Connection Seating continue to introduce new products that are all about wood.
For some time we’ve been crying out for a range of timber legged tables and Centro may just fit the bill. Centro is a range of statement oak tables for meeting, collaborating and socialising. The Centro Tables feature a modular oak table understructure with lightweight laminate tops inset into an oak chamfered edge. The tops are available in an exclusive range of colour choices from the Egger Zoom range. The tables are available in poser and dining height, and a range of different sizes. Cable management is through the table leg and the table top can include power or a small storage unit. A range of Centro benches and stools complements the tables. The high quality feel is followed through here with interesting button and stitching details.
Seame is an elegant and high quality dining chair crafted from solid oak and curved plywood. Available in natural beech and natural oak. We like the simple symmetry of the profile and the chamfered frame.
One of Connection’s newest products is Laurel, a polypropylene chair on a beech 4 leg frame. Pitched as a durable product, it is available in 9 shell colours: white, brown, red, green, yellow, silver, orange blue and anthracite.
Jentle is a family of highly detailed club-style lounge chairs with exposed lacquered wood frames. It has a lacquered solid oak frame and upholstered sprung seating. Available with either oak 4 leg or 4 star swivel base.
100% Design is now on and Boss Design will be launching a series of new products. First up is Marnie, described as a contemporary and luxurious lounge chair collection. The understated design features a fusion of elegance, premium upholstery and attention to detail, embodying luxury and style.
The award winning Coza chair will also make its début. Coza boasts extraordinary comfort and dynamic support by using the natural flexibility of a single ribbon of material. Unlike other task chairs, it does not require multiple components or complex assembly.
Finally, Boss will unveil a new standalone media wall to extend its eminent soft office collection. This new media wall boasts the latest in technology, comfort and ergonomics, and is designed to effectively break up large, open plan spaces with exceptional seating and technology combined into one striking place. It is ideally suited for team meetings and collaborative tasks.
Visit Boss Design at stand W535
It’s London Design Week very soon where Vitra will be hosting a series of events across several venues:
At 100% Design, Vitra will demonstrate the benefits of flexible workspaces by transforming its stand layout at intermittent intervals, to highlight interchangeable work modes – namely Education, Work & Hospitality. Each mode represents activities regularly found in today’s offices yet are tied to a different need for the furniture – group seating for an audience, workspaces for varying project teams, or comfortable seating supporting social gatherings. The stand will feature the UK launch of Hack and Allstar by Konstantin Grcic, Workbays / Workbays 90 by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, and Super Fold Table by Jasper Morrison.
Vitra’s Head of Research and Solution for the Office, Raphael Gielgen will attend the stand at 100% Design on Thursday 24 September at 6.30pm, hosting a seminar on ‘The Purpose of the Office’, followed by a guided tour.
Meanwhile at designjunction there is the UK launch of the Belleville family, Vitra’s new collection designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.
Belleville is the name of the vibrant Paris neighbourhood where the Bouroullec studio is based. Classic French bistro furnishings and the lively atmosphere of this Parisian quarter give visual references for this new collection.
Also in conjunction with designjunction, Vitra will be hosting ‘A Child’s Dream’ a charity project raising funds for Teddy’s Wish to aid research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), neonatal death and stillbirth while supporting grieving families.
21 world-renowned designers and architects have been invited to re-interpret the iconic Eames Elephants, showcased at Victoria House.
Finally, the ‘Timeless Design’ Exhibition at Harrods will bring together leading international brands to showcase previously unseen archive and limited-edition pieces as well as exclusive launches. At the exhibition, Vitra will focus on the works of Charles & Ray Eames and their important contribution to the past, present and future of furniture design.
She was a big Blockbusters fan!
A product we were introduced to recently were these versatile acoustic tiles from Swedish Company Baux. The tiles are available in a range of six shapes; Hexagon, Rectangle, Square, Parallelogram, Circle and Triangle, and are made from wood wool, cement and water. This wood fibre combination gives the product a heat-insulating, heat retaining and sound-absorbing structure. Cement provides strength, moisture resistance and class 1 fire protection. The stylish tiles come in a range of muted earthy colours that would suit any 2016 design scheme. Harvested from locally grown timber and produced in their forest factory the tiles are about as ‘carbon neutral’ as it’s possible to get!
For further flexibility Baux also produce a range of acoustic panels in the same material. Available in five patterns; Quilted, Check, Stripes, Lines and Diagonal, the panels are designed to be combined to mix and match and repeat into infinity.
Verner Panton (1926-1998) was one of the true rebels and pioneers of mid-20th century design. Born in Denmark, he studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen. After serving his apprenticeship with Arne Jacobsen, Panton set out on a two-year furniture design odyssey across Europe in a VW camper van equipped with a drawing office!
Establishing contacts with many furniture manufacturers Panton’s first production design was the Bachelor chair produced by Fritz Hansen in 1965. Many other innovative and futuristic designs followed including the Cone Chair, Living Tower and the S-chair product line from which developed the famous Vitra Panton Chair.
As well as furniture, Panton created a series of textiles (many still manufactured) and a series of modern lamps. Panton was interested not only in the lighting itself but in how it should interact with and influence its surroundings. His lighting designs often include multiple reflective or metallic surfaces. Fun (1964), is an almost ‘bling’ design featuring small metal or mother of pearl articulated disks that sparkle and throw reflected light wonderfully around the room.
Danish company Verpan has for many years continued the appeal of the works of Verner Panton. Beginning with Panton’s lamps they have now recently introduced a new collection of furniture and rugs from the Verner Panton archives. From the System 1-2-3 to Panto Pop and the Cloverleaf, the often sinuous and fluid designs have a sense of fun, brought to life by Verpan with a degree of opulence. It’s testament to the timelessness of the original designs that there is still great interest in these designs 40 or more years on.
Verner Panton was an inspirational and colourful personality. A unique person with a special sense of colours, shapes, light function and room.