Marc Newson designed this form for an installation at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain. The individual elements were displayed connected together in the form of a three-quarter sphere. Only 50 examples of this chair were produced; its title Bucky was taken from the newly discovered molecule, the Buckminsterfullerene, named for its resemblance to Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic structures.
Bucky Lounge Chairs, 1995, by Marc Newson
The Swivel Chair does what it says, the unique arm design circles the back without connecting to it.
Luigi Colani is considered a maverick of 20th Century design. In a career spanning almost six decades, he has placed organic design firmly on the contemporary ‘map’, producing biodynamic designs for cars, boats, planes, ceramics, consumer goods, as well as creating alternative futuristic concepts for the design of transport and architecture. A strong influence on contemporary designers, Colani emphasised the importance and evolutionary potential of design at an early date, often pre-empting major design trends by decades.
Swivel Chair, 1971, by Luigi Colani for Lusch
(currently out of production)
The bright and the dark side of the moon. Its way from new to full moon and back again. This changeable picture is translated graphically into a functional set of two side tables. The integrated well-proportioned bowl in each table plate reminds of the moon’s crater surface. The tables’ base are produced in chromed or lacquered steel tube, the table plates are made from scratch resistant powder coated MDF, in white and black, matt and high gloss. Both elements can be arranged separately and overlapping.
Moon Table, by Matthias Demacker, for Seefelder
Torno is a side table, twisted, with sculpture characteristics. The innovative white synthetic quartz and the view through the twisted table give the Torno a special lightness.
Torno, by Stephan Veit, for Draenert
Described as a new typology within the world of chairs, the Gap Chair is made as a wood monostructure with a supporting cross under the seat. All proportions are thought out to be ergonomic and minimalistic, but still with a poetic attitude.
Gap Chair, by Werner Aisslinger, for Fornasarig
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