A ground breaking new business class seat for Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class service. A unique seating layout and mechanism creates a new sense of shared experience and allows the seat back to fold forward to create a completely flat bed. For the first time, a simple and uncomplicated design aesthetic has subdued the typically complex expression of aircraft seating. The functional and visual expression of the ‘chair’ has been separated from the myriad of functions that traditionally layer the visual quality of aircraft seating.
Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class service, by Pearson Lloyd
LINK is a new product designed by PearsonLloyd, which was developed in response to a commission by ARPRO to investigate potential new uses of expanded polypropylene within the contract furniture and interiors market. EPP is a lightweight high performance material traditionally used in the packaging and automotive industries.
LINK, by PearsonLloyd
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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Not just a lamp, but a “space definer” made for the Monica Danet prize.
Portique, by Adrien Rovero
When In New York, visit the current exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Design and the Elastic Mind. If you can’t make it, the website is fun.
Exhibition: Design and the Elastic Mind, New York, MoMA
“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
Nine different stainless steel Pots and Pans of the “John Pawson Series” are available at Gaggenau. The handles can be touched with bare hands even after hours of cooking.
Cookware Series, by John Pawson, for Gaggenau
Spend a little time here soaking in this Corian bathtub.
I Fuimi, by Claudio Silvestrin, for Boffi
Simple set of chairs exhibited at the Milan Furniture Fair
Brio, by Mikiya Kobayashi, for Mikiya Kobayashi Design