30 August, 2010

Comback Chair by Patricia Urquiola

Comback, an elegant chair by Patricia Urquiola brings traditional design into a new, contemporary context. It is a sentimental incarnation of the Comb-back Windsor chair, the classic furniture piece of 18th century England. Designed for Kartell, an Italian furniture company famous for its fashionable plastic furnishings, the Comback chair - surprisingly - is made of batch-dyed thermoplastic technopolymer. Lightness of the contemporary material contrasts with classic-inspired form and creates astonishing, fun effect.

Comback chair was presented at the 2010 Salone del Mobile as a part of "Welcome back" collection.







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Inspiration: 18th century Comb-back Windsor chair

26 August, 2010

GamFratesi

GamFratesi, a Copenhagen-based design studio was founded in 2006 by Danish architect Stine Gam and Italian architect Enrico Fratesi. The duo almost immediately won numerous awards, only last year it was announced Best Danish Designer twice: by "Berlingske Tidende" and "RUM" magazine. 

GamFratesi plays with Scandinavian design tradition and gives familiar furniture pieces new, surprising forms. Their imaginative works draw attention and... make us smile.


www.gamfratesi.com
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Not bamboo lamp, 2009




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Rewrite, 2009




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Cartoon chair for Swedese, 2008



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Antropomorfo chairs, 2007




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Meduse table for Casamania, 2009



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Alieno chair, for Casamania, 2009

24 August, 2010

Tables: vintage feelings

Have we seen it somewhere before? I guess it's not so difficult to understand where were the sources of inspiration. Irresistible charm of vintage furniture redesigned. How do you like it?


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Wogg 43, by Jörg Boner, for Wogg, 2007





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Twist, Formstelle for Zeiraum 2010




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Aki, by Alfredo Häberli, for Fredericia



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X2, Dante Bonuccelli for Zoom by Mobimex, 2010




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Seven, Jean-Marie Massaud for B&B Italia, 2008




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Stecktisch, 45 kilo for Hans Hansen



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Concorde, Emmanuel Gallina for Poliform, 2009

22 August, 2010

Nika Zupanc

Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc creates intriguing everyday use objects. What makes them so different and interesting?

Not only the actual toys, like the car Konstantin, but also the lamps and sofas seem to be made to play with. All the "toys" are meant to seduce and awake our true selves: our inner children. “Emotional ergonomics”, this is how the designer defines the personal interaction concept between the users and the object.

"I was asking myself if we buy something because it’s functional, or simply because we like it on some emotional level?"

Nika Zupanc clashes our everyday true life with the inner images of ourselves and, what could seem impossible - binds the two realities together. The designs refer to stereotypes of feminity and masculinity, the girlish and the boyish clichés. Especially the feminine icons are present: innocent and seductive, both from flirtatious boudoir and boring kitchen.

www.nikazupanc.com




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Lolita lamp, 2008




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Unfaithful feather duster, 2007



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Mrs. Dalloway, mini hot plate, 2009



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Konstantin B, toy car, 2009



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Scarlet table, 2009



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Boy’s Lamp, 2009



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Black cherry lamp, 2010



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5 o'clock chair, 2010



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Modesty sofa, 2010



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The doll house, 2009



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The wind pavillion, 2010



20 August, 2010

Achille chair by Jean-Marie Massaud

Do you remember my post about slim line furniture? Achille, a padded chair designed by Jean-Marie Massaud is definitely one more example of the new trend. The chair is available in a variety of fresh, summer colours and has removable upholstery. It was created for MDF Italia and presented at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010, Milan.


19 August, 2010

Ryuji Nakamura

Subtle, ethereal designs and instalations of Japanese architect Ryuji Nakamura take us to the world of silence and contemplation. The works are elaborately constructed from very fragile materials, like paper and ribbons. And not without a sense of humour!

www.ryujinakamura.com