'Clyde' side table by PINCH, photo by James Merrell
The British label PINCH is a family run business founded by the product designer Russell Pinch and his wife Oona Bannon. From their studio/showroom in London they develop their beautiful down-to-earth designs, all made by hand and to order in collaboration with local workshops. At this year’s 100%Design the couple will showcase their newest creations. Get a short preview here:
The Stockholm based design studio Wis Design enlarged their beautiful eclectic ‘Collect’ family, developed for the German manufacturer Schönbuch, by some new objects: a secretary, sideboard and dressing table. The front of each drawer can be varied by a selection of different types of wood (beech, maple, oak, walnut) and colours.
The young German designer Gesa Hansen was born into the furniture producing, family-run business Hans Hansen. After graduating from Bauhaus Universität Weimar she founded her own label ‘The Hansen Family’ under which she realised this series of solid wooden pieces. The classic design refers to Gesa’s Scandinavian roots: old archived scetches from the family fund have been combined with functional requirements of our times.
For his small children’s desk the Belgian designer Quentin de Coster found inspiration in the scetches of dogs and tables he asked some five year olds to draw. The beautiful figurative yet simple design results from a mixture of these drawings.
The Japanese Designer Nosigner started a new collaboration with the Tokushima Wood & Bamboo Industrial Cooperative Society Confederation and founded the new wood furniture brand ‘AWA’. Their new collection will be presented at this year’s Designtide in Tokyo.
'Unit' by Nosigner
“Tokushima was once called the country of Awa, the tradition of wood furniture was initiated by ship builders. Thus, AWA decided to go back to its Tokushima woodworking roots to form this new and yet traditional project to bring Japan’s wood working culture into the future.”
At this year’s 100%Design in London a new promising manufacturer will launch his first collection: Dare Studio. The company was founded by Sean Dare, who worked as designer for more than ten years producing many commercially successful designs for leading retailers and manufacturers. The pieces he designed for Dare Studio are made in relatively small quantities and show a high standard of craftmanship.
Solid wood chair by Dare Studio
The Katakana Range comprises of a writing / laptop desk, an occasional chair and a low lounge chair. All made in solid walnut with leather detailing. The Writing / laptop desk features a central storage / cable management area to hide away all of those unsightly power packs and cables.
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.)
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.
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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