HYBRID is the “animalistic” collection by Merve Kahraman where a chair unites with its owner, merging into one. Hybrid No1 is an armchair with horns – it’s handmade and available in different types and colors of leather.
Merve Kahraman (born in 1987) studied Interior Design at the Istituto Europeo di Design(Milan/Italy) before moving to London. Since graduating, she has worked in several architecture and design studios in Istanbul, New York and London. Her decision to specialize in industrial design stems from her desire to include furniture and products as an integral part of her designs for spaces. Currently, she is continuing her masters education in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London/UK) and working on her own industrial design projects.
What better design to open a new week on Chair Blog with than this Gem of a Chair by Brian Dreesman? A Gem in many respects, the eye catcher being that it is a new approach to chair design not seen before in the over 3,000 chairs we have featured by now.
I have a feeling Brian has a Dutch or German ancestry. Not only by his name, but also because I see some early 20ieth century design parallels in this chair. Strait lines, no curves was typically what Berlage prior to De Stijl and Rietveld as member of De Stijl propagated.
In addition this seems a comfy chair and comfy was not typically something those famous early 20ieth century chairs stood out by.
Brian is a Studio Artist, recently graduated from Iowa State University. He found inspiration for this chair by the way gem stones are set in jewelry.
Juliet by Benjamin Hubert for Poltrona Frau was inspired by the Italian renaissance fashion detail called the “Juliet sleeve” – a sleeve that fits the arm tightly and has a large de-constructed ‘puff’ on the shoulder. Juliet’s leather upholstery is ‘tri-pleated’ and utilizes the flexibility and tensile strength of leather.
Unexpectedly I was in Vienna a couple of days where I could take some chair photos. A couple in the Dorotheum where an auction of modern Austrian design was held at Leap Day….until I was forbidden to take photos by a attendant and I didn’t want to go through the hassle of obtaining a press permit.
Armchair by Heinz Frank. Heinz must love horses;-)
Austria, 1972/73, nickel plated tubular steel, red leather, red lacquered iron plate, coil springs, height 77 cm, width 70.5 cm, depth 70 cm, height of seat 35 cm. (DR) A unique piece. Provenance: acquired from the artist in the 1970s – private property Vienna.
Estimated at EUR 6.000,- to 7.000,- (USD 8.500,- to 9.900,-) subject to artist surcharge. The chair was not sold.