Tie Break Modular Sofa
If you need more proof of green hitting the mainstream, Roche-Bobois is Exhibit A. Between modifying their manufacturing and delivery methods, launching a dedicated green website and joining American Forest’s Global Releaf project (planting a tree for every registered customer), Roche-Bobois has clearly made a commitment to sustainability. The company teamed up with designer Christophe Delcourt to create the company’s first eco-conceived collection. The Tie Break modular sofa is the first seating product in the line. It is available in 102 colors of Elegance leather with bamboo fabric across the top. The low style seating has a casual indoor/outdoor sensibility with two different widths and a corner piece for many different configurations.
Ergonomics, comfort and sustainability were the tenets used in the design of the Echo Lounge by Plug Creative. Designer Carlos Fierro wanted to use as few material parts as possible while maintaining comfort and usability. The metal frame was simply constructed to allow for assembly without fasteners or adhesives. Wooden slats fill the fame with wool inserts that can be individually adjusted for the users comfort. In addition to being 100 percent recyclable, the Echo Lounge was designed with maintenance in mind, as the wool inserts can be pulled out of the chair, washed and put back in. The chair debuted at ICFF this year and quickly grabbed the attention of the design industry.
Skate Study God Father Chair
Skateboard is design. Skateboard is everywhere. In a tribute to the Case Study House project of the 1950s, the Skate Study House is a design concept in recreating popular furniture through the vision of a skateboarder. Skateboarding is constantly about anticipation and adaptation to the environment. The same is true for living design. The combination of the two produces a mixture of contemporary lifestyle, art and culture. The Godfather Lounge Chair was initially inspired by the natural form of the skateboard deck resembling a headrest. Seven walnut laminated decks are mounted on a metal frame and upholstered in black or white leather to form the chair and ottoman. The chair is made from recycled and second-hand parts, finally giving ex-skateboarders a place to recycle their boards.
Patchwork Book Box
The assignment: make a furniture collection on a design student’s budget. For Demark School of Design graduate, Amy Hunter, the solution was easy: gather factory waste wood to create the Patchwork collection consisting of lamps, a chair and a very versatile Book Box. The boxes can be stacked on top of each other, hung on the wall or flipped and used on their sides – the legs then become additional shelves. The Book Box has built in bookstands which allow placement of different-sized books without the possibility of them tipping over. The finish is left raw forgoing the use of harmful chemical varnish, leaving the different types of wood to age and add character to the box. The Book Box is available as a limited edition.
This interactive shelf, designed by Christian Vivanco, has a cubbyhole at different levels on all four sides of the shelf, inviting users to turn the piece around to discover what’s inside. Whether in a corner or the centerpiece of the room, the Hool shelf is strikingly simple with a light bamboo surface and bright green cubbyholes. Vivanco thoughtfully broke the right angle planes with a branch sprouting from the surface, suitable for hanging a jacket and hat. The Hool has not made it to the market yet, but Christian might be persuaded to take some special orders for the shelf.