Design

Šimon Kern makes chair from recycled fallen leaves

Slovakian designer Šimon Kern’s Beleaf chair is made from a mixture of recycled leaves and bio-resin. The prototype chair, which was made while Kern was studying at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, is designed to make the most of natural waste. The seat rests on a tubular steel skeleton – intended to last for hundreds of years – […]

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Lisa Merk’s tactile mini urns give mourners one-on-one time to say goodbye

Lund University student Lisa Merk has designed a series of small urns that can be held during funeral ceremonies to reduce the anxieties of bereavement. Exhibited at this years Stockholm Furniture Fair, the Tactile Perception urns are an attempt to reimagine contemporary burial rites. Merk’s wooden pebble-shaped urns, filled with the ashes of the deceased, provide relatives and friends with comfort […]

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Shaker style is back again as designers celebrate “the first minimalists”

The Shakers are on the verge of extinction following the recent death of one of the sect’s three surviving members. So why is their austere style having yet another revival? “We call them the first minimalists,” said Wonhee Arndt from Studio Gorm, who curated an exhibition of Shaker-influenced design at the Stockholm Furniture Fair last month. “They are this […]

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Heal’s launches bespoke service to “counteract flat-pack, off-the-shelf culture”

British furniture brand Heal’s is to begin offering its customers the option to create their own furniture from scratch, working alongside designer Matthew Elton. The company’s new Tendeter Workshop allows customers to create bespoke furniture pieces and will operate from the east London workshop of designer Matthew Elton. “The goal is to counteract flat-pack, off-the-shelf culture with a tailored service to help […]

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Bartlett students propose self-supporting pavilion made from felt

A group of MAarch students from the Bartlett School of Architecture have devised a method of turning felt into load-bearing structures that they hope to build into an fabric pavilion. The Flextiles project focused on developing a design system using a composite of felt fibres and expandable foam for reinforcement. Students Noura Mheid, Hameda Janahi, Minzi Jin, Zoukai Huo found […]