|All about wood|
|Tags: Riva 1920, wood,|
The richness of the wood furniture by Riva1920 creates a harmonious yet simple setting.
Piano Design 2006 designed by Renzo Piano. It is a table with top in 5 cm and thick solid walnut, using a special "knotty, rustic effect" quality. Structure available in stainless steel with satined matt finish.
Also designed by Renzo Piano, the Piano Design chair made entirely of solid wood, assembled without using metal parts. A fully ergonomic chair, thanks to the way the seat has been worked and to the slope of the back.
The setting can be paired with Colonia, designed by The Creative Group. Its structure is made of solid wood and walnut multiply. Internal drawers are of solid wood while the external drawers slide are on metal runners.
|The Poltrona Frau Museum|
|Tags: Poltrona Frau, Museum|
|4 March 2013
To coincide with its 100th anniversary, Poltrona Frau, the manufacturer known for its luxurious leather furniture, has officially inaugurated its museum in the central Italian town of Tolentino, its headquarters since the early 1960s.
Designed by Michele De Lucchi, the Milan architect who was a key figure in radical design movements like Memphis, the Poltrona Frau Museum presents both the company’s history and the processes involved in making its products.
Pieces like the Vanity Fair chair, a descendant of one of the company’s oldest designs, are presented along with others that are grouped by decade, along with displays of documents, advertisements, catalogues and sketches from the company’s archives.
|Tags: Poltrona Frau|
23 August 2012
Take a look at the Jockey. Notice its well-thought-of design and intricate details
A form of modern classicism. The seat has been designed to envelop the body in a soft, flexible embrace. The insertion of thin elastic webbing gives a light spring to the seat, also ensuring that it does not deform. The self-supporting shell is made from a single moulded piece of polyurethane foam. It rests only partially, held in place by hidden fixing points, on the natural oak or wenge stained frame. The special Saddle H leather upholstery has been carefully tailored. The back and seat are impeccably fitted with contrasting cuts and stitching.
"This chair recently got into my newly created Top 10 List for Accent Chairs. It didn’t occurred to me how good this piece of seat is until I saw it in actual during the Proof Living Sale. Described as a “form of Modern Classicism” by Poltrona Frau’s website, the Jockey seat designed by François Azambourg in 2007, does indeed radiate the scent of Modern Classic Design. The colour of the upholstery reminds me of a horse saddle and the precision tailored Saddle H Hide Upholstery alone makes the name absolutely fitting.."
|Tags: Walter Knoll, Atelier, EOOS|
30 May 2012
Walter Knoll - Atelier Chair by EOOS
“Form follows function” – this legendary slogan by Sullivan has left its mark on generations of designers. Reduced form, visible function – the insignia of functional design.
But there is more to it than that today: the sensuousness of the minimalist. EOOS has taken the idea of functional clarity and given it its own interpretation. And even in the age of iPad and iPhone, we can see that functionality can be emotive.
The Atelier Chair is a gentle ascetic. Leather and steel are the skin and bones – minimised and timeless, elegant and sustainable. Taut leather stretches over the steel framework – just as you would expect of genuine tubular steel furniture.
The visible construction reveals the function of the chair. And ticking all the boxes: the patina effect – because leather does not reveal its true beauty until it is in use.
The headrest is easy to adjust. The leather slides over the neck roll, the height of the backrest changes. The leather gives way to your shoulder to ensure optimum comfort.
The ideal place for daydreaming, resting and relaxing (:
|Tags: Poltrona Frau, Juliet, Benjamin Hubert|
17 May 2012
Benjamin Hubert’s Juliet chair is the winning design of Poltrona Frau’s hundredth birthday International Design Competition to find Poltrona Frau’s Centenary Armchair.
The objective of the competition was to use the traditional upholstery techniques under the theme ‘a chair to spend time in’ and the pieces are judged under the categories of formal appearance, representation of the given theme, use and interpretation of leather and comfort.
Juliet stood out from eleven other designs, which included those from Nendo, Stephan Burks, Nika Zupanc, Constance Guisset and Daphna Laurens. It won over the hearts of judges with its design inspiration, which was used to communicate the characteristics of leather upholstery.
The outside of the chair utilises the flexibility and tensile strength of leather to describe a fluted traditional timber frame work where the shape of the timber can clearly be seen through the tight leather covering. This is contrasted by a ‘tri-pleated’ generous sitting area with a soft and loose appearance.
The Juliet Chair was launched at this year’s Salone Del Mobile as Poltrona Frau’s iconic limited edition collection as it aptly represents its company’s history and future.
It is inspired by the Juliet Sleeve which tightly fits the arm and has a large and yet graceful ‘puff’ constructed on the shoulders. The Juliet Sleeve was very fashionable in the 1980s and has its name from Shakespeare’s very well-known tragic heroine in his famous play Romeo and Juliet (:
|The Latest from Zanotta|
|Tags: Zanotta, Toi Small Table, Altopiano Sofa|
08 May 2012
Read what Zanotta's designers say about their own designs which were showcased during the Milan Furniture Fair 2012
TOI small table
"It's a timeless element that, thanks to an unseen mechanism, has a rotating top which reveals a spacious organizer compartment below, perfect for all those small objects that are part of our home lives. The decentralized rotating hub is the real pivot of a project that comprises the double functions of table top and discreet organizer."
"Many people nowadays seem to be living more than one life at a time. They have the capacity to change rapidly while remaining themselves. In the arc of a day they quite naturally pass from one situation, moment or context to another completely different one. These versatile, changeable and eclectic people have new attitudes and ways of being, that follow new ways of living. The sofa embodies the hub of domestic life; it becomes the place where multiple activities happen, each one with its own specific modes; a stage that is animated by many different characters. Party translates this change, not only adapting to contemporary living, but effectively recounting something about our present as well."
Ludovica + Roberto Palomba
"We've created a system of full and empty spaces, using the different depths to create a feeling of extended surfaces, where the different elements are like suspended planes in respect to the floor. At the basis of this project there is a study of material and research into textiles. For the final choice we were inspired by canvases, woven cottons and coarse fabrics."
Through these thoughts of the designers, we know Zanotta presents to us products that not only have exact purposes and precise functions, but also embody innovative and emotional qualities (:
|Milan at a Glance - Zanotta|
|Tags: Milan Furniture Fair, Zanotta|
04 May 2012
Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano 2012 – the world’s largest gathering of designers, buyers, media and manufacturers that happens rain or shine in April each year. It is the largest furniture trade fair of its kind in the world, showcasing the latest furniture and designs from all over the world.
The fifty-first Milan Furniture Fair launches on 17 April and runs until April 22 this year. Design houses included Zanotta, Poltrona Frau, Riva1920, Capellini, Cassina and many other great brands.
Zanotta was established in 1954 and is one of the leaders in Italian industrial design under the guidance of its founder Aurelio Zanotta. Since the beginning of the 1960s, Zanotta has won the international spotlight, thanks to the formal and technological innovations of its products. It is well-known for its collaboration with iconic designs notables such as Louise Campbell, Archille Castiglioni, Tito Agnoli and many other designers.
Zanotta’s collections today include armchairs, sofas, storage units, bookcases, chairs, tables, coffee tables and furnishing accessories. Its philosophy aims at harmonizing research and development, creating diverse manufacturing technologies. Zanotta’s pieces have determined its history and culture, giving space to research understood in all its components: aesthetic, formal, technological and sociological as well as market factors.
Currently the firm’s collections are distributed across over sixty nations, and we are proud to have Zanotta with us in Singapore at Proof Living.
Here’s what Zanotta has in store for us in Milan!
TOI side tables
SPILLINO coffee table
Images and information of featured products from Zanotta are coming up next!
Stay tuned (:
|Zanotta - Leonardo|
|Tags: Zanotta, table, desk|
|31 Oct 2011
Designer: Achille Castiglioni
Design year: 1940
Production year: 1968
Typology: trestle worktable
Structure: naturally evaporated beech wood
Top: plated in white laminate or tempered plate glass
Plus: adjustable height
Measurements: trestle 51x86cm; h.63/89cm; top 100x200cm
Museums: Victoria&Albert Museum, London; Museo dell’arredo contemporaneo, Russi (RA); Thessaloniki Design Museum, Saloniki
Developed from the type of worktable that is timeless, and was much loved by Achille Castiglioni who wanted to create one for his studio in Piazza Castello in Milan. With Zanotta, Achille Castiglioni perfected a calibrated version of the table for industrial design use, highly accurate both in shape detail and finish. Leonardo is one of Zanotta’s historical products that has become an established international reference piece.
Leonardo represents the first industrial re-elaboration of the classic artist’s trestle table, and has had enormous success amongst professionals and industrial employees. It’s adjustable thanks to two simple wooden pegs, which create five different heights from 65cm to 91cm; the trestle legs are composed of 6 elements in evaporated beech wood, assembled to form a small piece of domestic architecture; the top, ample and resistant, is in tempered plate glass or plywood covered with white laminate plastic, two rubber supports stabilize the trestles.
|Modern day Bergère chairs|
|Tags: Poltrona Frau Regina II, Barbara Barry Grace Lounge Chair|
|19 June 2011
Poltrona Frau - Regina II
Designed by Paolo Rizzatto, the Regina II is an ultra-contemporary interpretation of the classic bergère. The seat and the backrest are upholstered in Pelle Frau® leather. The capitonné effect workmanship enlivens the surface, creating a delicate play of spaces and solids. The padding is in polyurethane foam and Dacron® and the base is in painted steel. Regina II comes with an elegant pouf.
Barbara Barry - Grace Lounge Chair
Designed by Barbara Barry, this piece of armchair is an elegant expression of home as a serene retreat; a place where light, space, timeless forms and muted tones unite to create a quiet, calm, fresh and uncluttered interior.
|The Legends of Carpet|
|Tags: Walter Knoll, Carpet, Milan 2011|
|9 May 2011
Walter Knoll celebrates THE ESSENCE OF LIVING with the launch of the company’s first carpet collection:
Legends of carpets
Walter Knoll carpets were developed in collaboration with fabric designer Helmut Scheufele and are inspired by the wealth of shapes and colours in Africa.
You may find out more about the brand Walter Knoll in the video below:
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