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the extension chair

Going Dutch- The Extension Chair

When a chair is more than just a chair. Made in solid beech wood and finished in matte black lacquer, Vroonland draws on what we actually use a chair for, adding complementary functions: a coat stand, handbag hanger and a card holder. Simply brilliant.

What was your inspiration for the Extension Chair?

As a designer I’m constantly researching craftsmanship to innovative and integrate new materials and production techniques within the designs. My pedigree shows the total process.

How would you describe your design philosophy?

For my collection I ask myself the question: is a chair purely functional? Is it a showpiece and a visual story? Or is it an expression of technical know-how and therefore representative of its era? With this topic I deconstruct 19th and 20th century design classics and translate the craftsmanship of the pieces into new materials to develop new techniques. To generate this I use self-designed construction tools which are, on one hand, a construction method of the seat, on the other hand a tool to generate a continuous linear form. Some examples are the ‘Bead chair’ and the ‘Rubber chair’.

Design versus functionality, how can they co-exist in product design?

My collection starts with a conceptual stage where no concession is made towards comfort but only on visual design and silhouette, otherwise known as concept chairs. At this stage I chose certain materials, which allows total freedom of form. This is followed by a complete and final design where technology is demanding its share.

What do you think lies in the future of design?

We explore and research a lot which leads to a thread in our design process instead of following trends. We have integrated concept chairs in our pedigree, which gives us the inspiration for the evaluated Vroonland collection.

What does design mean to you?

A designer adds meaning and quality to its design. Through research into the history and origin a designer is able to influence the future by giving opportunities to translate the use and perception of a product in a good way. As a designer I want to show that craftsmanship has the future, without using mass production as a starting point and to compromise on quality and technology.

http://www.moooi.com/

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Going Dutch- The Berutjan Pot Heracleum Lamp

Berutjan Pot Heracleum Lamp

A structure inspired by nature, this LED lamp required some serious tender loving care in its construction. The Heracleum lamp’s white leaves or lenses are linked by a very fine and intricate network of ultra thin suspension wires to form its branches.

What was your inspiration for the Heracleum Lamp?

It came from a flower and some serious math.

How would you describe your design philosophy?

My design philosophy is about making big things by starting small

Design versus functionality, how can they co-exist in product design?

Design is all about functionality

What do you think lies in the future of design?

I think in the future design will dissolve into creative mechanical and biological engineering and make the whole world of lifestyle design we’re in now quite futile. Yes unfortunately there are trends prominent.

What does design mean to you?

I call it my day job.

http://www.moooi.com/

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Going Dutch- The Gothic Chair

This new brood of designer darlings are in a league of their own. As the duo from Studio Job declares: “We want to keep creating what we want, when we want, with the means of our own choosing.”

Sjoerd Vroonland, Bertjan Pot and Studio Job (made up of duo Werner Lippert and Job Smeets) are responsible for this year’s key releases by Moooi, a design label celebrating its decade-long presence in the design industry. Based in Breda, the Netherlands, Moooi, one of the creative brands handled by Space in Singapore, was founded in 2001 by Marcel Wanders and Casper Vissers.

For an interview with Poster Magazine the pair talk about one of the items from their current collection- the Gothic Chair.

Gothic Chair

The Knights Of the Round Table are given a modern take with Studio Job’s Gothic Chair. Available in a bright spectrum of ten colours, the chair’s design includes ‘studs’ which line the edge of the chair, typical of neo-gothic chairs as they hold upholstery in place. The Gothic Chair is ideal for outdoor use as well.

What was your inspiration for the Gothic Chair?

When you look closely at our objects you will discover that, within the piece, we often punish modernism and celebrate art. That would at least point out we are inspired by it, right? But, Studio Job does have a different starting point. We are not here to serve any purpose or client, but here to create our own specific universe where every single piece has its own position. Our work is quite theatrical in that sense. Like one big installation. Whether in design or in art, in the end our motivation is quite simple – to continue (as long as physically possible) to create autonomous pieces in an independent context. We want to keep creating what we want, when we want, with the means of our own choosing.

http://www.moooi.com/

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