Posts Tagged ‘ Furnature ’

RISD at the ICFF.

Students at the Rhode Island School of Design will show off their work at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, which convenes this Friday and runs through Tuesday. The exhibition, titled Immaterialize, stemmed from a a semester-long course in 2008, which tasked students to create furniture from non-traditional materials. Here’s a peek at the nine projects.


The Pin Press.

Pin Pres is a kid’s room shelf that makes the act of sorting up the room a playful experience where the shelf adopts its form to the toys, books and other things that are being stored.  Its the only shelf that will make your kid actually want to clean up and declutter the room.  Pin Pres has won Josep Ros furniture design competition.  Super sick.

The Han Solo and Millennium Falcon Coffee Tables.

I have to say that the nerd in me for sure came out when I saw these for the first time.  The Han Solo in carbonite table would be a perfect fit into my spot for a one of a kind nerded-out centerpiece.  The millennium Falcon coffee table comes a close second, but is still pretty dope.  Designed by UK based R9 Studios, the cold cast aluminum, machined hardware and toughened glass geeky Star Wars Tables go for about $2,050 (£1,250)

Don’t Throw Stones In This House…

Having just launched in the UK with their showroom on London’s Great Portland Street, Santambrogiomilano created a collaboration with founder Carlo Santambrogio and designer Ennio Arosio.  Their ‘Simplicity’ range features a series of iconic furniture pieces, beds, sofas and bookcases, along with architectural elements such as staircases and kitchens, all fashioned from ‘extraclear’ glass, that are elegant and distinctive, whilst perfectly complimenting their surroundings. The beauty of their work is perfectly showcased in their awe-inspiring concept home that the company are currently seeking a permanent location for…. whilst we may have one or two reservations about privacy, the idea of lying in bed watching the night sky is remarkably alluring… And people can watch you get down and dirty from outside.

The Affinity Chair.

Ben Alun-Jones’ latest work is an attempt at the impossible: invisibility. ‘There is something of an ideology in chair design,’ he explains, ‘that really what you want to sit on is nothing – like you’re supported by air. That’s how I began creating a chair that, in a way, wasn’t there. A structure made out of light.’ The ‘Affinity Chair’ is unlikely to win any prizes for comfort, but it pulls off an impressive vanishing act.

Plastic acrylic sheet and one-way mirror film are used to create a structure that reflects and merges with its surroundings. The chair not only responds to and camouflages itself to match its environment, it also interacts directly with the sitter: sensors activate pulsing LEDs hidden within its frame that quicken like a heart beat as it is approached. The effect is eerie: as the chair is lit from within, its reflective surfaces becomes transparent and all its edges are illuminated. The chair’s disappearance is an attempt at escape; yet this strangely animate object remains rooted to the spot, it’s vanishing body revealing a further hidden space within.

Alun-Jones’ explains his work as using technology itself as an artistic medium to challenge existing perceptions. His materials are unconventional – LEDs, ultrasonic sensors, custom-built and programmed circuit boards. The result is new, challenging, and anything but robotic.  The Affinity Chair will feature at the Royal College of Art Interim Show (Wed 2nd – Mon 7th Feb) as well as appearing at V&A Connects with… ARTS THREAD (Tues 25th Jan) and the V&A Digital Festival (Sat 5th March), both at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

The Versace Bubble Sofa.

“Versace Home” has launched this chic Bubble Sofa. Quirky, comfy and very colorful the sofa can be upholstered in choice of fabric or leather.  This is an exceedingly dope piece in my opinion that looks just as comfortable as it looks fashionable.