Category Design Secrets: Furniture 50 Real-Life Projects Uncovered

Boson Chair, Studio Patrick Norguet Normally, designers use technology and manufacturing in the service of design, starting with an idea and then finding а ҐҐІбЗҐІБ to make the concept real. For the BOSOII СІІдІґ, Patrick Norguet turned this process inside out

Подпись: © The Boson armchair and footstool use manufacturing processes more commonly used in the automotive industry to create a seating cocoon that is both retro and techno in its outlook. Credit: Artifort While working with a company that develops prototype cars for Renault and other French car companies, Norguet became in­spired by seeing how they fabricated fiberglass, making struc­tures that were both thin and strong. “I took the material from its manufacturing environment and applied it to the design world,” says Norguet.

The borrowing of materials from one arena and using them in an­other is common for Norguet, who started his career designing window displays and creating special events for Louis Vuitton. He has since moved freely in the worlds of fashion and luxury goods, architecture and interiors, as well as product and furniture design...

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Advanced Polymer Cantilever Chair, Pearson Lloyd

“I don’t think you stumble across innovation,” says Luke Pearson, of PearsonLloyd. “You have to find a Strategy to get there.

Подпись: @ The Advanced Polymer Cantilever Chair by PearsonLloyd for Fritz Hansen utilizes the latest in plastics technology to improve the function and performance of a classic silhouette. Credit: Fritz Hansen “You have to find a way to create from a blank canvas by sur­rounding yourself with the components of knowledge. We design from the ground up so we can always ask first, ‘Why are things like this?’ This is the only way to find innovation.”

When design partners Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd decided to apply this strategy for innovation to what Pearson calls the “old and established archetype” of a cantilevered chair, they set out first to understand why so little had changed in the chairs’ design over the years. Their answer lay in the materials. “The steel tubes at the heart of these chairs are a very easy material to use...

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Design Secrets: Furniture 50 Real-Life Projects Uncovered

Design Secrets: Furniture 50 Real-Life Projects Uncovered

Design Secrets: Furniture 50 Real-Life Projects Uncovered

Designers are generally a dissatisfied lot.

When they use an object, they want to change it, redesign it, make it better, or make it more closely fit their idea of what the thing should be. When the question arises, “Does the world really need another sofa, table, or shelf?”, their answer is a resounding “Yes.” They are optimistic with just enough ego to say, “Not only do we require new versions of what we already have, but I am the person to make this product more functional, versatile, beautiful, unexpected, or elegant…” And they are also opportunistic, finding myriad ways to more fully utilize, exploit, subvert, or reinvent ma­terials, manufacturing processes, technical innovations, and pro­duction techniques.

Furniture designers may love or revile the computer, but if...

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