Posts from October 2012

‘Pelt’ chair by Benjamin Hubert for De La Espada

Award-winning British industrial designer Benjamin Hubert has collaborated with the Portuguese manufacturer De La Espada on this visually light, stackable chair called ‘Pelt’. Twelve months in the making, the design features a thin, birch plywood shell which ‘wraps around a solid ash frame, akin the skin over an animal’s skeleton’ and the chair was launched during this year’s edition of the London Design Festival. (more…)

Out of the Woods: Adventures of 12 Hardwood Chairs by AHEC and RCA

The American Hardwood Export Council has collaborated with product design students at the Royal College of Art in London to create a stunning exhibition of hardwood chairs at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the 2012 London Design Festival. The culmination of an eight month project that encompassed wood and chair making workshops, an introduction to Life Cycle Assessment and a rigorous design and making process. (more…)

‘So-So’ chair by Jean Nouvel for Emeco (US)

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‘So-So’ chair by Jean Nouvel for Emeco

The Parisian Pritzker-prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel has collaborated with the American chair specialists Emeco on this minimalist seating collection called ‘So-S0.’ The series, which includes chair and barstool designs, is made of recycled aluminium and it will be officially launched later this month in Belgium during Kortrjik Interieur (20-28 October). Shedding some light on the rather ambiguous name of his collection, Jean Nouvel explains: “This chair is special because it intimately embraces the body. But compared to my girlfriend, it is just So-So.” (more…)

‘Tria’ chair by Catharina Lorenz and Steffen Kaz for Colé

The young Italian furniture brand Colé has teamed up with two German-born Milan-based designers Catharina Lorenz and Steffen Kaz, founders of Lorenz*Kaz studio, to create this three-legged, plywood chair called ‘Tria.’ Made of curved plywood and available in either natural oak, stained black oak finish or veneer, the form of the chair was inspired by the complexity of works of M. C. Escher which frequently featured impossible and infinite constructions and tessellations. (more…)

‘Geo Table’ by Gonçalo Campos for Show Me Gallery

Young Portuguese designer Gonçalo Campos has recently realised this series of stone-and-wood side tables for an art and design gallery Show Me. Aiming to ‘respect the materials and their origin’, the designer focused on retaining the natural qualities of stone by keeping the top surface of the design flat and, thus, functional, while the underside has been left ‘free and wild.’ (more…)

‘Washstand’ by ellenbergerdesign; photo by Alexander Fanslau

Kassel-born Bremen-based product designer Jannis Ellenberger has created this minimalist, crisp-white washstand. Featuring a sink, two-level counter top, a towel rack, and two different sized holders, the basin itself is made of mineral composite while the entire design is supported by a simple, lacquered ash frame. (more…)

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‘Hyde’ stool by Assemblyroom (UK)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 03.10.2012 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Detail view of the ‘Hyde’ stool by Assemblyroom

London-based design duo Assemblyroom have recently unveiled their latest product, this minuscule, vibrantly-coloured stool called ‘Hyde’. Launched at designjuction during the London Design Festival, the fully-upholstered stackable design is produced by specialist automotive manufacturers known for their high standards and top-quality work for the British luxury car manufacturers such as Jaguar or Bentley. (more…)

Designjunction 2012, as seen by Architonic

Following its last year’s debut, earlier last month designjunction returned for its second edition which this time was held at central London’s 1960s Royal Mail sorting office. Featuring an array of latest products, design classics, site-specific installations and pop-up shops, it was a not-to-be-missed spot during the 2012 edition of The London Design Festival.

 

However, if for some reason you didn’t make it there, worry not. We did so on your behalf and here’s what we saw…

 

view Architonic’s photo tour of designjunction, London Design Festival 2012