Toru Uses Leather in New Ways for a Collection of Unique Seating

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/toru-uses-leather-in-new-ways-for-a-collection-of-unique-seating/toru-leather-furniture-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/TORU-leather-furniture-1-810x599.jpg" alt="Toru Uses Leather in New Ways for a Collection of Unique Seating" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.toru.barcelona/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Toru</a> first caught our eye in <a href="https://design-milk.com/wanteddesign-manhattan-2017/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">2017 at WantedDesign</a> and since then the Barcelona-based designer has expanded his collection of seating that uses vegetable-tanned leather in experimental ways. Leather is typically used to upholster pieces of furniture but Toru uses the material itself for backrests and seats on chairs and stools. Each piece is handmade by local craftsman using the highest quality of leather that&#8217;s tanned with chestnut, mimosa, and quebracho extracts, which helps keep the original raw look and color of the material.
Babu is a floor-based chair that was inspired by travel. The easy-to-move design is made with sheets of leather and brass and it offers a spot to relax and meditate. The Clop lounge chair features three legs and a folded leather back that was inspired by the simplicity of a clog shoe – half wood and half leather. The Clop table chair is much like the
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The Outdoor WEEK-END Collection by Studio BrichetZiegler for Petite Friture

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/the-outdoor-week-end-collection-by-studio-brichetziegler-for-petite-friture/week-end-outdoor-petite-friture-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Week-end-outdoor-petite-friture-1-810x540.jpg" alt="The Outdoor WEEK-END Collection by Studio BrichetZiegler for Petite Friture" /></a>
                                The <a href="http://www.petitefriture.com/eng/15/collection/produits/liste/?filtre_collection=72"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">WEEK-END</a> collection is a range of outdoor furniture designed by <a href="http://www.studiobrichetziegler.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Studio BrichetZiegler</a> for <a href="http://www.petitefriture.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Petite Friture</a>. The oval shapes of the backrests are filled with horizontal slats that are juxtaposed with the connected vertical slats to become the seat of the chair. The collection makes an overall graphic statement with the perpendicular stripes and the negative spaces they create.
The WEEK-END collection consists of 3 stacking chairs, including the Chair, Armchair, and Bridge, the stacking Bench, stacking High Stool, and multiple tables, including the Coffee Table, Square Table, 2 Rectangular Tables, and a High Bar Table. Basically everything you’d need to create various setups for any outdoor space. Each piece is lacquered aluminum and is available in five colors: Black, White, Ultramarine Blue, Matt bordeaux, and Yellow. Photos by Ola Rindal.
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IKEA Launches GRATULERA Vintage Collection to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ikea-launches-gratulera-vintage-collection-to-celebrate-75th-anniversary/ikea-gratulera-75th-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/IKEA-GRATULERA-75th-1-810x608.jpg" alt="IKEA Launches GRATULERA Vintage Collection to Celebrate 75th Anniversary" /></a>
                                This year <a href="https://www.ikea.com/us/en/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">IKEA</a> celebrates its 75th anniversary and to mark the special occasion, they&#8217;re re-visiting the archives and bringing back some of their greatest hits. <a href="https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/living_room/collections/42178/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">GRATULERA</a> is a vintage, limited edition collection of hand-selected favorites that may give you a deeper appreciation for the Swedish giant and their budget-friendly goods. They&#8217;re breaking the collection down into three time periods – 50-60s, 70-80s, and the 90-00s – which will launch on three separate dates in 2018. Each period is quite different but you&#8217;ll get a peek into IKEA&#8217;s past through its 7+ decades in business.
The 50-60s Edition launches this month with a series of classic pieces in darker woods that were a reflection of the times. The triangular LÖVBACKEN became the company’s first flat-packed product after an IKEA worker thought to remove a table’s legs to get it into his tiny car. Launching in October, the colorful 70-80s Edition is
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It’s a Party with Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis’ Confetti Range for DesignByThem

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/party-sarah-gibson-nicholas-karlovasitis-confetti-range-designbythem/confetti-range-15/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/confetti-range-15-810x559.jpg" alt="It’s a Party with Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis’ Confetti Range for DesignByThem" /></a>
                                Any collection that’s able to find a way to reuse plastic to create functional furniture deserves a party. Designed by <a href="https://www.designbythem.com/collections/vendors?q=nicholas+karlovasitis+%26+sarah+gibson" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Sarah Gibson and Nicholas Karlovasitis</a> for <a href="https://www.designbythem.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">DesignByThem</a>, the new <a href="https://www.designbythem.com/collections/confetti" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Confetti Range</a> consists of tables, stools, benches, planters, armchairs, booths and lounges that use 100% recycled plastic, resulting in a collection that is fun and environmentally-friendly.
The recycled material is made up of 100% post-consumer and factory waste that is formed into tubes with no added fillers. The plastic components of each piece are extremely durable, easy to clean, and have a confetti-like pattern that we think can be seen as a modern, eco-friendly alternative to terrazzo. To see more of the Confetti Range, visit DesignByThem.
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De Vorm Felt Chairs Made with Recycled Plastic Bottles

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/de-vorm-felt-chairs-made-with-recycled-plastic-bottles/devorm-pet-chairs-1-pod/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/DeVorm-PET-Chairs-1-Pod-810x532.jpg" alt="De Vorm Felt Chairs Made with Recycled Plastic Bottles" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.devorm.nl/home"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">De Vorm</a> is not only bringing sleek designs to the office, they&#8217;re bringing designs that are made from materials that are better for the environment. The <a href="http://www.devorm.nl/products/pod"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Pod PET Felt Privacy Chair</a>, designed by Benjamin Hubert, and the Nook PET Felt Lounge Chair, by Johan van Hengel, are comfortable workspace chairs made from PET Felt, a recyclable material made from plastic bottles. The material is strong and durable and as an added bonus, it helps dampen sound in busy office environments.
The Pod PET Felt Privacy Chair is perfect for offices when an employee needs a bit of privacy to work or take a call. The tall, wrapped sides envelop the user while helping to reduce sound when in a larger space. It’s outfitted with a back cushion and seat cushion for added comfort. Every aspect of the Pod is customizable, from the shell, cushions, and wooden frame, helping to complement
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The Oasi Outdoor Seating System by Francesco Rota for Paola Lenti

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/the-oasi-outdoor-seating-system-by-francesco-rota-for-paola-lenti/paola-lenti-oasi-outdoor-seating-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Paola-Lenti-Oasi-Outdoor-seating-1-810x558.jpg" alt="The Oasi Outdoor Seating System by Francesco Rota for Paola Lenti" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.francescorota.com/index.aspx"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Francesco Rota</a> has added a new seating system to <a href="http://www.paolalenti.it/en/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Paola Lenti&#8217;s</a> catalog of colorful outdoor pieces that will show your friends you care just as much about your outdoor space as you do about the inside. <a href="http://www.paolalenti.it/en/product/show/oasi/#top"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Oasi</a> is based off of a single module that can be used as a simple pouf, an armchair, or part of a sectional sofa with the addition or subtraction of armrests and backrests.
The base structure, armrests, and backrests are composed of steel and covered in a patented thermoformed plastic called Diade. Rectangular cushions rest within the structures ensuring that they stay put. Topped off with your choice of Paola Lenti’s durable outdoor fabrics, and you’ve got yourself a custom, colorful sofa or chair to relax on while you’re outside.

Thea outdoor fabric designed by Paola Lenti

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Hi Thanks Bye Is About to Launch Their Debut: Collection 0

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/hi-thanks-bye-is-about-to-launch-their-debut-collection-0/hi-thanks-bye_collection-0-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Hi-Thanks-Bye_Collection-0-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Hi Thanks Bye Is About to Launch Their Debut: Collection 0" /></a>
                                Stein Wang and Topher Kong joined forces to establish <a href="http://www.hithanksbye.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hi Thanks Bye</a>, a design studio based in Toronto, Canada, and the duo is set to launch their inaugural collection – Collection 0 – next month at the <a href="https://www.londondesignfair.co.uk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">London Design Fair</a>. The collaboration brings forth a combination of &#8220;cultural and academic experiences and references&#8221; that the designers fleshed out to create their own collection of modern furnishings. The debut inspiration comes from a merging of Canadian landscapes with a Chinese aesthetic that results in a cohesive, six-piece collection of functional and versatile pieces.
The designers looked to their homeland of Canada with all of its natural beauty, like Algonquin Park, the Bruce Peninsula, and Fogo Island, and wanted to showcase that in the collection. They also found inspiration in traditional Chinese gardens that are full of rocks, plants, water, and structures. The monochromatic collection is made from powder-coated stainless steel
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Colorful, Woven Outdoor Furnishings from Saba Italia

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/colorful-woven-outdoor-furnishings-from-saba-italia/saba-italia-outdoor-1-ny-soleil-bicego/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Saba-Italia-Outdoor-1-NY-Soleil-Bicego-810x540.jpg" alt="Colorful, Woven Outdoor Furnishings from Saba Italia" /></a>
                                Furniture brand <a href="https://sabaitalia.it/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Saba Italia</a> hopes to help you transform your outdoor space with two new collections that are both woven and colorful. New York Soleil was designed by <a href="https://sabaitalia.it/designer/sergio-bicego/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sergio Bicego</a> and it consists of the seating, while the Shades of Venice, by <a href="http://www.marcozito.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Marco Zito</a>, are a series of dividers, and while they were designed by different people, they complement each other perfectly.
The New York Soleil collection features woven seating made entirely by hand with polyethylene ropes in various colors that wrap around a painted metal structure, which is available in two colors (white and anthracite gray). The seat cushions are covered in durable outdoor fabrics that are quick-drying and non-absorbent. The collection includes a sofa, armchair, pouf, a chair with or without armrests, and a stool. The Shades of Venice series of dividers feature nautical cords woven oversized frames creating plaid-like patterns inspired by the colors of the
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The Naïve Low Chair Comes Flat Packed and Screws Together

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/naive-low-chair-comes-flat-packed-screws-together/emko-naive-low-chair-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/EMKO-Naive-Low-Chair-1-810x540.jpg" alt="The Naïve Low Chair Comes Flat Packed and Screws Together" /></a>
                                A few years ago <a href="http://www.etcetc-studio.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">etc.etc.</a> launched the <a href="https://design-milk.com/flat-packed-chair-made-seat-six-sticks/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">original flat-packed Naïve chair</a> and now they&#8217;ve just released the newest member of the family – the <a href="http://www.emko.lt/naive-low-chair"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Naïve Low Chair</a> designed for <a href="http://www.emko.lt/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">EMKO</a>. The chair comprises eight pieces, including four legs, two back rods, a seat, and a back rest, that easily screw together to form a comfortable upholstered seat. Like the original, the new design can be easily unscrewed and taken to a new location when it&#8217;s time to move.
The four legs screw into the bottom of the seat, while the two shorter rods screw into the top of the seat. The backrest features a leather strap with two pockets that slide over the two rods to hold the back in place. The new design sits lower than the original for a more laid back feel with a wide cushioned backrest for added comfort. The Naïve Low Chair comes with
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Nendo’s N01™ Chair Combines Japanese and Danish Design for Fritz Hansen

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/nendos-n01-chair-combines-japanese-and-danish-design-for-fritz-hansen/n01-chair-nendo-fritz-hansen-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/N01-chair-Nendo-Fritz-Hansen-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Nendo&#8217;s N01™ Chair Combines Japanese and Danish Design for Fritz Hansen" /></a>
                                Iconic Danish brand <a href="https://fritzhansen.com/en"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Fritz Hansen</a> collaborated for the first time with Japanese design studio <a href="http://www.nendo.jp/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">nendo</a> on a dining chair that combines both Danish and Japanese qualities. The <a href="https://fritzhansen.com/en/n01"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">N01<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.4/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></a> chair has a minimalist feel yet it comes together like a complicated puzzle comprising 23 veneer and solid wood pieces. The chair falls perfectly into the Fritz Hansen family while pushing the boundaries when it came time to actually make it.
From Oki Sato, head of nendo:
If you sit on it, you will notice that this is a Fritz Hansen chair. If you live with it, you will realise that this is pure Japanese design.
The chair’s seat and back are made up of nine layers of veneer, resulting in its elegant curves that offer ultimate comfort. They’re paired with a base constructed of solid wood and then joined together in a way that makes it look as if they’re barely touching.
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Refresh Your Patio Dining Set with Vitra’s HAL Colour Tube Chairs by Jasper Morrison

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/refresh-your-patio-dining-set-with-vitras-hal-colour-tube-chairs-by-jasper-morrison/hal-chair-vitra-jasper-morrison-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/HAL-chair-Vitra-Jasper-Morrison-1-810x594.jpg" alt="Refresh Your Patio Dining Set with Vitra&#8217;s HAL Colour Tube Chairs by Jasper Morrison" /></a>
                                We&#8217;re in the middle of summer which probably means you&#8217;ve been spending large amounts of time outdoors enjoying your friends and family. If you like to dine al fresco every evening or to have people over for a bbq on the weekend, having a place to sit and eat is crucial. Maybe you&#8217;re decorating a new outdoor space or just in need of some new chairs to refresh your patio, take a look at the <a href="https://www.vitra.com/en-us/living/product/details/hal-tube-promotion-2018"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">HAL Colour Tube Chairs</a> by <a href="https://jaspermorrison.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Jasper Morrison</a> for <a href="https://www.vitra.com/en-us/home"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Vitra</a>. These bright, colorful chairs not only provide seating for you and your guests, they will set a tone that&#8217;s bound to be happy.
Colorful polypropylene seat shells are paired with a coordinating four-legged tubular steel base that work for outdoors. The white/buttercup and the ice grey/poppy orange versions are available with an optional seat cushion in a third color, but those should stay inside. The HAL
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SP01’s 2018 Collaboration with London-Based Industrial Designer Tim Rundle

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/sp01s-2018-collaboration-london-based-industrial-designer-tim-rundle/sp01_tim-rundle_shu-ying-in-mixed_michelle-wall-in-black/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/SP01_Tim-Rundle_Shu-Ying-in-Mixed_Michelle-Wall-in-Black-810x540.jpg" alt="SP01’s 2018 Collaboration with London-Based Industrial Designer Tim Rundle" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.sp01design.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">SP01’s</a> latest collaboration with London-based industrial designer <a href="https://www.timrundle.net/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Tim Rundle</a> pairs Italian-made quality with an Australian design approach. There are 10 new designs including armchairs, occasional tables, and mirrors, all of which are subtly influenced by different eras of Australian design. The collection, which uses an array of industrial materials like tubular steel and glass/brass/pewter finishes as well as jewel-toned velvet and classic marble, is sophisticated, glamorous and youthful all at once.
The Shu-Ying Armchair, with its luxurious gathered upholstery and curved frame, looks like it could be set against the backdrop of the Roaring 1920s in Shanghai or Sydney. The Caristo Armchair is a modern interpretation of the wingback chair that would be found in Palm Springs or a harbor-side home. Michelle is a family of mirrors that are related by its materials: steel, smoked mirror and marble. The Mohana tables are a series of modern tables that combine marble
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Möbel: A Modern, Foldable Chair That Can Move with You

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/mobel-a-modern-foldable-chair-that-can-move-with-you/mobel-foldable-seat-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Mobel-Foldable-Seat-1-810x617.jpg" alt="Möbel: A Modern, Foldable Chair That Can Move with You" /></a>
                                Moving is both backbreaking and expensive, so anytime you can move something yourself, it&#8217;s the smart way to roll. The best is when you can skip renting a truck and/or having to rely on your friends and just move it yourself, like with the <a href="http://stytianyi.com/mbel/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Möbel</a>. The Möbel chair is made to go with you anywhere, as it easily folds up so you can carry it to another spot or move it to your new home. Designed by <a href="http://stytianyi.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Tianyi Shi</a> and <a href="https://www.maxhf.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Max Hampton-Fischer</a>, the super lightweight chair (it&#8217;s only 19.8 lbs.) is made from layers of recycled industrial felt that are fixed together to make a honeycomb pattern when expanded.
The layers of felt make the oversized chair strong and durable to fit one or two people, while keeping the weight of the chair down. Metal snaps are placed on the inside to keep the chair’s form when you need it as
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Yolk: A Playful Approach to the Traditional Rocking Chair by Daghum Kang

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/yolk-a-playful-approach-to-the-traditional-rocking-chair-by-daghum-kang/yolk-chair-daghum-kang-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/07/Yolk-Chair-Daghum-Kang-1-810x511.jpg" alt="Yolk: A Playful Approach to the Traditional Rocking Chair by Daghum Kang" /></a>
                                South Korea-born, Los-Angeles-based <a href="https://www.jieunkangdesign.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Jieun Kang</a>, also referred to as Daghum Kang, gave the traditional rocking chair a modern revamp with a rounded base and a bold color. <a href="https://www.jieunkangdesign.com/yolk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Yolk</a>, named after the egg center&#8217;s sunny yellow color, is a low, cushy chair that not only rocks back and forth, it swivels from side to side for additional playfulness.
A solid foam base is upholstered in bright yellow fabric and sits upon a curved plywood base that allows for continuous movement in any direction – unlike rigid wooden rocking chairs that only go back and forth. A simple handle on the back allows for easy movement when you need a seat in another location.
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New Works by Studio Cecilia Xinyu Zhang

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/new-works-studio-cecilia-xinyu-zhang/cecilia-xinyu-zhang-equant_4/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Cecilia-Xinyu-Zhang-Equant_4-810x540.jpg" alt="New Works by Studio Cecilia Xinyu Zhang" /></a>
                                You might recognize <a href="http://www.ceciliaxinyuzhang.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Cecilia Xinyu Zhang</a> from our <a href="https://design-milk.com/best-of-icff-2018-favorites-from-skram-bernhardt-design-risd-students-and-more/" data-wpel-link="internal">ICFF 2018 favorites roundup</a>. A graduate from the Academy of Design and Crafts (HDK) at Gothenburg University, Sweden, Zhang worked as a design assistant at the Marcel Wanders Studio before establishing her own studio in Bergen, Norway. We’re a fan of her work which is mostly defined by clean lines, spatial forms, and geometric elements. Take a look…
The Equant Suspension Lamp is as much a work of art as it is a functional fixture. Its unique form comes from the multiple elements that make it up: the half sphere that houses an LED light, the adjustable circular deflector that helps diffuse the light when swiveled, the black metal disc that holds the deflector in place, and the incomplete circular structure that holds it all together. The initials in the S.V. Side Table stands for Solid/Void, referencing the two halves of
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Six Unique Chair Designs from Wilsonart’s 14th Annual Student Design Competition

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/six-unique-chair-designs-wilsonarts-14th-annual-student-design-competition/wilson-art-student-design-chair-competition-8/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/wilson-art-student-design-chair-competition-8-810x385.jpg" alt="Six Unique Chair Designs from Wilsonart&#8217;s 14th Annual Student Design Competition" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.wilsonart.com/press-room/students-challenged-consider-forest-and-trees-14th-annual-student-chair-design" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Wilsonart</a>, a world-leading provider of engineered surfacing solutions, hosts a design competition held at a different school every year. The program is comprised of a sponsored class, where students learn how to design and build a chair, and the competition itself. For <a href="https://www.wilsonart.com/press-room/students-challenged-consider-forest-and-trees-14th-annual-student-chair-design"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Wilsonart’s 14th Annual Student Chair Design Competition</a>, “Wood, Trees and the Forest” was the theme that inspired the students from the <a href="https://www.meca.edu/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Maine College of Arts</a> to create six one-of-a-kind chairs using patterns from the Wilsonart Laminate Collection.
There was one winning designer and five runners-ups from this year’s program. Joseph Goodwin was this year’s winner for his design “Tool for Translation,” which turns the complex pop icon of the chainsaw into a chair. The chair represents competing ideologies in politics and debates because it poses the question, where does the tree’s life end and where does the chair’s life begin? Holey Blue by Kincaid Pearson is
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Fresh Egg Pasta Inspired Damian Williamson’s Ovo Chair for Erik Jørgensen

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/fresh-egg-pasta-inspired-damian-williamsons-ovo-chair-erik-jorgensen/ejovo_damianwilliamson_01_lowres/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/ejovo_damianwilliamson_01_lowres-810x576.jpg" alt="Fresh Egg Pasta Inspired Damian Williamson’s Ovo Chair for Erik Jørgensen" /></a>
                                There’s something poetic happening when you see a chef making fresh pasta, rolling out sheets of dough to be cut into strips for your favorite dish. British designer <a href="http://www.damianwilliamson.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Damian Williamson</a> shares a similar sentiment. He decided to translate this nonchalant expression, when fresh egg pasta is draped over an extra-large wooden rolling pin, into an easy chair and designed the leather Ovo for <a href="http://www.erik-joergensen.com/media/471909/eng_press_release_ovo.pdf" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Erik Jørgensen</a> (the name is derived from the Italian word uovo which means egg).
The Ovo’s fluid design is due to the upholstery of the backrest and armrest that have been folded in the same way pasta is. The squared steel frame that holds up the chair shows off the chair’s soft curvature, similar to the fluid perimeter of pasta. The same steel frame is used to connect the back and front of the chair, continuing the playful integration between leather and steel.
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Kiik Modular Seating Collection by Iwasaki Design Studio for Arper

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/kiik-modular-seating-collection-by-iwasaki-design-studio-for-arper/kiik-arper-iwasaki-design-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/KIIK-Arper-Iwasaki-Design-1-810x486.jpg" alt="Kiik Modular Seating Collection by Iwasaki Design Studio for Arper" /></a>
                                Designed by <a href="http://iwasaki-design-studio.net/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Iwasaki Design Studio</a> for <a href="https://www.arper.com/ww/en/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Arper</a>, <a href="https://www.arper.com/ww/en/products/collections/kiik_2"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kiik</a> is a modular collection of seating, tables, ottomans, and consoles created for times of gathering, working, and relaxing in various settings, like offices, waiting rooms, lounges, and mixed-use areas. The components can be arranged into any number of configurations to work in any given space.
Each item can be customized – the seats come with or without backrests, the tables can be circular, triangular, square, or rectangular in shape, ottomans can be added, the consoles can be low or raised in height, and the upholstery is available in different colors and textures – proving that the collection is designed to complement any interior.
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GAN Introduces First Outdoor Collection: Garden Layers by Patricia Urquiola

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/gan-introduces-first-outdoor-collection-garden-layers-by-patricia-urquiola/garden-layers-urquiola-gan-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Garden-Layers-Urquiola-GAN-1-810x540.jpg" alt="GAN Introduces First Outdoor Collection: Garden Layers by Patricia Urquiola" /></a>
                                While GAN has largely been known for their <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/GAN/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">playful rugs and modular seating options</a>, they&#8217;re expanding with the launch of their first outdoor collection with the hope of bringing indoor comfort to the outdoors. The <a href="https://www.gan-rugs.com/en/products/spaces/garden-layers-space/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Garden Layers</a> collection, designed by <a href="http://www.patriciaurquiola.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Patricia Urquiola</a>, was inspired by a visit to India and traditional Mughal culture and architecture. The gardens and terraces she saw jumpstarted the idea and the result is a series of rugs, mats, pillows, cushions, and the just released <a href="https://www.gan-rugs.com/en/products/spaces/garden-layers-space/gl-indian-beds/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Indian beds</a> and <a href="https://www.gan-rugs.com/en/products/spaces/garden-layers-space/gl-tables/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">side tables</a> to round things out.
The modular components are designed to be moved around to create the ultimate outdoor living room, with the bed offering additional comfort raised off the ground. The side tables bring another furniture element to the collection allowing users a place to rest a drink or book. The existing pillows, mattresses and rugs can be thrown into the mix to complete
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GAN Introduces First Outdoor Collection: Garden Layers by Patricia Urquiola

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/gan-introduces-first-outdoor-collection-garden-layers-by-patricia-urquiola/garden-layers-urquiola-gan-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Garden-Layers-Urquiola-GAN-1-810x540.jpg" alt="GAN Introduces First Outdoor Collection: Garden Layers by Patricia Urquiola" /></a>
                                While GAN has largely been known for their <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/GAN/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">playful rugs and modular seating options</a>, they&#8217;re expanding with the launch of their first outdoor collection with the hope of bringing indoor comfort to the outdoors. The <a href="https://www.gan-rugs.com/en/products/spaces/garden-layers-space/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Garden Layers</a> collection, designed by <a href="http://www.patriciaurquiola.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Patricia Urquiola</a>, was inspired by a visit to India and traditional Mughal culture and architecture. The gardens and terraces she saw jumpstarted the idea and the result is a series of rugs, mats, pillows, cushions, and the just released <a href="https://www.gan-rugs.com/en/products/spaces/garden-layers-space/gl-indian-beds/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Indian beds</a> and <a href="https://www.gan-rugs.com/en/products/spaces/garden-layers-space/gl-tables/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">side tables</a> to round things out.
The modular components are designed to be moved around to create the ultimate outdoor living room, with the bed offering additional comfort raised off the ground. The side tables bring another furniture element to the collection allowing users a place to rest a drink or book. The existing pillows, mattresses and rugs can be thrown into the mix to complete
Continue reading "GAN Introduces First Outdoor Collection: Garden Layers by Patricia Urquiola"