Furniture

CHASING A DESIGN-LED DREAM

Malaysian fair spreads wings in tough market

There is always a lot of debate during MIFF week in Kuala Lumpur about the eventual ‘coming of design’ to the Malaysian furniture industry. But editor Tony Neilson thinks the angst might be unnecessary.

 


IN PURSUIT OF NEW VALUES

The next big thing after ‘sustainability’

The future for interior design is likely to be a lot about building spaces able to enhance human health and comfort – with furniture playing a major part.

 


READ THE FUTURE, NOT THE PAST

A new furniture design ethos in New Zealand

A surge in original wooden furniture design from New Zealand is being driven by a desire to compete on difference rather than price – as special correspondent Michael Smith reports.


ENGLISH OAK ROCKS

Evolution of a dining chair

This bespoke rocking chair, which was highly commended at the UK Wood Awards in November, has a ‘back’ story.


DESIGN BY NEGOTIATION

Something extraordinary in recycled rimu

New Zealand correspondent Michael Smith profiles Farah Saad, a young designer turning heads with her unique fine art timber furniture.


THE PURITY OF LESS

A table with a top that floats like a wing

Netherlands-based designer Daan Mulder is fascinated by shapes that only consist of “indefinitely fluent” lines – as exemplified by his Form Follows Function furniture range.


KINETIC SEATING

Putting definition on ‘slow pace’

‘Polymorphic’ is an apt name for this highly ‘occupiable’, multifaceted plywood bench by a group of students from Columbia University, New York.


OFF-THE-WALL SHELVING

London designer Leonard Pfeifer has managed to capture the essential elements of style and versatility in his Hinge Shelves.


AN EXPERIENCE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

‘Finding’ design to save an industry

The ancient Japanese Zen koan ‘The sound of one hand’ is purportedly a reference to finding one’s own voice: an experience of enlightenment. It could also be a guiding parable for South-East Asian furniture design.


SHIPWRECK CHIC

Salvaged boat timbers spicing up interiors

Its generic name is ‘boatwood’ and its colourful patchwork patina of old paint jobs and hard knocks is driving a ‘sea change’ in furniture design and reuse across Asia Pacific.


AN OCCUPIABLE LANDSCAPE

International dining with a difference

‘Worldscape’ is 15 metres of continuous furniture presented as a map of the world, and is a major winner for London’s Atmos Studio.


SENSUAL SCULPTURES

Illuminating the cranial vault

Talented Spanish high-end furniture designer Paco Camús doesn’t like his work being labelled ‘sculptural’. But ‘sensual’ – now that’s a different story.


Speaking for Itself

Nowhere close to boring or dull

California-based furniture maker/designer Jory Brigham is anything but conventional, which is probably why he refuses to be tied to a specific style. But we think he’s somewhere in the ‘freestyle retro/modern’ category – if there is such a thing.