Reversible Bikini Lounger by Wiel Arets for Gutzz

Bikini Chair
Bikini Chair by Wiel Arets
Bikini Chair in Black and in White
Bikini Chair in Black and white by Wiel Arets

About the Reversible Bikini Lounger

Apparently this is the first ever chair that Gutzz produces. The chair is yet in preproduction phase.

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Gutzz Claims:

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.

About Wiel Arets

Wiel Arets
Wiel Arets

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.

Via Dutch language Architecten Web.

Oshar Vazquez: A Young Mexican Designer

Emma 360 Rocking Chair by Oshar Vazquez
Emma 360 Rocking Chair by Oshar Vazquez

About Oshar Vazguez
He is 23 years old and in his last year studying Industrial Design at Autonoma de Guadalajara University (UAG) in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Oshar made the Emma 360 Rocking Chair himself: “..Design is not only a matter of drawing and rendering, but also a matter of putting your hands at work!!”
Via Coroflot Portfolios.

B&B and Zaha Hadid: Moon System

B&B ZAHA HADID MOON SYSTEM BLACK
Moon System Black
B&B ZAHA HADID MOON SYSTEM GOLD
Moon System Gold

Architect Zaha Hadid designed this sofa for B&B Italia.

B&B ITALIA PROFILE

B&B Italia has been founded in 1966.
It has its headquarter in Novedrate in the Como province of Italia.
Its offices are in a building designed by Renzo Piano in 1972.
It has turned from a family-run small-scale business into a company with separate divisions for design, manufacturing and sales. The Company has two branches: B&B Italia Home Division and B&B Italia Contract Division.

About Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid is an architect who consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design. Her work ranges from urban scale to interiors and furniture.
Best known for:
– Vitra Fire Station
– Land Formation-One
– Innsbruck Bergisel Ski-Jump
– Strasbourg Tram Station
– Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati
– BMW Central Building in Leipzig
– Hotel Puerta America (interior) in Madrid
– Ordrupgaard Museum Extension in Copenhagen, and
– Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg.
Her central concerns involve a simultaneous engagement in practice, teaching and research. Hadid was born in Bagdad in 1950. She studied architecture at the Architectural Association from 1972 and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. She then became a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, taught at the AA with OMA collaborators Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, and later led her own studio at the AA until 1987. Since then she held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois, School of Architecture, Chicago; guest professorships at the Hochschule fŸr Bildende KŸnste in Hamburg; the Knolton School of Architecture, Ohio and the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York. In addition, she was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and Commander of the British Empire, 2002. She is currently Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

See further for an impression of her work this YouTube impression:

The Velvet Sofa by Sand and Birch

Velvet Sofa
Velvet Sofa

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

About:

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.

Marc Newson ‘Embryo’ Chairs for sale at Christie’s NYC

Marc Newson Embryo Chair

Marc Newson Embryo Chair in Black
Photo thanks to Christie’s

It appears that Christie’s has more Marc Newson Chairs on auction on September 27, 2007. Estimated at US $ 4,000 – 6,000 and no reserve.

Marc Newson 'Embryo' Chair Red

Marc Newson Embryo Chair in Red
Photo thanks to Christie’s

Christie’s Lotfinder:

MARC NEWSON (B. 1963)
Lot Title: Lockheed Lounge LC-1
Estimate: 800,000 – 1,200,000 British pounds
A Neoprene and Tubular Steel ‘Embryo’ Chair, designed 1988 for Idee.
31 1/2 in. (80 cm.) high

Update: It fetched $9,375