‘Infinity Bench’ by Martino Gamper; photo by Petr Krejci
On the occasion of this year’s edition of the London Design Festival, Italian-born UK-based designer Martino Gamper has teamed up with the American Hardwood Export Council to create this 6-meters-long ‘Infinity Bench’. Composed of multiple slanting panels made of American red oak, soft maple, ash, yellow birch and tulipwood, ‘Infinity Bench’ was inspired by the Italian concept of autoprogettazione (translated as self‐made) and the design was on view at the John Madejski Gardens at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. (more…)
Ilmari Tapiovaara's 'Kiki' range, reissued by Artek; photo by Tuomas Uusheimo
Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914 – 1999) was an acclaimed Finnish interior architect and furniture designer.
Now, exactly 52 years after ‘Kiki’ range has won him the gold prize at the Milan Triennale in 1960, the renowned furniture brand Artek is about to rerelease this beautifully reduced collection of upholstered, tubular steel furniture. The series, which Tapiovaara developed after having designed an initial, space-saving stackable chair intended for use in large spaces such as conference halls and auditorium, now also includes a two- and three-seater sofa and bench models; a side, sofa and standard-height table, as well as our favourite, a small but brilliantly vibrant tangerine stool.
Collaboration, a Canadian practice established by a Louvre-trained sculptor Marie Khouri and a landscape designer Dave Demers, is exactly what is says on the tin – a ‘fertile if unlikely mélange that results in original and charismatic products marrying seamlessly matters of form and function’ and the ‘L5’ Bench captures the very essence of this creative fusion. (more…)
The three independently working designers Uli Budde, Mark Braun and Mathias Hahn presented at this year’s imm cologne their new creations. We met the three of them for a short interview which gives some closer explanation of the objects. Enjoy!
The Swedish manufacturer Gärsnäs launched this new series of waiting area furniture, created by Ralf Lindberg – a designer who has been working for Gärsnäs since the 1980s. The light and simple armchairs and sofas are available in fabric or leather covering.
The young Dutch designer Floris Wubben recently unveiled his newest project, the beautiful, sculptural No. 3 Bench’. Characterised by its contrasts in terms of material and composition the piece consists of a wavy polypropylene sheet which is attched to a wooden, natural branch, fixed with metal rods.
A perfect shape with low-tech tools: the London based Studio Glithero realised this twelve metre long round bench using a traditional artisanal technique of making plaster cornices by running a zinc profile through wet plaster. Applying this technique to a larger scale the designers invented an extrusion process for endless and seamless furniture.