‘Mychair’ by Ben Van Berkel

The german furniture manufacturer Walter Knoll, will be unveiling a new chair, designed by Ben Van Berkel, at Orgatec 2008 in Cologne. The chair ‘Mychair’ is a new project of the Dutch architect Ben Van Berkel, who is also the founder of UN Studio architecture. The chair can be used alone or in multiples.

Ben van berkel describes how a chair designed by a architect is different from one designed by a designer:“The architectural approach to furniture is different from that of the industrial designer as the architect begins with the space and the environment that the chair will become a part of. All the details of the chair are considered for their spatial effects. This architectural approach to furniture is connected with a very personal ideology of space.”

pictures and info, from UN Studio webpage.

Origami chair by ‘So Takahashi’

This is the second year that ‘So Takahashi’ can count himself amongst the exhibitors at 100% Norway. He was previously an interior designer for Snøhetta’s Løvetann housing project. Takahashi works across spatial, print, packaging and product design, and his this year launching his Origami chair.                                   

The philosophy for Takahashi’s design is to combine commercial work with an on going exploration of design that, he explains: “floats between the different dimensions: 2D, 3D and audio. Whether it is a book cover, a chair, an album or a performance, it is all part of the same exploration and creative process of designing an expression”.

Takahashi lifes in Oslo, and that is where he recently got inspired to work on 3D objects. The Origami chair is the first product from many sketches that has come to be realised.

The chair is made from folded, powder-coated sheet metal and was recently exhibited at 100% Norway at Designersblock in Covent Garden.             

He are some pics that I have found on the internet. Bestchairdesign.blogspot

info from Norskdesign                                                                                                                                 weblink Heads Inc

START of INTERIEUR 08

Today was the start of Interior 08 @ Kortrijk in Belgium. Moreover, already the first Belgian prices for good design and innovative product design are known. The interior Foundation wants to create a better visibility about design with their new organization ‘Design at Work’.

The new initiative ‘Design at Work’ of the Interior foundation and is a first for our country. The awards are aimed at Belgium- based designers and companies. SME or multinationals are of no importance here, its all about a innovative product development and functional design.

On Monday 20 october, ‘design at work’ will officialy issuing the awards to the winners. This will be in the presence of or Minister ‘Vincent Van Quickenborne’ on the international biennale INTERIEUR @ Kortrijk. The winning products and materials will be displayed till october 26.

for more information: CLICK ‘Design at Work’ – concept

The BOOKINIST – Nils Holger Moormann

The Bookinist, is a design from the German designer Nils Holger Moormann.
It is a new design from 2007 and not a prototype but a very practical piece of furniture that substitutes for four. The Bookinist is avaible in two different colors and is made from Birch plywood.

If it would be too heavy when it is filled with books, it can be rolled to the desired place by a big rubber wheel.

The first time I saw it was 3 months ago. I saw it threw the window of a small showroom in Venice in Italy. I tried to get inside but unfortunately, the showroom was closed so I didn’t got any more information (or name) about this chair. Fortunately I just saw an article about it in a old Frame magazine

For more information and pictures click here.

Interieur 08

We are two days removed before the opening of Interior 2008 @ Kortrijk, Belgium.  Friday 17 october starts the 21st international biennale for creative interior design.

Ever since the tumultuous year 1968, when the first Biennale of ‘Interieur’ took place, Interieur has always been able to count on the presence of internationals guests of honour. The biennial selection has grown over the years with an impressive list with names, such as Philippe Starck, Rolf Fehlbaum, Konstantin Grcic en Alfredo Häberli in 2004. Guest of honour this year is Jaime Hayon, he is the youngest and first ever Spanish guest of honour.

A short biography of Jaime Hayon: Jaime Hayon is a Spanish artist and designer and was born in Madrid in 1974. He trained as an industrial designer in Madrid and later in Paris. In 1997 he started working as a reseacher in the Benetton Group’s communication research center in Treviso, Italy. A year later he was appointed to head of the design department, where he oversaw the development of interiors for shops, exhibitions and restaurants as well as the books, magazines and logo designs.

In 2004 Hayon’s started his own individual career and kept himself busy with a spectrum of eclectric projects, from toys, to furniture and interior design as well as artistic installations. His style is a very unique style that borders between the world of art and design.

                                                                                                                                                                  For all the information you need about interieur 2008, you can click here
Place to be:                                                                                                                                                      Kortrijk Xpo
Doorniksesteenweg 216
B – 8500 Kortrijk

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