‘Ben Hur’ Chair by Jean-Paul Gaultier
Ben Hur chair, the chariot of chairs, has an aluminium structure and a trendy velvet upholstering that comes in four colors: red, blue, green and yellow. It was designed by fashion guru Jean-Paul Gaultier for Roche Bobois to mark the company’s 50th anniversary. A ride to Gaultier’s boutique, anyone?
Sand & Birch are the makers of the Velvet Sofa.
This bewitching velvet ribbon sofa – “Velvet” – is a spiral shaped sofa upholstered in a sensual and luxurious smooth velvet. Its wooden frame is covered with a thin layer of polyurethane.
“Velvet” is the latest work by Sand & Birch Luxury Design.
Designers: Andrea Fino and Samanta Snidaro
Sand & Birch Design Studio was founded in 2003 when Andrea Fino and Samanta Snidaro decided to join their different cultural backgrounds and experiences together for a unique project: to re-interpret the concept of furnishing and to bring other meanings, other senses and other lives to Objects.
The Diamond Sofa is an example of how this project has become reality by turning a sofa into a piece of jewellery without losing its original functions.
Andrea Fino has studied law and at present is working in the field of Communication for Government Institutions and has gained experience in Visual Communication for the realization of social events.
Samanta Snidaro has studied architecture in Italy and Spain and has had various experiences in the fields of Photography and Graphics.
Together they began to focus on shapes and design, devoting their efforts mainly to take other natures, hidden or sacrificed for the production demands, out of ordinary objects.
They participated in different national and international contests such as NuoviSegni (Il Sole 24 Ore) with a design of a multifunctional centre for suburbs, the Mitsubishi contest with the design of a concept car and the Nespresso contest with the design of a coffee stick.
In the field of food design they have created products that are still in progress.
Their next project is a sustainable-energy-supplying concept house.