PSFK at the Salone Del Mobile – part one

PSFK at the Salone Del Mobile – part one
Amanda Gore (PSFK London)
  • 21 april 2008

Stitch Chair by Adam Goodrum for Cappellini

‘A folding chair completely made in aluminium plate. Stitch Chair is a new typology of product for Cappellini and, thanks to its hinges, allows its dimensions to be considerably reduced when folded up. It also has a personalised cardboard packaging.’


Ghost chair by Design Drift

‘The Ghost is a futuristic concept of a chair, 3-dimensionally captured within the boundaries of reality. DRIFT sketches an image that cannot exist yet…but within todays techniques it becomes real. By doing this they deliberate their design from the trend of stereotypical forms. Straight from the outside, but curved and wrinkled and impossible to exist from the inside. Ghost Chair is the first piece of a series of chairs and stools. It is the first time that something has been produced this way.’

Design Drift

Tudor chair by Jamie Hayon for Established&Sons

‘This series of six dining chairs was inspired by the six wives of Henry VIII. They are all formally linked but each with its own individual upholstery, finishing and personality. The designs are a clever reference to a rich part of British history, but particularly fascinating and relevant as they emanate from the arrival and objective perception of Spanish designer Jaime Hayon.’

“Ever since I moved to the United Kingdom I have been fascinated by the story of Henry VIII. What a great story! One large man and six unlucky ladies. Despotic, hedonistic, passionate, headstrong and indomitable, he would be governed by neither church nor state. As a king, Henry was known to be a man of great culture who loved opulence as well as being one of the most feared monarchs of all time. When I was asked to design something for the British company Established & Sons, I decided to base my design on the most influential King of England. It is an English story for an English company.” Jaime Hayon


Hanger Chair by Philippe Malouin

‘The Hanger Chair is a folding chair based on one of the ultimate storage systems: the modest hanger. It allows us to store clothes in an orderly fashion. Most houses or flats are equipped with a wardrobe to receive the object. By morphing the function of the hangar with that of the folding chair, a new hybrid is born: the Hanger Chair, which is a folding chair and a clothes hanger rolled into one.’

Philippe Malouin

Plastic Chair in Wood by Maarten Baas in collaboration with Contrasts

‘In August 2008 Maarten Baas will have a solo exhibition with Contrasts Gallery in Shanghai. Pearl Lam, founder of Contrasts, commissioned Baas to make products with Chinese producers. Baas challenged woodcarvers from Shanghai to make extraordinary works with their techniques, creating a cross-over between western design and the traditional Chinese techniques. In Milan he has showed two of these works: “Chinese Objects Object” in Campher wood and “Plastic Chair in Wood” made of Elm wood’

Maarten Baas

Aguapé by Fernando & Humberto Campana for Edra

‘The armchair “Aguagpé” by Fernando and Humberto Campana is a water-lily. Its thick laser-cut leather petals (in either natural, white, pink or soft green) spring naturally from stem-like chair legs. Its flower shape evokes the magic of Moghul gardens of yore.’


Pregnant Chair by Moooi


Cartoon Chair by Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi for Swedese

‘Cartoon easychair is inspired from the spontaneous language of childrens drawings, obviously out of proportions. The design challenge was about translating this free expression into a furniture. The chair is made with materials and details typical from the scandinavian design tradition but in a new angle. The buttons in the oversize backrests are intended to bring an element of anthropomorphism, cartoonish personages between human and form.’


Spiderwoman Stacking Chair by Louise Campbell

‘Laser cut stacking chair for indoor and outdoor use. The pattern is a repetition of the construction of the frame beneath, arrayed at an angle infinitely. The reasons for using asymmetry in the pattern are: The design plays with asymmetry which gives the chair a spatial freedom – it is less needy of neat positioning than symmetrical chairs, and has more character. The human body is not symmetrical. Why should a chair be?’

Louise Campbell

Frame Chair by Wouter Scheublin for Established&Sons

‘Wouter Scheublin liaises functionality with the beauty of construction and shows a refined eye for detail in his design of the Frame Chair. Blessed with good proportions and seating comfort, the chair is full of cleverly engineered, reasoned character and achieves a unique formality that is rare within the competitive, overcrowded realms of chair design. Beech laths are covered with a seat and backrest of ply with oak veneer thus providing a subtle texture that shows through a lacquer finish. Frame chair is offered in painted or shown wood finishes and is also produced in aluminium.
“I like the way a construction of simple laths, when assembled, suddenly transforms into a form with character.” Wouter Scheublin

Wouter Scheublin

Sturdy Edition Chair by StudioFriso

‘MonoChromes finds its origine in the appealing appearance of natural patina often found on bronze, copper and brass artifacts. Inspired by garden furniture surrounding kiosks in parks MonoChromes are ideal for out- and indoor use. All products are made out of one single material in one single colour and finished-to-age. To fit into many different surroundings and atmospheres MonoChromes are kept simple and elegant. StudioFriso would like you to welcome Sturdy, Ray and Stratum.’


Orchid Chair by Christian Flindt

Christian Flindt

Cosy Chair by SMAQ for droog

‘There’s no need to keep the entire room on an equal temperature; heating is only necessary where warmth is actually used. The Cosy chair is an inhabitable radiator space, to be plugged into the central heating system. The hot water circulates, looses warmth and creates various temperature fields linked to specific usages: hot for heating the ea cup, still hot for feet and socks, warm for back and spine relaxing, and lukewarm for the legs.’


Stay tuned for further PSFK picks and look out for the full PSFK Salone del Mobile report coming soon…


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