Some time ago Stefan During sent me photo’s of one of his new designs: the Conus Chair. To me it has some resemblance with the Safari Chair or Roorkhee or Campaign Chair.
The Conus chair is put together by the user from a separate seat, back, four legs, and two armrests.
First one fits the conical legs into the conical holes of the seat.
Then the swivelling back is fitted into the armrests, and lowered unto the tops of the legs.
There are two options for fitting the back, for shorter and for longer legs.
The Conus comes in two sizes; one as an easy chair, the other one as a higher version for sitting at a table.
The saddle-shaped back and the seat are upholstered in felt, or leather.
A table based on the same principle is also an option.
I make the Conus in oak or beech wood.
This might not look like a chair, but it is! And a sustainable one at that: Barnacle by Ania Wagner is made using harvested ash and reclaimed industrial felt.
Felted Rock Cushions by Ronél Jordaan
I’m heading to IMM Cologne for the second consecutive year and realized I haven’t even published all material I collected last year. Then the first boot I stumbled on was from Unseen Products. I couldn’t connect the dots last year until recently I saw the Felted Wool Stones again at the site VivaTerra.
The rocks seem so real one of the visitors had to touch them.
About Ronél Jordaan
In 2004, South African textile designer Ronel Jordaan, having been a textile designer for 26 years, began researching the possibilities of using felt as a creative medium. Entirely self taught and following her own creative instincts, she began to turn fine gossamer thread into robust felted forms. By patiently rubbing and coaxing threads of pure wool into shapes in nature that inspire her, she found her direction and started a small home industry. Next she trained a handful of women to help her. Recognized for their originality and design uniqueness, her creations found an immediate market. Within a year she sought bigger premises and a year after that she needed to expand further.
A long time ago we featured the Relief Chair by Ben K. Mickus.
Last year Cooper Hewitt added it to its permanent collection.
I revisited his site because I remembered it is exemplary with respect to public relations: For instance Bloggers who have mentioned the chair get a whole page (click “news” and “blogs” on his site):
Exemplary in design and simplicity: The thumbnails are linked to a pdf of the article and the www link under the thums link to the actual article.
Fondly I saw the old layout of our site: For a long time we’ve used the WordPress default theme:
So you can see blogs do change their lay out. Also I’ve noticed I changed the title of the post and I see other things I don’t do anymore. Oh Nostalgia.
On the other hand I’d hoped to see Ben going on with designing some more chairs.
Note: in writing this post I got so annoyed with the load time of the posts and pages due to load time consuming social bookmarks that I’ve totally disabled them. Sorry lads and lasses!