Furniture

Chiuet.

Creating something with a minimalist style is harder than you think. It’s more than just stripping away superfluous decoration, pattern, and color. It requires that keen ability to create something visually balanced, visually appealing, stripped down to bare geometry and form. 

  
Earlier today I had an email from a friend pointing me to this stunning table from Jay-Design. The Chiuet table is a masterpiece of balance, line, and form, abstracted from the shape of a pond or perhaps a water lily floating in it. The table top becomes both the shape of the pond and the lily, while the thin steel legs become the roots. 

  
Executed in a high grade steel the table is at times almost invisible, especially in profile. The legs disappear beneath, creating a floating surface that appears to hover. Chiuet is realization of minimalist finesse, that is representative of his Asian aesthetic mixing nature and minimalism, in a deep black. No word on where to get this, or if it was ever produced. If I find out more, I’ll post an update.

   

  

  

  

  

Ile.

Gina Sempe has designed a new lighting fixture that will be available later this month for Wastberg. The lamp is produced from aluminum and steel and features a matt finish, a multipurpose clamp, and circular reflector that reminds me of a little bit of an umbrella. Sempe named the lamp design Ile, the French word for island, and the color palette used  with the lamp echo the umbrella giving a nod to an island beach and relaxation.

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Ile is designed for smooth easy movement and quick assembly. A round magnet attaches the steel reflector shade to a thin pipe shaft. The flat circular base mirrors the form of the circular  reflector, bringing a sense of balance across the overall design. The flat base not only allows the lamp to easily clamp and mount to a variety of flat surfaces, but also allows it to function as a free standing desk lamp as well. The LED illuminator is located in the base of the lamp focused up at the reflector,which bounces light in any direction.

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I love the minimalist form, the lightness, harmony, utility that this brings to the table. (you see what idid there right?)

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Modern House Shelves.

Probably impractical as a useable shelf, still totally fun and something I kind of want. The brain child of artist Judson Beaumont of Straightline Designs, House Shelves is a series of wall-mounted shelves inspired by the modern residential architecture found in Palm Springs. Beaumont is planning additional designs based on warehouses, grain elevators and other architectural icons, but these have me sold. Now I just need to collect a series of Vitra miniature furniture pieces to go with these.

  
“from the eyes of a furniture designer. Each shelf is made from recycled materials including scrap wood from the shop, recycled plastic laminate and cork. They have been built with the intent of using left over materials from other jobs. The Walled Estates are designed to hold items that don’t necessarily have a home – such as keys, glasses and mail. Alongside ordinary household items, miniature furniture pieces are also displayed. Acting as doll houses for grownups, this combination creates for a playful and whimsical sense of scale.”

  

   
    
 

Oh So Soglio.

A new house means new rooms, and new rooms means some new furniture. One of the things I have been looking for is a new coffee table. Something with a mid-century modern feel but updated. Today while trolling the internet I came across this stunning piece of design from Fioroni Design. Soglio is a sculptural work of art that seems to hover above the floor. This low slung solid wood beauty is simply wonderful. The illusion of lightness is enhanced by the thin line of the top and the fact that the base is hidden below the sight lines from the edge. The frame is a solid steel rod available in 3 colors to help hide or enhance it’s presence. The 61 by 51 inch top is available in solid walnut or ash. I love it, now I just have to figure out how I can afford it.

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