The Kenny chair from Raw Edges plays with the ways of making a chair out of the most basic shapes and materials. Here they use a plain weave woven fabric from Kvadrat, metal mesh and upholstery foam to form the seat that perches atop the simple, oak, four-legged frame. Patterning is made by removing threads from the woven fabric, which also provides opportunities for structural change, most importantly at the sides of the chairs.
From Raw Edges: The warp and woof threads arrangement allowed the pair to unravel and release threads from within the woven fabric, creating a hollow sleeve inside its surface. The designers then placed two layers in different colours on top of each other and re-stitched them together using transparent plastic strip. As a result, a colourful rim had appeared from the other layer, reminiscent of the selvedge that can be found as the hem of raw fabrics. Usually only found decorating the edges of a textile while on the roll, the selvedge is generally cut from the fabric and not part of an end product. In this project Raw Edges is celebrating it, and have used the linear elements of the fabric to dictate the form of an armchair. The fabric is stretched to the structure of the armchair by these newfound “unravelling parts”.
Tables covered in paper and then marked with crayons create a new interpretation of the wooden tables’ textural material. Here, Nendo borrows the udukuri technique which wears down the soft layers of the cypress wood, giving prominence to the harder grains. Paper is then laid over top before applying the color, resulting in subtle color and intricate line work.
From: Note Design Studio: Pendant lamp for E-xt. Inspired by traditional Italian craftsmanship and mixed with Nordic simplicity, Fuse is a lamp in which the tactility of the materials plays an essential role. The result is a soft porcelain pendant lamp accentuated by a wooden pendant holder that together emulate the warm glow created within each cylindrical shade.
From PROOFF: PROOFF #006 SideSeat has been designed to present a solution to the blending of work and leisure, public and private. How do you provide an environment which allows for changes in work focus and accommodates a full capacity workforce at the same time? How do you ensure that your visitor is free to decide how he spends his waiting time? PROOFF #006 SideSeat provides a solution: a self-contained desk, cupboard and chair which moves with you. It not only encourages users to be interactive and flexible with their working space, but creates privacy in an otherwise public area as well.
From Dennis Parren: After the result of the CMYK lamp, the idea came to also make a CMYK bulb. Which is easier to produce and you find yourself more in mainstream of lighting. That makes it many times more accessible. It’s the first light bulb that creates colored shadows which also can be very wonderful with existing shades.
From Colonel: This new collection as the first collection of Colonel was inspired by outdoor furniture (beach, camping) aesthetics. It is a contemporary re-reading of this universe mixing colours, rhythms and patterns. It is mainly composed of wood, textile materials and surprising colors. The collection evokes summer, relaxation.
François Clerc’s Milord functions as a mirror and comments on the face we show to the world. Is the reflection others see the true reflection of ourselves and how much knowledge of a person do we truly gain from outer appearances? By exposing the mirror’s empty inner form, Milord suggests that our outer images are only a thin layer of what truly lies within.
From François Clerc: Here is Milord, a freestanding mirror with a multifaceted form. Milord is a real dandy reflecting all around but for once we can see what lies behind the mirror, the empty shell. With this project I wanted to underline the fragility of our reflected image, the frailty of our appearance. I wanted to show what’s behind the mirror, the empty shell.
Made of stainless steel.
W 24 cm x D 25 cm x H 46 cm
Thanks to François for his submission to designgush.