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Artek Stool 60: Alvar Aalto: Rings by Nao Tamura

Contained within a single tree is its unabridged chronicle
Year by year, never skipping a beat, it records its history slowly.
Some lines speak of seasons of plenty, while others cry of famine.
The size of the rings are never the same.
Each engraving bears witness to battles waged in the name of survival.
To observe such is to humble ourselves to nature’s love of life.

“This celebration was created by layering upon the chair’s beautiful geometric shape, a complex and organic graphic of life. My hope is that the Artek “Stool 60″ will evoke the bounty of nature as seen by the passage of 80 years of time.”
- Nao Tamura

Artek Stool 60: Alvar Aalto: Rings, by Nao Tamura, for Artek America, The Design Trust for Public Spaces Auction

Magique by Studio Klass for Liv’it by Fiam

Magique extends the traditional concept of the side-table to a flexible project for a variety of uses and spaces in the home. Thanks to a play of intersecting volumes, Magique offers three different shelves, accessible from each of its four sides, while it creates a pretty combination of nuances as the objects it contains shine through.”
Manufactured in 10 mm welded glass and available in various finishes: transparent glass structure and cube, extralight glass structure and opal white glass cube, extralight glass structure and smoked grey glass cube, smoked grey glass structure and Black95 glass cube.

Magique, by Studio Klass, for Liv’it by Fiam, Photography © Pietro Cocco

Pelt Chair by Benjamin Hubert for De La Espada

Pelt is a dining chair comprised of plywood and solid ash launching at the London Design Festival in collaboration with Portuguese manufacturer De La Espada. The chair has a thin 8mm plywood shell that wraps around a solid ash frame, akin the skin over an animal’s skeleton. It extends down the front and rear legs with a fluid tab that seamlessly integrates with the solid frame beneath. The frame of the chair has been reduced to a simple cross construction linking the front and rear legs. This geometry was made possible by cncing a complex twist to maintain the integration of the start and end points. The chair also offers efficient stacking with its ability to stack 6 chairs.

Pelt Chair, by Benjamin Hubert, for De La Espada

Mayor Sofa by Arne Jacobsen for &tradition

The Danish design company &tradition has introduced the Mayor Sofa designed by designer and architect Arne Jacobsen for Søllerød City Hall in 1939. The sofa is one of his early designs and has not been put into production until now.

Mayor Sofa, by Arne Jacobsen, for &tradition

Blaster Chair by James Irvine

NgispeN is a company which seems to want to enjoy itself. If I think about furniture to enjoy I think about those wonderful time wasting moments in life. Those moments when you want to do nothing. Maybe just spin around and let time drift by. Maybe wait for someone to come up and say hello. So I thought of a cone sitting on another cone and where the two cones meet they rotate. Then I realised it looked a bit like the nozzle of a rocket engine so I gave the chair the name Blaster.”

Blaster Chair, by James Irvine, for NgispeN

Röhsska Chair by CKR for the Swedish Design Museum

Röhsska Chair, by Claesson Koivisto Rune, for The Röhsska Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts

Luc Chair by Lorenz*Kaz for Rossin

The chair, composed of a minimalistic rigid polyurethane shell, distinguished by its unmistakable high back. The wood base version transmits warmth and harmony. The version with the ring, encircling the apparently more rigorous metal base, gives the chair its playful character and craftsmanship. The generous proportions of the Luc lounge chair give freedom of motion, but in the same time defines a personal space, intimate that invites you to relax.

Luc Chair, by Lorenz*Kaz, for Rossin

Maarten Chair by Victor Carrasco for Viccarbe

Spanish designer Victor Carrasco has created the Maarten chair as a tribute to the late Belgian furniture designer Maarten van Severen. The frame of the piece is forged from oak plywood and decorated by loose horizontally-stitched upholstery is applied to the curved body of the seat. lacquered steel tubes hold it up the sleek furniture piece. sprawling from a center point, the pyramidal structure is able to swivel, giving the user a more flexible and comfortable experience.

Maarten Chair, by Victor Carrasco, for Viccarbe

Aura by Mikko Laakkonen for Inno

Aura is a harmonius and cozy 2-seater sofa, it surrounds you and is perfect for creating peaceful interiors. Due to its high back the tempting and sympathetic Aura also works as a room divider.

Aura, by Mikko Laakkonen, for Inno

The Big Boss Desk by Piergil Fourquie

Drawing inspiration from architectural constructions using the cantilever principal, the lacquered metal skirt gives a solid volume on which the entire desk depends. This support contrasts with the light oak suspended top which juts out over an empty space. The choice of material is a metaphor for a ‘sports coupe’ car: the metallic exterior reflects the immediate environment and hides the user’s legs. The refined topstitched leather interior creates a warm protective cocoon. The elegance of the lines hides all that is to be hidden: computer cables, electric wires, drawer. Materials: oak; topstitched leather and metal.

The Big Boss Desk, by Piergil Fourquie, Edited by Galerie Gosserezl, Photography © Ian Scigliuzzi

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