Very trendy end 50ies. Cowhide on your chair or couch. This one I found while drafting a new post for one of my other blogs with similar passion as I have for chairs: Small hotels. This chair can be found in a trendy Belgian B&B Spoor 62.
Chair No 8 by Rei Kawakubo sold via Wright Auctions for $8,750.
This chair was one of the original furnishings in Comme des Garçons’ flagship store on Wooster street in New York. It was acquired by the present owner in the late 1990s as the store transitioned to its current location in Chelsea. Kawakubo designed furniture exclusively for the Comme des Garçons stores from 1983 to the early 1990s. They were produced in limited quantities and often as unique works.
The Merlot chair is designed by Marta Del Valle Hernandez.
Marta del Valle is an interior & product designer with a unusual profile. She was previously devoted to the world of animated movies, so sensitivity for both art and color are always reflected in her work. She likes to create spaces that are fun to live, and if possible, fresh and timeless (like good music).
She spent her childhood in the coast of Granada (Andalusia), and since little got immersed in her father’s architecture (Jesús del Valle) and the colourful surroundings. Nothing can make her happier than taking action in a creative process, no matter what it is… from hand painted sheets for a newborn, to an interior design for a dentist. Therefore she has always tried to participate in all kinds of projects.
At the moment she works and continues to grow as a professional with her father, but her dream is to work with a company of young creatives in the big city.
Via Design Daily.
A long time ago I found Artsthread.com,
a site claiming to be (or become) “The World’s Leading Network For New Creatives” linking Education & Industry.
ARTS THREAD is the leading digital platform for emerging artists and designers a launchpad for the next generation of creative talent representing 300,000 students in more than 100 countries from over 760 design schools.
ARTS THREAD bridges the gap between education and the creative industry. For the first time ever, design students, graduates, universities, schools and the creative industry can network worldwide.
There I found the Aeroformed Chair by Connor Holland
The Aeroformed Chair is a futuristic design that showcases the innovative manufacturing process I call ‘Aeroforming’. Air is injected between two welded metal sheets, which forces them apart as the pressure builds, resulting in inflated objects that resemble metal balloons.
Using compressed air for this purpose is cleaner and more precise compared to using water, known as the Hydroforming process. I first experimented with this at university, creating my steel ‘Lilo Bench’ that closely mimics an inflatable air mattress.
Inflating metal enables the creation of complex three-dimensional forms, which would be too expensive or time consuming to reproduce using conventional methods. The resulting objects are extremely strong for their weight and can support very heavy loads, even when the metal before inflation is only as thick as a 2p coin.
For this new design, I wanted to show that minimal inflation still provides considerable structural strength, while maintaining a sleek appearance without buckles or dents. By carefully limiting airflow into the piece, key structural areas inflate to the required thickness, but the back supports are left with an attractive taper that shows how thin the steel is before inflation.
Connor Holland is an independent product & furniture designer who graduated from Kingston in Hastings U.K.