I was lucky to attend the Milan Furniture Fair a few years ago. I think I was there for 5 days, and barely skimmed the surface of the vast exhibits, openings and launches of new product. The fair opens next week and I am interested to see what a ‘recession’ Furniture Fair looks like.
One thing is for sure – we will see more ‘green’ products finally and even some furniture that looks to nature for its design. The Bouroullec brothers are expected to get a lot of attention for their new chair Vegetal, “The initial intuition was that of a chair which would sprout up like a plant,” they said. The chair was 4 years in a development process that took four years, ronan & erwan bouroullec worked with vitra to create a chair that can be used both for indoors and out. The design features branches and vines that closely resemble the idea of a “grown chair”. I love that the branches and vines are the structure – what gives the chair its strength.
On the Bouroullec website there is an interesting article on the design and production process for the chair. There is also a beautiful video featuring the chair.
On an entirely different note, but still on the topic of the Furniture Fair, Fast Company did an interesting piece on another exhibit – Love Design. An exhibition “that question the very meaning of the word ‘love,’ the beginning and the end of what binds us together and tears us apart.” The exhibition consists of 20 objects and sex toys featured in the Love Design book (published this month by Daab Press a German publisher known for a mix of design and erotica).
As Fast Company notes…”the design community is searching for a human touch after years of modernist austerity.”