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.


Serena & Lily Poufs and Ottomans

Came across the sweet and lovingly made furniture pieces by the USA based Serena & Lily and was especially drawned to their beautifully crafted low seats – made to order, they look like they could have been some royal family’s beloved possesion in the past. Two of my personal favorites are:

Moroccan Leather Pouf works double duty as a footstool or extra seating. Handmade by artisans in Morocco, each one is unique, with subtle variations in color, where individual pieces of leather are dyed to perfection, then stitched together and embroidered by hand.

Chakki is a cross between an ottoman and a stool inspired by traditional Indian mills used to grind wheat and other grains. The base, which is made in India, is solid mango-wood finished with low-VOC stain in dark walnut or painted white. The plush cotton cushion can be slipcovered in any of the 12 upholstery fabrics offered.

Plantation Chair by Georgina Brett Chinnery

The Plantation Chair by Georgina Brett Chinnery is an “antique Georgian frame covered with natural hand tooled leather featuring a tree design, finished with close nailed nickel studs and a hand stitched cushion (not shown in the picture)”.

The chair is part of Georgina’s new collection “Flora and Fauna” and is on show in the Project Space at Collect, The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, 6-9 May at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Making of Eames Lounge Chair in the Vitra Atelier

Watch the design classic Eames Lounge Chair being manufactured in the Vitra Atelier on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany.