Marking 60 years since it was first introduced to the world, the Eames Lounge Chair from Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra, is back. This time, the creation by Charles and Ray Eames comes in a fabric-upholstered limited edition called the Lounge Chair Twill.
The chair took its inspiration from the English club chair, albeit with a few additional touches. The result was a leather-upholstered chair that was light, modern, soft and comfortable. While the manufacturer has produced the chair exclusively in leather since 1959, this year Vitra will offer a limited edition of the chair and ottoman covered in a twill fabric.
The Lounge Chair Twill will be offered in the classic color combination of black with dark-reddish palisander wood. Each of the fabric-covered Lounge Chair Twill and Ottoman’s will come with a “60 Years in Production” certificate and will be marked with a corresponding label. The chairs will be available from selected Vitra dealers till January 31.
FENDI collaborated with renowned Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana for a series of one-of-a-kind pieces, among them a spectacular chair titled “The armchair of thousand eyes”.
The pieces debuted some days ago during the 2015 edition of Salone del Mobile in Milan, the world’s most important design fair, with great success.
The chair is a new take on Fendi’s trademark ‘bag bugs’ the furry monster accessories, seeing 100 of the multicoloured creations adorn the brass base which is fashioned on the duo’s coveted Banquette Chair.
“A Body of Skin” is a furniture collection designed by Gigi Barker of Studio 9191 to look like elements of the human body.
The chairs and footstools have been made using a silicone base and moulded leather cover impregnated with aftershave and pheromones to make the experience as fleshy as possible.
The chair is not recognizable as a particular body part but the aim, Barber says, is “to explore the intricate subtleties and varieties of the skin surface and the volumes of the flesh.”
The connection made when people sit in the chair “questions the relationship and level of comfort we have in our own skins and with an other,” she adds.
“Moulded leather provides a potential familiarity and thus more subtle visual impact. However, it is literally a piece of skin, removed from a body, a direct translation rather than a representation of the material.”
“A Body of Skin” pieces are currently available to purchase from 9191, with prices ranging from £440-£1,500.
Famous Spanish interior designer and architect Patricia Urquiola has created a contemporary new seat for luxury outdoor furniture company Kettal.
“Roll” is a witty take on the standard chair, featuring an upholstery that transforms a regular backrest into two independent “wraps,” or bolster cushions, connected by colorful straps.
The chair features a graphical aluminum frame, while the straps are connected to the main structure by two pins. The pins can easily be removed and the seat cushion is supported by a semi-transparent micro fabric.
The chair is available in vibrant striking colorways, including combinations of indigo and green hues.
Roll will be available from September 2014, with prices starting at €1,650.
Spring is upon us, and with the promise of warm climes just around the corner, stylish outdoor spaces are firmly on the mind of the design conscious
Luxury brands are increasingly turning their attention to exterior or mixed-use ranges: here we take a look at five of the most exciting accessories and design collaborations on the market.
Mushroom, Ligne Roset
Unveiled at Maison&Objet and IMM Cologne in January, this rocking lamp was designed by Nick Rennie for contemporary French design brand Ligne Roset. The light is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and rocks gently from side to side before coming to rest in a standing position.
Sloo, Karim Rashid Vondom
Design magnate Karim Rashid has collaborated with luxury outdoor specialists Vondom on Sloo, a vibrant range of molded plastic chairs. Made from polyethylene resin, the chairs feature a contemporary clean-cut form, are weather-resistant and available in a variety of colors and finishes.
Jasper Morrison’s lightweight aluminum Dining Armchair comes in neutral colorways, meaning it will blend in easily with its surroundings. The designer’s Kettal Village collection also includes a range of contemporary outdoor dining tables.
Foscarini’s outdoor Havana collection features elegant chrysalis-shaped lamps made from a single rotational piece polyethylene. Each piece is up to 145.5 inches (3.69 meters) tall.
Unveiled in 2013, Daniel Pouzet’s Swingrest for German design brand Dedon is fast becoming an outdoor classic. Borrowing form and structure from its predecessor ‘Nestrest’, this hanging lounger can be placed on the terrace, the veranda, or even over water.
Roberto Cavalli has unveiled his latest interior piece, the luxurious ‘Wings’ armchair, during Milan Design Week 2014.
Part of the latest Roberto Cavalli Home collection, Wings is a futuristic-looking low reclining seat. According to Cavalli, it is “an armchair that breaks the rules with complete nonchalance”.
The latest ‘Wings & Roses’ collection pays homage to the heritage of Italian and European design, combining heat fusion techniques, vibrant colors and prints and all-over printed glass combined with nickel steel and chrome.
Comprising the Wings armchair, a Maxi-Rose sofa, a coffee table, bookcase, night table and bed among other accessories, the collection focuses on the striking prints which are Cavalli’s signature design touch.
Luxurious details across the range include leather inlays and prints inserted under resin, with colorways centering around red, gold, black and white and incorporating striped and floral motifs.
The collection is currently on display in a loft setting at the brand’s new Milan boutique, as part of the events surrounding Salone del Mobile.
Maserati has finally launched its contemporary Lounge Chair by luxury furniture studio Zanotta.
Featuring the clean, geometric lines and shapes of the classic car brand, the Grandtour armchair is made from full-grain, untreated leather and comes in three color ranges — light grey, fango and dark grey.
Designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, the chair first went on display at the Salone del Mobile design fair in Milan in 2013, but has now been made available for wider purchase.
The Grandtour retails at $9,195. Salone del Mobile 2014 will run April 8-13.
Luxury fashion label MARNI will unveil an exotic furniture installation as part of Milan Design Week, built around the Salone del Mobile fair, this April.
‘Animal House’ comprises a series of limited edition pieces which draw inspiration from giraffes, flamingoes and rabbits. The festive designs feature strong color schemes and bold materials such as metal and PVC.
The range includes classic chairs, chairs with one-sided armrests, rocking chairs, small benches and tables. Asymmetry is one of the principal themes of the collection.
Each unique piece was handmade by a group of female Colombian workers as part of a sustainable work initiative, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to charities which help terminally ill children.
The freedom to mix and match within the collection is characteristic of the Marni brand, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Tom Dixon will be using IMM Cologne as the platform to launch his studio’s latest designs this month.
The British creative will be presenting the Y Chair, an ergonomic and robust textured nylon chair designed with the hospitality industry in mind, which took two years to create. The chair’s contemporary shape provides lumbar support while resisting fatigue and the design is entirely recyclable.
Also on display will be the brand’s Beat pendant light, now available in a contemporary brushed brass finish, and the Etch shade now available in black.
Other key designers to look out for at the event include Axor which is presenting its Shower Products range designed with Swedish design trio Front and the Japanese design studio Nendo. The star attraction of the range is the LampShower, which blends light and water in a hybrid bathroom design.
B&B Italia is also highly anticipated, with an exhibition space of 700 square meters displaying the brand’s new Maxalto and Outdoor collections as well as showcasing the launch of the Mirto series of sunbeds, folding armchairs, and tables designed by Antonio Citterio for the Outdoor Collection.
Maserati has teamed up with the Zanotta design house to produce an exclusive lounge chair in homage to the car company’s forthcoming luxury sedan, its next-generation Maserati Quattroporte.
The luxury lounge chair was designed by Marco Tencore at the Maserati Style Center under the direction of Lorenzo Ramaciotti and with the cooperation of Roberto Palomba.
The “Maserati Lounge Chair by Zanotta”, was designed in homage to the carmaker’s forthcoming luxury sedan, the new Maserati Quattroporte, which has a top speed of 191 mph (308 km/h).
The luxury chair features a base of either black polished or chromed nickel-plated steel while the external covering is made from removable Extra 99 Zanotta leather and is available in either dark grey with light grey border, light grey with mud-colored border or mud with light grey border.
The luxury chair is on display at the Milan Furniture Fair which runs through April 14 and showcases works from designers from around the world.
Audi launches the R18 Ultra Chair, a lightweight chair designed by Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram in cooperation with Audi engineers.
The Italian fashion label Marni is holding an exhibition during Art Basel and Design Miami 2012, displaying 125 chairs made in Colombia by ex-prisoners.
British automaker Aston Martin has released a line of luxury office furniture designed to make your office as stylish as your supercar.
Designed by Mirko Tattarini and Emanuele Canova, and manufactured by Formitalia, the chaise longue and sofa are finished in carbon fibre, steel, wood and leather.
As part of Maison, the new furniture line recently unveiled in Paris, Hermes will re-release certain iconic pieces that Jean-Michel Frank designed in 1924.
Among them is the Confortable armchair, a straw-marquetry screen, a shagreen-covered vanity and the designer’s X-base dining table.
Previously, the company’s furniture was limited to Pippa, a small collection by the architect Rena Dumas, who designed Hermès stores and who was married to Jean-Louis Dumas, the chairman of Hermès from 1978 to 2006.
Patricia Urquiola has designed a swing chair to add to the existing Maia collection of outdoor furniture that she designed for the Spanish manufacturer Kettal.
In his collection entitled Rough Diamond, designer Lee Broom transforms vintage furniture in its original condition into Design Art with light.
Club Chair (above) is a traditional Chesterfield that has been spectacularly transformed with fairground jewel light bulbs.
Luminaire BergÃ¨re (below) is a one-of-a-kind unfinished Parisian relic that displays the juxtaposition of old and new.
Austrian design team EOOS have created the Summer Cloud sun lounge for the 2009 collection of the outdoor furniture manufacturer DEDON.
“This classic sun lounger takes on a new, innovative face with the SUMMER CLOUD collection from DEDON. The beach chair combines the lounger and fabric top to form a functional and unique design object.”
“SUMMER CLOUD offers individual 360Â° use with its sun lounger and sun top connected to one another in a novel way that may be swiveled and set independently of each other.”
Designer Carlo Colombo’s Ball chair design for Italian furniture firm Arflex.
This modern sculptural chair is executed in rigid polyurethane, giving it a durability ideal for both indoor and outdoor environments.
Israeli designer Itay Ohaly has proposed a series of chairs called Fracture, made of benches of various materials which are torn or smashed into individual chairs.
The Lounger is a magic chair produced by British company Hoverit. It seems really magic because, like a funny object coming from the future, can float into the air.
â€œThe sensation that you feel as you lay back and close your eyes is totally different, like floating on a cloudâ€ said the company.