Italian design brand Casamania has previewed a new chair by designer and architect Fabio Novembre. Inspired by the car brand Abarth (the auto-sport division of Fiat), the piece is suggestive of automobile design in both its form and choice of materials.
'Abarth Chair' by Fabio Novembre for Casamania
Polycarbonate and die-cast aluminium are used to express dynamic lines that refer to the speed and aerodynamics associated with car-racing. The seat element sits on a reverse cantilever base. The chair will be shown in April at the Milan Furniture Fair as part of Casamania’s new collection.
'wogg 49', designed in collaboration with Atelier Oï
Recently the Swiss manufacturer Wogg received the public’s choice award ‘Furniture of the Year’ for its wardrobe wogg 49. The prize is awarded by the Swiss magazine ‘Raum und Wohnen’.
‘wogg 49’, designed in collaboration with Atelier Oï, is composed of a variable corpus and an elegant skin made fromnotched aluminium panels, milled from a single 2 mm sheet. The sliding mechansim is based on a compact roller element which is individually bonded to the inside of the skin. This patented system enables a big flexibility of dimensions.
Among other promising young designers Reinhard Dienes presented his newest creations at this year’s imm cologne.
The simple and convertible furniture ‘Tonic’ can be used in two different positions: horizontal as a sideboard, or vertical as a bookcase. Therefor the legs can easily be taken out of the sockets and replaced in the desired position.
'Tonic' by Reinhard Dienes
'Tonic' by Reinhard Dienes
As well as ‘Tonic’ the lamp ‘Friday’ is convertible. It can be used as pendant or table lamp. ‘Friday’ is made from tinted glass and pressed aluminum.
The Swiss manufacturer De Sede presents these beautiful and geometrically complex pieces by the Milano based designer Philippe Bestenheider at this year’s imm cologne.
“The modular side table ‘dS – 9045’ was the result ofa series of premlimiry models I made in paper which allowed me to develop the hinged and folding appearance in a playful fashion.” the designer explains.
It is available in aluminium is available in three colours: natural, bronze, brown.
'dS – 9045' by Philippe Bestenheider
“The lines of this easy chair ‘dS – 315’ are determined by a hand-sewn seam 26 metres in length. Like a crustacean’s shell, the enveloping outer skin reveals a soft inner life that affords a maximum of comfort – plus a sense of snug security.”
'dS – 9045' side table and 'dS – 315' armchair by Philippe Bestenheider for De Sede
'dS – 315' by Philippe Bestenheider
The accented seams underline the geometric composition of the armchair.
The Swiss manufacturer Illuminartis recently presented this new LED hanging lamp. ‘Rhombus’ is manufactured in limited numbers in the same factory out of a single piece of aluminium.
'Rhombus' by Illuminartis
The hanging lamp is equipped with a 48-piece LED with a colour temperature of 2,700 K. A unique distribution of light is achieved with the help of an intricately designed diffuser, so that 70% of the light is directed towards the tabletop and 15% of the light is directed sideways and towards the ceiling, respectively. This results in glare-free and therefore comfortable area lighting. In addition, the lamp comes with an interface that makes it possible to connect additional modules in the future (a remote control, for example).
The US designers Rich, Brilliant, Willing (Theo Richardson, Charles Brill, Alexander Williams) developed this series of folded aluminum coffee tables. It features three sizes of concentric “circular” tables, capable of nesting inside one another.
Monte Rosa lodge with Matterhorn, Photo: ETH-Studio Monte Rosa/Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
Life threatening conditions, abode of trolls and witches: The Alpine inhabitants of the Middle Ages avoided the mighty peaks and icy heights of the high Alpine regions. Nowadays they are accessible for tourism. Alpinism the way we know it today dates back to Romanticism, which is when several Alpine associations like the German Alpine Society (Deutscher Alpenverein) or the SAC (Swiss Alpine Club) were founded. They provided basic lodges or camps to their members. Today, on the one hand great care is taken of the Alpine environment, while on the other hand the needs of Alpine tourism must be attended to. Lately this field of tension has given rise to a few buildings worth mentioning.
The silvery, shining aluminium cladding reflects the mood of the light, Photo: ETH-Studio Monte Rosa/Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
Modern architecture 2883 metres above sea level: the new SAC lodge Monte Rosa
Alpine construction, with its extreme conditions, remains a challenge in engineering, as shown by the recent example of the Monte Rosa lodge.
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) took over the architectural and technical concept, creating a crystalline body with remote-controlled energy management from a computer at the ETH in Zurich. The energy needed for heating water and air come from solar collectors. The sewage is micro filtered on a bacterial basis and the resulting greywater is reused for flushing and cleaning purposes.
The silvery, shining aluminium cladding and the photovoltaic structure on the southern facade conceal the wooden construction beneath. Inside, the building is more homey, the Alpine crystal has a warm, soft core and you can carve your name in the restaurant furnishings.
The dining hall of the Monte Rosa Lodge, Photo: ETH-Studio Monte Rosa/Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
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