Chris Palmer gives a second life to bulk and industrial materials, creating the modern Stainless Steel Lounge. The stainless panels seen here were originally used in factory bread baking, and then later, architecturally. Soft leather binds the walnut frame to the mesh seat uniting natural and man-made materials. The end result is the perfect combination of visual pleasantry and material intrigue.
From Chris Palmer: The project began by hammer forming the stainless panel. After understanding how the material acts after forming I was able to develop a frame which accommodates the natural abilities of the panel. Even though the stainless does not look like a normal chair seat and back it will flex into a very comfortable position when used. Stainless Steel Lounge uses also walnut and leather in construction. This stainless panel provides flex in one direction and rigidity in another direction. By arranging the panel on a frame in this way it absorbs the human body in a very comfortable and custom way.
The new Bao Toaster concept project from Studio Bup incorporates two hinging doors that hold a range of bread sizes firmly inside for toasting. The design gives an insider’s perspective to the making of breakfast food, creating a more connected experience between the food we eat and its method of preparation.
From Studio Bup: Toasters have become an appliance essential to the daily routine of most people. It is however, also a forgotten essential. Through the application of most modern toasters, the human interaction with creating the final product (toast) is lost. Making toast used to be a more tactile experience, requiring the user to work for their food as they maneuver their bread over open flames. Breakfast is a morning ritual most people experience. As a result of modern times however, this ritual has become a rushed event – not one to savour and enjoy. Bao aims to bring back the quiet experience of breakfast. Affording the opportunity for people to slow down and reconnect with the way in which they make their food.
Studio Bup: website
The structures of Nervous System’s Hyphae series intricately resemble patterning inspired by science and nature. In a visual sense, we draw connections to underwater coral or decaying leaves. These referred objects’ systems follow the same principles that sustain all life: networks and pathways that distribute energy, as explained by the designers below. With the idea of transporting energy in mind, it is all too appropriate that these designs yield light.
From Nervous System: Hyphae is a collection of 3D printed artifacts constructed of rhizome-like networks. Inspired by the vein structures that carry fluids through organisms from the leaves of plants to our own circulatory systems, we created a simulation which uses physical growth principles to build sculptural, organic structures. Starting from an initial seed and a surface, we grow a hierarchical network where nodes constantly branch and merge. The densely interconnected structure is at once airy and strong. Each lamp is a completely one-of-a-kind design 3D-printed in nylon plastic. The lamps are lit by eco-friendly LED’s and cast dramatic branching shadows on the wall and ceiling.
Nervous System: website
Using industrial wool felt and recycled cardboard cores with paprika spice finish, designers Tamara Petrovic, Elizabeth Wong and Garner Oh give a second life to an otherwise-discarded material. Using C-clamps as a means of fastening, the Industrial + Industrial seating series takes a raw approach to construction, tempered with precise craftsmanship and design.
From 0 to 1: Creating industrially designed objects from the remnants of industrial manufacturing. Cylinder 14, Cylinder 19, and the Wave are made of recycled cardboard cores that were once used to hold fabric or packaging materials. Our challenge was to both reuse the material and to reveal its intrinsic beauty. 0 to 1 is a design and architecture studio founded by Garner Oh (Architect) and Tamara Petrovic (Furniture Designer) in 2009. Together, we explore the dynamics within our built environment. Our work is a demonstration of the strength found through an integrated, sustainable approach to design. Our solutions are the discovery of the inimitable character present within each project.
0 to 1: website
In Hilla Shamia’s Wood Casting seating collection, two unlikely materials bond together creating a marriage of textures, colors, and densities. When the molten aluminum is poured into the mold surrounding the tree trunk, an essential characteristic is created: singed wood. The resulting effect elevates the final product from a haphazard pairing of materials to a beautifully bonded cohesion of two otherwise ordinary elements.
From Hilla Shamia: Furniture combining cast aluminium and wood. The negative factor of burnt wood is transformed into aesthetic and emotional value by preservation of the natural form of the tree trunk, within explicit boundaries. The general, squared form intensifies the artificial feeling, and at the same time keeps the memory of the material.
The Fixie Lamp Series, designed by Tal Mor and Shlomi Azulay of DAG utilize silicone rubber-coated copper wire to create a bend-it-yourself lighting system, which allows for custom mold-ability. In a somewhat anthropomorphic fashion, these creature-like designs animate their way into the perfect angle, position or pose necessary to shed the desired level of lighting.
From DAG: The Fixie Lamp Series is a collection of LED based lamps. The collection is composed of four lamps, all made out of a flexible material which makes them playful, and offers the users a variety of postures and adjustments.
From D-Vision: Our laboratory has emphasised using innovative materials and production processes in all of its products, thus guaranteeing that once fully experiencing and taking in the furniture, that one be overcome with genuine awe at the astonishing leap from an item’s mere visual appearance to its actual physical, and above all else, comfortable impact.
Reset: A diagonal-shaped seat that embodies the evolution of human-object relationship, offering a new and enhanced seating experience, via a slowly-adjusting layer whose functionality may not be evident at first glance. We have stretched a unique, elastic and airtight fabric on a frame that is over the chair, creating a vacuum that allows for the slow release of air as one is sitting down or standing up.
Noah: A revolutionary, soft plastic hammock. The design of this hammock was inspired by organic shapes, ranging from spider webs, beehives and flora to fauna cells and tissues.
Foldigon: A folding, polygon, outdoor armchair – turning a garden table into an armchair in one simple step. The concept was born out of the need for storable textiles when facing outdoor weather conditions like rain or the sun’s UV radiation.
Bouton: A new, innovative approach to Capitonnage; a traditional technique commonly seen on Victorian chairs, resulting in the transformation of simple rectangular foam into a soft, luxurious and inviting chair. With this design, the goal was to experiment with shapes and forms that are perceived as being of high value, and turn them into accessible and affordable products.
Sfog: A new, outdoor armchair, created by one manipulation over a foam cube and resulting in a piece whose qualities emanate comfort and grace.
A Boov: A tyre tube is covered with stretch fabric while two thin ABS-shells cover it from both sides to create the seat. The two shells have been made using either plastic injection or vacuum forming. The four legs are made of oak with aluminium connectors.
Idea 32: A new, origami foam stool turns low seating into a new experience. After 31 “aborted” attempts, ‘Idea 32’ was born. In the process,we experimented with using soft moulds as the basis for manufacturing intricate, foam stools.
Soft Space: A soft-layer, foam cover for an existing, massproduced plastic armchair that offers a fresh take on the strict, industrial world. In this world, prices and efficiency constantly challenge design, with the number of products per container being a paramount factor from the outset of the design’s development process. Millions of containers are shipped daily; all of which are loaded with products and…air. With ‘Soft Space,’ we have replaced the air captured between piles of stacked chairs with foam. This, in turn, has allowed us to create an additional part in the chair, representing the negative space between the chairs whilst also serving as a soft cushion.
Established in 2005, d-Vision is a unique internship programme, aimed at cultivating excellence and
training future leaders in the fields of industrial design. Inspired and created by Mr. Sami Sagol,
owner and chairman of the Keter Group, the programme serves to provide the missing link between
academia and industry.
d-Vision is exhibiting at SaloneSatelite Booth B27 this week at Salone del Mobili, Milan.