Designed more than half a century ago by the late Charles Pollock, Knoll is reintroducing the iconic ’657 Sling-back Lounge’, also known as the Pollock Arm Chair, a minimal chair of polished chrome steel tubing and natural cowhide. Originally manufactured from 1964-79, the chair has been out of production for nearly 35 years but never out of mind nor off design wish lists. The chair’s tubular steel legs connect to cast-aluminum arms and stretchers with exposed hardware, exemplifying Pollock’s honest approach to design.
A striking occasional table for home and contract use. The white lacquered cylindrical table is made from a patented environment-friendly resin that contains handmade fish replicas, therefore no need of additional decoration than themselves. The designers explain: Fish that aren’t fish. That seem to float in water that isn’t water. They seem to be suspended in air that isn’t air. Like a dream. A wonderful mixture between minimalism and poetry is the result of this charming project, that is available in different versions of fish compositions and table sizes.
Up in the Air, by Ramón Úbeda and Otto Canalda, for Viccarbe
Matsuso T is a collaboration project between Hiroshima’s expert carpentry workers and Jin Kuramoto design studio. Many of the professional wood working techniques used by expert carpentry workers in Hiroshima come from traditional wooden boat making. These boat making techniques can be seen in the overall design, as well as a gracious harmony between function and form.
Matsuso T, by Jin Kuramoto Studio
Photography by Takumi Ota
Richard Hutten has designed the Layers Cloud Chair made from layers of fabric cut using a CNC machine.
Barcelona-based designer Eugeni Quitllet’s ‘Tabu’ for Alias reinterprets the hand-crafted tradition of chair-making using digital fabrication, digitally carving and assembling FSC certified wood to create a series of contemporary chairs with various seat backs. There are five different versions/generations of ‘Tabu’, from full back rest to one that doubles as an occasional table. The most striking, a version with a plexiglass backrest. “To synthesize nature in order to naturalize industry. To recover the sense of Authenticity, Beauty and Goodness, ‘Tabu’ is a metaphor of truth.” says the Catalan designer.
Tabu Chair, by Eugeni Quitllet, for Alias
As living spaces and kitchen islands merge together in most contemporary homes nowadays, i29 designed a kitchen that acts more as a piece of furniture instead of as a kitchen. Our aim was to develop a kitchen system that seems to disappear in space. The design is reduced to it’s absolute minimum, having a top surface of only a couple of centimeters thickness with all water, cooking and electrical connections included. Large sliding wall panels conceal all kitchen appliances and storage space. In the case of this apartment in Paris, where the kitchen concept is installed, an existing profiled wall is exactly copied on the front panels in order to integrate the solid volume with the monumental space. The freestanding kitchen island is placed in front of the panelled sliding doors.
Invisible Kitchen, by i29 Interior Architects
A limited edition of Love Me More bedding and the Forever Bed by Nika Zupanc is part of an exhibition at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi. They were developed in cooperation with Dormeo and commissioned by Rossana Orlandi. Nika Zupanc said about the joint project: “On a symbolic level, I tend to work with things that form our secrets and our cravings. Thinking about sleeping and dreaming, I was inspired by the beauty and pain of loving – as it is today and as it has been throughout history. I was moved by the strength of the chemistry between two people and by the madness of their passion. These themes are the foundations of the Love Me More project and are reflected in the design of the bed that can be closed up and hidden away. The restrained, even monastic look of simple, iconic blankets and linen was taken to an unexpected level through the combination of the innovative Octaspring technology and super elegant, long-lasting materials”.
The limited edition of bed linen was designed exclusively for Dormeo and is based on Octaspring, a game-changing technology that inspiringly replaces both metal springs and memory foam as a favourite choice for products made for sitting and sleeping.
Love Me More Bedding, Forever Bed, by Nika Zupanc, for Dormeo, Commissioned by Rossana Orlandi
Diatom, a stackable aluminium chair, takes its shape from the frustum of a diatom, this primordial single-cell organism with silica skeleton found in bodies of water the world over. Refined ornamental geometry in three-dimensions, a marvel of structure devised from exploring the rules of mathematics that dictate the vegetative development of living organisms.
Production adopts a technology developed in the automotive sector to reduce both the weight and the production cost of the seats; die-cast aluminium sheeting ensures the lightest weight and eliminates the need for steel while ensuring equivalent levels of performance.
Diatom, Stackable Aluminum Chair, by Ross Lovegrove, for Moroso
A massive stone frees from gravity in the air as if it were floating in the universe. To the future, Tokujin Yoshioka envisions his dream to the universe.
Agravic Floating Stone Table, by Tokujin Yoshioka
Over 50,000 years old wood table is a great result of cooperation between Zieta & Holzano. Ancient Kauri is the oldest wood in the world while FiDU is the most innovative technology of flexible steel forming. Here the history meets the future. Holzano takes great pride in delivering world class solid wood furnitures from Ancient Kauri wood – the oldest wood in the world. Focused on quality craftsmanship and unique design we believe that the elegance presented in our furnitures is timeless.
Kauri Table, by Holzano