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
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.