Posts Tagged ‘seating’

Fritz Hansen’s Ro™ – the new comfort zone

April 9, 2013

Fritz Hansen, manufacturers of Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Egg and Swan chairs have worked with world-renowned Spanish designer Jaime Hayon to create Ro, a comfortable easy chair that creates a quiet space for reflection. The chair will be launched at Salone del Mobile 2013 in Milan.

A chair where you can find room for your inner space and take a break from the hectic bustle of everyday life.

Time for reflection is a luxury in today’s world. We are all busy and always short of time to create a moment for quiet contemplation. The new easy chair springs from a desire to create a piece of furniture that offers an opportunity for reflection in our busy lives.

High backed chairs for creating a quiet, private meeting space in busy open plan offices have been around for a while, and there is something of this idea in the design philosophy of the Ro chair I feel.

Ro by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen (2)

Time for reflection is a luxury in today’s world. We are all busy and always short of time to create a moment for quiet contemplation. The new easy chair springs from a desire to create a piece of furniture that offers an opportunity for reflection in our busy lives.

However, Ro is much more than an easy chair. It’s a one-and-a-half-seater where you can relax, change positions and have your newspaper, computer or child next to you and create a new comfort zone.


UK-based Harrison to energise T.G.I. Friday’s architectural design in the US

January 18, 2013

Harrison shared their award-winning design for Nando’s flagship restaurant at Stratford Westfield on the blog last year.

The London and Birmingham-based architectural and leisure brand consultancy has now undertaken a successful UK revamp of the T.G.I. Friday’s look, and has headed across the Atlantic to help energise the iconic brand in the USA, the country where it was first launched nearly fifty years ago. Below are project images of the TGI’s in Oprey Mills, Nashville.

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The move is part of an international design strategy by T.G.I. Friday’s parent company, Carlson Restaurants, which has spent the past three years working with Harrison on a new global design plan. The first stage is currently being rolled out to over 30 existing sites across the US, and in new restaurants, most recently in Nashville, Tennessee.

Harrison managing director Philip Harrison said: “T.G.I. Friday’s has to be one of the most iconic restaurant brands in the western world. It has over 900 sites globally and I have to say it is a great privilege and a massive compliment to be asked to advise on its design profile, particularly in the country where it all started.

“One of our key areas of focus for the T.G.I. Friday’s product is on ‘brand drift’. As is usually the case with high profile names in long-term existence, market positioning gradually ebbs away from some of its key values. We are helping Carlson re-connect with the brand’s core propositions and re-invigorate its unique selling points in an impactful way for a modern customer marketplace. The concept is moving from one of functionality to one of personality.”


Harrison explained that the changes the company are currently making to the brand reflect the complex nature of service positioning in the US’s diverse hospitality market.

Wavin and the Art of Plumbing at DesignersBlock

December 19, 2012

Wavin, a company normally associated with functional, technical building services products such as drainage and plumbing pipework, has shown how plumbing can be used to create art.

Cutting edge furniture designer Yard Sale Project contributed to the London Design Festival DesignersBlock installations with a striking high-aesthetic chair made – from plastic plumbing products.

Wavin and the Art of Plumbing at DesignersBlock #1

A Herman Miller furnished workspace

November 23, 2012

Some nice images by flickr user nkeppol, Nick Keppol a graphic designer from New York, of his home studio.

New Workspace


Herman Miller Aria Desk, Embody Chair, Eames Wire Base Table, Artemide Tolomeo Desk Lamp.


Vintage ‘Rio’ Chaise Longue by Oscar Niemeyer

November 19, 2012

Known as being a “sculptor of monuments”, Niemeyer has been praised for being one of the greatest architects of his generation. He is most famous for his signature use of abstract forms and curves which is exemplified in the Rio Chaise Longue.

A classic, timeless piece, the Rio chaise was designed in collaboration with his daughter Anna Maria Niemeyer in 1978 and is made from curved compressed laminated wood lacquered in black with Brazilian artisan wicker work.

Much like his architecture, Niemeyer’s limited furniture designs celebrate the beauty of the female form and the geographical elements of Rio de Janiero.

The Rio Chaise Longue is available for the first time at ESPASSO UK.

Vitra at Orgatec: EA Group in dark chrome

November 9, 2012

Vitra exhibited 20 new products on their stand at Orgatec in Cologne last week, by designers such as Antonio Citterio; Alberto Meda; Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec; Konstantin Grcic; Hella Jongerius and pas masters Charles & Ray Eames and Verner Panton.

The Office in Motion concept – activity, dynamism and motion characterising the ergonomic work environment – is an important motivator in Vitra’s approach and one of the themes of their presentation at Orgatec.

One stand-out for me was that some pieces from the Aluminium Group are now available in a “Dark Chrome” version, with dark chrome-plated aluminium parts. The EA Group products are amongst my favourites of 20th Century design.

Image ©Vitra.
Dark Chrome EA Group chair

The seat cover is made of premium leather on both sides and its armrests are also covered in high-quality leather. These materials, brought together in a painstaking manufacturing process, create the well-known silhouette of this iconic classic, but with new, modern touches. The Soft Pad Group and the Segmented Tables are also available in Dark Chrome.

Match of the Day and ITV studio design

June 12, 2012

In 2010 I enjoyed posting on the BBC’s studio for the FIFA World Cup in Cape Town.

That space was not without controversy, for various reasons, and neither was the BBC’s move to Salford last year. The Media City complex received a carbuncle award from Urban Realm, not necessarily for its poor aesthetics but more for its lack of ambition.

Last summer, flagship Saturday night football programme Match of the Day moved to a new studio, which has been used throughout the 2011-12 season.

via MOTD facebook page

The lighting and visual feel of the studio and graphics have a neon nightclubby feel to them and are a bit ‘in-your-face’. I like the angular feel and the chairs for Lineker and the pundits. It looks like the Kruze Chair by Boss Design.

The studio is flexible, apparently, as series producer Ian Finch told the BBC’s Ariel blog:

Intimate high back chairs

December 21, 2011

High-back armchairs provide a private, intimate space in which to relax, enjoy a quiet moment, and block out the distractions and hustle and bustle of modern life.

They are often designed and specified for public areas, receptions, atria or break-out spaces, such as the Norah by JDD, while others, like the Remind chair by Nube Italia are suited to cosy residential interiors.

Click on the images to go through to manufacturer websites.
Which is your favourite?
Check out the poll at the bottom of this post.

Alcove High Back Love Seat
The Alcove High Back Love Seat is designed by Bouroullec Brothers for Vitra. It is the high-back version of the Alcove, which is also available as a two-seater and a three-seater.
Vitra are holding a Christmas market until 22 December at their Clerkenwell Road showroom where you can check out the Alcove and shop for christmas items.

Available direct from Vitra or from suppliers such as
Connections Interiors.
Photographer: Marc Eggimann | © Vitra (

Top four design classic chairs

November 21, 2011

Setting out to compile the most popular classic chair designs is not as easy as you might think. Search for furniture design classics, and you’ll find a large number of armchairs, lounge chairs, dining chairs and chaise longues competing for iconic or legendary status.

There is no shortage of interior designers, manufacturers or devotees of good design out there banging the drum for their favourite piece, but there were four chairs that stood out for me in particular. Granted, there are a great many design classics from the 20th Century but the amount of discussion (and imitations) of these four pieces suggests that they stand above the others.

I’d love to hear about which pieces are your own favourites, perhaps I have missed a key piece? Or, alternatively, do we focus too much on the design classics of the past?

Le Corbusier: LC4 Chaise Longue – Cassina

The LC4 is often seen as a Le Corbusier piece, but it was also designed by Pierre Jeanneret (his cousin) and the architect Charlotte Perriand. The design is functional, as it was intended to work in harmony with the body, but its subtlety and proportions make it beautiful at the same time.
It is manufactured under license by Cassina. In 1964, while Le Corbusier was still alive, the company acquired exclusive worldwide rights to make his furniture. Many copies are available today, but Cassina is still the only manufacturer authorised by the Le Corbusier Foundation.

Charles & Ray Eames: Lounge Chair & Ottoman- Herman Miller

Designed by Charles & Ray Eames in 1956 and manufactured by Herman Miller in the USA, and Vitra in Europe.
This piece of furniture is recognised around the world and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The words ‘iconic’ and ‘legendary’ are often used with reference to this piece but it is hard to argue when it has made its way onto so many film and TV sets over the years.
The design, in its classic form with black leather and rich rosewood (now no longer available) appears warm and comfortable, unlike the more minimal forms typically found in high design. Although the padding is generous, the use of clips on the inside give the plywood backing a clean, pure look unsullied by screws or bolts.

Cycling and interior design: can they be combined?

August 5, 2010

Owen P is in charge of this blog. Can his love of cycling and his job as interior design editor for be combined?

My discovery of Bike Furniture Design says ‘Yes’.

The preeminent designer and producer of fine, hand-crafted, contemporary / modern furniture made from recycled and reused bicycles since 1990.

1. Milano Lounge Chair

Milano Lounge Chair

Milano Lounge Chair - © Andy Gregg /