Herman Miller, Inc., continues to embrace the blending of life and work with the introduction of the Wireframe Sofa Group, a newly-commissioned design by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of London-based Industrial Facility. This addition to the Herman Miller Collection is being presented during New York Design Week 2013.
Minimalist and modern with a visible lightness, the Wireframe Sofa Group features an external structure that uniquely holds its cushioning in place. Made from steel wire, the durable frame ensures that Hecht and Colin’s design is lightweight. Moreover, because this frame is separate from the upholstery, the cushions are easy to remove, clean, and maintain. The first sofa to employ suspension technology developed by Herman Miller for the healthcare industry, Wireframe evenly distributes sitting pressure, making it a comfortable and versatile choice for home, working, and hospitality environments.
If you were asked to envision a Jeep, iPod or Coca Cola bottle, you could do it without a problem, right? That didn’t happen by accident – a skilled industrial designer was behind the scenes, creating that image so that it would stay emblazoned in your mind. You know those times when you think to yourself, “Wow, what a great idea…but how could I ever make it come to life?” Closing that gap is exactly what industrial designers specialize in.
Most industrial designers specialize in one specific industry, like automobiles, housewares or furniture. This career requires imagination, creativity and strong communication skills. Industrial designers are involved with various aspects of creating a product, from meeting with clients to working alongside engineers in development. The good news is that this type of expertise is always in demand, since new products are constantly being thought up by businesses both large and small.
It’s the industrial designer’s job to create an aesthetically pleasing product that fulfills a need for consumers. From creation to planning and styling, the focus is greatly on how products look. Commodities that require these skills range from cars and electronics to food packaging and even medical equipment.
Aside from aesthetics, a product’s usability and ergonomics have to also be taken into account. From there, function, design and even marketing efforts can be improved. Ultimately, an industrial designer will create a product that is either currently needed by consumers or will be “needed” by consumers after implementing a clever marketing strategy.
Alpacka packrafts are rugged, hand-built wilderness boats. Whether used for fishing a remote alpine lake, descending whitewater, or just exploring a little wetland on the side of the road, they make wilderness boating accessible. They build them to be fun, and to last…
In their last project called “curiosity object” they developed a series of furniture that displays windows and highlights uniqueness and strangeness of their subjects “the beauty and strangeness of their subjects.”
Combining furniture and display window, these lights act as small curiosity cabinets. When turned off, they become specimens of a strange preciousness and the bulb and socket disappear beneath the opaque black tinted glass.
Curiosity Object was created for Galerie Cat Berro by Studio GGSV (Gaëlle Gabillet & Stéphane Villard).
Design, packaging and promotional items by Glasfurd & Walker studio.
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ICFF is still not over yet. After the fair the most important websites and Magazines, select their favourite brands, and products that were on top of their mind after the fair. Recently, Grace Bonney resumed what were the trends from ICFF 2013. What products was she looking for? “Chic, modern and on-trend without being trendy.”
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Korean artist – designer Seung-Yong Song has created an amazing multi-functional furniture of the most simple objects, such as a chair and so on.
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Those who had the fortune of reading ‘The Lord of the Rings’ or at least watching Peter Jackson’s adaptation might have been enticed by Caras Galadhon, a Elvish city built upon trees. The above pictured OJO concept is much similar to this scope.
We have previously talked about how lamps over the years have gone through an evolution in their form and function. And, the latest example of this design-oriented trend is the Fluida (by Martinelli Luce), a uniquely contrived LED lamp that is touted to adapt to different uses of desk. Comprising of an elastic strip joined by two square bases at each end, the lamp is intrinsically flexible in nature.