Posts tagged as 'bentwood'
Posted by Walter Phillips on 04.04.2013 - Tagged as: Bae Sehwa, benches, bentwood
‘Steam 20′ bench by Bae Sehwa
Up until the ‘Steam 20′ bench, Bae Sehwa’s steamed bentwood furniture has had a rib-like structure that is reminiscent of a ship’s hull both in construction and shape. Steam 20 is a larger, more sculptural work, a departure from the vessel form with ribs that are closer together, except where they part to form sinuous water-like waves.
'Branch' chair by Staffan Holm; photo by DDR GBG
To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Milan’s SaloneSatellite, this year its organisers invited fifteen international designers who presented their designs under the theme of ‘Design<->Technology’. Among the the exhibiting designers, all of whom were either former or current participants in the Satellite, was the award-winning Swedish designer Staffan Holm who showcased this delicate, bentwood chair. Inspired by nature, the aptly-named ‘Branch’ was created with the use of complex wood bending technology, Compwood. (more…)
From goldsmith to golden ticket: jewellery-designer-turned-furniture-designer Harry Thaler, who was named joint winner of this year's D3 Contest for young international design talent
Punching well above their weight this year at imm cologne were the young guns exhibiting in the sixth edition of the [D3] Design Contest, the platform for emerging international design talent. Here, we talk to one of the two joint-winners, Harry Thaler, plus select some of the most interesting designs from the convincing and highly polished body of creative work on show.
Ercol's reissued 'Studio Couch', an iconic design by company founder Lucian Ercolani
In a recent interview with Architonic, respected British designer Matthew Hilton, known for the restraint and quality of his work, described Ercol as one of the very few good British furniture manufacturers around today. The fact that the heritage brand, equally known for the restraint and quality of its products, is held in such high regard can only be strengthened by the company’s decision to reissue its classic ‘Studio Couch’, which was first introduced in the late 1950s.
'Valet' by Anna Blattert/Postfossil
Postfossil is more than a label under which objects are created. ‘Post-Fossil’ is how the Swiss designers collective see the world after fossil energy sources are completely exhausted. With their silent yet meaningful pieces they re-interpret traditional processing and apply them to their aesthetically and qualitatively sustainable products. One of my favourites is the puristic and elegantly swung clothes-stand ‘Valet’ by the Zurich based designer Anna Blattert. You can just imagine it standing gentlemanly next to your bed keeping your clothes free from creases until the next morning.
“The traditional method of steam bending takes advantage of the characteristics of the solid wood and does not require any additives. The simple folding system allows quick setup and quick storing. The airing out of garments prevents having to wash them excessively and helps to save energy.” the designer explains.
'Valet' by Anna Blattert/Postfossil
“What is the aim of the young designers? The answer is simple: they want to raise awareness. Not with a megaphone, but rather with quiet, subtle remarks artfully incorporated into their objects. POSTFOSSIL’s intention is not to preach, only to ask questions and to look for answers in as public a way as possible, over and over again, in order to broaden design’s horizon and for it to fulfil its sustainable role. They want to encourage responsible interaction with resources and to encourage change on our part before the postfossil age changes us.”
'Reflect' chair and ottoman by Thomas Walde/Postfossil
“‘Reflect chair’, through its form, aims to encourage reflection and meditation which in this day and age is often suppressed by other activities. The reduction to structure and naked realisation activate the user and its thoughts. The size and high armrests inspired by Corbusier’s LC2 typologically bring to mind an easy chair, however, it does not allow for much more than to sit down in it, meditate or open a book. The element in front of it corresponds to an ottoman which can also be used as repository or as a stool.”
Postfossil collection 2010
The next station for the new Postfossil collection will be the DMY Festival in Berlin at the spectacular location of Tempelhof, Berlin’s former city airport.
to the Postfossil website
to the DMY Berlin website
In line with strict environmental policies of both companies, materials and manufacturing processes have been carefully selected both for their minimal impact on the environment and for their cost.
‘Muji manufactured by Thonet’ is a collection of simplified, stylised Thonet designs made of bentwood and tubular steel, manufactured to Thonet’s customary high standards at their Frankenberg HQ and available exclusively at Muji stores in Japan, Germany, Paris and the UK.
The tubular steel series was created by Konstantin Grcic and comprises a chair and desk in three sizes. Three polypropylene drawers can be suspended beneath the MDF table top.
By uniting the design heritage, skilled craftsmanship and manufacturing capabilities of Thonet with the streamlined design aesthetic of Muji, not to mention its youthful, design savvy audience, beautiful designs gain new relevance for today’s modern, urban lifestyle. The beech bentwood collection takes Thonet’s most famous bentwood chair, No. 14, as its inspiration. (This design – now called the 214 chair – still features in the Thonet collection, this year celebrating its 150th birthday.)
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The beech, bent wood collection was designed by Milan-based, British creative director of Thonet James Irvine and features a single panel supporting the back of the chair, which aligns with the accompanying table top.
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There are plans to enhance the collection in the near future. Both Muji and Thonet have collaborated with international designers in the past. What is ground breaking for both companies is their decision to work together with named designers to reinterpret important design masterpieces from Thonet’s historic back catalogue, making them accessible to a younger, broader, ‘Muji’ marketplace.
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