Colombian designer based in Milan Rodrigo Torres created this simple and beautiful stackable chair for Japanese furniture brand Cassina IXC.
From the designer: “Membrane” is a contract chair, where the synergistic relationship between simplicity, ergonomics and technology is emphasized. The configuration of the shape was inspired by concepts such as harmony, synergy and symbiosis. By joining dissimilar elements and relating them in a delicate and simple way, we leverage their expressive and mechanical characteristics, generating an object where comfort, simplicity and expressiveness are manifested in a sophisticated and comfortable product.
The chair is formed by a soft plastic membrane that takes its shape from the metal structure in which is supported. Thanks to the variety of fabrics and colors that can cover it, Membrane is presented as a versatile chair designed to enter the various environments of daily life, such as working, educational or domestic.
Bogdan Ciocodeică & Diana Roşu two architects based in Bucharest, Romania together with architect Attila KIM created this innovative dining table that can be folded into the wall when not in use. Perfect for small spaces the table is made from a single piece of wood that can be mounted in the wall and the table “fold out” from it. Via Contemporist
Photography: Radu Sandovici
Japanese design studio Nendo created a beautiful collection of tables called Soft for Glas Italia presented at the 2015 edition of the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
The design looks simple but it was in fact very difficult to create: “3 types of low tables that are of the shape of a box using 5 sheets of frost glass. For the joint between two sheets of glass, the cross-sections with an angle of 45° were printed with bright colours. These cross-sections were then bonded together. These colours had a gradation effect, such as from purple to red, orange to yellow, and blue to purple. What is more, the reverse side of the frost glass was printed with a pattern to make it look as though the same colours were blurred on the glass surface. With this, we tried to create a natural and soft image, as if the colours on the edges were blurring. By combining the extremely difficult technique of printing gradation colours on the diagonal edges with the printing that expresses a delicate blurriness, an appearance that contradicts the conventional image of glass, which is of a hard and sharp material, was achieved.”
Designer Sayaka Ito of Japanese firm Nendo created this new Twig Chair for furniture brand Alias.
From Nendo: Since the Italian furniture brand ALIAS specialises in furniture made from aluminium, the idea was to create a chair made of four aluminium “twigs” and a seat. While the aluminium structure of all of the chairs is the same, five upper portion unit variations feature differing shapes, colours, and materials. A number of different shapes and sitting experiences are achieved by fitting these units onto the four legs to create a T-shape on the tops of the legs, connect sections, or add a high or low backrest.
Choices for seat material include wood, plastic, and fabric. When the seat and upper portion is removed, the aluminium frames of multiple seats can be stacked, making storage convenient and reducing potential transportation costs.
Kuskoa Bi is the first biobased, biodegradable and recyclable chair. Designed by Basque designer Jean Louis Iratzoki for Alki, the chair is made with a new material called bioplastic developed by Alki to avoid the environmental problems created by the production of plastic.
“Bioplastic is a polymer with similar characteristics and properties to plastics made from non-renewable fossil fuels. It can be injected, extruded and thermoformed but it is made from 100% plant-based renewable resources (beet, corn starch, sugarcane, etc.). This biobased polymer is fully recyclable and its organic properties mean that, when subjected to an industrial process, it is biodegradable. Moreover, another significant environmental aspect lies in its reduced carbon footprint as bioplastic production results in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”