Designed more than half a century ago by the late Charles Pollock, Knoll is reintroducing the iconic ’657 Sling-back Lounge’, also known as the Pollock Arm Chair, a minimal chair of polished chrome steel tubing and natural cowhide. Originally manufactured from 1964-79, the chair has been out of production for nearly 35 years but never out of mind nor off design wish lists. The chair’s tubular steel legs connect to cast-aluminum arms and stretchers with exposed hardware, exemplifying Pollock’s honest approach to design.
Aura mirror series are developed out of a metaphor of a glowing object. The hemispherical shaped mirrors with a solid aluminium base are electroplated with copper, chrome and nickel coating. This converts the mirrors into a whole reflecting object rather than just a surface. The flat mirror surface in the core of the hemispheres is tilted towards you.
The project is about tactility and sensibility. Aura´s format relates to fit into two open hands. The way the massive and seamless material feels against your skin gives a sense of holding something scarce. The polished surface contrasts to your natural skin and the way the heavy material is pressed into your hands. Other aspects of sensibility Aura touches is when the object is exposed to light. Then the light is reflected differently from the flat mirror surface and the circular body; making you aware of your surrounding and light changes.The thought is to create physical and mental recognition in the moment. Aura mirror series consists of wall and table mirror.
Aura, by Bjørn van den Berg
Its name, its structure and its ability to adapt to the surroundings owes its conception to the bamboo plant. Their idea was to take advantage of led technology to “cultivate a crop” of very slender shaped lamps in a variety of heights which allow the users to create a personalized combination of lighting to suit their needs and which is ideal for outdoor spaces. The slim lines of the Bamboo collection, designed by Antoni Arola & Enric Rodríguez, integrates natu- rally with exterior surroundings. During the day it melts discreetly into the landscape. At night, Bam – Boo illuminates and highlights paths, transit areas and also large open spaces. The result is a light installation that emits concentrated light beams through the darkness, illuminating without contaminating.
A striking occasional table for home and contract use. The white lacquered cylindrical table is made from a patented environment-friendly resin that contains handmade fish replicas, therefore no need of additional decoration than themselves. The designers explain: Fish that aren’t fish. That seem to float in water that isn’t water. They seem to be suspended in air that isn’t air. Like a dream. A wonderful mixture between minimalism and poetry is the result of this charming project, that is available in different versions of fish compositions and table sizes.
Up in the Air, by Ramón Úbeda and Otto Canalda, for Viccarbe
Iceberg, as the name states was inspired by the form and beauty of these large glacial structures. Capturing their breathtaking splendor this collection clusters to illuminate with a subtle white and blue light. These are not ordinary pendants lights, but an incredible array of glass sculptures gracefully floating in space.
It’s nature inspiring the shapes of Pandora, that live in the echoes of their minimal texture. Ethereal entities that make of the light an added value, building up an outfit out of time, playing to conceal the material composing them. The project makes of the versatility its overriding characteristic: Pandora can be used as floor lamps both in external and internal spaces, such as hanging lamps or floor lamps.
In collaboration with Jean-Marc Estaque, cabinetmaker and Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the designer Didier Versavel imagined the “Precious” collection. Startling small volumes faceted wood and fluorescent PMMA. This surprising combination of materials, solid wood and plexiglass fluorescent echoes Meet the master craftsman and designer, between tradition and modernity. The Precious range comes in many variations, center table, empty pocket, magazine rack, lamp ask or lampshade.
Precious Series, by Jean-Marc Estaque and Meilleur Ouvrier, for Didier Versavel
Photography by Marc Mesplié
Matsuso T is a collaboration project between Hiroshima’s expert carpentry workers and Jin Kuramoto design studio. Many of the professional wood working techniques used by expert carpentry workers in Hiroshima come from traditional wooden boat making. These boat making techniques can be seen in the overall design, as well as a gracious harmony between function and form.
Matsuso T, by Jin Kuramoto Studio
Photography by Takumi Ota
Richard Hutten has designed the Layers Cloud Chair made from layers of fabric cut using a CNC machine.
Barcelona-based designer Eugeni Quitllet’s ‘Tabu’ for Alias reinterprets the hand-crafted tradition of chair-making using digital fabrication, digitally carving and assembling FSC certified wood to create a series of contemporary chairs with various seat backs. There are five different versions/generations of ‘Tabu’, from full back rest to one that doubles as an occasional table. The most striking, a version with a plexiglass backrest. “To synthesize nature in order to naturalize industry. To recover the sense of Authenticity, Beauty and Goodness, ‘Tabu’ is a metaphor of truth.” says the Catalan designer.
Tabu Chair, by Eugeni Quitllet, for Alias