Benjamin Hubert has designed the world’s lightest timber table as part of an internal studio research project into lightweight constructions. The table, titled Ripple, is 2.5 metres long, 1 metre wide, and weighs just 9 kilograms. Made using 70-80% less material than a standard timber table, Ripple can be assembled and manoeuvred by a single person. The table’s impressive strength to weight ratio is enabled by an innovative production process of corrugating plywood for furniture through pressure lamination, which was developed by Benjamin Hubert with Canadian manufacturer Corelam.
Ripple is made entirely from 3 ply 0.8mm birch aircraft plywood, a timber sourced only in Canada, where the table is manufactured. The material is the same as that used in construction of the Hughes H-4 Hercules – popularly known as the “Spruce Goose” – the world’s largest all timber airplane. The strength of the material in combination with the unique lamination process means the edge of Ripple measures just 3.5mm. Ripple is minimal in its design language, employing a simple knockdown construction. The top surface is corrugated plywood overlaid by a flat sheet, and the A-frame legs are a sandwich construction of two corrugated plywood layers.
Ripple Table, by Benjamin Hubert
The Washington Collection for Knoll, David Adjaye’s first collection of furniture, transforms his architectural and sculptural vision into accessible objects for the home and office. The collection consists of two cantilevered side chairs, a club chair, an ottoman, a side table and a monumental coffee table. David Adjaye said, “Knoll approaches furniture as making connections between people and how they work and live their daily lives. This project has been an exhilarating and collaborative experience – an unexpected balancing act between the design and engineering processes. My original idea of what this furniture should be was continuously refined and transformed throughout.”
Commenting on Adjaye’s work, Knoll design director Benjamin Pardo said, “David is doing really innovative and important architectural projects, and what really interested us was to see that work on an entirely new scale.” Adjaye’s limited edition cast bronze coffee table reflects this cross-over. The sculptural table with a clear glass top is constructed from four cast bronze panels, and four connecting plates. The roughhewn exterior contrasts the highly reflective, hand polished interior surface. To mark our 75th anniversary the bronze coffee table is limited to an edition of 75.
The Washington Collection, by David Adjaye, for Knoll
The OSLO sofa is designed by Anderssen & Voll and becomes the third sofa series this Norwegian design studio creates for Muuto. OSLO consists of a 3-seater sofa, a 2-seater sofa, a chair and a pouf, all with build in pillows that makes each furniture comfortable and airy at the same time. OSLO has a round and embracing top, upholstered in fabric from Kvadrat. The seats are lifted up from the ground by slim legs of aluminum. OSLO has multiple functions and works well both in a home setting, in a reception, in a lounge area, or in a lobby.
Anderssen & Voll explain the design “We wanted to make an organic and human sofa series with a light and inviting appearance, without compromising on comfort. The horizontal division in the seat is important, as it allowed us to add extra comfort in the lower part of the furniture while maintaining an airy overall expression. The OSLO sofa series is crafted in the west coast of Norway and with its embracing and rounded softness it stands as a natural extension to the Nordic touch and friendliness that characterises the designs of Muuto.”
Scoop is a family of contract market furniture designed for the overlap between private spaces and public areas. The name relates to the loader inspired scoop construction. The innovative gyroscope like suspension system conveys a feeling of being carried – a free suspended feel. The Y-shaped beam creates a visual and functional overlap between seat and base. Scoop merges craft and technology: The innovative technical edge increases comfort, yet maintains a clear and simple Scandinavian appearance. The chair has a tailor upholstered cast foam seat and an injection molded aluminum frame. The scoop family comprises of a conference chair, a lounge chair, a table and a bar stool in the making. Scoop is variable with frames in polished aluminum and a black and white powder coat. The chairs are available in a range of different fabrics and upholstery qualities and in a special ice cream scoop color scheme selected for the launch collection.
Scoop Chairs, by KiBiSi, for Globe Zero 4
Underneath a layer of smoke glass, treasures like jewelry and perfumes are revealed in walnut drawers. Above this subtle ground a walnut ‘bridge’ holds porcelain containers and creates a stage for a warm colored mirror. This flirtatious combination of materials provides the perfect place to spend ones intimate moments of the day.
Materials: Walnut wood, coated steel, colored mirror, magnifying mirror, copper, porcelain and glass.
Virtu: Ornatu, Limited edition of 3 + 1 prototype + 1 A.P. by De Intuïtiefabriek
Each of the eight different cushioned forms are made from a high-density foam, varying in shape and height, creating an ever changing seating landscape of pure lines supported by natural oak hardwood feet. Accompanying auxiliary tables can be used in combination with the greater collection.
Common Modular Sofa System, by Naoto Fukasawa, for Viccarbe
For the 50th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner’s Shell Chair, manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son has teamed up with textile brand Maharam to release 20 special versions of Wegner’s iconic design.
The Shell Chair has long been viewed as one of Hans J. Wegner’s strongest designs. It first saw the light of day in 1963, but it took 35 years before it enjoyed its popular breakthrough and received numerous design awards. Through its unique silhouette and superior comfort, Wegner demonstrated that he had truly achieved what he had set out to do: create the ideal shell chair.
Carl Hansen & Son: The Maharam Shell Chair Project
There is an apartment in Le Corbusier’s famous Cité Radieuse (radiant city) in Marseille, which is almost completely preserved in its original 1952 condition. Appt. No 50 is privately owned and it is thanks to the generosity and passion of its owner/occupant that the place is made accessible to a wider public during the summer months of each year. As proof that Le Corbusier’s visionary Unité d’Habitation has the same vibrancy today as when it was originally conceived the apartment is turned into a temporary stage for the ideas and works of contemporary designers.
A short series of scenographic installations has been realized over the years; Konstantin Grcic’s project is the third in line following Jasper Morrison (2008) and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (2010). Apart from placing a selection of his favorite furniture and objects Grcic decided to tag the walls of the apartment with four blown up scans from an original punk fanzine.
“The punk motifs are tempting a slightly devious link between two completely unrelated worlds: Le Corbusier’s architecture and punk rock. Without forcing the idea of common grounds, I find that both have a rawness and uncompromising spirit which I have always found compellingly beautiful. Bringing both cultures together in this project felt most inspiring and, in the end, surprisingly fitting”, explains the designer.
15 July -15 August 2013, Cité Radieuse, Unité d’habitation, Le Corbusier Appartement 50, rue 280 boulevard Michelet, Marseille, Photography by Philippe Savoir & Fondation Le Corbusier / ADAGP, via: Domus