What a fascinating, unusual and strong collection in this week’s selection of furniture. We are so intrigued with each piece, the way it was designed and how it will fit and adapt to new homes.
The Car- Rapide was designed by Ayse Birsel & Bibi Seck from Moroso. With seating made using woven threads normally used for fishing nets, the designs are all different and original, like their names. Handwoven, they are human in their perfections and flaws. Created using hand sculptured wood and metal which is worked and painted by hand, they are slotted together to form a seat reminiscent of typical wooden chairs from Africa. This design is a popular and fun way to get around the streets of Senegal, the car-rapide.
We are smitten with the Panna Chair and the Talma armchair. The textures and design have been manipulated in a way that the seating invites you to embrace it so it can hug you in all the right places.
The Panna Chair is designed by Tokujin Yoshioka of Moroso. The name, material, stitching, embossing, softness, thickness and colour all tell the soul of the armchair and the sense of physical and emotional satisfaction which it communicates. Panna Chair comes to life as soon as someone sits in it: soft, comforting, its shape adapts to the user, and embraces them. The upholstery has been carefully studied, the fabric conceived as being like a dress to be worn, to cling to the body. Originally devised for its practicality, the designer gives it a poetic twist, turning it into soft clothing to be worn, a point of contact.
The Talma armchair, also by Moroso is designed by Benjamin Hubert. These are loungers pretending to be armchairs, camouflaged chairs which take over the space with their roguish appearance. The idea is simple: cover a metal frame with a padded overcoat and turn it into something else. A quite upstanding posture: the shape of the armrests is reminiscent of the lapels of a double-breasted jacket and this resemblance is confirmed with the central button-fastening. The upholstery becomes clothing, capable of transforming, without overdoing it, a bare, naked frame into an object in search of its own, innate identity.Contact: True Design