Korban/Flaubert is a design and production partnership between Janos Korban, a metal specialist, and Stefanie Flaubert, an architect. Founded in Stuttgart in 1993, the practice specialises in furniture, lighting and architectural installations in metal or plastic.
Korban and Flaubert draw inspiration for their investigations from sources as diverse as abstract mathematics and the natural world, but their completed work is rarely the outcome of a deliberate aesthetic path or a set technical procedure. Rather they let the experimental manipulation of materials and form dictate the nature of the final product. “Loose model experiments are developed along specific themes, with the freedom of not committing to any function in the early stages as the models become larger and larger we experiment with the effects of different materials and a function may emerge.”
Membrane Chaise Lounge, by Korban/Flaubert
“There are lots of beautiful desks out there, but they don’t support work and home functionality.”
- Ayako Takase
Solid walnut frame. Sculptural curves, angles, and edges evoke fine furniture design and balance the high-performance white laminate surface. “purposeful and intelligent features,” says Takase, like the dual-level desk top, technology management, and natural materials.
At the same time, says Cutter Hutton, “We designed it to be shown off and on display in your home. The millwork detail on the walnut frame, sleek legs, and elegant form let Airia fit well with both classic and contemporary furniture. It’s timeless. We intend it to be a desk you’ll keep for the rest of your life – and give to your kids.”
Airia Desk, by Ayako Takese, Cutter Hutton, and Chris Specce of Kaiju Studios,
for Herman Miller
The Grid Chair series explores the relationship between computer generated and classical forms. The chairs are composed of a welded steel frame fused with a black-walnut seat, and the R60 chair (top) has a seat of clear polycarbonate The piece is on show at the Prugio Gallery in Seoul, South Korea.
Patricia Urquiola approached the outdoors starting from the theme of woven patterns-reviving and personalising the concept with a traditional look in mind, but giving it a decisively contemporary look without using too much nostalgic influence. Vienna straw, with its decorative geometric shape, was her element of inspiration. She amplified the traditional pattern, increasing it to macro-proportions compared to the original, and used it to make a beautiful line of comfortable chairs and sofas. These comfortable, anatomically shaped chairs are ideal for the swimming pool area or on the garden lawn. They’re like pieces of land art, integrating and harmonizing with the surrounding scenery.
Canasta Collection, by Patricia Urquiola, for B&B Italia
Paul Evans (1931-1987) studied sculpture, metal work, silver and gold smithing at several institutes, including the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He began making metal furniture and exhibited in a group show in 1957 at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York. In 1964 Evans became the designer of furniture manufacturer Directional. Most Paul Evans pieces are signed, and all of the custom items bear a signature and a date. Paul Evans furniture has been bringing record breaking prices at auctions across the US and Europe.
Dining Table, model PE631, $12,000, by Paul Evans Studio for Directional, c. 1974, Available for sale at Wright
Aluminum indoor/outdoor chairs that are both durable and beautiful.
Neutra, Armchair, Easy Armchair, and Lounger, by Vincent van Duysen, for Tribù
What we all need is a reclining lounge chair with some serious engineering. Designer Frédéric Sofia has introduced the 35H Lounger. Controls are centralized on the armrest for precise positioning.
35H Relaxation Armchair, by Frédéric Sofia, for ligne roset
Ad Box is a cabinet system, with a minimal design which is composed by two different elements that can be put together. The doors are distinguished by a 45° edge with an asymmetrical design and hide by using a push and pull opening mechanism.
Ad Box, by Enrico Franzolini, for Accademia
Monobloc polyethylene sofa and chair with upholstery in cotton wool and a loose cover.
Tokyo, by Tokujin Yoshioka, for Driade
Two original Zig Zag Chairs made from painted wood and brass hardware were sold at Auction at Sotheby’s. The chair unadorned and the cantilever concept broke new ground in furniture design. They were designed by Gerrit Rietveld and manufactured by Gerard van de Groenekan, De Bilt, in the Netherlands, and then Cassina Italy from 1971.
Zig Zag Chairs, $40,625, Sold at Auction, at Sotheby’s