the fibreglass 'Formula chair' by Eero Aarnio for ADELTA, 1998
In the visual arts the term ‘plastic’ is used for any form of creation involving a medium that can be sculpted or moulded, but it is also the term for a type of material that revolutionised the twentieth century. The name of no other material describes so clearly the inherent property which makes plastic so unique – the ease with which it can be shaped.
Using a number of plastic chairs as an example Architonic outlines the metamorphosis of this item of furniture which more than any other is deeply involved in cultural history, charting how its design idiom and technology have changed in recent decades. (by Susanne Fritz)
Prouvé RAW, a collaborative project between the Swiss furniture-manufacturing heavyweight Vitra and the international denim brand G-star exploring classic and lesser-known designs by the renowned French furniture designer Jean Prouvé is currently on show at the Zaha Hadid-designed
Hadid Firestation at Vitra’s Weil am Rhein campus.
Following the number of high-profile collaborations with some of the most prominent contemporary designers, Swiss furniture-manufacturing heavyweight Vitra has unveiled ‘Jill’ during this year’s Milan Salone del Mobile.
'Osso' chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Mattiazzi
The Bouroullec brothers will presents these two novelties during the upcoming Salone del Mobile in Milan: ‘Osso’ (engl.: ‘Bone’) is a new solid wooden chair for the small, family-owned company Mattiazzi that has been manufacturing chairs for others since about forty years. The chair’s processing is based on highly skillful handcraft combined with a sophisticated CNC set of tools.
At the upcoming Salone del Mobile in Milan, Vitra is going to present its Home Collection 2011 with new products designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Antonio Citterio, Konstantin Grcic, Alfredo Haeberli, Jasper Morrison and Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby.
'I don't go out there wearing white suits and shooting my mouth off about things unnecessarily': Paris- and London-based British designer Jasper Morrison; photo 2007, Suki Dhanda
Respected British designer Jasper Morrison has learnt many things in the course of his career. For example, how to design products that create ‘atmosphere’, as he describes it, yet have longevity, and how to ignore the marketing machine that would turn design professionals into superstars. And how a violent pink can sometimes be, well, a bit too violent. Architonic spent some time at the recent Orgatec fair in Cologne with the thinking designer’s designer.
For more than 25 years the Milan based designer Antonio Citterio and the Swiss manufactrer Vitra have been working together. Numerous office chairs, visitor’s chairs, waiting sofas as well as entire office systems arose from this successful colaboration. With the new upholstery family ‘Suita’ Citterio designed a piece for Vitra’s Home Collection for the first time.
'Suita' by Antonio Citterio for Vitra
“The light and elegant appearance of the Suita range is due mainly to the fact that the basic frame seems to practically float on top of the visible base. The bridge-like construction of the feet made of aluminium die-casting (or, optionally, of polished, black or white coated aluminium) is not only an important feature of the furniture group, its characteristically rounded edges also pays homage to American mid-century design (Eames, Nelson and Girard).”
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