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.
One of the world’s most prestigious schools of art has defined a new teaching paradigm by making architecture and industrial design more interdisciplinary, more interconnected. ECAL chez Le Corbusier (ECAL at Le Corbusier’s place) is a magnificent tribute to the great architect on the 125th anniversary of his birth. It is also, and above all, an encounter between a master and some pupils: between Le Corbusier and the students of ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne). To imagine, then to produce objects for the Villa “Le Lac” was the project conceived by Elric Petit, head of the bachelor’s degree programme in industrial design at ECAL, and Chris Kabel, professor at ECAL. The project soon outgrew the framework of a classic teaching activity: the potential offered by the site, the inventiveness awakened by this assignment and the quality of the executions naturally led to the idea of an on-site exhibition.
ECAL: Chez Le Corbusier, Villa Le Lac, Switzerland, July 2 – August 29
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.
Zoo uses the many nuances of the “Hallingdal 65″ fabric which is made by Kvadrat, in a series of bright, colorful, oversized cuddle toys that appeal to children and adults alike. The zoo includes a toucan, a panda bear and a whale. Each animal has about the same size as a small child (about 1m high), making them extra huggable for all ages and encouraging younger generations to relate to them as a friend. With a highly simplified form, the animal’s character is defined mainly through a series of different ‘masks’ which represent the face.
Zoo Toys, by Ionna Vautrin, for Kvadrat
Thread Family is a set of small hight adaptable furnishings featuring a thread and seat lathed from walnut wood on a welded steel base in many colours. The family consists of three members: Small Stool, Bistro Table & High Stool. Main feature is the lathed upper part, consisting of a 40 mm thread cut from american walnut, connected with the seat by a visible and well crafted wedge-joint in a cross shape. Its surface is finished with hardwood oil to enhance the natural looks and to produce a smooth motion of the thread while adjusting the seat hight. The steel base was welded from precision stainless steel tubes, inspired by high quality bicycle frames. All additional parts like feet and inner thread have been hand crafted from a non dyed technical polymer.
Conceived as objects of high flexibility, the Thread Family works in small spaces and in large places. They rise and adapt to the needs of the user and can become a lifelong companion to a kid or an adult. “Thread” emphasizes the natural qualities of wood and works well as a single piece and in a group.
Thread Family, Small Stool, Bistro Table & High Stool, by Designer, for Coordination
Marc Newson has designed a rocking horse for children; Rocky is a modern take on a traditional object, a pop version taking its character loosely from medieval jousting horses. The parallelogram motion mimics the movement of a traditional rocking horse. It is made from rotationally moulded polyethylene chosen for both its durability and recyclability. Rein in natural hemp rope.
Rocky, by, Marc Newson, for Magis