Lighting design by French designer Axel Chay
Axel Chay - Modulation floor lamp
With its linear design, the Modulation floor lamp dresses up the room with its graphic and colorful presence. The simple form, both enigmatic and playful, irresistibly attracts attention and stimulates the imagination. These two folded and interlocking steel tubes are reminiscent of industrial tubes, twisted by the color deep green. The two opaline glass spheres accentuate the silhouette and provide a soft and warm light. A style full of fantasy and refined. Everything that is superfluous is eliminated to keep only the essential.
The Modulation floor lamp will not go unnoticed, it will become a showpiece in your interior. French designer Axel Chay has a knack for creating a bold language of shapes and colors, borrowing here and there, especially from the 80s, like a bend in Julio le Parc or the nostalgic silhouette of an Italian terrace one evening.
A useful blow to conventional design and expected furniture. With its rudimentary curved shape, lost between a sense of regression and technical distinction, the tube radiates with its power of interpretation. Modulation rounds the corners with dexterity, with graceful curves, comforting shapes. This high quality sculptural piece is handmade in Marseille. Designer Axel Chay managed to transform a basic element (steel tube) into a sculptural, original and contemporary piece, while preserving the integrity of the original element. The Modulation floor lamp is pure design pleasure, where the delirium of drawing becomes reality.
Photography: Margot Berard - https://www.cinqcentquarante.fr/
Interior design by Ukrainian designer Daria Zinovatnaya
Daria Zinovatnaya - Cherokee collection
Ukrainian industrial and interior designer Daria Zinovatnaya creates furniture, interiors and architectural concepts, combining bold colors and geometric shapes to create extraordinary mid-century projects.
What makes Zinovatnaya's designs unique is that she combines simple shapes with an unusual execution. By bringing together bold colors and shapes that complement each other rather than overwhelm. Zinovatnaya invents not just one item, but the entire space: the wall art, the chairs or sofas, the lighting design, the rugs, and the furniture and floor and ceiling patterns.
In 2017 a Reddot Award for her daring collection of furniture design.
Zinovatnaya is curious about testing different products, currently she focuses on furniture design, accessories and lighting design. She is interested in seeing how her ideas resonate with other people and whether they are of interest to consumers. The main task of Zinovatnaya's work is to use color and different shapes, combine them and create something special. The interior architecture that Daria Zinovatnaya focuses on is modern and eccentric.
Klaatu - Cabinet by Australian designer Adam Goodrum and French artisan Arthur Seignur
Adam Goodrum & Arthur Seignur - Klaatu
A&A is the collaboration between Australian industrial designer Adam Goodrum and French marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur. Focused on the creation of collectable objects celebrating the kaleidoscopic visual effects of straw marquetry, A&A pieces are always unique with every detail fully bespoke, representing a synthesis of design innovation and traditional craftsmanship. Their process driven practice explores the limitless possibilities of colour and pattern through an interplay of grain direction and reflection that is brought to life through the singular properties of rye straw.
A&A’s ethos rebels against consumerist post-industrialised society’s demand that objects be made faster and in multitude. Straw marquetry, with its lengthy handmade preparation and application process, has the luxury to be the opposite and when blended with 3D geometry, pattern and bold colour seeks to elicit curiosity, wonder and joy.
Straw marquetry is the art of handcrafting decorative patterns from ribbon-thin, flattened slithers of rye straw. Individually tinted, the stems are imported in small batches directly from France. Each stem is dyed, opened and flattened into fine strips. It is then inlaid by hand, edge to edge on paper or wood until the entire surface is covered. Patterns are achieved through careful pre-planning and expert execution. Since every single strand of straw is unique, each piece of furniture is truly bespoke: no two are alike, each project is a one-off. The flexibility of the material allows us to apply the straw to any shape. We have developed techniques with custom tools that allow us to apply curved patterns to 3-dimensional forms.
Contrary to common perception, straw isn’t fragile. In fact, once applied, rye straw is inherently durable, creating a precious impermeable finish. Since every single strand of straw is unique, there is a natural irregularity which when laid creates a painterly quality.
ADAM & ARTHUR
When Arthur found himself in Australia after following love, he fortuitously landed in a studio just a street away from Adam’s inner-city Sydney studio. Their paths crossed and the duo first collaborated on a reinterpretation of Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Series-7 chair for a furniture charity project organised by Cult. Inspired by the blurring of the boundaries of traditional craft, art and modern design, they formalised their practice as A&A producing the ‘Bloom’ cabinet, the first of their purpose-designed pieces. After debuting in Milan in 2018, ‘Bloom’ was subsequently acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in the same year. Representation with Tolarno Galleries followed, along with A&A’s first solo show ‘Exquisite Corpse’ in 2020, which presented three transcendent pieces of furniture, shown here, all of which were quickly acquired (Source reference: https://www.adamandarthur.com/studio-workshop).
Photo by Victoria Zschommler.
Contemporary furniture design by German designer Freia Achenbach
Freia Achenbach - Spectator Shelf
Freia Achenbach is an object, furniture and spatial designer from Stuttgart. Her approach enables movement between disciplines and explores playful material, shape and color. In her work, Freia Achenbach experiments with a wide variety of materials and both traditional and innovative production processes.
Her objects always tell a story and convey a certain ambiguity. All objects are handmade and / or made in collaboration with small factories. She makes both unique objects and small series and realizes commissioned works for clients.
Since 2018 she has been working with June Gschwander and Carlo Kurth under the joint design studio Anima Ona.
Parametric furniture design by P.metric Studio Saint Petersburg Russia
P.metric Studio designs and makes high-quality furniture, interior accessories, hardscape objects and architectural elements. The designs have modern spatial shapes, made with natural materials and refined in details. This attitude determines the style.
The natural materials have a people-oriented effect. It provides a special aesthetic and creates inspiring places that are truly environmentally and people-friendly.
The design combines innovation, technical excellence and creative genius. That is the balance used to create fluid shapes.
Parametricism is a fairly young and fast-growing style that has already defined many rules for the current designers and for the future practitioners to follow. Today, parametric objects appear more often in public places - shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, museums - and, of course, in private projects. Through geometric and algorithmic relationships, it bridges traditional architectural production and new technological possibilities, filling our lives with its distinctiveness, exceptional shapes and love for light and space (Source reference: https://parametricarch.com/en/).
Loudspeaker design by upcoming Dutch designer Jip Nieuwland
Jip Nieuwland - Loudspeaker design
The 20-year-old Jip Nieuwland is a third year student of Industrial Product Design at Saxion University of Applied Siences.
In addition to his studies, Nieuwland works a lot on personal design projects such as hand sketching, digital sketching, 3D modeling and rendering. Nieuwland has had a company with which he works on product visualization for other brands, often electronics companies.
Nieuwland loves functional and minimalistic shapes, Dieter Rams' style really appeals to him.
Photo: speaker concept for @renderweekly / https://www.instagram.com/newland.design/
Pommel Table - Ebonized walnut by American furniture designer Andrew Finnigan
Andrew Finnigan - Pommel table
I am a studio furniture maker located in New York's Hudson Valley.
In my work I draw from classical designs and shapes to inspire my own interpretations through a modern lens. My work is designed to be both classic and subtly unique, combining function with aesthetics.
As a maker, I employ traditional methods of construction to produce work that will withstand the test of time (Source reference: https://www.andrewfinniganwoodturning.com/about).
Cocoon swing chair 2015 by Brazilian designers Humberto & Fernando Campana
The Cocoon is the second collaboration between the Campana Brothers and Louis Vuitton and was produced using high-end technology to cover the structure in resin and glass fiber with refined leather.
Created in 1984 in Sao Paulo by Fernando (1961) and Humberto (1953), Estudio Campana is recognized for its furniture design and intriguing pieces. Currently, the studio operates in the areas of architecture, landscaping, scenography, fashion as well as special projects and commissions.
The São Paulo-based studio celebrates its 35th anniversary acknowledged internationally as pioneers of disruptive design, which led them to create a ground-breaking language in their field. Proudly rooted in Brazilian culture and traditions, their work carries universal values in its core, such as freedom and human dignity, through the search of our identity from life experiences.
Their creative process raises everyday materials to nobility, bringing not only creativity to design but also Brazilian characteristics - the colors, the mixtures, the creative chaos - the triumph of simple solutions, in an artistic and poetic way.
Campana pieces are part of permanent collections of renowned cultural institutions such as Centre Pompidou and the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, MoMa, New York, Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo and Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein.
In 2009, the Campana Brothers founded Instituto Campana, in order to preserve their ever-growing collection for future generations and to promote design as a tool for transformation through social and educational programs (Source reference: http://campanas.com.br/biography/).
Landscape lamp 2020 by French artist and designer Margaux de Penfentenyo
Margaux de Penfentenyo is a design studio based in Mexico City, launching its first collection of sculptural lightings in January 2020. The studio creates pieces blurring the line between fine art and design. Here, everything is handmade, and available in limited edition.
The studio aspires to celebrate and pay tribute to Mother Nature. The materials used, such as wood, wool, cotton or even stone, set the tone. Respect and observation of what is offered by the Earth is the starting point for all its creations. The collection was born of fascination for landscapes.
The materials, colors, smells, or even lights, which are born in natural landscapes are transformed into magnificent and original contemporary pieces of collectible design ( Source reference: https://www.mdepenfentenyo.com/who-am-i ).
Raak Bolide 1971 by Dutch designer Hermian Sneyders de Vogel
Born in Utrecht 1941
Goldsmith - discovered in herself a passion for luminous jewelry (Source reference: Raak catalog 8).
Academy of Visual arts, Crafts & Design, Arnhem, Precious metal department. Grant by the Italian Government: apprentice at the workshop of master goldsmith Ugo Marcacci in Florence, Italy.
Jewelry workshop of her own in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Maker's mark:
Gradual transition towards industrial design for a wide range of companies in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the Philippines.
Participant in various exhibitions; a special survey was organized by 'Bouwfonds Nederlandse Gemeenten' in Hoevelaken. Work acquired by several museums.
Amongst her best selling and most successful designs: the Bolide lamp by Raak, the Pericón mirror by Deknudt Decora, the Birillo glass table by Tonelli, the Zilbo bowls by Ligne Roset, the K5 clock by Artimeta (Source reference: http://www.sneydersdevogel.nl/info).
Layers cloud chair - Kvadrat by Dutch designer Richard Hutten
“Traditionally design is about solving a problem. I don’t solve problems; I create possibilities”
Rotterdam based Richard Hutten is one of the most influential and successful Dutch designers. He is well known for his conceptual and playful designs. A true innovator, he has established himself as one of the leading international figures in his field, continuously pushing the boundaries of design.
Born in The Netherlands in 1967, Richard Hutten graduated of the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 1991, the same year he started his own design studio. With a team of experts he is working across furniture design and interior design. Many of his products have become successful design icons and are represented in renowned museums all over the world.
Playfulness is an important aspect of Richard Hutten work. Referring to ‘Homo Ludens or “Playing Man” by the Dutch historian and cultural theorist Professor Johan Huizinga, Richard Hutten’s designs are aiming to contribute to the importance of play as culture. Therefor his designs are not only beautiful but also optimistic and fun.
He is a key exponent of “Droog Design” in which he has been involved since it’s start in 1993, making him one of the main founders of the famous Dutch Design movement. Since 2008 is Richard Hutten the art director of Gispen, Hollands second largest and most famous furniture brand with an almost 100 years history.
His impressive list of clients are all leaders in their field and include Moooi, Muij, Offecct, Christofle, Artifort, Kvadrat, Moroso, Rabobank, Lloyd hotel, I+I Milano, DSM, Skultuna as well as Gemeentemuseum The Hague, OMA/Rem Koolhaas, MVRDV, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Karl Lagerveld and HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.
His work is held in the permanent collections of over 40 museums around the world making him one of the most collected living designers. The list includes MoMA New York, Victoria & Albert Museum London, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Vitra Museum Weil am Rhein, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Design Museum London, Design Museum Gent, Stedelijk Museum ’s Hertogenbosch, Chicago Art Institute and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Winner of numerous international awards, such as the Red Dot Award, LAI interior award, Frame magazine / The great Indoors award and the German Design Award, his work has been extensively exhibited internationally including the MoMA New York, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Zuiderzee museum, Enkhuizen, Museum of Modern Art San Francisco, Design Museum Holon, Moti Museum Breda, Triennale Milan, Louisiana Museum Copenhagen, Übersee Museum Bremen, Alvar Aalto Museum Finland, Kunsthal Rotterdam.
His work has been extensively published around the globe including world leading magazines such as Domus, Abitare, Interni, New York Times, Washington Post, Wallpaper, Icon, Frame, Mark, The International Herald Tribune, Axis, Elle decoration and many others (Source reference: http://richardhutten.com/).
Chubby chair by Dutch designer Dirk van der Kooij
Core tenets of longevity, functionality, and joy guide the Kooij collection. Of each object we ask: is this a permanent, worthy application of the resources used?
In 2009, Dirk van der Kooij founded this studio in the basement of the Design Academy, Eindhoven. His guiding question was seemingly simple: could plastic be an honest, durable material? Six pizza ovens welded together proved that yes, it could. The resulting Elephant Skin series saw recycled plastic wrinkle and contract as it cooled outside of a mould, conjuring a rich, living tactility. The ultimate imitator had finally found an identity of its own.
Elephant Skin set a precedent for the work that would follow: across the collection, we have found new life in unlikely places. Discarded CDs, leather sofas, kitchen appliances, chocolate moulds, and diseased wood all present rich textural and structural fodder.
A romance with unconventional materials necessitates that form follow process. Our family of house-developed presses, robots, and extruders have directly shaped the identity of the collection. The limitations of these imperfect machines have gifted a visual language which envelops the function, tactility, and beloved oddness of the Kooij collection.
Working alongside our patchwork of machines is a studio of highly passionate craftspeople. Carpenters, welders, colourists, and finishers breathe life into the work. It is only through a union of crafts and technology that we are able to carry waste from loss to luxury.
A decade since this adventure began, we produce a tightly curated range of forever furniture in our Amsterdam-based factory. Select pieces have joined the permanent collections of the Stedelijk museum, MoMA New York, MoMA San Francisco, Vitra Design Musuem, Design Museum London, and the National Museum in Oslo (Source reference: https://dirkvanderkooij.com/about ).
Photo by To Huidekoper
F585 by Geoffrey Harcourt for Artifort, 1967
Geoffrey David Harcourt (1935) was educated at The Royal College of Art in London. In 1962 he designed his first series of small office armchairs for Artifort. With his contribution Artifort gains access to the international market for project furnishing. Harcourt primarily designs seating furniture for reception areas. His second design for Artifort, the series 042 from 1963, is an immediate international success. His philosophy is that the chair should be oriented towards people and not the other way around. "First the person, then the chair." Harcourt wins many awards and in 1978 was awarded the title “Royal Designer for Industry”
Comfort is key
Designer Geoffrey D. Harcourt RDI distinguish himself with this series swivel chairs by the comfort form and striking upholstery. The idea of the F500 armchair originate because the girlfriend of Harcourt RDI like to curl up in cross-leggs. He was fascinated by this very female attitude. The result of this fascinated attitude resulted by the F500 armchair: An armchair with all comfort of an easy armchair, and wide enough to suit an unusual seating area ( Source reference: https://www.artifort.com/nl/Designers/Geoffrey-D-Harcourt-RDI).
Photo by Jeroen van der Wielen
Superpose pendant lamp by German designer Frederik Kurzweg
Frederik Kurzweg trained as a cabinet maker at a traditional company near Münster, Germany.
His hand crafted journeyman's piece attracted a lot of attention and also received several design awards. Motivated by this early success, he started studying industrial design at the University of Applied Sciences in Magdeburg where he expanded his professional knowlege about different material properties and technical design processes.
After graduating he added the Master of Arts in product design at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg where he focused his work on furniture design.
With his practical Master thesis „bender“ he especially deepens his knowlege on bending metal and synthetic resins processing (polyester, epoxy, and vinylester resins) reinforced with glass and carbon fiber (Source reference: http://www.frederikkurzweg.com/about).
Photo by Jeppe Sørensen
Superpose pendant lamp / Frederik Kurzweg
Oto-ke chair by South-Korean furniture designer Muddycap
South-Korean furniture designer Muddycap uses different materials in its designs such as wood, steel pipes, epoxy, plastics, rope, paint, etc.
The designs are colorful and cheerful and there seems to be an infinite variation in this designer's creativity.
Oto-ke chair / Muddycap, 2020
Lawless Sofa by American furniture designer Evan Fay
My aim is to embrace irregularity through craft, focusing on intuitive construction methods and spontaneous form by rhythmically connecting and growing each piece to realize a liminal position between design art and craft, balancing metaphor and utility. Each piece pursues beauty in chaos within a structured landscape, reimagining objects that create expressive dialogue in a space. Discovering a poetic moment in dystopia and confronting present dilemmas may be an opportunity to celebrate new perspectives in design (Source reference: http://www.evanfayfurniture.com/info)
Photo by Clare Gatto
Lawless Sofa / Evan Fay, 2000
Mutation chair by Belgian designer Maarten De Ceulaer
Maarten de Ceulaer (°1983) first studied interior design at the Sint-Lukas Hogeschool in Brussels. Attracted by a conceptual approach to design, he continued his studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven. A strong passion for travelling inspired his graduation project 'a pile of suitcases', which was immediately picked up by Nina Yashar, founder of the renowned Milanese gallery Nilufar. This was the start of a close and ongoing collaboration, and a collection that has grown steadily over the years. Maarten is known for the highly evocative, poetic and playful touch he gives his objects. He uses his work to tell stories, to stir people's emotions, to inspire their imagination and to make them wonder. He continuously explores new materials and investigates in production techniques and crafts. The emotional aspect of objects is equally important as the functional, and he has great attention for detail. He likes to use materials in unconventional ways, and his objects never cease to surprise. Maarten de Ceulaer has been awarded with the Belgian young designer award in 2007 and the Henry van de Velde award for young talent 2013. Besides gallery Nilufar, he also works with Victor Hunt gallery in Brussels, and companies such as cc Tapis, Vibia, Fendi and Casamania. His work is held in private and public collections (design museum Ghent), and has been exhibited in museums
(stedelijk museum ‘s Hertogenbosch, design museum Ghent, triennale Milan), festivals, biennials and fairs worldwide ( Source reference: https://www.maartendeceulaer.com/about )