Aimed to attract the tinniest design aficionados or aficionados-to-be, Artifort’s new Junior Collection introduced in Milan last month reinforces the timelessness of the brand’s core classic products like the Orange Slice and Mushroom chair with yet another generation-bridging function. Both originally designed in the 60’s by Pierre Paulin, Orange Slice and Mushroom have both become modern design icons that withstood the tests of time which is why it was a natural extension to shrink them to a “mini-me” size.
While shaped and functionally predisposed to serve as modern armchairs that offer a comfortable experience, these quasi-plush options are certainly sculptural and hard to miss, but they are definitely not the piece of furniture you run to after a very long and tiresome day. What’s more, every single one of these designer armchairs is also reinvented in terms of their highly unexpected materials such as paper, wood, glass and plastic.
For the kid at heart, the exhilarating magic of childhood swings has been realized by designers in the most fun and fashionable way. Swinging sofas, bed swings, chandeliers with swings and variety of armchairs that are suspended from the ceiling instead of grounded to the floor offer themselves as more than just vivacious seating solutions that are exciting, but as conversation pieces with spellbinding qualities.
Thanks to the designers who are in tune with their inner child the selection of swinging contemporary furniture is quite profuse and certainly attention-grabbing.
A modern style that embodies the principles of pop art through acid colors, abstract paintings, neon lights, wild patterns and an abundance of glossy surfaces. Taking this artistic movement quite literally, Roche Bobois actually has a Pop Art seating collection, whilst the king of modern design, the infamous Karim Rashid, conceives his creations influenced by this iconic inspiration, realizing his projects and furniture in bright color spectrum, textural inconsistencies and eccentric shapes.
Interiors by Karim Rashid featuring Kat and Dekon 2 coffee tables by Tonelli.
No-nonsense furniture style, with support for maximum functionality and apparent simplicity, avoiding all extra details. Ideal for collectors of mid-century modern design with avid inspiration sourced from the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Eileen Grey and others. Known for exposed furniture construction and utilization of pure materials, plain colors, straight lines and unassuming surfaces. Some great examples of recently designed modern furniture that have Bauhaus origins include the Elan dining table by Cattelan Italia, Leonardo chair by Enzo Berti for Bross, as well as the Naked dining chair by Alberto Colzani for Cerruti Baleri.