Ionic Bench by Laurie Beckerman

While we’re at the subject of Laurie Beckerman, let me also feature my first real bench – the Ionic bench by the aforementioned designer from New York, USA. This is by far the most elegant, the most unobtrusively simple in its curviness and the most luxurous wooden bench I’ve seen. Definately the kind of a bench to serve double duty as a seating object and a little piece of art! I would go even further, and suggest one can use it as a shelf or a table/magazine rack.

Made from one inch thick Baltic Birch plywood and fabricated with the use of CNC technology. Slices of the profile are laminated together to form this light and resilient bench.

49″ Length, 21″ Height, 18″ Width
Fabricator: Heritage Woodshop, Brooklyn, NY

Jill by Alfredo Häberli for Vitra – Milan 2011 (10)

The Jill chair is another product to be introduced in Milan tomorrow and is the first collaborative work by Vitra and Zürich based Alfredo Häberli. Inspired by the early days of plywood moulding, the designer explores the modern boundaries of this technique and creates a flexible shell where, in a patented process, Jill’s veneers are curved until they meet in the middle of the seat. The bases for the chair are made of tubular steel, wire, aluminium and wood, and their coloring is matched to complement the optional leather and fabric covers.

HarpaH by Matteo Astolfi

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HarpaH by Matteo Astolfi

I first spotted HarpaH in a Google ad here on the Chair Blog itself. Its modern look and unconventional picket fence-like design caught my attention and sparked my interest enough to send me on a googling journey. Here’s what I found out via design.org:

HarpaH by a young Italian architect and designer Matteo Astolfi is a modern, sculptural chair that “appears and disappears, vibrates and deforms sounds.”  The chair is constructed of laminated plywood and finished with a textured paint of multiple colors.

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