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
The Three Skin Chair is now produced using wood for the first time. Powerfully sculptural and extremely sinuous, Three Skin Chair is made of laminated lacquered plywood, previous versions are made in plastic.
Three Skin Chair, by Ron Arad, for Moroso
Welcome to the Jet Age. Stephan Hertzog has designed Jet, a lounge chair upholstered in fabric or leather. Stainless steel feet with a return swivel.
Jet, by Busk+Hertzog, for Globe Zero 4
With its bold contours and distinctive mix of materials, the orbital chair is a confident alternative to traditional reception space seating. Available with a high gloss white or black outer shell and upholstered in fabric or leather in a range of colours.
Orbital Lounge Chair, by Christophe Pillet, for Modus