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Exhibition: Forms by Eric Jourdan at Galerie Gosserez

After almost ten years, Eric Jourdan is back to present his design in a gallery on invitation by Marie Bérangère Gosserez. With three pieces and a series of vases, he positions his plastic and functional morphology in a striking way as he is one of the rare French designers able to do it. Once you like Jourdan, you will always like him as his design is so constant it is symbolic of designers with design as the driving force ‘At the beginning I never imagine an object or a piece of furniture as a whole, I draw a detail (an assemblage, a groove, a link…) which will lead me to another and then another … This method is linked to the practice of drawing which creates a continuous link between all these sketches. The organisation of these forms follows later. I arrange, remove, build and assemble elements which become different pieces.”

“Drawing can be liberating or imprisoning; it depends on where we stop the infernal machine which consists of covering whole notebooks. That is where your associate steps in: organising; clarifying; making you take a step back. For this exhibition the role was fulfilled by Marie-Bérangère Gosserez.”

There is no story telling with Eric Jourdan and therefore no scenarios, leaving room for pure form, like his fellow students Charpin, Bauchet, Bouroullec and no artistic sanctification of his plastic manipulation either : “Showing work in a gallery could be seen as an outlet allowing a designer to be liberated from industrial or commercial constraints, but this is not so, design does not just happen on its own without a drawing, without a gallery owner or a manufacturer…Through this exhibition, I want to show that everything will always be just exchanges, mistakes, disappointment, tension, feedback, progress and pleasure. I do not believe in the posture of artists; it is all about co-production in our profession.’

Promenade console table, Mirror Tower, Sign floor lamp, Blocks vases
Forms, by Eric Jourdan, at Galerie Gosserez

Form Us With Love & Friends: New Designs

One had to walk through a very snowy Skeppsholmen island (Stockholm) to discover design studio Form Us With Love’s new designs, displayed at the Swedish Museum for Architecture. A worthy trip, though: On the occasion of the third “Form Us With Friends” event, designers John Löfgren, Jonas Pettersson, and Petrus Palmér introduced the Plaid dividers for Abstracta (Sweden), the Plug Lamp for Ateljé Lyktan (Sweden), the Form Pendants for Design House Stockholm (Sweden), the Bento chair & table for One Nordic Furniture (a brand new company based in Finland), as well as the Slab Vases for Cosentino Silestone (Spain).

The Bento chair and table, made of bent birch plywood, come into four parts each, that can be assembled without the need for any tools or fasteners. Form pendant glass lights, blown into geometric shapes, have been designed to be hung in group, each shape complementing the other. As for the PET foam room divider, its name (Plaid) suggests a versatile use: it can be hanged, draped or simply put on the floor and fanned out according to one’s needs. The most poetic objects of the series, the Slab vases display colorful rings of silestone (gravel, coloring and binding agents blended into quartz) piled up over a 40cm-high metal bracket, that can be assembled in an array of different combinations.

Exhibition: Form Us With Friends, Form Us With Love, Photography © Jonas Lindström

Elodie Palasse-Leroux is a Paris-based writer and journalist, the founder and editor of Sleek design.

Bamby Chair by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for Marcel By

Bamby questions the visual perception of furniture. Face on, it’s a classical and welcoming chair with a solid wood structure firmly planted on the ground and an upholstered seat. From another viewpoint, Bamby reveals a slender and ethereal profile with tilted rear feet which suspend the seat in the air; a leaf delicately placed upon a dynamic structure.”

Bamby Chair, by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, for Marcel By

Sezz Collection by Christophe Pillet for Emeco

First installed at the The Sezz Hotel St. Tropez, Emeco presents a collection of designed aluminum chairs, stools and swivel chairs entitled Sezz by French designer Christophe Pillet. Known for works that meditate on notions of time as well as the esthetic and illustrative memory, Pillet brings these themes together in five pieces: A series of timeless, handmade recycled aluminum chairs and stools manufactured at the Emeco factory in Pennsylvania USA. “The Sezz chair is a little story about Emeco and what Emeco has become, the capacity of the best of the best. It is a specific story, an interpretation of the Emeco way,“ says Pillet.

“The chair is not made to look a certain way, but to make you instantly want to climb up in it and have a nap. The idea is to be timeless and create desires, using the objects in its purest form. When you collect, you choose items you would like to keep for a long time and not throw away, even when these items are not in fashion, you still love them”
- Christophe Pillet

Sezz Collection, by Christophe Pillet, for Emeco

Shrimp Cocktail Easy Chair by Jehs+Laub for COR

Thanks to its side recesses, the Shrimp Cocktail easy chair has a sharp silhouette that results from the flat cushions and a bentwood shell. Available in a choice of wood, leather or fabric.

Shrimp Cocktail Easy Chair, by Jehs+Laub, for COR

Soba Chair by Dunja Weber for PCM Design

Soba Chair is a three-dimensional stacking structure for indoor and outdoor use. The frame is made of powder-coated steel rod and the seat and backrest from taut PVC strings which makes the design light, resistant and very comfortable.

Soba Chair, by Dunja Weber , for PCM Design

Beam Table by Luis A. Arrivillaga for MDF Italia

A rectangular table with great visual impact caractherized by the rounded corner of the top joined to the solid wood table leg. The top is made of matt white Cristalplant® and legs in solid wood with a rounded and tapered trapezoidal section available in oil-treated teak, oak and wenge-stained oak.

Beam Table, by Luis A. Arrivillaga, for MDF Italia

Lean Tables by Coordination

The Designers from Coordination got inspired by traditional craftsmanship and created the Lean Tables as a result. By using a wedge, legs and a hexagonal boards from local oak form structural entities. At least three units join to become a table. For structural reasons the legs are slanted and as a result the single pieces seem to lean against each other. The shape is contemporary yet individual. The natural material complements many interior styles. The table is available in two different sizes to allow playful combinations.

Lean Tables, by Flip Sellin & Markus Dilger, Coordination, Photography by diephotodesigner.de

Rock Chair by Fredrik Färg

Fredrik Färg’s rocking chair made a buoyant debut after Design House Stockholm first showed the prototype. One year after, the much awaited piece of furniture, named Rock Chair, proudly displays its eye-catching curves on the cover of the 2012 catalogue (celebrating the 20th birthday of the Swedish firm). Färg, a skilled cabinet-maker graduated from the Gothenburg HDK School of Design and Crafts, recalls how he first crafted the armchair a few years ago, then a student, during an exchange term in Australia. “I was given an assignment to create a chair using only MDF boards and a jigsaw. The real challenge was to produce something personal and coherent, using the simplest means.”

Färg’s Rock Chair perpetuates the traditional rocking chair’s comforting, soothing function, while displaying a contemporary design. Sign of the times, the Rock Chair, composed of five pieces, easy to fit together, is sold flat-packed. No hinge, screw or hidden element: this is a brilliant instance of “What you see is what you get” design.

“When the chair has been assembled, the construction is its expressive feature. Nothing is hidden and one can see how the chair holds together. There is a toy-like charm to its simplicity. As a model, Rock Chair is like a drawing that one can sit on, as beautiful as it is cleverly functional” – Design House Stockholm.

Comfort was needed to ensure relaxing time: Fredrik Färg also designed soft cushions for the Rock Chair. Made of leather or canvas, the round-shaped removable upholstery cuts a different graphic line that enhances those of the chair.

After his graduation in 2008, Fredrik Färg’s intelligent and accurate designs rapidly grasped international attention. Awarded such titles as ‘Rookie of the Year’, ‘Newcomer of the Year’, or even ‘Shooting Star of the Year’, Färg has now proved himself someone to count with, not the promising ‘up-and-coming young designer’ anymore.

Invited to imagine and curate a textile-themed exhibition during the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2012, Färg chose his co-worker and accomplice designer Emma Marga Blanche (their Färg&Blanche studio was launched last year) to develop the project with. ‘Beyond Couture’ might well, born from the gifted pair’s imagination, receive as much praise as their Biologiska’s exhibition (dubbed “the biggest attraction of the Stockholm Design Week” last year by The New York Times).

Rock Chair by Fredrik Färg

Elodie Palasse-Leroux is a Paris-based writer and journalist, the founder and editor of Sleek design.

Aluminium Series by Sebastian Scherer

Berlin based designer Sebastian Scherer has completed his Aluminium series, a set of furniture composed of a dining table, a chair and a coatstand, all made of 8 mm water-cut aluminium.

“The Aluminium Series is based on the idea of transforming a two-dimensional form into a three-dimensional object through the process of folding. The smooth oscilloscopic formed legs gives an kaleidoscopic impression when seen from different angles.”
- Sebastian Scherer

Aluminium Series, by Sebastian Scherer

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