These Famous Product Designers Make You Want To Redesign Your Dining Room
Throughout the 20th century, furniture became more than just a practical form. Through the careful and creative eye of a few leading product designers, luxury furniture would be inspired by architectural ideas and shaped to become a form of art. The famous product designers have affected the lives of millions with their inventions and designs, especially the ones working with large corporations.
This dining chair is a solid-wood all-purpose stackable chair produced using the latest production technologies of shaped wooden furniture. The name Alpha is derived from the strong architectural gesture that gives this modern dining chairits inherent strength: the A-shaped structure of the back legs and backrest that are organically and sensually molded into one. Brodie Neill is one of the best product designers.
Gyro Dining Table (2016)
A contemporary rendition of a 19th Century specimen tabletop, this modern dining table substitutes examples of precious marble, timber, and ivory with ocean terrazzo, an innovative material produced by fragments of ocean plastic waste. In varying hues of blue and green the composite is inlaid in a kaleidoscopic diagram to depict the Earth’s longitudinal and latitudinal lines.
Originally conceived and produced for a Rochester, New York office in 1970, the original model was destroyed. Wendell Castle Studio has reconstructed this example using the original molds. Four individual elements can be arranged in multiple ways allowing for several uses. At its largest, the contemporary dining table is appropriate for residential or commercial use.
Zephyr Dining Chairs and Dining Table
We gathered in the kitchen the next morning, a bit bleary-eyed from our late-night jam. Out the window on the porch, a set of multicolored Molar chairs and a white conference table shimmered in the sun, all relics of Wendell’s gel-coated-fiberglass phase of the 1970s, the closest he ever came to mass-market production. We sat for breakfast in his Zephyr chairs, around a petal-like table made from laminated walnut. It had to be one of his most significant works, topped with an elliptical opening that revealed the bending base below. There were no hard edges or right angles. It was both organic and erotic—all of the lines flowing together in undulating synergy. I felt privileged to be sitting there.
Wendell Castle is renowned for elevating craft furniture to fine art through a synthesis of imaginative organic forms, innovative techniques, and splendid craftsmanship. He is considered one of the best product designers ever.
The modern furniture in this series look like they weren’t made by hands, but have grown to their present form organically. They might be the result of a mutation in cells or the result of a chemical or nuclear reaction. Perhaps it’s a virus or bacteria that has grown dramatically out of scale.
On the other hand, the project can be seen as an experimental review of classic furniture upholstery. It reminds us of the famous and iconic deep buttoned (Chesterfield) sofa’s, interpreted in a highly contemporary and sculptural way. Instead of upholstering springs and foam with leather or textile, these pieces are created by carefully composing patterns with cut-offs of foam spheres of various sizes, and applying them onto a structure. In the end, the entire piece gets coated, with a durable rubber or tactile velvet-like finish. It is hardly impossible to ever recreate such a specific pattern, so every piece is completely unique.
Sundial Chandelier (2016)
The design of this luxury chandelier is made of anodized aluminum disks with a strong glow of the light that makes them look almost spherical. A striking sharp shadow of the central rod is cast in different directions as if it were illuminated by 6 different suns. The shadows spiral down the piece to end where they started, like a perfect loop in time.
The design is all about rhythm, and each version will play a different song, with the shadows dancing to a different beat. I use my work to tell stories, to stir people’s emotions, to inspire their imagination and to make them wonder.
The limited-edition series comes in different versions: from gold to silver and in gold-to-silver gradients. The modern chandelier is developed with and produced by the Belgian company Alton, known for its excellence in aluminum production.
Madama is a collection of lamps inspired by the rigid underskirt very popular in the nineteenth century. The structure was intended to make the clothes swollen and voluminous by shaping the shapes to enhance the fabrics. Following the same principle, all models of pendant lamps are characterized by a turned steel volume and wooden spools, used with the aim of giving body to the coating.
The shapes obtained are the result of a contemporary design vision, decorations and memories are aimed at enhancing this Italian excellence by giving shape to lamps with a precise aesthetic content. The collection, in fact, wants to demonstrate what current project means, with solid roots but without references to the past, proceeding through bourgeois silhouettes, dosed in colors, which mix sumptuous and present to create new lighting scenarios.
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