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.
I’m really enjoying the colorful furniture designs of British designer Mathias Hahn. The table at top is titled E8 and was inspired by a cobbled together piece of furniture that ended up being used as a dinner table. It was created to be long and narrow so you could work at the table and then when it’s time to eat you merely make a space next to your computer and papers. Plus you can’t resist that splash of yellow that coats the bottom of the table, giving it an unexpected pop.
The chair below that is just called Wooden Chair and features slotted joints that you are clearly displayed in a bright blue color. This not only makes the chair sturdy but gives it a little excitement as well. I would definitely love to have a full set of chairs and the table in my future. There’s such great simplicity to these pieces but the details really make it something special.
I’m not sure that I’d ever buy anything like this for my home, but I’m kind of in love with this bench and table combo called Smooth and Smoothie. These gummy pieces of furniture were created by French designer Florent Degourc who created these out of foam and resing, making it seem like these puppies are melting right onto the ground. A fun concept, which might look better in some more muted colors, but still really well done.