'MUIRYO' carries ten times its own weight, by Michael Kainhofer
This lightweight plywood table was created by the Austrian designer Michael Kainhofer. Using CNC-optimised production process the designer tried to use as less material as possible. The applied plywood is only a few millimeters thick, this limitation led to a construction principle which is similar to paper folding techniques.
'Naoshima' by emiliana design studio, photo by syncro
The Barcelona based emiliana design studio, founded by Emili Padrós and Ana Mir recently completed this family of plywood furniture. The most sophisticated piece is the stool, which comes in three different heights. It combines four identical pieces of plywood to construct the seat. The empty spaces generated in the corners of the plywood seat make Naoshima a light and visually vibrant piece of furniture.
‘Yes’ is one of the newest pieces produced by the Swedish manufacturer Karl Andersson & Söner. The elegant multi prpose chair is characterised by its subtly formed plywood backrest – its ergonomic shape seems to be the result of a folding rather than of a defined mould. ‘Yes’ was designed by Victor Alm, Swedish designer and co-founder of the Swedish manufacturing company Brikolör.
The Spanish manufacturer STUA presented this stackable chair, created by one of STUA’s principal designers Jesús Gasca. The seat and backrest are made from elegantly shaped plywood and are almost seamlessly connected to the solid wooden legs. The lower part of the seat features an injection white part, that merges the chair together and simplifies the aesthetic.
After the successful launch of Stefan Diez’ first plywood chair ‘Houdini’ for e15, the German manufacturer presented at this year’s Milan Fair the second result of this fruitful collaboration. ‘Bess’ and ‘Bessy’ are an idyllic development of the dynamic construction of the ‘Houdini’ chair. Both consists of an upholstered seat and a back made from flexible oak-veneered plywood, which is not upholstered. The back is gracefully bent around the back of the seat to form the back rest.
Italian manufacturer lapalma presents this wonderful plywood stool designed by the Japanese born and London based designer Shin Azumi at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.
'AP' chair by Shin Azumi for lapalma
“This project began as an experiment to express the excellence of bent plywood in a maximized way.
The aim was not only to explore sculptural beauty, but to also maximize functionality within a minimal structure. The final result is a stool with a mono-coque structure, created from a single sheet of plywood. Unlike other stools there is no distracting division between its parts. The seat and body of the stool seamlessly merge from one to the other in a single fluid motion. The stool has a large contact area between itself and the floor to disperse the pressure”, the designer explains.
Rinne chair by Mikko Laakkonen and XY by Tomoko Azumi for Zilio A&C
The North Italian manufacturer Zilio A&C presents a range of new products at this year`s Salone del Mobile in Milan. Mikko Laakkonen, who in 2009 was awarded “Young Designer of the Year”, has designed the Rinne (slope in Finnish) small armchair, successfully merging Nordic minimalism and comfort. Tomoko Azumi adds to her Zilio A&C portfolio several new pieces: the XY small table, a neat combination of metal, wood and glass coming in two heights, the Arc beech wood stackable chair, the Dove paper basket, composed of a single plywood sheet.
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