Roeland Otten’s Chairs Spell It Out For You.

One of the things I love about really great design is when you create something that seems so deceptively simple, and yet it is really a reflection of the complex thinking that is going on in the background.

What I mean by that is this. Rotterdam based designer Roeland Otten took a simple set of alphabet forms and created chairs from them. When you look at the stark, simple black shapes, you see these wonderful chairs. At first glance they are simple forms, and in some cases the letter forms lend themselves naturally to chairs. In reality though, there was quite a bit of thinking that went into this.

How  do I get the chair to balance?, will it support weight?, what is the best perspective for the letter form to visually emerge?, which color and material works best with the concept?, etc.

You get my point. Visually simple, deceptively complex, a great visual play on something we all interact with on a daily basis.

The chairs are still concepts but Otten is still looking for a manufacturer and hopes to get these into distribution soon. In the mean time, if you can’t wait limited editions of prototypes can be produced upon request.

Time to Order Tables and Chairs

I Was going to hold off a bit on getting the dining room table and chairs for the new house, but the Noguchi Cyclone table has an eight to twelve week lead time for manufacture and delivery from Knoll. That means if I order it this week, I’ll have it before Thanksgiving, which will come in handy since dinner is probably at the new house this year. That should be interesting, but we’ll cover that another time.

So if you missed the earlier post from a few weeks back, this is the table.

Noguchi Cyclone Dining TAble in White. 48 inch Diameter

Noguchi Cyclone Dining Table in White. 48 inch Diameter

As for chairs, this is what I am going to get. 6 chairs, 2 in green, 2 in blue, 2 in orange

Eames® Molded Plastic Side Chairs with Eiffel base

Eames® Molded Plastic Side Chairs with Eiffel base