Legendary architect and designer Zaha Hadid who should need no introduction amongst the readers of this blog has launched an entirely new website with an extremely robust archive of an absolutely jaw-dropping body of work that few of us could ever even dream of achieving.
The Parisian studio Pool which is headed by Léa Padovani & Sébastien Kieffer is responsible for the extremely simple yet wonderfully smart chair above. I don’t think they are for sale yet or have been mass produced but if they are, I must have one immediately.
Louie Rigano is an industrial design graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design with an unusual mind capable of thinking through some truly unusual applications in the realm of furniture and a clock that someone needs to pick up and start marketing immediately because we want one.
“Final Decline & Total Collapse is a series of 50 posters dealing with themes of loss and decline through the image of antiquated chairs from bygone eras.”
Illustrator Anthony Gerace is responsible for this collection of images that I had no choice to post because of my love of print, illustration and vintage furniture. Ace.
“Jaime Hayon Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. As a teenager, he submerged himself in skateboard culture and graffiti art, the foundation of the detailed, bold-yet-whimsical imagery so imminent in his work today. After studying industrial design in Madrid and Paris he joined Fabrica in 1997, the Benetton-funded design and communication academy, working closely with the legendary image-maker and agitator Oliverio Toscani. In a short time he was promoted from student to head of their Design Department, where he oversaw projects ranging from shop, restaurant and exhibition conception and design to graphics. Eight years later, Jaime broke out on his own, first with collections of designer toys, ceramics and furniture, followed by interior design and installation. His singular vision was first fully exposed in Mediterranean Digital Baroque at London’s David Gill Gallery, an exciting mise en sc’ne, largely executed in ceramic, followed by Mon Cirque, which traveled to Frankfurt, Barcelona, Paris and Kuala Lumpur. These collections put Jaime at the forefront a new wave of creators that blurred the lines between art, decoration and design and a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture.”
Apologies for the copy and pasting, but had I tried I don’t think I could have written a better succinct biography for the brilliant new mind in furniture that is Jaime Hayon. His work is downright stunning and his recent series for BD Barcelona including the lounger pictured above is spectacular. I would give my right arm to own his lounger that perfectly blends classicism and modernism. He is definitely a rising star in the furniture game and if you are a fan of the art form, he is definitely someone to pay close attention to.
I am really loving this cardboard sideboard designed by Reinhard Dienes. There is also a bookcase available. They are a little pricey but if you are looking to dress up your studio with a signature talking piece this would be a great place to start. They are available at Fashion 4 Home where there are several great furniture pieces available and fairly reasonable prices.
Chair Whore is an aptly named blog dedicated entirely to my most favorite object in the entire world. I’ll let you guess what it is. The above beauty was designed by Julian Mayor.
I was happy to find this just in time for the consideration of furniture options for the remodeling of my studio.
Ali Sandifer Studio is a modern furniture maker based out of Chicago, Illinois. Sandifer uses domestic wood harvested from sustainable forests. To further their environmentally sustainable ethos, whenever possible they use water-based sealants and natural oils. Storage is a key feature for several of their undeniably beautiful pieces.
If you are big into interiors and furniture like I am then you are probably always looking for that next source of inspiration for what to do with your home. The Tumblr blog of Home Sweet Home has plenty of ideas to offer up and caters to much more than the regular modern or mid-century modern appeal. I definitely stumbled upon some spaces that gave me several new ideas.
Thomas Feichtner lives and works in Linz, Austria. After his school years in Düsseldorf he graduated at the University of Arts and Industrial Design in Linz. He has since established his own industrial design practice and has also established an office for visual communication. His furniture design is stunning. I am a self-professed chairoholic and Feichtner’s chair designs are absolutely fantastic.
This chair by Vladimir Tsesler (the combined works and studio of Tsesler and Voichenko) is nothing short of hot hot hot. The chair is just one tiny piece of their large and rather indescribable body of work.
Mid-Century Modernist is a blog that is about an era of design that is very near and dear to my heart. I am completely obsessed with chairs and am constantly trolling Craigslist to find a deal. Unfortunately, our home itself is not mid-century. It was built in 1940 and is a ‘Cape Cod’ style home. Fortunately, it was previously owned by an interior decorator and was completely remodled in a mid-century style. It’s a big house too, so I have been able to slowly begin filling it with the furniture that I love. The Mid-Century Modernist blog definitely gave me lots of new ideas. More than enough to drive my wife crazy.
T. M. Schmid’s Swiss furniture studio Strala has created some stunningly beautiful sculptural pieces. The chair above is a true example of furniture as art.
Isotrope Design was established in 2008 by sisters Micol and Sael Bartolucci. Their furniture is almost less furniture and more art. The furniture pieces bear a strong influence from topography and utilize materials that come together to create something genuinely unique and unarguably beautiful. I would kill to own one of their pieces, but highly doubt I could ever afford to.
I am a big fan of Blu Dot furniture design and have been searching lately for deals on some of their chairs. Consequently, I ran across their ‘Real Good Chair’ for sale at Target’s website. I was a little shocked to find Blu Dot furniture for sale at Target and even more shocked by the price tag. The chair usually goes for around $130, which is still a pretty good deal. But the light blue and red version of the chair is currently for sale at Target for only $90 plus shipping. It’s a real steal on a really well designed piece of furniture. Get it while the getting is good.
Illustrator/Designer Mattias Voss is based in Münster, Germanyand I am loving his USM Modular Furniture Prototype pictured above.
Duffy London has produced a chair that first appears to sit mysteriously only on two legs but the black metal ‘shadow’ acts as a cantilever supporting the weight of the chair. Its a really cool idea and an equally cool and beautiful piece of minimal modern design. Wish I could afford the sticker price.
Sebastian Brajkovic is an unusual artist who has managed to blur the lines between graphics, sculpture and furniture creating an unusual and exciting artform that is all his own. I am sure you have seen the above image out there floating in the blogosphere but if you have yet to look at his work it is well worth a gander.