Comfortable is not the first word that comes to mind when describing modern chairs. Merging clean lines with soft interiors can be difficult to achieve; however, through the vision of young American designer Brad Ascalon, uniting these seemingly contradictory qualities has been accomplished. Ascalon’s Pillar chair provides a comfortable experience, while remaining true to the purity of line associated with modernism.
To make the chair more inviting, the seat, sides and back are shaped to form an interior cocoon while the exterior remains clean and crisp. Ascalon believes if the chair were visually, as well as physically comfortable, it would have appeal to both commercial and residential audiences. “Pillar has a curvaceous residential quality on the interior, while remaining true to the disciplines of modernism on the exterior. It is elegant, inviting and has presence in its simplicity,” says Ascalon
Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has designed the Tulip Armchair, recently presented at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.
Tulip Armchair, by Marcel Wanders, for Cappellini
A furnishing system features a structure in which seamless horizontal planes hold up the vertical elements and are fitted with extruded aluminium cross-beams, allowing the the front doors to slide.
Multiuse, by Angelo Mangiarotti, for Agape Casa
The next generation of the cord chair, with its 15mm diameter legs of stainless steel clad in a hyper-thin wood skin. The wooden skin has been stripped away and the diameter of the steel rods increased from 9 to 12mm, giving them the strength to support the chair independently of the wood. Multiple layers of powder coating and hand polishing give the chair a rare lustrous finish, reminiscent of traditional Japanese lacquerware. The new finish also heightens the chair’s flexibility of use: the resulting durability and water resistance of the finish allow the wire chair to be used outdoors, and the colour selected. These modifications bring fresh charm to an already innovative chair.
Wire Chair, by Nendo
The Capri chair is poetic in its appearance and offers a very high seating comfort making it an obvious choice for public lounge areas as well in private homes. Made from high quality moulded foam; the base is in brushed aluminium with a return swivel.
Capri Lounge Chair, by Busk+Hertzog, for Globe Zero 4
Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka will launch a collection of transparent polycarbonate furniture at the Kartell showroom in Milan.
“In the last few years I have been thinking about a design that would include natural phenomena and invisible elements such as senses, wind and light. The “Invisible”, a special collection launched from Kartell, only leaves the sense as if seating in the air. The presence of the object is eradicated and it will create a scenery of a sitter floating in the air.
- Tokujin Yoshioka
Invisible Collection, by Tokujin Yoshioka, for Kartell
A walnut and hickory bench, made in 1979, recently sold at Sotheby’s, has shown that demand for George Nakashima’s work remains strong and outstanding pieces bring outstanding prices.
Conoid Bench, by George Nakashima, Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium: $74,500, at Sotheby’s 20th Century Design Auction
The Tadeo table can be extended in no time at all. Just release the locks in the middle, slide open the table top sections, bring out the leaf, then push the surfaces together and lock them again. Choose from variants with and without the extending mechanism, with solid wood legs or an aluminium glass-bead blasted side framework.
Tadeo Table, by Eoos, for Walter Knoll