Robin Day’s 675 chair given modern makeovers for fundraising auction

Fifteen leading textile designers have created their own interpretation of Robin Day’s iconic 675 chair, which will be auctioned in aid of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation. The designers were invited to customise the chair as part of a project called A Day to Remember, organised by producer Case Furniture in partnership with retailer […]

Laila Laurel’s chair provides a solution to manspreading

Brighton University graduate Laila Laurel has designed a chair that prevents people from “manspreading”, as part of a project that aims to offer solutions to sexist issues experienced by women. Laurel’s pair of chairs, titled A Solution for Man-Spreading, were created as a tongue-in-cheek response to both hers and other womens’ day-to-day experiences of “manspreading”. […]

Jeong Greem brings doodles to life in Mono furniture series

Three-dimensional doodle-like lines form this series of furniture by Korean designer Jeong Greem, which aims to breathe life into mundane, everyday materials. The Mono furniture collection sees simple, single-line drawings translated into a series of rope-like benches, chairs, tables and lamps. Each piece has been made from silicone foam tubes – a material typically used […]

Adam Nathaniel Furman’s HK furniture collection is inspired by a friendly cyclops

London designer Adam Nathaniel Furman has teamed up with Scottish surfaces manufacturer Mirrl to develop a furniture collection informed by Japanese lacquerwork and a folkloric one-eyed boy. The Glasgow-based company worked with Furman to examine alternative applications for its solid surface material, which is more typically used for tabletops, kitchens, bathrooms and cladding. They settled […]

Savvas Laz transforms styrofoam packaging into Trashformers chair

Greek designer Savvas Laz used pieces of styrofoam packaging discarded in dumpsters to create this sculptural chair that aims to raise awareness of packaging waste. The Athens-based designer developed the Trashformers project in response to the amount of waste packaging that is generated in his home city. “There are no proper recycling facilities here in […]

Samuel Wilkinson brings the Viennese bistro chair into the 21st century

British designer Samuel Wilkinson has paired steam-bent wood with Vienna straw to create a contemporary dining chair called Latis. Aiming to create “a timeless signature chair with a modern aesthetic”, Wilkinson used the two elements that characterised the classic bistro chair of the mid-19th century. The chair has a slender frame made from steam-bent ash […]

PearsonLloyd uses as little material as possible on Kin chair collection

London studio PearsonLloyd has unveiled a family of mono-shell seats that are designed to be as simple as possible without losing sturdiness. Characterised by their fluid lines, the Kin collection is made up of plastic chairs and stools that come in eight bold colours. The range is being produced by Allermuir, a brand that PearsonLloyd […]

PearsonLloyd gives flat-pack furniture an upgrade with Cross chair

London studio PearsonLloyd marries the convenience and economy of flat-pack furniture with quality materials in a chair designed for new Copenhagen brand Takt. Cross comes as four disassembled pieces of timber and six screws Named after the cross structure that forms its four legs, the Cross chair has a plywood seat and backrest, with the […]

Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai use magnesium to create extremely light Vela chair

Tel Aviv designers Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai have used magnesium, one of the lightest metals, to create a stacking chair that weighs just 2.5 kilograms. Unveiled by Italian furniture brand Magis during Milan design week, the Vela chair plays to the strengths of its low-density material. Whilst structurally strong and easy to work with, magnesium weighs 30 per cent less […]

Miu Miu’s M/Matching Colorstool is a “board game without rules”

Italian fashion brand Miu Miu has collaborated with creative agency M/M Paris to design a stool punched with holes that users can endlessly customise with a series of coloured pegs. Sturdy and stackable, the M/Matching Colorstool is a three-legged seat made of linden wood, with 300 systematically distributed holes across its surfaces. Described as “a […]

“Feminists have not understood the meaning of my work” says Gaetano Pesce after Up armchair protest

Italian designer Gaetano Pesce has accused feminist protesters of misinterpreting Up, his iconic armchair that depicts a woman as a prisoner, and defended the use of plastic in design products. Pesce, 79, spoke to Dezeen in Milan after an installation celebrating the 50th anniversary of Up was attacked by protesters. “I believe these feminists have […]

Vitra collaborates with Antonio Citterio on Grand Relax lounge chair

Dezeen promotion: Vitra has collaborated with Italian architect Antonio Citterio to create the “luxurious” Grand Relax reclining chair. Unveiled at Milan design week, the leather chair is the latest product developed by furniture company Vitra as part of its long standing collaboration with Citterio. Named Grand Relax, it is designed to offer “outstanding comfort”, with an understated, compact and slender form. “The design […]

Alvin Tjitrowirjo uses “heavily underrated” rattan to create colourful furniture

Indonesian designer Alvin Tjitrowirjo has created five new pieces of handmade furniture, designed to promote rattan as a high-quality material. Called Tropicália Modernity, the colourful furniture collection features a lounge chair, a dining chair, a matching bench and stool, and a rocking horse. Tjitrowirjo unveiled the collection at Milan design week, with his design studio and […]

Dion Lee repurposes traditional tailoring techniques for leather furniture collection

Australian furniture producer DesignByThem has teamed up with fashion designer Dion Lee to develop a collection comprising a lounge chair and bench made by slashing and weaving leather. The DL range is the first interdisciplinary collaboration by the Sydney-based company, which was founded in 2007 by Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis. DesignByThem champions Australian design […]

Matthew Day Jackson creates Kohlo furniture using moon-inspired Formica

Artist Matthew Day Jackson has developed a Formica surface that subtly replicates the surface of the moon and used it to make furniture. Presented during Milan design week, the Kohlo dining table and chairs feature curvy cartoonish wood frames. But if you look closely, the surface material of the seat has a gentle texture that mimics, to […]

Bond villain chair designed by Verner Panton back in production

A chair made famous by James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, created by prolific Danish designer Verner Panton, is being revived. Danish brand Montana is reissuing the Pantonova seating system, which was the seat of choice for Bond villain Karl Stromberg in the 1977 blockbuster movie. It was unveiled at the Salone del Mobile furniture […]

Mattiazzi debuts four new seating collections at Milan Design Week

To celebrate its 10th year, Mattiazzi is launching seating by Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, Foster + Partners and Industrial Facility, who guest art-directed the collections. For 2019, the Italian furniture brand has worked with Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of London studio Industrial Facility to assemble four separate collections by four esteemed designers and studios. The […]

Barber & Osgerby create chair for Emeco that can be endlessly recycled

Emeco has teamed with London designers Barber & Osgerby for the first time to produce a stacking chair made from a specially developed recycled plastic. Launching at the Salone del Mobile in Milan next month, the collection comprises a chair and two stools made from recycled PET bottles. Emeco’s On and On chairs are made […]

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