Arch Chair by Douglas and Bec Snelling via Fábrica de Imaginación

Arch Chair by Douglas and Bec Front
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Arch Chair by Douglas and Bec side

The move of this website to the other hosting company took much more time than I anticipated, because I did’nt seem able to get the link structure as it used to be: “ After migrating the site I got a mere…..very bad for the Google ranking Chairblog has built up over all those years.

When I finally succeeded to get it right after more than a week puzzling and partly sleepless nights, you can imagine I was a bit euforic and ready to go full speed ahead again. Especially when I read back a compliment a fellow blogger made us 10 years ago:

I try not to let a week pass by without taking a good, long gander at the wares offered by our friends over at Chairblog, whose tenacity and persistence in ferreting out avant-garde designs never ceases to amaze.

Joseph Starr of 3 Rings

So I browsed around a bit and visited Pinterest and found, Koral Antolín, A young Spanish woman with a raving long curly red hairdo and her design/annex studio blog Fábrica de Imaginación


Fábrica de Imaginación is a DIY-inspired digital medium and creative studio based in Madrid founded by Koral Antolín in 2014.

Koral has a degree in Fine Arts and over the years she has not only put into practice the many skills acquired during her training, but has continued to grow artistically in the world of set design and photography to be able to compose visual stories to unleash to your tireless imagination.

Factory of Imagination is steeped in the trends of today and tomorrow, selecting the most interesting objects and materials of the moment to create DIY tutorials for fashion and minimalist decoration.
Years of work and content creation on the blog have made it position itself as a benchmark for DIY (do it yourself) in Spanish on the web.

The curiosity for the objects that surround us is characteristic of the projects of Fábrica de Imaginación. Discovering how these objects work has always been a key step for Koral, over the years, to have been able to deconstruct, reinvent, undo and reassemble them in a totally unexpected and original way. Every DIY specialist’s dream!
Creative study

Although Fábrica de Imaginación was born as a DIY design blog, it soon evolved to develop more complex projects, thus becoming a creative studio specialized in art direction, set design, props styling and photography.
The knowledge of these interconnected artistic disciplines has allowed us to develop a characteristic visual storytelling where the stories use composition, form, color and textures to come to life and surprise the viewer.

Studio fi by Fábrica de Imaginación is its own brand launched in December 2018 to bring the original designs made by Koral closer to the public. A brand that was born from a passion for art and minimalist design and that is strongly committed to the artisan process with quality materials and to creations that last beyond time and trends.
Contact information

Designed by Douglas and Bec

We are a design-and-make studio producing contemporary furniture and lighting, based in New Zealand, with showrooms in Auckland and Melbourne. Our work explores the contrast of natural hand-crafted materials with elegant linear forms, searching for the perfect balance between tactility and poetry.

The provocation of fine art, the lessons of design history, and a dedication to immaculately beautiful craftsmanship inform our process. We believe in the honesty of pure materials, and in recognising the many hands and minds that help shape every piece of our work. We love the energy of creative collaborations with our fellow designers and makers around the world.

We are Douglas and Bec Snelling. Father and daughter. Designer and maker. Dreamers and doers both.


Rattan Chair – 2015 IMM Cologne 01


I’ll Start reporting of my visiting IMM Cologne with a Rattan Chair.

PIRNAS, or Pusat Inovasi Rotan National or Indonesia Rattan Innovation Center had an interesting booth at 2015 IMM with several newly developped rattan chairs. This Takhta Armchair is designed by Anastasia Sulemantoro. In any case, if you are interested in rattan chairs, look at the manufacturers list of PIRNAS.

Yoda Sofa Set by Kenneth Cobonpue

Yoda Sofa by Kenneth Cobonpue is a design consisting of short and long sofa section put together. Rattan vines here are woven on a frame of mild steel and the natural material tension is used. Available in bronze or natural colors for the indoor use and in brown color for the great outdoors.

Off My Rocker for Ikea’s Rattan Chairs | GlamNest

Ikea Rattan Chair
Gullholmen chair
Off My Rocker for Ikea’s Rattan Chairs | GlamNest

Round Rattan Chair by Isamu Kenmochi

Round Rattan Chair C-315-E by Kenmochi Design Associates
Found this photo of Isamu Kenmochi’s round rattan chair at the site of Artnet Magazine

More importantly:

Isamu Kenmochi Chairs are now available!!
Noguchi Museum is now distributing the iconic Isamu Kenmochi Rattan Chair.
Kenmochi Chair c. 1960 Retail Price $2200.00 with black cushion

The Chair is in the Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art and has not been widely available in North America.

Corresponding Exhibition

Design: Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi
From September 19, 2007 through March 16, 2008

The Noguchi Museum will present Design: Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi, an exploration of the dynamic relationship between the two designers, and how the cross-fertilization of traditional Japanese aesthetics, materials and fabrication techniques and western modernism and production methods influenced in each designer’s work. Additionally, the exhibition will trace Noguchi’s early furniture designs and how they affected his work in Japan in the early 1950s as well as its impact on Kenmochi and the Industrial Arts Research Institute. It will also bring to the forefront an awareness and appreciation of the significance of Kenmochi’s contribution to modern 20th century design. The exhibition will include approximately 25 furniture, interior and industrial design objects by Kenmochi and drawings and vintage photographs. Most will be borrowed from collections in Japan. There will be approximately 25 objects by Noguchi, most importantly his furniture from the Shin Banraisha, borrowed from Keio University, in addition to drawings and photographs. Of particular interest and pivotal to this exhibition will be the replication of the strikingly original iron and woven bamboo chair that Noguchi and Kenmochi collaborated on in 1950, which is no longer extant.

See the Nochuchi Museum at Long Island City.