Simply Bent. Cowrie from Made in Ratio.

Since I was a kid, I have always been fascinated with furniture made from bent plywood. I think it comes from the fact that my grade school had so many Eames molded plywood chairs through out the building. Yes back in the day, before they became a coveted purchase from Design Within Reach, the Eames chair was pretty utilitarian. Beautiful, but affordable and utilitarian. This morning I was checking email, and a friend of mine had sent me a link to the “Cowrie Chair” designed by Brodie Neil, and built by Made in Ratio.

This stunning piece of furniture was inspired by the concave lines of sea shells, and requires an innovative process to build. A process that is a blend of digital technology, and handmade processes. The end result is a continuous flowing form from a single surface of Ash plywood. The chair is deceivingly simple and elegant with a feeling of pleasant continuity from the geometry of form.

Is it to late to add this to my Christmas wish list?





20130526-170632.jpgIn 1953 Dutch Designer Friso Kramer created a true design classic with Revolt. At the time the chair was considered extremely innovative with its clean simple lines, while remaining an ergonomically correct piece of furniture that offers effective back support. The original chair, was made of moulded plywood and powder-coated steel, while the reissued Revolt now comes with a metal frame and a polypropylene back and seat. Thanks to Ahrend for bringing this Dutch classic back.




The Muscle From Denmark.

Danish Designer Hanne Kortegaard has developed an absolutely beautiful multi-function chair. The “Muscle Chair” is designed specifically with families in mind.

The Muscle Chair was inspired by how adults and their children interact at home, and it was designed directly with that interaction in mind. The look and structure are designed to enhance the symbiosis that can occur between them.

The design of the Mussel chair looks on the mussel’s meat, which is a movable cushion that can serve as ottoman, child seat, head rest, armrest and even footrest.

The shape, color and organic look of the chair is just so nice. It looks like the chair back is made from either reinforced plastic or fiberglass, and the legs are simple polished stainless steel tubes.

There is no word on whether or not this will make it into production or not, but I hope it does. I really like the look.