Between 1959 and 1975, Pierre Paulin created several iconic designs for Artifort, including the famous Ribbon chair, the Mushroom and the Tongue. These timeless designs, which were created in the Artifort workshops, are for the most part still in production today. They are distributed around the world and continue to be a source of fascination because they are so modern.
Centre Pompidou in Paris is paying tribute to Pierre Paulin’s work with a comprehensive retrospective devoted to the designer’s work. The museum has decided to add a Pierre Paulin lounge to the exhibition galleries giving visitors the opportunity to sit down in some of Artifort’s most comfortable sofas and chairs.
Pierre Paulin at Centre Pompidou
Ink is made of American walnut, it is trapezoidal in shape and you access it by opening a door which is tilted to become a work top. Inside the compartment, three drawers, LED lighting and another compartment fitted with sockets for connecting all kinds of electronic devices, even if the name Ink recalls traditional handwriting done with pen, ink and paper, but above all with ideas.
Ink Desk, by Jasper Morrison, for Molteni & C
The combination of Kristalia’s technology with Kensaku Oshiro’s creativity has led to Hole: a table featuring an original base and an oval hole, with a softly moulded shape in sheet metal, made using a process that involves many moulding and bending phases. This original and stable base, available in various finishes, supports a thin laminate or solid wood (thicker) top. Two options are available for this furnishing object with a truly unique personality.
Hole, by Kensaku Oshiro, for Kristalia
A design with its roots in the research of the archetypical two-part African chair of the Congo region, Niloo is a reinterpretation of this typology bringing it into today’s relevant context. The simple idea of two parts simply sliding together and interlocking to form a comfortable chair is just as relevant today as it has been for centuries past.
Interestingly enough, in the 1950s, Artifort blazed the trail of innovative design with the Congo and Pinguïn chair, designed by Theo Ruth, chairs that were also inspired by this typology. Niloo is following in its predecessor’s footsteps by applying the same technique that involves two elements seamlessly fitting together. Through this design, we pay tribute to Artifort’s history while setting our sights on the future.
The design describes two foam moulded upholstered parts, one being a composition of a curvaceous back emerging into the front feet and the other being a generous seat turning into the hind leg. The great development challenge was in creating an embracing and comfortable chair while making sure that the structure is strong and sturdy.
‘For me Niloo is all about the synergy of practicality and comfort. Imagine having to haul a fauteuil up three flights of stairs or the space-saving attributes during transport. And when slid together a simple chair emerges, almost iconic in image.’ Khodi Feiz.
“For a while now, I’ve been working for the platform lift-makers Aritco on a brief to design a lift like a piece of furniture. It’s taken three years, from a blank sheet of paper to the final product in which I designed everything from the shaft to the lift platform and also came up with a whole new solution for the lift control panel. My ambition was to come up with the ultimate flexibility for consumers, who have to be able to identify with their choice of lift through a range of options in terms of materials and colours. Lighting was a key element throughout the prototyping in that the lift walls are backlit under a surface covered in patterns or images. The lift for Aritco is due to be launched to tie in with Stockholm Design Week 2016 and will be the first-ever purpose-designed residential lift to reach the market”.
Aritco Elevator, by Alexander Lervik
Stockholm is a city of candlelight, with candles illuminating countless venues and gatherings across the Swedish capital. Inspired by this, Luca Nichetto designed an oil lamp in hand-blown Murano glass. Comprising two connecting components, the lamp echoes the form of a wine glass, subtly suggesting the act of drinking. A coloured opaque base sits under a larger transparent top, which is available in several patterns. As well as being ornamental, these patterns transform the nature of the light emitted by the lamp. As the patterns overlap, they form complex motifs, granting the lamp a decorative quality that shines through even when the lamp is off.
Halo, by Nichetto Studio
Photography by Studio Pointer
The bookcases are a new interpretation of traditional revolving bookcases, these often featuring three or four levels with larger volumes being stored at the bottom. Folkform believe, that in this time of increased digitalisation of texts, the book as a physical object will become increasingly desirable and that the reader will prefer a smaller number of well chosen volumes housed in a beautiful piece of furniture to a large number of books in a wall-to- wall bookcase.
Revolving Bookcases, by FOLKFORM
A shelf with a digital angle. the surfaces of this object dissolve into strings which connect and transform into other new surfaces.
www, by viktormatic
The Bar Cart was designed to function as a serving cart and a permanent fixture in a home as a mobile side table. The three-legged solid ash structure and handle is maneuverable on its two hind wheels. The top tray can be removed from the cart’s structure and be used as a portable serving tray. The tray’s top leather surface makes for a soft, yet resilient surface to store serving ware.
The Bar Cart, by Thom Fougere Studio
The characters in the film “Star Wars” turned into objects in abstract 3D shapes. Many character goods have been made based on the film, with many based on 2D image manipulation. So we wanted to open up new possibilities by creating a simplified 3D form. For example, a consecutive repetition of Darth Vader’s concave eyes and mouth turned the object into the instantly recognizable character from every angle. The volume and the curvature of the characters were all adjusted to be more or less similar, all having a rounded top and concave base. This enabled the characters to be stacked on top of each other for different purposes.
These designs are aimed at being used as a type of “material”, offering the opportunity to the designers and manufacturers who have obtained the licenses to develop their products based on these forms. A wide variety of usage can be envisaged ranging from kitchenware such as cups, salt & pepper pots, stationary such as paper weights, jewelry such as necklaces, or beading several of them into bracelets. The expansion of the product offerings can be infinite, which provides a whole new fun and creative aspect of exploring the possibilities that resides in characters.
Star Wars, by Nendo
Photopraphy by Akihiro Yoshida