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Series Four - a new furniture collection by Another Country

On my radar: recent furniture finds

With a whirlwind, design-packed September, taking in the delights of London Design Festival, I’m sharing some of my recent furniture finds that have caught my attention over the past few weeks. There really was so much to see and take in, but I’ve whittled it down to: the best stackable chairs and stools, the smartest, minimalist lounge chairs and consciously-designed tables, plus new updated versions of design classics that you need to know about. PAIR by Benjamin Hubert for Fritz Hansen Previewed at London Design Festival last month before the official launch at Orgatec trade fair in Cologne, young, up-and-coming London-based designer Benjamin Hubert has designed a stacking chair for Fritz Hansen. Designed and built to stand the test of time, the chair has been developed and refined over three years using more than 30 prototypes. Embracing Fritz Hansen’s long-established aesthetic for well-crafted modernist forms, the minimalist design is made of a form-pressed plywood seat shell with an injection-moulded polycarbonate backrest, building on the techniques already used for Arne Jacobsen’s famous Series 7 and Ant …

On my radar: 7 new furniture designs

On my radar: 6 new furniture designs

Often I receive news releases or spot new designs out and about at furniture fairs, but they don’t immediately manifest themselves into blog posts. There’s been a couple of lovely pieces that have popped up on my radar recently so I thought I would pen a post dedicated to 6 new (to me) furniture designs. There’s lovely Scandi finds, newly launched initiatives and a homewares pop-up in London this month. Scroll down and enjoy… Skagerak Hang Chair This Skagerak chair, designed by Chris L. Halstrøm, transforms the humble deck chair into a contemporary lounge chair for both inside and outside. In development since 2012, the simple steel frame and padded seat is inspired by architectural elements such as suspension bridges and traditional rope bridges. There’s something quite Japanese about the design, with its simple but solid black framework. Erik Jorgensen I discovered Erik Jorgensen at Clerkenwell Design Week in May – I’m in love with Savannah sofa designed by Swedish designer Monica Forster with its smooth, minimal lines. Handcrafted in Erik Jorgensen’s factory in Denmark’s Svendborg, the chunky wooden structure is wrapped in saddleback leather …

Camerich leather chair

Camerich leather lounge chair

A well-designed armchair, or you might call it a lounge chair, can last a lifetime; passed down to your children so they too can sit in its comfortable folds and while away a moment or two. And there’s something very grown-up and classic about a leather lounge chair in particular, conjuring up images of gentleman’s studies, dark wood-panelled rooms and cocktail hour in a quiet corner. But it’s somewhat harder to find a modern take on a leather lounge chair for more contemporary tastes, without spending an arm and a leg (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). That’s where Camerich come in; their new designer furniture collection has been designed to offer quality pieces for modern lifestyles and comprises beautifully crafted contemporary shapes and a sleek, minimal aesthetic. I’ve fallen for their Leman chair, a simple modern leather chair in brushed chrome. Comprised of two square frames, held together by a padded seat and back, it’s sharp lines have a modernist vibe that brings to mind Eileen Gray designs and early Twentieth century classics. Dark brown is the classic choice; less …

Your Home Needs This: bentwood chair

Your Home Needs This #05: Thonet’s bentwood chairs

I’m welcoming in another week in January with another ‘Your Home Needs This’ post, where I profile a must-have design object that is on my wishlist or in my own home. You know, pieces of furniture that are beautiful, but functional and timeless too, that you keep seeing popping up in all those swoon worthy Pinterest and magazine shots. This time it’s the turn of Thonet’s classic bentwood chair – the king of chairs, if you like. This iconic coffee house chair was developed and perfected by German-Austrian cabinet maker Michael Thonet when he started experimenting with bending solid wood in the 1850s. Thonet’s technique made use of solid rods of beech that were less prone to splitting than other species such as oak or birch. The rods were placed in a pressure vessel, where steam would be applied until the resin surrounding the timber fibres became pliable. The wood could then be bent around the form and left to cure, forming the sculptural curve of the bentwood chair. The chair’s clean lines and economical use of material (comprising just six parts) …


Stattmann Neue Moebel

I’ve featured the work of young German design brand Stattmann Neue Moebel before, when Studio Oink styled this lovely interior scene, but I wanted to share a few more of their beautiful products. Founded in 2011 by siblings Nicola and Oliver Stattmann, Stattmann Neue Moebel produces minimalist, solid wood furniture by an eclectic selection of young international designers including Belgian designers Sylvain Willenz and Marina Bautier as well as German designer Steffen Kehrle. From tables and chairs to shelves and modular furniture, functionality, clean lines, high quality craftsmanship, honest and long-lasting products are key values of the brand – elements I always look for in furniture (my boyfriend has put me on a chair ban though, apparently we have too many in the house!). Central to their approach is the sustainable production of furniture in the siblings’ ancestors’ mill and small workshops in Germany. All parts are manufactured by hand, aided by technology such as CNC milling machines. ‘The production in Ascheberg is state of the art and all components come from our region. We address people who care about where their furniture comes …


The Discovery of Slowness by Susanne Westphal

Susanne Westphal is a Berlin-based designer who works on the intersection of graphics and product design. These two chairs shown here, titled Wooly and Stitch, were designed to question how we want to spend our time and ponder why we have less time now than ever before, despite inventing time-saving objects and things. They are unfinished – the user is able to finish, change and modify the chair themselves by taking yarn off Wooly and threading it through the holes of Stitch. I love how Westphal describes the therapeutic concept of the chairs: ‘They [the chairs] want to hold you up for a while, to take you out of the rush of everyday life. Unwind. Decelerate. Slow down. Stop. As the sitter feeds the yarns in and out of the holes, the simple and monotonous action becomes an automatism and the user reaches the state of mental digesting – they are decelerating. You have the chance to reflect on the impressions from life. The more time you give Wooly and Stitch, the more they become comfortable and the more time you want to rest …


Bringing the outdoors in with rattan chairs

Living in the centre of London, like a lot of other city-dwellers, I don’t have a garden. But boy do I wish I had one – in my dreams I would have deck chairs in the summer, overgrowing herbaceous borders and a sunny patio for alfresco dinners. Instead I have a small balcony jam-packed with herbs and at the moment, spring blooms – it’s my little urban oasis – but there’s no where to sit. We have two large doors that open onto the balcony from the living room and when the sun is shining through it is almost like we’re not in a city at all and there’s a sprawling garden just beyond the soft linen curtains. I’m constantly trying to find ways to bring the outdoors in, from plants to translucent blinds and curtains, but when Out There Interiors offered me the chance to review their Finleigh chair, part of their vast collection of garden and conservatory furniture, I jumped at the chance. Suitable for both inside and out, here the saucer-shaped Finleigh slots in perfectly next to an alcove …


Bind chair by Jessy Van Durme

Jessy Van Durme is a Belgian designer who creates objects and furniture with a clear simple look and an honest use of materials, all with a nod to Scandinavian design, under the banner of Studio KLAER. This chair is formed of a lightweight birch frame and a woven leather seat. The four different parts of the chair, from the arms to the legs, are held together by thin strips of unblemished pale pink leather. Jessy used dampened leather to strengthen the connections, but she believes the leather may soften over time and with continual use. She says: When designing the chair I was searching for a new material context for the use of crafts. Always taking into account a fair, simple construction, materials and a pure formality. This Rattan technique came forward, a simple inexpensive braid technique that has both structural and aesthetic properties. By using this approach, multiple components tied together with leather strings, this technique gets a new context.   Images courtesy Studio KLAER. Check out this facebook page for more Belgian designs.


Shoemaker chair by Martin Azua

The Shoemaker Chair by Barcelona-based Martin Azua is made of a copper frame with a single piece of leather to form the seat. The leather is punctuated by eyelets for laces so that the arms of the chair can be adjusted and folded down. In his work in general, Azua is particularly interested in the natural processes in daily life and the use of handcrafted resources in order to preserve cultural and technological diversity. He says: Objects are usually true to some schemes and they find their identity in some pre-established premises. This chair claims its personality as a shoe and requires the care of a shoe. Often objects, as people, have problems to be what they really are. Images: Martin Azua


Handmade marble-effect stools by Ferréol Babin

Ferréol Babin is a French furniture and lighting designer, whose products are always based on an awareness of function, combined with a poetic dimension. These beech wood stools look simple enough but they have been dipped and dyed with enamel paint to create a marble effect. Each stool is different, the yellow and brown stool the most vibrant and the grey the most subtle. I wouldn’t mind the pink myself. Price on request, for more information click here.