Modern Furniture

Revolt!

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.

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In the “Moment”.

Remember those desks in the lecture hall, the chair with the fold up desktop that allowed you to take notes? I do. I don’t miss sitting though excruciatingly slow lectures by boring professors, but at times I really miss that desk/chair concept. Like when I’m lounging at home with a frosty cold libation and my iPad. Sometimes it would be nice to have a place to rest both as I lounge about.

The “Moment” lounge chair by Khodi Feiz might just solve my problem.”Moment” is based on the organic flowing lines of a cup shape, with an articulating table top that folds up in front of you as needed , or lays to the side acting like an auxiliary end table  always at the ready. While I can see this chair being used in any office environment, or public space, I’d love to have this at my house.

The chair has great lines and a modern feel with design nods to mid-century modern, but with an updated flair. Introduced at the Stockholm Furniture fair this year, I’m sure this chair will be a big hit when it actually makes it to market later this year.

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Observing those “moments” which we engage in while seated was the key inspiration for this project. Noticing that we rarely “just sit”, we started to reflect on all the activities we do while sitting: all the moments that we read, drink a cup of coffee, work, engage in conversation… ‘Moment’ was born out of these situations.

We believe that this multi-dimensionality requires new solutions that are more reflective of our activities, just as the old wooden school chair with an integrated tablet did in the context of the classroom. We wanted to create a chair, which is a hybrid, an integral piece composed of two intertwined functionalities that are seamlessly merged into one. And in turn, reflects our daily activities in larger settings such as lounges, receptions, collaborative spaces and offices, and even in your home when you’re reading the morning paper while enjoying your coffee or working on your laptop.

This Chair Fired Up My Synapses.

When it comes to furniture design, there really haven’t been that many game changers in the last twenty years. Nothing like we saw from the end of the 1940’s through the late 1960’s. Today’s materials, processes, and designs for the most part are based on something that was pioneered by designers from the past. I know a lot of people are going to disagree with me on this, but it is pretty rare when something really new happens in the world of furniture design these days. I think that is why I like “Synapse” from designer Andrew Perkins.

This might not be ground breaking, but the use of materials and the structural design of the chair impressed me. I love the fact that the chair is held together with two stainless steel components, which not only form the joints of the chair, but create a spring like cushion as well.

The chair has clean elegant lines. It’s stackable. the choice in materials is wonderful. Attention to detail and construction looks amazing. It might not be earth shattering in terms of new materials, or construction methods, but it is a breath of fresh air in a space that is flooded with spin offs on the same old, same old.

Structural comfort and thoughtful use of materials are at the heart of this piece. All the necessary joints of a chair are distilled into one component. The stainless steel component allows the chair to stack and provides a measure of spring to the user.

Andrew Perkins

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.