François Azambourg patented his 1999 “flexible sandwich” of wood ply and foam, used to make this chair and ottoman. The ergonomic material represents VIA’s mission to promote original combinations of traditional materials.
Note: This post has been on my backburner for a very long time:-)
For 30 years, the Valorisation de L’Innovation dans l’Ameublement, affectionately known as VIA, has promoted contemporary, innovative furniture design with economical and eco-friendly projects by new talent. “We have a very important action to reveal French designers,” explains Gérard Laizé, executive director of the company. Through its impetus to finance projects based in both technical research and creativity, VIA aims to connect manufacturers, designers and retailers. Laizé teamed up with the widely recognized Paris modern art museum, Centre Pompidou, to create Via Design 3.0, an exhibit highlighting the company’s history of modern design for the home. To coincide with the show’s last weekend, contributing writer Suzy Evans shares the history behind a few of the pieces on view.
Recreated this post that got lost in the vines of internet.
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Lucille Chaise Lounge from the Wambamboo Colection by Kent Gration.
Kent Gration initially worked as a designer for leading firms in Melbourne and Brisbane for 8 years, before establishing Integration Studio in 2004. Integration Studio specialises in the areas of graphic, product and furniture design, addressing social and environmental issues using a multi-faceted design approach.
In 2005 Kent completed a Master of Design with an Academic Award for Excellence from the Queensland College of Art researching environmentally aware furniture and product design. Kent believes that good design should last forever, but neednâ€™t last forever in the environment.
Wambamboo is Kent Gration’s premier range of bamboo furniture which addresses growing environmental concerns regarding mass-production and the overuse of non-renewable polluting materials in the furniture industry. The inspiration behind the range came from his affinity with the ocean and concern over the ever increasing amount of plastic waste that finds its way into marine ecosystems.
Bamboo poles, cross-laminated boards and veneers are incorporated into each piece to showcase the versatility of bamboo as a high-end renewable material. All pieces are hand-crafted and made using CNC cut components, recyclable materials, non-toxic glues and water-based finishes. The sophisticated treatment of the material reveals inherent DNA-like vertical and horizontal laminated grain patterns, representing innovation in design and material usage.
Had discovered Dutch originated Design Blog Minimalissimo and forgot about it.
Then rediscovered it.
Now it features featuring the Marilyn Chaise Lounge by Borja Abellan, the A of TaDa, and Nacho Soler. After all the weather here in The Hague is nice and soon such chaises can be used on one of our beaches