“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 Claesson Koivisto Rune, for The Röhsska Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts
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
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 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.
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
The Bell Table by Sebastian Herkner turns our perceptual habits on their head, using the lightweight, fragile material of glass as base for a metal top that seems to float above it. Hand-blown in the traditional manner using a wooden mould, the transparent tinted glass base asserts a sculptural presence in space, contrasting intriguingly with the solid brass frame on top while also forming with it a harmonious unit recalling the elegant curving silhouette of a bell.
With its appealing reflective surfaces and contrasting materials, the side table adds a distinctive touch to domestic interiors. It celebrates the beauty of the materials with their colours and surfaces, along with the virtues of hand-craftsmanship.
Inspired by the fashion world and crafted with fine tailoring skills, this armchair casts a spell of sheer fascination with its sleek, graceful lines, while surprising the viewer with its novel use of the quilted fabric : instead of simply dressing the metal frame, it becomes a soft and cozy body in itself with an edge along the back that reminiscent of a jacket collar. Two down feather cushions add a soft touch of made-to-measure comfort.
Havet is a cabinet made out of pine. The surface treatment resembles a stormy ocean at night and is created by combining traditional craftsmanship with an unconventional technique. The pattern is chiselled by hand using an angle grinder. Just like the waves on a windy sea, each cabinet created will be unique. At first, the furniture is built as a classic cabinet with right angles and with fittings, details and interiors in place. The carpenters then chisel out the distinctive pattern — a process requiring as much time as building the cabinet itself. The pattern is carved on all sides and across all external joints and fittings, creating a monolithic and sculptural gestalt.
Havet, by Karl-Johan Hjerling & Karin Wallenbeck, for Snickeriet
Adrien Rovero was one of 40 swiss artists, architects and designers invited to transform 40 year old cable cars into new objects. Created for Mountain Climbers, a Swiss cultural and sustainable project benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Switzerland, Rock is the first of 40 projects to be revealed. Rock was premiered at the opening of Rovero’s solo show, Landscale, at Lausanne’s Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC). For this project he decided to celebrate the rocking movement of the cable car and thus to create a garden rocking chair.
A selection of projects will be revealed at Design Miami in Basel in 2013 and the remaining projects will be revealed in Basel during the fair week in 2014. The exhibiting will be touring in Switzerland in different cities and followed by a Christie’s auction, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Switzerland.