Pré Lou Read by Philippe Starck, Eugeni Quitllet and Domeau & Pérès for the Royal Monceau Hotel

Lou Read is an exquisite handcrafted armchair designer by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet and fabricated by Domeau&Pérès for the Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris. Watch it being made in this video by Sébastien Jousse:

Update November 30, 2011

I’ve altered the title of this post as a representative of Domeau & Pérès has informed me that the Royal Monceau Hotel chairs are not the same as the Lou Read chairs. Domeau & Pérès have been working closely together with Philippe Starck Studio to develop this chair for the Royal Monceau Hotel.

Thereafter the further development of the chair has been licensed to Driade who have coined the chair Lou Read. Interesting! Especially since one of the most influential blogs Designboom doesn’t seem to make the distinction between the two editions. Furthermore it is interesting the Driade website doesn’t seem to mention this particular chair although I have seen it in their Milan showroom in September 2011 and could only take this photo through the window:

Last edited by Guido J. van den Elshout on November 30, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Steampunk Chair by Overclock

Now how about this? The Steampunk chair with ties at the wrists, torso and legs… with a 65mm leather seat on a steel frame.

Found on Etsy, but link lost

Coracle & Cargo Chairs by Benjamin Hubert for De la Espada

British industrial designer Benjamin Hubert created Coracle and Cargo for London based furniture manufacturer De la Espada as part of a larger collection. The project called for the use of artisan craftsman, where each piece has the unique quality that only handmade objects can deliver.

“Coracle” refers to small boats, traditionally used in Wales since the bronze age. The woven construction seen on the chair is the same pattern as that found on the vessel. The tri weave is enhanced with the same perforated leather wrapped around the steel frame. The same wrapping is usually found on bike handles, making the chair more tactile and comfortable.

Cargo is a dining/occasional chair made of four automotive leather panels which attach to an ash frame using mechanical fixings. The tailoring of the panels mirror the original intentions for the material, as the hand-stitching gives it a less mechanical character.


Acciaio Series & Its Yellow Stool by Max Lipsey

Acciaio Series (“ah-chyah-yo” – Italian for ‘steel’) is a series of steel chairs by Max Lipsey inspired by the bicycle.

The collection consists of a chair, lounge chair and a stool that are fillet brazed using steel bicycle tubing with the seating made of perforated leather and aluminum sandwich – a combination that creates a truly lightweight chair. Acciaio comes in 16 colors, where each color is named after a classic bike builder. This way the yellow stool becomes a Tom & Lou stool, see the image below!

The Animal Chair Collection: Rhino by Maximo Riera

This incredibly artful Rhino Chair by Spanish designer Maximo Riera is part of his outstanding Animal Chair Collection that constitutes a diverse range of species, starting with the truly spectacular Octopus Chair, followed by Rhino and Walrus. Lion, Beetle and Whale are yet to be revealed to the public.

Each creation retains the animal’s natural vitality whilst being totally biologically accurate in their appearance. This collection is homage to these animals and the whole animal kingdom which inhabits our planet, as an attempt to reflect and capture the beauty of nature in each living thing.

The Rhino Chair is on show at 100% Design London from September 22 – 25, 2011.