Finger is an armchair by Nendo’s Oki Sato created for the famed Spanish outdoor furniture manufacturer Gandia Blasco. It’s made of 100% recyclable rotating molded polyethylene and can come with a matching Finger table, which makes it obviously perfect for those refreshing summer drinks by the pool.
The aluminium Balloon Bench by Japanese studio h220430 appears to be floating in the air, lifted by clusters of polyethylene balloons, whereas in reality it’s suspended from anchor points in the ceiling, which are then concealed by the balloons.
Strip by Fabio Novembre for Italian furniture manufacturer Casamania is the asymmetric seat born from a surface that “gently folds into itself, flowing outwards almost like that of a woman’s skirt with a slit running up its profile on one side”.
Produced in polyethylene with rotational moulding, like most of Novembre’s chair designs Strip is suitable for outdoor use and is available in different colors, both in matte and lacquered versions.
A reversible reclining chair. It looks so simple, but crazily enough no one has ever thought of it before. Top architect and designer Wiel Arets together with Gutzz has managed to come up with a uniquely shaped chair on which you can lie on your back or on your front to sun yourself. Courage and innovative thinking have gone into this magnificently designed, extremely comfortable and ergonomic chaise longue upholstered in luxury fabric.
I dare to claim that there are more reversible designs around. See for instance the Chair 777.
Born in The Netherlands in 1955. He established Wiel Arets Architect & Associates in Heerlen in 1984. He has held a number of academic positions. From 1988 to 1992 he was Diploma Unit Master at the Architectural Association London. From 1991 to 1994 he was Visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York. In 1992 he was visiting Professor at Cooper Union in New York. Furthermore from 1995 to 2002 he was dean of the Berlage Institute Rotterdam. Since 2004 he is professor at the University of Arts in Berlin. In the same year he established a second office in Amsterdam.
Among his most innovative projects are the Academy of Art and Architecture in Maastricht and the University Library in Utrecht.