“Why are arms on armchairs straight? This was the question posed as the inspiration for Bras (arm). This project was born from the gesture of an arm on an armchair, angled away and then towards you to follow the natural contour your arms make when sitting. At the same time this inspiration creates a distinguished visual statement which is inviting and in turn comfortable. The faceted corners in the sofa embrace you and allow you to sit in a flexible and more casual manner. For Bras we have developed a unique construction system which works independently between the seat, backrest and armrests, providing a level of flexibility, which in turn provides a great degree of comfort not found in sofas in this genre. There are a multitude of finishings for the fabrics as well as a choice for wooden or powder-coated steel legs.”
- Khodi Feiz.
Initiated by the American Hardwood Export Council and Benchmark Furniture, The Wish List brings together a stellar list of architects and designers for a unique collaborative project. The project invited designers and studios to use American hardwood to create an object for an established figure in the architecture and design industry. Zaha Hadid’s brief was simple and open: to create some form of tableware made from wood. So she teamed up with Gareth Neal to craft two sculptural oak vases.
The water carafe idea emerged from considering the liquid nature of Zaha Hadid’s work, but juxtaposing it with a functional element to contain water within. Through using the traditional vessel form as a starting point and subverting its appearance to dramatic extremes, mimicking traditional carving technique Gareth Neal hopes the pieces will embed the design with a sense of the handmade through the arm of a robot, questioning the viewer’s perceptions of craft and the handmade.
Lee Broom transforms a street of disused shops to create ‘The Department Store’, his largest exhibition to date with the launch of over twenty new products presented as an immersive journey through a dramatic series of interconnected department store-inspired sets.
The Department Store, by Lee Broom
Through joy and elegance, the bathroom can be elevated to the same level of importance as the living room. Hayon brings his characterful design and the idea of elegance to the bathroom, with the same attention to craft and emotion as he applies to lounge chairs and sofas. Hayon brings 10 years of further development to bear in a new bathroom collection, through noble materials such as marble, wood, and of course stainless steel. Materico brings glamour – together with function – back to bathrooms.
Materico, by Jaime Hayon, for Toyo Kitchen Style
The new product family designed by David Chipperfield, consisting of a solid wood table, bench and stool, distinctly features the pure use of material and a clear design language, which are shared aesthetics of e15 and David Chipperfield. Originally conceived for an architectural project in the English countryside, the table FAYLAND elegantly highlights linear forms and a clear structural concept. Oriented to the design of table FAYLAND, David Chipperfield completes the solid wood family for e15 with bench FAWLEY and stool LANGLEY.
The versatility of furniture for the changing work and domestic space has lead to the development of the ‘tool’ adjustable side table. The aim was to create a surface in which people could be freed from their office desks, offering them the possibility to easily connect their work area to any type of furniture or person. Integrating a lever with a smooth vertical operation offers ease in modifying the height of the surface.
Adjustable Side Table, by Studio Irvine, for OFFECCT
The Kuskoa collection is inspired by the first plastic chairs designed by Robin Day. But in this case, all the chair is crafted out of wood, providing a warm appearance, comfort and resistance. The shell, front upholstered or fully in wood, perches delicately on a frame of solid wood.
Kuskoa, by Jean Louis Iratzoki, for Alki
The ILLUM collection is series of outdoor furniture designed by Merckx+Maes for Tribù. The collection refers to classical furniture archetypes, translated with updated materials for the outdoors. The emphasis for the collection is on comfort, ergonomics and usability. The low sculpted back of the chair allows for comfortable seating for many hours. Easily stacked, the chair can be put away during colder months. The sun lounger not only inclines, but also lowers itself to offer a matchless comfort, while all the mechanics involved are astutely hidden away. The table tops are available in ceramics and teak. The various sizes available for the table include a more narrow option to fit balconies.
ILLUM, by Merckx + Maes, for Tribù
Homes no longer follow the lounge + dining room + kitchen formula. The various living uses flow into each other more and more, which puts different demands on the furniture. Tables in particular have to be multi-talented; they not only have to be a traditional kitchen table but a desk, work bench, meeting place and dining table as well… and sometimes all at the same time. The Drawer table is one of those all-rounders. It looks like a simple, modern table, but it hides an impressive secret: virtually invisible drawers that are small enough to not have to compromise on leg room and big enough to be able to put away or get out laptops, placemats, cutlery, and all those things that are always lying around, like keys, pens, paperwork or phone chargers.
Drawer Table, by Ineke Hans, for Arco
The highlight of the family of robust, but delicate pieces is a symbolic bowl, which references the structural achievements made in the construction of the grand amphitheatre, the Colosseum, in the Italian capital.
Colosseum Bowl, by Jaime Hayon, for Paola C