'Tension Table' by Alain Gilles
The Belgian designer Alain Gilles realised this series of coffee tables for the newly opened Galerie Gosserez in Paris. It is made from a decent wire frame and a folded sheet metal top.
“Visually, the aim of the project is to create a sense of tension and weightlessness, as if the tables were resting on one leg only”, the designer explains.
'Big Table' by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo
Alain Gilles’ ‘Big Table’, manufactured by Bonaldo, has been received a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. The plaudit, founded in 1950 by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann Jr, recognises designers and manufacturers that who advance new, visionary and innovative product concepts.
'Big Table' by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo
Belgian designer Gilles’ ‘Big Table’ features laser-cut steel-plate legs, each with a different width; the result is that one’s perception of the object changes depending on the angle from which it is viewed. The piece is available in three colour options: multicoloured, violet and white. Options for the table top is available in glass or American black walnut.
to the Bonaldo collections on Architonic
Restoration of vintage furniture for a non profit organisation, design by Alain Gilles
This “experimental” project has been specialy created for “Les Petits Riens / Spullenhulp” a non profit organisation created some 70 years ago in Brussels and currently active in the whole of Belgium.
They collect discarded objects such as furniture and clothing. These are either redistribute to those in need, or the profits generated by the sales of these vintage pieces used to finance specific social projects intended to favor the socio-professional re-integration of people.
For the seventh time in a raw they are organizing an event called “Second Hand, Second Life” . They have asked 17 designers and 13 stylists to give a “second life” to some of the furniture and clothing they have collected. These one-off and very unique creations are then auctioned off to collectors at the end of a ceremony that will take place on this Friday the 16th of October in the “Tour & Taxis” hall in Brussels. This annual event is meant to promote their activity, but also to collect funds for the organization.
New design for a vintage rattan armchair
The “Experimenta One & Two” armchair are the result of a discussion between the old and the new, between the original “vintage” piece and its reclaimed modern transformation. The past, the original 1960’s rattan seat, as become the structural foundation for the new reclaimed one. Its origins are not at all hidden, just whitened and in a way blurred by the 3D woven textile cover. It is a combination between very old production techniques and extremely modern 3D weaving technologies. The inner qualities of the textile are used to redefine the object. Its strength gives it its unique shape, and its structure has made the connection between the cover and the existing chair very simple and almost invisible. The binding is made by some very small plastic auto-fastening cable clamps that entrap only one side of the 3D fabric to hold it in position.
The two seats are also an experimentation on the graphic weight of an object. Both armchairs are very similar, only the placement of two graphic stripes give them a unique personality. The emphasis it creates is meant to alters the perception and visual shape of the object.
The designers participating in the “Second Hand, Second Life” auction are:
Alain Berteau, Olivier Berghmans & Olivier Gilson, Michaël Bihain, Steven Brouns, Benoît Deneufbourg, Louis de Limburg Stirum, Hans De Pelsmacker, Nicolas Destino, Nedda El-Asmar, Alain Gilles, Linde Hermans, Pascal Koch, Gauthier Poulain, Pol Quadens, stefan schöning, Lennart Van Uffelen & le team ToMA Gerkens, Barbara Helft, Cedric Van Cauwenberghe, Charlotte Lancelot & David Richiuso
The stylists participating in the “Second Hand, Second Life” auction are:
Monsieur Bul, Lisa Colpaert, Fabienne Delvigne, An Eckers, Caroline Foulon, Sandrina Fasoli, Carine Gilson, les Hommes, Marius Pompon, Sigi, Edouard Vermeulen (NATAN), Team Petits Riens, Christian Wijnants.
to the Les Petits Riens website
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Alain Gilles, Photo: Serge Anton
With his playful design Alain Gilles creates entire worlds which are conspicuous for their colour. As the product of a conscious exploration of the possible multiple personalities of an individual object, Gilles has now created a piece of furniture which is designed along strict but at the same time geometrically free lines. The concepts of movement and durability are integrated into the design process of the ‘Big Table’, which was created for Bonaldo and presented at Salone del Mobile 2009. The result is a fusion of function and sculpture.
Big Table for Bonaldo
We met the Begian designer for this interview.
read the interview @ Architonic
to the Bonaldo collection @ Architonic