I took about 14,000 photos of furniture and products from the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) so I’ll be sharing fun things spread out across the week. First off though I wanted to share what was hands down my favorite pieces of furniture in the entire show, which come from the design-y brains of Blu Dot.
These pieces are called the Cant Desk and the Scoop Task Chair, which were paired up during the show and they look amazing together, though you definitely have to purchase them separately. For some reason I totally freaked out when I saw these beauties, something about all the clean edges and the mixing of materials really got me.
I love the Cant Desk because of the mixture of wood and metals. The way the legs descend into their wooden counterparts and the perforated steel shelf/ledge on the top make my heart swoon. Then there’s the Scoop Task Chair which is one of the comfiest chairs I’ve ever sat in. Yet again they do a wonderful job of mixing steel with wood and fabric to create a beauty of a chair.
The Cant Desk and the Scoop Task Chair are going to set you back $599 each and come out this fall, so if you’ve fallen in love like I have you’ll have to wait quite a while to get your hands on these. I’ve posted some official press images so you can getting a clearer look at these pieces.
After the Joey Roth event Michael and I popped over to the Born in Brazil exhibit which was put on by the folks over at Wallpaper* magazine. The exhibit featured a wonderful collection of Brazilian furniture, giving a spotlight to the talented designers of the country. There were a lot of amazing pieces, though I’d have to say the minimal table in the second photo above was absolute favorite. The way the drawers seamlessly fit into the table is wonderful, the color of the wood is beautiful and I love how the metal legs connect to the tabletop. Such a beautiful piece.
I also had a chat to meet-up with Nadine Johnson, the person who I have to thank for getting me my room at The Mercer. I first met her at the opening of the PRISM Gallery in Los Angeles but it was great to catch up with her again. Thanks Nadine!
There are more photos of the exhibit and fancy people sitting on the furniture under the cut.
Since I’m heading out to ICFF I thought it would be good to start mixing in a bit of furniture posts before the barrage of furniture that will come this and next week. First up is the beautiful Lockheed Chair concept which was designed by French designers Benjamin Riot and Valentin Sollier. This little beauty came out last year but I think it’s an amazing take on the DSW Chair by Ray and Charles Eames.
I love that it looks more like a piece of architecture then it does a chair. The facets on the bottom of the chair are really beautiful and I love the supports that connect the legs look like struts on a bridge. Yet because it’s mostly all white it looks exquisitely clean and modern and not clunky like architecture sometimes can.
Although the latest exhibition at London’s V&A Museum of Childhood is undoubtedly designed to playfully educate small children on the wide variety of functions of chairs, it is the wall illustrations by Emma Houlston that will attract “bigger kids.”
The exhibition, entitled Sit Down: Seating for Kids, has taken Goldilocks and the Three Bears as its origins for exploring how seating is incorporated into the everyday lives of children as a part of, among other things, eating, learning and playing. In a rather cute twist, people attending the show are invited to vote for their favourite chair, thereby placing them in the role of fairy tale protagonist. In this section of the exhibition, Houlston’s work is seen on the wood panel wall in the form of graffiti messages such as “Porridge 4 Eva” and “Goldie Locks *hearts* This Chair.”
I think that part of the reason why this exhibition appeals to me is that it provides the viewer with the opportunity to unleash his or her inner child; however, knowing my luck, I’d probably end up in the “naughty chair” pictured above.
Sit Down: Seating for Kids is showing at the Museum of Childhood until 5 September 2010. More detailed views of the exhibition, as taken by Felicity Crawshaw, can be found on Houlston’s portfolio.
If you’re in Los Angeles, Santa Monica to be specific, I highly suggest you check out this Eames Gallery Exhibition at the Eames Office which is being put on by the folks over at House Industries. You’ll be able to meet up with both the House Industries and Eames designers, see cool art and furniture and hell, spend time in the Eames office, which is cool enough all on it’s own.
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Here’s the thing, I feel like I have very few… real world skills. By this I mean that I’m not really an expert at anything that matters if say, the internet was forever gone. I don’t know how to plant crops, I can’t change my own oil (even though I don’t have a car) and I don’t know how to build a table. And build a table is exactly what I want to do.
Currently I’m using an IKEA Vika Amon tabletop with crap Vika Amon table legs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s actually been a pretty great desk. I’ve had it now for about 5 years now and there are signs of wearing, but other then that it’s still stable and working. But it’s also not big enough, and well, it’s just particle board.
I really want a nice table, something that’s larger so I can spread my crap around, and made of real wood so that, you know, I can hand it down to my kids one day. My question for you is, do you know anyone who can teach me how to make a table? They’d need to here in Los Angeles and I’d be looking to work on the weekends to make it. I’m totally serious about this, I even think it would make for a great series of posts. So if you or anyone you know wants to help me out leave me a comment or shoot me an email.
Update: I appreciate that you all have faith in me that I could do this on my own, but the thing is that I live in a tiny apartment. I have nowhere to build so I was hoping to borrow someones studio space or workshop. If I had any room I would attempt it, but it ain’t gonna happen.
Otis College of Art student Isaac Nurik created this beautiful and simple barstool concept and I totally want one. Created as a concept for Los Angeles’ Alibi Room, the stool is made from one sheet of aluminum which is water jet cut and powder-coated. The wooden part of the stool is tung-oil stained oak, which has a really nice, deep color. I love the shape of the legs and the powder coated aluminum looks great with the dark wood of the seat. If I owned the Alibi Room I’d buy a fleet of these.
I’ve been on kind of a video binge lately, and this is what started it all. On Thursday, I think I’m going to post nothing but videos for the day, but that’s besides the point. I remember hearing about this little experiment a few months back that Blu Dot, a store that sells high-end design furniture, would be giving away 25 chairs in random locations scattered throughout New York. The buzz on Twitter alone was pretty exciting. But as it turned out, they had much more in mind, what they called The Real Good Experiment.
They ended up watching the chairs from afar, waiting to see who would take them. Not only that, but they even rigged the chairs up with GPS units just in case they lost them somehow. As you’ll see in the video they were able to track a few of them down and then interview the people who took the chairs, to ask them why they took them.
For some reason I find this video absolutely magical. The production value of the video is off the scale, most notably for me was the audio. It’s also funny to see who passes up the chair and who actually takes them. Note to large brands: this is how you get people to buy your products.