“Without question my favourite piece of interior design, and undoubtedly the most comfortable chair I’ve ever sat in. I like to retire to one with a cigar and a stiff drink as frequently as possible. I own four of them: an original from the Sixties at my London pied-à-terre and three in my house in the country. It’s composed of a fibreglass shell, a thin layer of foam and very high-quality leather, and not only does it swivel, but it also rocks.”
- Sir Terence Conran
Karuselli Lounge Chair, by Yrjö Kukkapuro, 1964, for Avarte
Inspired by construction and de-construction, which are based on the materials finishes. Comission work by Glocal Design Magazine and Masisa manufacturer of mdf, mdp and particle boards, for the oppening of the Design Week México 2012 with the exhibition “Hecho en México” (Made in Mexico).
Booleanos, by Joel Escalona, for Glocal Design Magazine and Masisa
To celebrate its 40th birthday, BD Barcelona Design launches a limited-edition collection of 40 vases hand painted by Jaime Hayon.
In terms of design history of the past 40 years, BD Barcelona Design has been a pioneer in many ways. Well before ‘design-art’ was talked about, this Spanish company had already produced pieces by artists of the calibre of Juan Gris and Salvador Dalí. The very concept has been part of its DNA since day one, continues to be a key element of its identity, and logically forms part of the company’s 40th birthday celebrations. The occasion will be commemorated with an exclusive, numbered collection of 40 vases from the Showtime collection, hand-painted by Jaime Hayon, an internationally acclaimed creator who has triumphantly bridged the worlds of art and design.
Showtime Vase Limited Edition, (limited-edition collection of 40 vases), by Jaime Hayon, for BD Barcelona Design
First collection of the Sistema Midi which has a vital, colourful personality where the warmth of the textures and the new materials are felt right down to the finest details. Made from extruded aluminum the new collection consists of tables, cabinets and shelves.
Lounge Collection, by Pierre Beucler and Jean-Christophe Poggioli, Architecture & Associés
Historic industrial design icons such as the Starship Enterprise or the Citroën’s steering wheel were inspirational when designing the w126 uplighter. Admittedly two quite technical examples, but this is a lamp that demanded both highly advanced engineering and a bit of iconicity. Two powerful and separate LED light sources, one up and one down, with separate dimming allows you to set the light to any desired ambience. No need for a manual. Two simple touch buttons makes operating instinctive. However, this lamp does not fly through outer space, nor does it roam the highway, but stands in an architectural context. Significant in expression, yes. But reduced in form and shape to feel at home in your room.
w126 Lamp, by Claesson Koivisto Rune, for Wästberg
“It’s a small table with a moderate design, small dimensions and precious look. The 8mm thickness and the rounded edges give it a particular strength. A simple and creative solution to furnish every corner of the home with a touch of colour chosen among lilac, transparent, amber and red.”
Cup Table, by Ichiro Iwasaki, for Discipline
XTable is a manually height adjustable desk. A piece of office machinery that accommodates multiple working positions and daily reshuffling. XTable uses manual kinetic power instead of electricity for height adjustments — saves energy and keeps users active. All technical features are constructively integrated in the table top. It uses a century old principle known from carjacks, ironing boards and other iconic tools. The principle coupled with a desk is a radical redesign of the traditional office desk. XTable is designed with an optional storage solution for office supplies and other belongings.
XTable, by KiBiSi, for Holmris
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
“Vederlicht is a fascination that I had when I was a small child, the fascination of model glider plane. Back then these planes cost too much for me to buy and I only could look at them in the shop. The small kid in me is still there so I took the technique and material for making a glider and used it to design lighting. The material used in this design is Balsawood and Oracover which is used to cover the wings of a glider and gives the lamp altogether it’s ultra lightweight.”
- Daniel Hulsbergen
Vederlicht (Featherlight), by Daniel Hulsbergen