Designs of the Year 2013 nominations | Furniture category

by Valentina Ieva
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The Designs of the Year awards, ‘The Oscars of the design world' showcases the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world, over the past year, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product. Category winners and the overall winner will be decided by a jury and announced to the public on 17 April 2013.

Here are Designs of the Year 2013 nominations for Furniture Category:

THE SEA CHAIR - Designed by Studio Swine & Kieren Jones

Since the discovery of the Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997, which is predicted to measure twice the size of Texas, five more have been found across the world’s oceans. The ‘Sea Chair’ is made entirely from plastic recovered from our oceans.

In collaboration with Kieren Jones, Studio Swine has created devices to collect and develop marine debris into a series of stools.

LIQUID GLACIAL TABLE - Designed by Zaha Hadid

The Liquid Glacial design embeds surface complexity and refraction within a powerful fluid dynamic.

The elementary geometry of the flat table top appears transformed from static to fluid by the subtle waves and ripples evident below the surface, while the table’s legs seem to pour from the horizontal in a vortex of frozen water.

A-COLLECTION - Designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Hay

Fabricated from oak and beech, the motivation for the series was an old wooden university trestle chair by architect Berndt Pedersen.

Gravity Stool- Designed by Jólan van der Wiel

Jolan Van Der Wiel developed a 'magnet machine', whereby he positions magnetic fields above and below a container of polarized material containing metal shavings. In order to form and determine the shapes of his furniture pieces, the hanging units are pulled down and then released, in which the substance follows, drawn upwards by magnetic force, letting gravity determine the shape of the stool.

WELL PROVEN CHAIR - Designed by James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel

The Well Proven Chair is the result of research into the development of wood chips. The investigation began with the discovery that products and furniture made from wood generate between 50-80% waste in the form of sawdust, chippings and shavings. By combining these waste products with bio-resin, it turns to a porridge-like mixture and expands into a solid. With the addition of water or increased temperatures it can expand up to 700%. This material is then used to create the seat shell combined with a simple but beautiful leg structure of turned ash.

TIÉ PAPER CHAIR - Designed by Pinwu

The Tié Chair is the design studio’s second paper chair and was inspired by Yuhang Aper Umbrellas - the shell is made from irregularly shaped rice paper sheets, and the shape echoes the classic Chinese horseshoe-back armchair.

100 CHAIRS - Designed by Marni

Marni designers have reworked the patterns and colour palettes of traditional Colombian chairs woven from PVC threads to create a desirable, one-off range, which has been produced by Colombian ex-prisoners.

MEDICI CHAIR - Designed by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi

Three types of wood, thermo treated ash; walnut and douglas, are joined at irregular angles, resulting in a comfortably reclined seat.

RE-IMAGINED CHAIRS - Designed by Studiomama (Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama)

Re-imagined Chairs by London-based Studiomama is a project born out of questioning resourcefulness and attitudes towards waste.

It builds on the interests in expediency and re-using the existing, and speaks of the ability to see the potential in the unwanted, by encouraging users to re-look at unwanted furniture.

ENGINEERING TEMPORALITY - Designed by Studio Markunpoika

Using small circular tubular steel to semi-cover over existing objects including cabinets and chairs, Tuomas Markunpoika burnt away the sculptural piece, leaving the charred steel structure behind. Inspired by the designer’s Grandmother’s Alzheimers, Engineering Temporality evokes the ideas of vanishing memory.

CORNICHES – Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

The idea for Corniches arose from the need for small storage spaces to keep small items. Corniches are neither regular shelves nor simple horizontal surfaces, but rather individual, isolated protrusions in the environments that we create. Corniches are a new way to use the wall in living spaces.

FUTURE PRIMITIVES – Designed by Muller Van Severen

This collection of shelving units, in various heights and configurations, include deckchair shaped seating inserted into their frames, as well as standing and hanging lamps and separate chairs and loungers.

You can see nominations on display in the Designs of the Year exhibition at the museum from 20 March 2013.

    • Valentina Ieva

      Valentina Ieva


      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)

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