barzeev created the Lady Led desk lamp. This lamp uses three strong but small Leds. The Leds are inserted in a heat shrinking plastic tube, a feature that allows to hold the Leds without any screws. The copper body of the lamp gives it an elegant and clean look. The two legs of the lamp are made of wood: they can move up or down the body of the lamp, in order to adapt the lighting angle or to play with the lamp appearance.
Zaza means “wobbling” in Hebrew. The originality of Zaza is to play with the usual ideas one has of a “normal” chair: the flexibility of the polypropylene structure takes the user by surprise and help to create a new relationship between the chair and the person sitting on it. This feeling is reinforced by the playful shape of the base, looking like a narrow rocking horse, only to deceive us again by it surprising stability.
Lady Led desk lamp, Zaza Chair, by Omri Barzeev
The Light-room is a conceptual design for an interior consisting of light-weight furniture. All pieces are designed with no other goal than creating products as light as possible. Lightness had a lot of advantages, for example reducing energy consumption during production and transport. And of course it minimizes the amount of materials used in these products. The pieces of furniture in this room all together weigh 7,5 kg (16,5 pounds), which is normally the weight of a single chair. Each individual product in the room has been developed as far as the prototyping stage, and are ready to be produced. The image shown is taken of a set of high quality scale-models (1:6).
Light-room: Dyneema Chair, Tensile Table, Gridshelf, SLS-Chair, Gaudi Stool,
by Studio Geenen