Six bright young French designers showcased in Rising Talents exhibition at Maison&Objet

The work of six up-and-coming French designers is on show at the Maison&Objet furniture fair in Paris, revealing an emerging trend for handmade rather than mass-produced objects. The Rising Talents exhibition shines a light on six home-grown designers and studios: Natacha & Sacha, Laureline Galliot, Mathieu Peyroulet Ghilini, Wendy Andreu, Julie Richoz and Adrien Garcia. […]

House of Finn Juhl reissues Little Mother sofa after 75 years “in hibernation”

Danish furniture producer House of Finn Juhl has relaunched a sofa created by the renowned furniture designer for his own home in 1945. The Little Mother Sofa is one of the lesser-known furniture designs developed by Finn Juhl, who was responsible for iconic pieces such as the Chieftain Chair and Pelican Chair. House of Finn Juhl, […]

Marcante Testa brings colour and geometry to the bathroom for Ex.t

Italian architecture studio Marcante Testa has unveiled a new range for bathroom brand Ex.t, which references the work of American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. Ex.t launched the Frieze collection at the Maison&Objet furniture fair in Paris this weekend. It is designed to reference Lichtenstein’s Entablatures, a series of paintings made up of horizontal layers, which the artist […]

Virgil Abloh channels brutalism for concrete Efflorescence furniture series

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has created a graffiti-covered furniture collection for Paris studio Galerie Kreo, which takes cues from brutalism and the urban landscape. Titled Efflorescence, the 20-piece furniture collection comprises coffee tables, consoles, seats, vases and mirrors. Described by Abloh as being positioned somewhere between sculpture and useful object, each piece is formed from […]

Bright yellow Friedman Benda exhibition explores comfort in furniture

A chair made from loaves of bread and a toilet-cum-sink are among the objects on display in an exhibition at Friedman Benda that aims to find a “new form of pleasure” in furniture. All of the objects are on display in a room with yellow walls and plush yellow carpeting to create an experience that […]

Swyft creates flat-pack sofa that is assembled without tools

London start-up Swyft has produced a sofa that one person can put together on their own without the need for any tools. Unlike other home-assembly flat-pack furniture items, which require a hammer, screwdriver or Allen key to put together, the Swyft sofa requires no specific tools. Instead the user simply clicks the pieces together, and a […]

IKEA to give $46 million pay-out to family of toddler killed by recalled dresser

IKEA is set to pay $46 million (£35 million) to the parents of a two-year-old, who died after one of the furniture brand’s freestanding Malm dressers toppled onto him. A lawsuit, brought by the Dudek family after their son’s death in May 2017, alleged that IKEA had not taken adequate measures to alert customers about […]

Shinkyu Shon’s Split furniture contrasts wooden logs with mirrored steel

South Korean designer Shinkyu Shon created this furniture collection using split pine logs and stainless steel to highlight the differences between traditional Korean and more modern western materials. The Seoul-based designer developed the Split series as an artistic expression of the changes that took place in Korean culture during the Joseon period. “We had cherished […]

Marcin Rusak’s White Perma Collection casts flowers in milky white resin

London designer Marcin Rusak has cut this set of resin works into unusual shapes that are intended as “hybrids of domestic furniture”. White Perma Collection is the latest in a series of works by Polish-born Rusak that encase plants in resin. For the new set, Rusak has arranged scrap buds, stems, petals and leaves sourced […]

Chiho Cheon creates colourful furniture collection from corrugated cardboard

South Korean designer Chiho Cheon was inspired by Seoul’s homeless population to create this collection of furniture made from lacquered cardboard and cement. Cheon said he developed the concept for the Criteria collection after witnessing homeless people using cardboard boxes for shelter at Seoul Station. The designer felt that people’s status is often connected to […]

Sabine Marcelis creates furniture and lighting from same materials as Barcelona Pavilion

Designer Sabine Marcelis has used glass, travertine and polished metal to create a collection of sculptural interventions that respond to the materiality of Mies van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. No Fear of Glass is the latest in a series of temporary installations staged at the pavilion, which is a recreation of the structure built by […]

Architects and designers act as furniture for The Living Room

Designers Lucas Maassen and Alexandre Humbert have made a series of photo collages of established creatives impersonating furniture and household items. Called The Living Room, the Maassen and Humbert conceived the project and took pictures of the 187 architects, designers and curators involved during Dutch Design Week last year. Maassen and Humbert arranged the resulting […]

Six contemporary Chinese furniture designers leading the industry

Chinese furniture design is looking back to its cultural roots and reinvigorating past techniques, materials and forms, say authors Charlotte and Peter Fiell. Here they pick six items from their latest book that show how. Since the mid-1990s a definable movement in contemporary Chinese furniture design has been growing with a “snowballing momentum”, argue Charlotte […]

Adam Nathaniel Furman explores colour, cuteness and queerness with anatomical chairs

Designer Adam Nathaniel Furman has created a pair of chairs based on intimate parts of the body. The PHaB1&2 cafe chairs feature seats and backrests shaped to suggest anatomical forms that Furman invites users to identify, in white, lilac and baby pink colourways. The name PHaB “is an acronym of all of the things that […]

Nick Ross designs Proto chairs to offer refuge in busy environments

Scottish designer Nick Ross has created a range of curvy seats for Danish brand +Halle, to offer respite from an overstimulating world. Proto is a series of chairs, a sofa, a bench and a stool, designed to make a sitter feel safe and secluded. Designed for busy environments, from the workplace to public buildings like […]

Gerda is the latest collaboration from Skagerak and Included Middle

Danish design company Skagerak has partnered with design duo Included Middle on an outdoor furniture collection called Gerda, inspired by traditional red and white tablecloths. The collection includes a bench, a stool, and a table that comes in two sizes. Each of the pieces are produced in powder-coated aluminium, and come in two colourways, cream […]

Competition: win a velvet-upholstered Series 7 chair by Fritz Hansen

Dezeen promotion: in our latest competition, Dezeen has partnered with Fritz Hansen to give away two Series 7 chairs, which are being offered with Italian velvet upholstery for the first time. The Series 7 chair features a triangular backrest with curved edges, with a cinched waist and round seat, which dips at the front. Designed […]

Perkins and Will designs Dome sleeping unit for LA homeless shelters

A lockable wardrobe and twin-sized bed figure in this modular sleeping unit, which was conceived by architecture firm Perkins and Will in response to the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. The prefabricated Dome unit is meant to offer a heightened level of privacy for people staying in temporary housing facilities. US homeless shelters typically contain […]

Competition: win a Miami 330 lounge chair by Morgan

In our latest competition, we’re offering a reader the chance to win a Miami lounge chair designed by British furniture brand Morgan. The 330 model is a single-seat chair with an integrated cushion, trapezoidal backrest and no armrests. One winner will receive a Miami 330 lounge chair, finished with a red cotton-viscose-mix Kvadrat fabric and […]

Rooms Studio remakes post-Soviet era objects for Design Miami

Visitors to a booth at Design Miami were invited to damage furniture created by Georgian design duo Rooms. In Circulation, displayed at Design Miami earlier this month, featured several pieces taken from previous collections by the Georgian practice Rooms Studio. Rooms’ Bus Stop Benches made from wood and stone to formed the centrepiece of the […]

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