A design with its roots in the research of the archetypical two-part African chair of the Congo region, Niloo is a reinterpretation of this typology bringing it into today’s relevant context. The simple idea of two parts simply sliding together and interlocking to form a comfortable chair is just as relevant today as it has been for centuries past.
Interestingly enough, in the 1950s, Artifort blazed the trail of innovative design with the Congo and Pinguïn chair, designed by Theo Ruth, chairs that were also inspired by this typology. Niloo is following in its predecessor’s footsteps by applying the same technique that involves two elements seamlessly fitting together. Through this design, we pay tribute to Artifort’s history while setting our sights on the future.
The design describes two foam moulded upholstered parts, one being a composition of a curvaceous back emerging into the front feet and the other being a generous seat turning into the hind leg. The great development challenge was in creating an embracing and comfortable chair while making sure that the structure is strong and sturdy.
‘For me Niloo is all about the synergy of practicality and comfort. Imagine having to haul a fauteuil up three flights of stairs or the space-saving attributes during transport. And when slid together a simple chair emerges, almost iconic in image.’ Khodi Feiz.
The bookcases are a new interpretation of traditional revolving bookcases, these often featuring three or four levels with larger volumes being stored at the bottom. Folkform believe, that in this time of increased digitalisation of texts, the book as a physical object will become increasingly desirable and that the reader will prefer a smaller number of well chosen volumes housed in a beautiful piece of furniture to a large number of books in a wall-to- wall bookcase.
Revolving Bookcases, by FOLKFORM
A shelf with a digital angle. the surfaces of this object dissolve into strings which connect and transform into other new surfaces.
www, by viktormatic
The Bar Cart was designed to function as a serving cart and a permanent fixture in a home as a mobile side table. The three-legged solid ash structure and handle is maneuverable on its two hind wheels. The top tray can be removed from the cart’s structure and be used as a portable serving tray. The tray’s top leather surface makes for a soft, yet resilient surface to store serving ware.
The Bar Cart, by Thom Fougere Studio
Italian-Danish duo GamFratesi and Swedish trio Front have designed beautiful pieces of furniture for furniture brand Wiener GTV Design (part of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna historically renowned for its iconic No. 14 Thonet bistro chair).
The Molteni Museum was established in 2015, the year of the International Expo in Milan, to celebrate 80 years’ history, innovation, research and quality, and thus contribute to the spread of design culture.
Designed by Jasper Morrison, with the image coordinated by Studio Cerri & Associati, the museum houses a permanent collection of 48 iconic products and original prototypes of the Group’s companies: Molteni&C, Dada, Unifor and Citterio. But it also tells the story of an Italian compan, founded in 1934 by Angelo and Giuseppina Molteni, which developed from the Fifties with the cooperation of Italian and international architects and designers.
48 Iconic Products, Molteni Museum
Composed as a collage, Triangle table is a graphic object at the limit of abstracted volumes creating shimmering patterns as you turn around the table. Tainted glass & stainless steel, Navy blue, green, brick, white, brass. Dimensions: 350 x 350 x 500 mm
Triangle side table, by Arnaud Lapierre Design Studio
A collection that was created for the solo exhibition held at the “EYE OF GYRE” a gallery in Omotesando during Tokyo Designers Week 2015.
Since it is difficult to grasp beforehand the status of furniture being used when designing furniture for mass production, the designs inevitably tend to become one of an “average specification” that can respond to various scenarios. What’s more, the space will become evened out by such furniture filling the space. Thereupon, we expected a new relationship to develop between space and furniture by conceiving the design of the furniture from a specific space. By walking around the gallery we went through a special design process of being inspired by elements that are normally “troublesome”, such as the corner of the room or protruding columns. In the process, we took turns in verifying how the furniture was balanced as it was placed within the space, as well as the proportion of the furniture itself. This resulted in the creation of mysterious tables that consisted of a 5mm square metal rod with a small tabletop measuring a radius of 100mm attached to it.
The design utilizes the element of space as a part of its structure by “parasitizing” on to the corners or edges of the walls, the edge of the floor and exhibition stands.
Border Table, by Nendo, for EYE OF GYRE
Photography by Hiroshi Iwasaki, Masaya Yoshimura
Carbon Chair is a consistently constructive and yet formal and experimental design by Thomas Feichtner. It is a sheet of carbon fibre, which contacts the floor at three points and depicts a line from above and below, positively and negatively. The result is a formal interplay of inner and outer surfaces – a recurring theme that runs through many of Feichtner’s works. (Limited Edition of eight pieces).
The Carbon Chair is part of the exhibition ‘Austrian Design Pioneers’ during the Milano Design Week 2015.
Carbon Chair, by Designer, for Thomas Feichtner
A concrete cartoon monkey holding a tray forms this table by Spanish designer Jaime Hayón for manufacturer BD Barcelona Design as a new piece added to the Gardenias Collection. Hayón’s table is shaped like a monkey from the waist up, and holds a flat tray above its head like a waiter. It is made from solid architectural concrete resin, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor use. The form of the cartoon monkey – with one hand supporting the platter and the other scratching its head – is created using a mould based on Hayón’s drawings.
Monkey-shaped table, by Jaime Hayón, for BD Barcelona