Top Architect-Designed Furniture Collections from i Saloni

By kristin

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Architects lend an interesting sensibility to furniture design, applying their unique philosophies on the built environment to the world of products. This year, many of the industry’s brightest architecture stars launched new furniture collections at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan from April 9-14. Here’s a look at some of our favorites:

“Tools for Life” by OMA

Photo courtesy of OMA © Ilan Rubin

Joining the ranks of venerable design masters like Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas unveiled an 11-piece collection of kinetic furniture by his innovative firm, OMA, for Knoll. Approaching each piece like a high-performance instrument, the Tools for Life collection includes height-adjustable tables and chairs and a counter made of swiveling stacked blocks. According to Knoll, the collection “offers a contemporary interface between furniture and people, supporting the ebb and flow of work and social life, while adjusting to the different needs of both.”

 

“The Wing” by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Photo © FIAM

The Wing mirror collection, designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind for Fiam, features the architect’s signature style of fragmentation. Two parallel lines near the top and bottom of each mirror create a chasm in the flat surface, also causing a break in the viewer’s reflection. The mirrors are available in a multitude of shapes for horizontal, vertical and slanted hanging.

 

“Liquid Glacial Table” by Zaha Hadid Architects

Photo © Jacopo Spilimbergo

Much like the firm‘s buildings, the Liquid Glacial Table brings movement to a static object. Using clear polished plexiglass, the designers play with surface complexity and light refraction while demonstrating various forms of flowing water including ripples, waves, and whirlpools. The table is available in dining and coffee table versions through David Gill Galleries.

 

“Studio Seating” by UNStudio

Pictured: Studio Twin

No stranger to furniture design, Dutch architects UNStudio have created a new line of minimal, versatile seating for Swedish brand Offecct. Allowing the user to choose between open and private arrangements, the series includes Studio Easy Chair (a single seating element with a wing on its right or left side), Studio Twin Beam (a pair of seats linked by a small table) and Studio Twin (a pair of seats with a solid base that mirrors the backrest). The frame is made from laminated wood with upholstery in fabric or leather.

 

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