This gorgeus chair with a back resembling a peacock’s tail called the Peacock Chair. Its origin is not known, but there are many legends. Its home is the Philippines. This is outdoor furniture, but often it stands in the interiors. It is made mostly of rattan and vines. Braided pattern varies from simple to the most intricate shapes. Originally natural colors, but today you can find it in bright colors: yellow, pink, sky blue, and of course, black or white.
It all began in 1921 in the Omegna, Italy, when Giovanni Alessi opened with his brother a small workshop of the tableware and household objects. The passion does something incredible and, soon, the workshop turned into a factory. From the 50s-60s the company began actively to invite designers and architects to create new products. It was a time of experimentation with form and materials. Objects obtained with history, with soul and humor, and at the same time, convenient to use. Today we can see them in the biggest design museums.
Patricia Urquiola – one of the few successful women in the design world, where mostly men are the leaders. She is originally from Oviedo, Spain and in her veins flows the blood of the Basques and Asturias. She has incredible charisma and her main task is to convince and earn the trust. Thus, the companies with which she cooperates are willing to rethink their possibilities and to try something new. Today her objects produces in such significant companies as: B&B Italia, Kartell, Driade, Moroso and others.
I really like these incredible form armchairs from London-based designer Benjamin Hubert. Honestly, I love every object created by him. Armchair, a lamp or a clock – all of his objects breathe a brilliant idea. He often makes a small discoveries in industrial design, thereby solving the issues of efficiency and simplicity of production, maximum functionality and reducing the weight of the object.
In the 20th century was created a lot of interesting furniture and I love to consider it. I’m curious who made all of this. Wooden elements and color of the upholstery with warmth and kindness, as the love of grandparents.
I drew few objects designed by Danish architect Ib Kofod-Larsen (1921-2003). These objects are very popular now. His furniture usually was made of rosewood. I tried to show the brilliance and form. And all the charm of those times in upholstery mustard color. “Ears” of chairs and armchairs friendly invite You to sit down. I think this furniture was created a kind-hearted man.
“Freehand” – this is my new section, where I’ll spread the drawings of my favorite design objects, tell a little bit about them and their creators. I’ll start with the chair Foomy (pictured at left).
It`s made of polyethylene foam by designer and artist Markus Benesch. He came from Munich. At the age of 16 he started working as a painter and plasterer. Then 17 years-old he got to the famous exhibition of design in Milan, inspired by the work of designers and began to realize his own ideas, fully absorbed in the world of design. In those days there were not advanced digital printing technology, and Markus took the active part in the experiment.
He creates unusually colored vivid wallpaper and fabrics in pop and op-art, eleborate furniture, compound space with optical illusions for shops and
offices. He constantly has experiments with technologys and resources, every year creating something new. Marcus, I think, an unusual example of the restrained German design.
Video-interview with Markus (translated from German into English).