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As a general rule we don’t believe in love at first sight… but sometimes we could be convinced otherwise.

As in the case of these ceramic light shades from Camberwell College Of Art graduate Ji-Hyun Chung.

A very simple concept, but as ever an idea that one has to first of all have before the product can be developed.

If ceramic is thin enough, light passes through it.
Mould and colour the ceramic and you have a delicate yet improbably stable light shade.

And that appeals to us.

Ceramic light shades by Ji-Hyun Chung.

Gorgeous!

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Ceramic Light Shades by Ji-Hyun Chung

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ceramic light sahdes Ji-Hyun Chung

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We admit it was an idle moment.
A moment when we technically had other things to do – but our curiosity got the better of us.

Thankfully!

Krakow based designer Grzegorz Cholewiak recently won first prize in the 2009 Herforder Recycling Designpreis with his Patery glass bowls.

The Reycling Designpreis is awarded for especially innovative projects for turning “waste” into useful items. For his Patery series Grzegorz Cholewiak used old TV screens to wonderful effect.

And because we were so impressed by Patery we researched a little further and found some more interesting projects from Grzegorz Cholewiak.

Perhaps the most interesting being his Prouvé-esque Anel garden chair.

While we normally want a garden chair to have sufficient arm capacity to hold a cup/glass and potentially also a plate; we also know from experience that a cup/glass and potentially also a plate will, sooner or later, fall to the ground if left on the arm of a chair.

And so Anel’s curved arms are not only not a problem but present a more attractive option for resting your arms on while reading a book. And the curved form of the backrest promises comfortable support regardless of the seating position.

Obviously with all such chairs one must try them before committing; however from what we have seen  we see no reason to doubt the quality of the product.

Anel by Grzegorz Cholewiak

Gorgeous!

Anel by Grzegorz Cholewiak

Anel by Grzegorz Cholewiak

One of the most famous furniture design anecdotes is that of Charles Eames about his iconic Lounge Chair; namely, that it should resemble and be just as inviting as a well-worn baseball glove.

Similary Hans J. Wegner wanted his Papa Bear chair to be just as inviting as the arms of a ….

Obviously he didn’t.

But with his Papa Bear Chair, Hans J Wegner did create one of the best of examples of early modern Danish design.
In many ways a further development of Finn Juhl’s Pelican Chair, Papa Bear Armchair was created at a time when “plain” wood furniture dominated and was one of the first full upholstered post-war chairs.
A relatively brave decision at a time when resources and money were still relatively rare.

Also known as the Teddy Bear Armchair, Wegner’s Papa Bear Armchair was released in 1951 by AP Stolen; although from 1953 onwards the frames were produced by PP Møbler, who today produce the Papa Bear chair, albeit marketed as the Teddy Bear Chair.

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Papa bear Armchair by Hans Wegner

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Papa Bear Armchair and Ottoman by Hans Wegner

One of the guiding philosophy’s of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s work is leaving the end-user to decide what an object is and how to interact with it.

Halle based designer Stephan Schulz has taken the concept to new extremes with his Comfy Cargo Chair.

Part of his final year project at Burg Giebichenstein, Comfy Cargo Chair is not in commercial production  – or at least not yet.

But certainly we hope he finds a producer.

For while we admit it doesn’t look the comfiest of seats per se, we love the options it offers not only for individual design but much more to change its appearance as and when your life requires such.

And you can always sit on a cushion.

Aside from being used domestically we can well imagine Comfy Cargo Chair finding use with, for example, trade fair design agencies who can alter the appearance to match the customer/industry involved as well as with companies looking for a  WOW! factor in their waiting rooms and receptions.

Or a shop looking for a novel way to display goods.
As long as it’s not a  butcher’s shop

Or fishmonger.

Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz.
Genius!

Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz - raw

Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz - raw

Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz - books

Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz - books

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Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz - plants

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Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz - soft toys

We know that we occasionally come across as the Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec fan club, something that Le Freres Bouroullec occasionally interpret as stalking.

And yes we do enjoy their wonderfully pared down and, somewhat irreverent approach to furniture design.

Among the new products they will be displaying in Milan is the Lamp Lighthouse, produced in joint cooperation with London based producer Established and Sons and Murano based glass producer Venini.

Featuring a large Murano glass shade and a black anodized aluminium base, Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec resembles large candle.

If that is how it also sees in real life remains to be seen.

We will however keep you updated.

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Great!

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec ... and a  Bouroullec

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec ... and a Bouroullec

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec Murano glass shade and aluminium base

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

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Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

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Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec .. prototype

We belive we’ve said it before, but just to reiterate – we’re not fans of solid wood furniture.

Never have been, never will be.

That said we are fans of the portal handmadedesignerfurniture.com, because they offer genuine handmade furniture direct from the producer.

A lot of the items featured would – regardless of the obvious quality of the craftsmanship that is behind the products –  never be allowed to enter our flat.
They just aint our thing.

However, just occasionally we find something that does appeal.

Exmouth Table by Devon based carpenter Tjeerd Hendel-Blackford.
We like the wonderfully curving legs, the unassuming table top and for all the uncomplicated completeness of the composition.

Crafted from solid oak with brown oak trimming Exmouth Table is in many ways Charles and Ray Eames for people who like their furniture heavy.

Exmouth Table by Tjeerd Hendel-Blackford

Solid!

Exmouth Table by Tjeerd Hendel-Blackford

Exmouth Table by Tjeerd Hendel-Blackford

If we’re honest – and we always are – we are no real fans of home furnishings.

They just get in the way of us being untidy.

That said, we can’t help admiring the Ray Eames-esque charm of the spring summer collection of cushions from London based designer Donna Wilson.

Printed on cotton and filled with a duck feather cushion pad, the cushions are produced in the UK are available in two patterns.

Donna Wilson cushions.

Adorable!

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A cushion by Donna Wilson

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Donna Wilson's spring/summer patterns

Thanks to inhabitat.com for drawing our attention to this ingenious product – a product that is not only the ultimate example of minimal resource furniture design but is also further evidence that designers should stop trying to be clever and start focusing on the problem and let form follow function.

Need a chair?
Cut two holes in the floor.
Genius.
Who doesn’t like dangling their legs over the edge of a pier or bridge.
But who cuts holes in their floor/digs holes in their garden?

Naturally it is not so simple, nor as simple as OOoo chair creators Decker Yeadon portray in their project description.
However in principle it is great.

We particularly like the idea of using the space between supporting girders as “leg room” and can well imagine such working excellently in a museum, gallery or cinema. The legs of those of the third floor dangling above the heads of those on the second….

Where we do see a little necessary product development, however, is with the “seat”.
No one sits comfortably for long periods with a 90 degree knee angle. However if architects can build slight slopes into the floor next to the leg holes, then it should be possible to create a space where people can sit and relax for longer periods.
On a balcony of a summers evening with your feet dangling free below you…. gorgeous.

OOoo Chair by Decker Yeadon
Genius!

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OOoo Chair by Decker Yeadon

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OOoo Chair by Decker Yeadon between girders ... our favourite constellation

A degree of ambiguity in design provokes interpretation through performance. Design does not end with production; it becomes a life embedded in the work.

Sharing a space is a dynamic ritual, one that is open to improvisation. The seating design of Polytopia allows it to participate in the physical and social play of its environment. Polytopia acts as a spatial organ as it is flexible as well as programmed to sustain key functions, creating interconnected chairs, armrests, tables, voids, eddies and flows. Polytopia begins as a familiar but ambiguous geometry that offers seams and folds awaiting interaction. In any given state the Polytopia is incomplete and demands further adjustment by rotating, sliding, closing and opening. As an exercise in modular design principles, Polytopia has been reduced to three basic forms to facilitate the ease of production in recycled plastic using standard rotational moulding techniques.

Lucas Chirnside

And that’s about all we can say about Polytopia by Lucas Chirnside

Because it is another of those products that hides… almost as if it doesn’t want to be found.

Shame

Polytopia by Lucas Chirnside

Chances of winning the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Award: Impossible to tell, beacuse we just can’t find anything resembling useful information.

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Polytopia by Lucas Chirnside

“Most managers think that if you are away from your desk, you’re not working. It needs progressiveness to recognise that someone who sits on a sofa can still be creating value for the company.”

Tom Lloyd, PearsonLloyd

Back in the day when men wore hats, women wore aprons and we all believed in a future with rocket powered cars, office design was simple.

A big room. Thousands of desks.

Then along came the cubicle, an invention that may have brought us Dilbert, but very little else of note.

And since then various office design concepts have come and gone.

But not only office design concepts, office work has also changed remarkably over the decades; changes that provide real challenges to office furniture designers.

PARCS by PearsonLloyd for Bene is an attempt to rise to the challenge.

Founded in 1997 by London Royal College of Art graduates Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson, PearsonLloyd focus, in their words, on “the commercial and industrial realities of mass production”

The development of the PARCS system started with a meeting between PearsonLloyd and Bene at the Orgatec 2006 office furniture trade fair in Cologne and focused principally on a thorough analysis of different ways of working. From this analysis arose a design concept that prioritized improving the performance of individual tasks.

The  end  result may not be earth shatteringly new; by mixing and matching different products, companies can create areas for concentrated individual work, team work, brain storming , relaxing or holding presentations.

Bene , however, claim that PARCS is the “first industrialised product line of its kind with a holistic and cultural approach.”

Our question, however, is:Iis such a range truly necessary?

We don’t think so.

We believe that through using products from different ranges, different companies and different materials it is possible to create a much more productive atmosphere than though the clinically, sterile atmosphere created by PARCS. Looking at the Bene product images we know that we would rather starve to death than work for the “company” in the photos.

Excellent and high-quality as all the individual elements are, for us the complete image is simply Cubicle 2.0

And we already have Dilbert.

However, the concept behind the project, the innovation that PearsonLloyd have brought into play in creating the project and the new approaches that have arisen, fit wonderfully with the intentions of the Brit Insurance Design Awards, and as such it wouldn’t surprise us if they won it.

PARCS by PearsonLloyd for Bene

Chances of winning the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Award: Excellent.

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PARCS by PearsonLloyd for Bene

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Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson in PARCS for Bene

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PARCS by PearsonLloyd for Bene - excellent product, but would you want to work in this office?

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