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Typographic Furniture

"In typography we deal with questions of readability and artistic expression.  the same, often opposed aspects are much more obvious in furniture design.  our ass tells us which type of chair feels comfortable and our eyes what looks exciting. each student build one letter of the alphabet as a more or less functional piece of furniture or household item. Beside the exploration of letter shapes it was important to explore the college workshops and different production processes. all too often typography is reduced to the screen and printed paper. the course project was followed by a small exhibition of the complete furniture alphabet in a düsseldorf gallery."

 -- Holger Jacobs, communications design teacher at the University of Applied Science in Düsseldorf 

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Domino Clock

Created by Carbon Design Group the domino clock reinvents a popular game by turning it to an everyday object.

Find out the engineering behind Domino Clock at Carbon's website.

Marcel Wanders and the Tulip Chair

By now you have realized that although I am not a furniture designer I can't help but loving it. From all the furniture around me I particularly like chairs, armchairs and sofas.

And here is my new find. Designed by Marchel Wanders for Capellini the Tulip Armchair was presented at the Salone Internationale del Mobile that took place in Milan, Italy from April 14 to 19.

Made of hard and soft polyurethane and covered with fabric, leather or alcantara the Tulip Armchair is stunning in its simplicity, elegance and organic form.
Marcel Wanders is a Dutch designer that designs for the biggest European contemporary design manufacturers like B&B Italia, Bisazza, Poliform, Moroso, Flos, Boffi, Cappellini, Droog Design and Moooi. He graduated from the School of the Arts in Arnhem, Holland in 1988 and became famous with his iconic Knotted Chair, which he produced for Droog Design in 1996.

He lives and works in Amsterdam. For Marchel Wander's bio click here.

And don't forget, there is also the Tulip Chair designed by the Finish architect and product designer Eero Saarinen in 1955

It was designed as part of his revolutionary one piece, one material furniture philosophy and it is produced and enjoyed by many. Still today!

Tired of the winter blues? Check the bloom chair from Kenneth Cobonpue

Tired of the winter blues and shoveling the snow? I decided to escape the winter by browsing at Kenneth Cobonpue's website and marvel at his work and his new bloom chair. Handmade out of microfiber and stitched over a resin top with a steel base it comes in red, moss green, light green and yellow.

Kenneth Cobonpue is a Filipino industrial designer, graduate of the Pratt Institute for Industrial Design, and the receiver of many awards and recognitions. He uses natural materials and inspiration from his native Cebu to design minimalist furniture that combines traditional materials (rattan, bamboo, aluminum etc) with his industrial design training.
I like his minimalist style, the organic shapes, the natural materials, the bold design and the amazingly simple yet so sophisticated forms.
What do YOU like? Let me know.
If you are not sure and you want to find out more about Kenneth Cobonpue or see more of his work visit his fresh and sunny web site
If you want to become a fan on Facebook click here.

Vegetal Chair and the Bouroullec brothers

I am inspired by...

... the beautiful, bold design of the Vegetal chair;
... its vibrant statement and the combination of simplicity and complexity in the design.

Designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the chair is inspired by plants and vegetation. Made of polyamide, Vegetal is intricately molded and comes in 6 colors in order to underline the link with nature. It can be used both indoors and outdoors.
The two designers aged 37 and 32 are considered the rising stars of European design. They have received many awards and were voted Designers of the Year at the Salon du Meuble in 2002. Other awards include the Grand Prix du Design de la Ville de Paris (1998), the New Designer Award at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (New York, 1999) and the Finn-Juhl Prize (Copenhagen, 2008).
The chair was presented at the Milan Furniture Fair that took place in April.

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