Great Looking Plastic Furniture by Mario Bellini

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Great Looking Plastic Furniture by Mario Bellini

More Decent Nudevertising for Chairs: The Philippe Starck Ero|s Chairs

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The Ero s Swivel chair, Photo Ultra Modern

I was wrong in my previous post: There are more nudevertisers for chairs. Only when I saw these pictures again, I realized I had seen them earlier.

At that earlier occasion I was not able to grab the photos efficiently and let it pass.

Now I have an efficient way of grabbing photos from all over the web, since I have installed a mini blog parallel to this blog: Chair Blog | Tumblr with widget and all and the possibility to read it in your News Reader.

So now I can keep you more up to date now. See for more background of a Tumblr account my other blog: Happy Hotelier – Tumblr and Organizing Your Blog(s).

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The Ero s chair, Photo Ultra Modern

About the chair

Why don’t they simply coin the chair Eros Swivel Chair? I believe they are afraid of reactions from rather puritan markets. But then: why advertise with, granted it is decent, nudity?

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The Ero s Swivel chair, Photo Ultra Modern

From this photo it is easy to see that this very modern chair goes well with a classic interior. i like it!
The Chair Designer is Philippe Starck, one of my favorites.
The Chair Manufacturer is Kartell

Via Luxist.

The Hara Chair by Giorgio Gurioli

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White Hara Chair
Orange Hara Chair
Orange Hara Chair

I came across this chair while writing about BAD, an Italian Design B&B on my other Blog and didn’t know about its origins until I saw a photo somewhere else.

The Hara Chair
is a 2002 design by Giorgio Gurioli for Kundalini of Italy. It is a bio-energetic seat, handmade in lacquered fiberglass. It is ideal for outdoors thanks to a treatment against ultra-violet rays and the strong resistance of the material to temperature changes. It looks beautiful indoors as well. Available in 4 colors, 2 of which I show here. Dimensions: 31.5″w x 35.5″h x 31.5″d

About Giorgio Gurioli
He began his career as planner and designer for companies such as Motorola, Rockwell, Digital and Teko. He worked with companies manufacturing electro-medical instruments, robotics, etc. He is involved in the design of office furniture. In 1991 he was co-founder of Syn Design. In 1995 he founded Mix Experience. He planned and designed in various sectors amongst which were: Luxo Italia, Out Look Zelco, Martini and Viceversa. In 1987 he was elected for the 14th Golden Compass (Compasso d’Oro) for the design of Filly the folding chair, for the workstation XYZ. At the 1989 Office Design Competition, he won an award with honours. At the 1990 Tecnhotel ADI for his umbrella stand Oyster, at the 16th Compasso d’Oro (Golden Compass) he gained recognition for both the Oyster umbrella stand and his paint gun system Zeus,he was present at the 17th Triennale in Milan with the design of a robot in collaboration with ET Engineering Team, he took part on the Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design show, at the MOMA in New York, in 1995 he was once again called up with Syn Design by the 17th Compasso d’Oro for the book-holder Tra. He is lecturer of Planning and Design Methodology at the ISIA of Faenza.

Via Unica Home

BASF Presents Myto, the First Plastic Cantilever Chair at K2007

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Myto, Photo © Basf
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Myto, Photo © Basf

Via Design Spotter I came across this innovative chair: The Myto Plastic Cantilever Chair, designed by Konstantin Grcic, a possible threat to the infamous traditional monobloc plastic chair and presented at K2007, the German International Trade Fair for Plastic and Rubber

From the BASF Press release:

Today, October 24, 2007, upon the occasion of the opening of the world’s largest plastics trade fair in Duesseldorf, Germany, Dr. John Feldmann, member of the Executive Board of BASF, will be at the BASF stand to unveil the MYTO chair in the presence of its creator, Konstantin Grcic, acclaimed industrial designer and recipient of many international awards.

MYTO: a cantilever chair made entirely of engineering plastic

This innovative piece of design furniture is a cantilever chair made entirely of BASF’s novel, especially easy-flowing engineering plastic Ultradur ® High Speed. The high flowability, coupled with the strength of this plastic, allows an elegant transition from thick to thin cross sections. Even though the chair is manufactured as a monobloc and has a sturdy frame, its net-like perforations integrated into the backrest and the seat give it a graceful appearance.

Record-breaking development time

The MYTO project was completed within record time. It took just a bit over a year to go from the original idea to the tool for serial production. The Italian furniture manufacturer Plank came on board at a very early stage of the development and was put in charge of manufacturing the serial part as well as of selling the chair. Before the first serially produced chair could be shown in Duesseldorf, the final optimization steps had to be carried out: the plastic had to have just the right ratio of elasticity, stiffness and strength in order to meet the requirements made of a comfortable, sturdy and yet shapely cantilever chair.

Design and designfabrik

The collaboration with Konstantin Grcic and the MYTO chair are the impressive outcome of an expanded marketing concept adopted by BASF Plastics: in order to tap into new markets, BASF is increasingly concentrating on the topic of designing with plastic. An integral part of this concept is the designfabrik, the design factory founded in Ludwigshafen, Germany in May of 2006, where industrial designers can consult with BASF plastic experts and receive advice ranging from the initial idea to the product concept, all the way to color and tool design.

Project Partners

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Left Konstantin Grcic and right Martin Plank
Photo © Basf

KGID:
Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID), established in Munich, Germany in 1991; Konstantin Grcic (*1965) is currently Germany’s most successful industrial designer. He designs furniture, products and lighting for several of the leading design companies in the world. Many of his products have been awarded prestigious prizes for their design and can be found in the permanent collections of major design museums (Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre George Pompidou in Paris), e.g. his multi-functional lamp MAYDAY (Flos 1998). His clients include Authentics, ClassiCon, Flos, Krups, Lamy, Muji, Plank and Vitra. In 2007 Konstantin Grcic was awarded Designer of the Yearâ„¢ by the German magazine Architektur&Wohnen and also by the Stockholm Furniture Fair in Sweden as well as by the trade fair Maison et Objet /NOW! in France.

Plank
This Italian furniture company can look back on a history spanning more than a hundred years. For generations, its name has stood for the highest quality. Plank works together with renowned designers. Together with Konstantin Grcic, Plank introduced the MIURA bar stool (2005) to the market, which was recently added to the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

BASF
BASF is one of the world’s leading chemical companies. BASF has approximately 95,000 employees and posted sales of €52.6 billion in 2006. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN).

Functionalfate.org – Jens Thiel’s Monobloc Plastic Chairs Weblog [Disappeared]


Photo thanks to Austrian Der Standart

Functionalfate.org – Jens Thiel’s Monobloc Plastic Chairs Weblog was a blog tat disappeared in the meantime. I noticed it already when I was playing with the idea of starting my own Blog devoted to Chairs. Jens is addicted to the monobloc plastic chair:

This ceramic edition is less sore for my eyes;-)

His credo is:

practical / inexpensive / ecological / lightweight / washable / warm / sturdy / clean / weatherproof / inconspicuous / comfortable / stackable / smooth / airy / contemporary / ubiquitous / pragmatic MONOBLOC PLASTIC CHAIRS

His aim is collecting plastic chairs and work on an extensive illustrated monograph (partly to be seen in an article of ArtReview), to establish a museum exhibition and a documentary feature about this most successful and most hated furniture of all human creation: the monobloc plastic chair. He warmly invites everybody to contribute photos, stories or even chairs.

Well Jens, contact me: I have some of those for you:-)

Coming to think of it: This much hated monobloc plastic chair could be an excellent attribute for the Little People A tiny street art project Blog.

Update: Functinal Fate has disappeared but I found a German alternative dedicated to the monoblock chair: PlastikStuhl. Moreover: Jens Thiel‘s Flickr account seems still in operation.