Jalis is the magical word from the Orient for hospitality and relaxed communication with family members or friends. In any circumstances, for any living area. Cushions side by side, stories one after another. This is how oases of well-being–and favourite sofas–come about. Special upholstery provides support and fabulous comfort. Another secret? The Patio cover fabric with ornaments woven into it. Only becoming visible when the incidence of light changes, its patterns assume the appearance of fine embroidery. Jalis can float, rest on pedestals, integrate or highlight tables, change levels, and incorporate niches and floor recesses.
Jalis, by Jehs+Laub, for COR
Christophe Pillet will present the Saint Tropez lounge chair at the upcoming Milan Furniture Fair, April 14 -19.
Saint Tropez Lounge Chair, by Christophe Pillet , for Porro
A prototype of Ron Arad’s, Box in Four Movements has sold for $23,750 at the recent Important Design auction at Wright in Chicago.
Box in Four Movements, 1994, cherry, chrome-plated steel, by Ron Arad Studio, at Wright
“As if it were walking, each foot stretches to reach further away. Whatever the angles, it always looks strikingly different from one point of view to another, as if you could never really grab it.”
- Alain Gilles
The legs of the Big Table are made of steel plates that have been laser cut and folded. All the legs have a different width, and have been cut and bent in order to reveal the different tonalities of their own colors.
Big Table, by Alain Gilles, for Bonaldo
Dutch designers Teun Fleskens and Ingmar Cramers, have created the Faraday Stool, named after Michael Faraday, the English scientist who helped establish our current knowledge of electromagnetic physics, through his Faraday Cage. In polished stainless steel, powder coated with optional leather seat.
Faraday Stool, by Teun Fleskens and Ingmar Cramers
Sera is an angular take on the piston bar stool, designed for bars, restaurants or private homes. The seat and base are available in different surfaces and colors. The stem is height adjustable and the diagonal foot rest offers plenty of leg room.
Built for a gallery exhibition called The Page, in which a reading area of various chairs and tables was needed to examine artists’ books, Myrkr is Old Norse for “darkness”. The lounge chair has no metal connections, but rather is made from a single laser-cut sheet of 12mm plywood and 144 dowels.
“Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.”
- Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows
Myrkr Chair, by Christopher Warren, for WORD [Warren Office for Research and Design]
The Page: An Interactive Exhibition of Artists’ Books, with specially designed chairs and reading area, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, California, USA
Samoa is a lounge chair with a metal frame that embraces and suspends the ergonomic seat. The seat has an internal metal frame covered by shape-retaining polyurethane foam with differentiated density. Non-removable cover available in fabric or leather.
Samoa, by Mario Ferrarini, for Nube Italia
Made of entirely of bamboo, with a simple geometric form, the chair is composed of rounded box-shaped frames made of bamboo slats. While the front view of the chair appears like a bamboo tunnel at the base, the side view is similar to the Chinese character which denotes ‘a noble man’ – in chinese literature and philosophy, bamboo has been a symbol of a noble man.
Bamboo Chair, by Jun Zi, via: designboom
Last year, Sebastian Brajkovic’s Lathe VIII was bought by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum for the recent exhibition Telling Tales – Fear and Fantasy in Contemporary Design, and for their permanent collection. This year, another international museum will have one of his chairs in their permanent collection. New York’s Museum of Arts and Design recently purchased Lathe V. The chair is made of bronze and embroidered upholstery.
Brajkovic’s first series of Lathe Chairs were his graduation project from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2006.