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Furniture Design

See How the Design of Chairs, Beds and Sofas Have Evolved Through History

06:00 - 3 September, 2018
See How the Design of Chairs, Beds and Sofas Have Evolved Through History, via Angie's List
via Angie's List

Evidence suggests that furniture was used as far back as the Neolithic period and daily life without it is unimaginable. So how has furniture changed through the ages? From the exclusive and luxury furniture of Ancient Egypt, to the functional and streamlined design of the Bauhaus – these animations created by Angie's List take you on a fascinating journey through the evolution of furniture design.

Would You Spend $145,000 on Zaha Hadid Architects' Lapella Chair?

14:00 - 17 August, 2018
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

For those with $145,000 hidden down the side of their sofa, Zaha Hadid Architects has designed and released Lapella Chair, continuing their “investigations in structure and fabrication-aware tectonics by reinterpreting the iconic 1963 lounge chair by Hans J. Wegner."

Created from Italian marble, Lapella retains the proportions, scale, and recline of the original chair while introducing “contemporary stone tooling and carbon fiber composites.” 

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects + 10

The Often Forgotten Work of Denise Scott Brown

08:00 - 5 June, 2018
The Often Forgotten Work of Denise Scott Brown, Courtesy of Robert Venturi
Courtesy of Robert Venturi

There’s something irresistible about Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s architectural romance. They met when they were both young professors at the University of Pennsylvania; Scott Brown held seminars in city planning, and Venturi gave lectures in architectural theory. As the story goes, Scott Brown argued in her first faculty meeting that Frank Furness’ masterful Venetian gothic library should not be torn down to build a plaza (then a dissenting opinion). Venturi approached her after the meeting, offering his support. As Paul Goldberger wrote of the couple in 1971, “as their esthetic viewpoints grew closer and closer, so did their feelings toward each other.” Architecture lovers can’t help but love the architect-lovers.

BOUN - Furniture Design Awards' 18

16:00 - 18 April, 2018
BOUN - Furniture Design Awards' 18, Boun FDA'18 Participate Now
Boun FDA'18 Participate Now

Indoors frame how we grow - how we dwell - how we live. They are an inseparable part to a human life and furniture form a very crucial component of how this experience grows on us.

But how well does your furniture fit in framing a life that’s unique in its own way?

Boun Furniture Design Awards is looking for exceptional interior furniture design concepts/built projects that make our existence as a human more livable. Will yours be the one?

Connect Student Design Competition

17:19 - 6 March, 2018
Connect Student Design Competition

Now in its sixth year, CONNECT highlights innovative design programs at universities throughout the country. Students, under the supervision of university faculty, have the opportunity to design environments that incorporate seating and lighting installations, with the intention of offering an intimate area on the show floor where attendees can sit, relax and "connect." Exhibits will be located throughout the show floor, providing SOFA CHICAGO's international audience an opportunity to experience the innovation and creativity of future designers.

Call for Ideas - Pocket Seat Design Competition 2018

16:40 - 5 March, 2018
Call for Ideas - Pocket Seat Design Competition 2018, Pocket Seat 2018 seeks to discover and champion fresh designs that can help people recreate a “seat” adaptable to the changing needs of the user within its spacial limitations
Pocket Seat 2018 seeks to discover and champion fresh designs that can help people recreate a “seat” adaptable to the changing needs of the user within its spacial limitations

In today’s crowded world, the aspect of finding comfortable seating in a public arena is a major part of one’s daily activities. A comfortable seating in public helps one relax and reduce fatigue. This social activity, however, may vary with each individual and the kind of space he/she occupies. Most importantly, the nature of the seat ought to cater to every individual irrespective of their age, size or gender. The act of seating is an opportunity for many to boost inter-personal communication and encourage social and cultural bonding between individuals.

Call for Entries: PocketSeat 2018 Design Competition

13:55 - 19 February, 2018
Call for Entries: PocketSeat 2018 Design Competition, Pocket Seat 2018 seeks to discover and champion fresh designs that can help people recreate a “seat” adaptable to the changing needs of the user within its spatial limitations.
Pocket Seat 2018 seeks to discover and champion fresh designs that can help people recreate a “seat” adaptable to the changing needs of the user within its spatial limitations.

In today’s crowded world, the aspect of finding comfortable seating in a public arena is a major part of one’s daily activities. A comfortable seating in public helps one relax and reduce fatigue. This social activity, however, may vary with each individual and the kind of space he/she occupies. Most importantly, the nature of the seat ought to cater to every individual irrespective of their age, size or gender.
The act of seating is an opportunity for many to boost inter-personal communication and encourage social and cultural bonding between individuals.
Over the last few years, public spaces offering avenues to sit, relax and strike a conversation with fellow people have drastically reduced, sparking an urgent need for alternative methods of creating personal seating arrangements. It’s imperative that the seat is ideated with the utmost sense of creativity and innovation. Recreating a seat that goes by every individual’s preference and fits within its spatial limitations poses a challenge to our generation.

15 Money-Making "Side Hustles" for Architects and Designers

08:30 - 2 October, 2017
15 Money-Making "Side Hustles" for Architects and Designers, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/121941453@N02/31834075120/'>Flickr user Activités culturelles UdeM</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/'>CC Public Domain 1.0</a>
© Flickr user Activités culturelles UdeM licensed under CC Public Domain 1.0

What do a lot of recent architecture college grads have in common besides their degree? Student loans and disillusionment (see point 1 in Megan Fowler’s 11 Things You Learn at Your First “Real” Architecture Job to understand what we mean by "disillusionment"). But with the emergence of the digital age and “side-hustle economy,” millennials are learning how to monetize their passions, and now 1 in 4 Americans are making money digitally. Side-hustling has become so popular that there is even a school for it. The difference between a side-hustle and a second job is that side-hustles aren’t just about giving yourself a raise. Your side-hustle is something you truly love to do, and would probably do anyway, but now you get to share it with the world and make a little extra cash in the process. So what side-hustle is right for you? Here is a list of side-hustles which suit the skillset of architects and designers.

In Residence: Inside Mattia Bonetti's Home on Lake Lugano

14:00 - 27 August, 2017

Unfortunately, I think that there is a big uniformity all over the world that makes everything very, very similar and very impersonal – very little imagination, I think. I guess it resembled me, this house, somehow.

This video from NOWNESSIn Residence series features Swiss furniture designer Mattia Bonetti in his home on Lake Lugano. Bonetti is based in Paris but maintains this home in his birthplace: Lugano, Switzerland. Designing furniture since 1979, Bonetti is known for his vibrant designs, often full of historical allusions and in contrast to his subdued persona. In the video, the artist and designer mention that some of the home’s accessories were handmade by Bonetti himself.

Continue reading to learn about Bonetti's inspirations in restoring and adding to his lakeside home.

Zaha Hadid Design Unveils Corian Dominated Custom Kitchen Island

08:00 - 16 May, 2017
Zaha Hadid Design Unveils Corian Dominated Custom Kitchen Island, via Zaha Hadid Design
via Zaha Hadid Design

Through a revisiting of Zaha Hadid's MAXXI Museum of Art in Rome and Heyder Aliyev Center in Baku, as well as the practice’s exploration of materiality and composition, Boffi_Code Kitchen is a custom kitchen island created by Zaha Hadid Design and Boffi, an Italian furniture company founded in 1934.

“Boffi_code offers customization to the highest standards, tailoring individual solutions with selected materials, finishes and cabinetry,” explains Zaha Hadid Design. “The Boffi_Code Kitchen by Zaha Hadid Design marries exceptional detailing and design with functionality, carefully chosen materials, and traditional craftsmanship.”

Call for Submissions: 2016 Furniture Design Competition

10:30 - 14 October, 2016
Call for Submissions: 2016 Furniture Design Competition, 2016 Furniture Design Competition
2016 Furniture Design Competition

Purple Loft is an upcoming Home Decor & Interior Design company. Our primary focus is to create a one-stop decor solution to provide for all needs of our customers. In our quest to develop world class designs, we are conducting an online design competition to nurture the designing talent.

J. Mayer H. Fills Times Square With X-Shaped Lounge Chairs

12:30 - 7 September, 2016
J. Mayer H. Fills Times Square With X-Shaped Lounge Chairs, © Rob Kassabian @ RK Films, rob@robkphoto.com
© Rob Kassabian @ RK Films, rob@robkphoto.com

Adding to the ever-changing public landscape of Times Square, German artist and architect J. Mayer H. has unveiled XXX TIMES SQUARE WITH LOVE, three bright-pink, X-shaped custom lounge chairs that allow visitors to lie back and take in the cacophony of lights and sounds for which Times Square is famous. Originally inspired by the “X-like” intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue, the name also serves as a cheeky reference to the adult theaters and sex shops that once lined the square before its revitalization in the 1990s.

2016 TID Excellence Awards for Architecture, Furniture Design & Interiors

09:00 - 22 July, 2016
2016 TID Excellence Awards for Architecture, Furniture Design & Interiors, TID EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2016 - ARCHITECTURE, FURNITURE DESIGN & INTERIORS
TID EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2016 - ARCHITECTURE, FURNITURE DESIGN & INTERIORS

Initiated by The Interior Directory, TID Excellence Awards 2016 is going to be the most significant student design competitions in the world. The competition features three categories: Architecture, Furniture Design and Interior Design. The Interior Directory serves as a global platform for architecture, design , interiors and latest in technology. TID Excellence Awards have been initiated to provide boost and incentive apart from name and fame to our future architects and designers.

For Terreform ONE, Bioengineering is the Future of Design

12:00 - 9 January, 2016

Could an emergency shelter also provide its users with food? Could we make furniture you can eat? Could you merge furniture and farming into one device?

It’s questions like these that set biodesign studio Terreform ONE (Open Network Ecology) apart from other design collaboratives. Instead of looking at design as finding a solution to solve one problem, their structures and furniture pieces try to tackle many issues facing the planet all at once. Need a structure to house refugees as well as find them a reliable source for protein? Why not build them a home that also acts as a cricket farm?

The Architect as Furniture Designer: Bill Pedersen

23:30 - 12 October, 2015
The Architect as Furniture Designer: Bill Pedersen, Bill Pedersen's Loop de Loop chair.
Bill Pedersen's Loop de Loop chair.

Bill Pedersen is a renowned architect and founding design partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, which is currently leading New York City's Hudson Yards Project. Less known, but equally important, is Pedersen's design versatility. He holds multiple design patents and recently created a new line of furniture, Loop de Loop, that is beautiful, comfortable, and technically innovative. Join Pedersen and Donald Albrecht, the City Museum's Curator of Architecture and Design, for a conversation exploring not only the new furniture and its influences, but also the history of architect-designed furnishings. This event is part of the Museum’s ongoing Design Talks series examining the today's leading trends in design, architecture, graphics, and multimedia.

When Architects Try Their Hand at Industrial Design

01:00 - 29 July, 2014
Getting locals involved helped Workshop to engender a sense of community in Tacloban as well as solve their practical problems. Image © Nelson Petilla
Getting locals involved helped Workshop to engender a sense of community in Tacloban as well as solve their practical problems. Image © Nelson Petilla

From Frank Lloyd Wright to Mies van der Rohe, many architects have dabbled in designing smaller-scale items. While some argue that industrial design is not an architect's place, many would beg to differ. The following article, originally published on Design Curial, describes various architects involved with industrial design today.

Architects who take a break from the built environment and turn their attention to designing smaller items are most often driven – initially at least – by what they see as necessity. They struggle to find the right furniture, signage or lighting for their interiors, and convince their client that they are the perfect people to design them.

Those architects quickly get a taste for the smaller scale then hunt down opportunities to design other items, in the hope that some may go into mass production. This is further fueled by those 'big names' who are approached by manufacturers to use their signature to brand the product. While there is a logic to this sequence of events, it still begs the question: why would anyone who can get commissioned to design a building bother with anything smaller?

Grimshaw Architects Merge Architecture and Industrial Design at Milan Furniture Fair

01:00 - 26 April, 2014
Grimshaw Architects Merge Architecture and Industrial Design at Milan Furniture Fair , The lobby of the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows, New York. At this month’s Milan Furniture Fair, Grimshaw Architects collaborated on an exhibition with Poltrona Frau. The show included an augmented-reality app—first introduced on the cover of Metropolis in October 2012—that brings 2-D images to life. / © David Sundberg
The lobby of the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows, New York. At this month’s Milan Furniture Fair, Grimshaw Architects collaborated on an exhibition with Poltrona Frau. The show included an augmented-reality app—first introduced on the cover of Metropolis in October 2012—that brings 2-D images to life. / © David Sundberg

Grimshaw Architects' dual focus on industrial and architectural design will be celebrated this month in a featured exhibit at Milan Furniture Fair. In this article, originally published by Metropolis under the title "Down to the Details," author Ken Shulman presents the firm's evolution in the context of the exhibit, touching on the projects being presented and more intriguingly — on how they are being presented.

Shortly after he joined Grimshaw Architects, Andrew Whalley was tasked with putting together an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London. Titled Product + Process, the 1988 show was decidedly counter-current—a parade of pragmatic, largely industrial structures Grimshaw realized in the UK in the face of surging postmodern fervor. Featured projects included the transparent building the then 15-person firm designed to house the Financial Times’ London printing facilities, and a flexible, easily reconfigurable factory Grimshaw built for Herman Miller in Bath. But it wasn’t the selection of projects that caught the public eye. “We asked our clients to take apart pieces of their buildings, and then rebuild them for the exhibition,” says Whalley, now deputy chairman of Grimshaw. “This wasn’t a typical show of architectural drawings and models.”

MVRDV Exhibits Furniture Series "Vertical Village" at Milan Design Week

00:00 - 9 April, 2014
MVRDV Exhibits Furniture Series "Vertical Village" at Milan Design Week, Vertical Village in Milan. Image © Gili Merin
Vertical Village in Milan. Image © Gili Merin

MVRDV, in cooperation with the Belgian furniture label Sixinch, have designed a playful furniture series that imagines an antidote to the sprawled, generic urban growth of East Asia's mega-cities. Each of the 77 large cushions in “Vertical Village” - currently on display at Milan's Design Week - take the form of small, densely-packed houses, colorful alternatives to the horizontal, block-like residential buildings that currently dot East Asia's skylines. From the exhibition:

"The Vertical Village - observation of the uncontrolled growth of Asian cities, which has lead to the disappearance of urban villages on a human scale, prompts the designers to develop a livable city model that promotes upward growth: a vertical village composed of small residential nuclei that ensure human relationships and, at the same time, leave room for green areas and gathering places. The installation is composed of 77 large cushions in the form of small houses, all different.”