UP’s is a totally new modular block-system which integrates the open space between the attached boxes for the scheme: UP’s can generate endless modular sideboard landscapes or shelves always including the “free” space between the box-elements. These box-elements are offered in various types like: standard open box, box with sliding doors or boxes with folding wings. All these front-options can be later attached to the basic steel box-element. The visual “architecture” of the UP’s system is a rhythm of closed volumes with the airy gaps inbetween.
UP’s, by Studio Aisslinger, for RS Barcelona
The Nub collection, designed by Patricia Urquiola and composed of an attractive line of sofas and chairs with natural wood structures that offer multiple color combinations for their structures and upholstery. Nub is the result of a sophisticated cabinet-making process, updated with great care in a contemporary manner. The project’s essential element is not so much the cylindrical bars, but rather the pleasant widening of the bars in the backrest at the height of the lumbar region, an alternating rhythm that grants recognition to the project, offering materiality and a three-dimensional quality to the chair.
Nub Collection, by Patricia Urquiola, for Andreu World
The Lectori Salutem Desk is imbued with a symbolic value as it conveys the intimacies of Verhoeven’s own personal life. While ostensibly a desk, produced through a combination of highly-skilled craftsmanship and carefully-programmed technical processes, the personal mark of the maker is strongly evident within the work as two silhouette portraits of the artist’s design collaborators, Joep Verhoeven and Judith de Graauw, are subtly shaped into its undulating surfaces. Thus, the piece combines design functionality with an artistic rhetoric that subliminally communicates the importance of Verhoeven’s immediate creative circle. Constructed using highly-polished steel, the traditional industrialism of this material is inverted to produce an elegant and seemingly lightweight object. Through a delicate distribution of weight, the piece combines streamline curves and flowing contours to create a physical equilibrium and an illusionistic sense of movement and speed.
With a structure in untreated ash and tabletop in aluminium or powder coated black, German designer Matthias Ferwagner has created Minimato, a self assembled side table.
“To express it minimalistly: 5 bars, 1 table top, Assemble, Minimato.”
- Matthias Ferwagner
Minimato Table by Matthias Ferwagner for Moormann
A yearning to break free from conventional types of seat design was foremost in the development of Waver. The chair accordingly embraces in a new aesthetic the materials and design principles used in outdoor sports and, using a simple technical design, offers a degree of comfort most commonly associated with traditional upholstered furniture. Vibrant fabric colours and prominent connecting and functional elements give Waver an eye-catching look and the use of weatherproof materials also allow it to be used in the garden or on the terrace.
The idea behind Waver was to deliberately use no conventional armchair typology. Outdoor sports such as windsurfing and paragliding provided inspiration — the commonalities with the lightweight yet high-performance equipment used in such sports are abundantly evident in Waver.
Waver offers a high level of sitting comfort combined with a simple technical construction. Like a paraglider in a trapeze, the user floats in a fabric-spanned seat, which is suspended inside the tubular steel frame by two belts and hung over the top.
Waver, by Konstantin Grcic, for Vitra
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
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
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.
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