Ben van Berkel’s design for Walter Knoll stands out from the plethora of items like it because of the introduction of the zipper as design facet. A series of components can literally be zipped (and then unzipped) together in varying configurations.
Circle Seating, $14,500, by Ben van Berkel, for Walter Knoll
The Iris Table, constructed to resemble its moniker, is made from slightly different shades of anodized aluminum components.
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Iris Table, by BarberOsgerby, for Established and Sons
A rotational moulded nylon or polyethylene armchair.
Kloe by Marco Acerbis, for Desalto
This Paper Birdie prototype differs from the production model; later examples feature a thin, upholstered cushion and a chromed underside. Sold with certificate of origin signed by Flip Sellin.
Prototype Paper Birdie chaiser, $4200, by Flip Sellin at Wright Gallery
Chris Adamick – Audio,
Lievore Altherr Molina – Celon,
PearsonLloyd – Coast, for Bernhardt Design
Selections from the Press Release:
For Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec, working with galleries is a chance to breathe outside the usual constraints that characterise their enthusiastic contribution to industrial design.
The disturbing, long black lamp, invents a pivoting principle that leans on the ceiling. It moves like a living organism, like a three-headed hydra. The exaggerated diameter evokes the imposing size of Venetian chandeliers.
The moulded polyester tables, with their synthetic appearance, are huge monolithic shapes that are barely off the ground. Their white and unreal aspect makes them seem like floating ice floes.
Just as impressive in terms of dimension (4m wide, 2.20m high), the screen is more of a « fabric wall » than a mobile separation. One is seduced by these patches of wool in abstract, geometric, stitched shapes in clashing colours. The design of the aluminium chassis on which these huge wool covers are “placed” reminds us of a saddle maker’s workshop with skins hanging on metal trestles.
These four objects do not constitute a collection by any means as they were all designed at different times. However, they do represent the constant research of the Bouroullec brothers into the notion of the “quality of the atmosphere”. The use of fabric is one answer. In this case, it is a vehicle for colour, and the huge, flat, monochrome surfaces bring to mind abstract paintings.
Exhibition, by Ronan y Erwan Bouroullec, at Kreo Gallery in Paris, via: Arkinetia
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“Inspired by the linear, well-defined structure of vintage chairs. Papyrus combines a translucent structure with a very fine vertical ridged pattern, which covers the outer surface of the rounded backrest, with its soft, enveloping design”.
Papyrus, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for Kartell