Space Furniture’s favourites from Milan

Moooi Gothic chair by Studio Job.

SPACE Furniture‘s favourite pieces from the 2011 Milan Furniture Fair are currently touring Australia with a series of talks reflecting on this year’s fair.

Three chairs from B&B Italia are featured. The Beverly armchair, by Antonio Citterio, is an elegant armchair of a balanced modernity. Its aluminium folding frame comes in bright brushed or black chrome. The upholstery comes in a variety of colours. The Doyl is a simple, comfortable chair with refined details designed by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti. The padded leather chair inverts the classic proportions – lines that are normally concave are convex, creating a feeling of softness. The leather is folded, curved and turned inside out, but never cut. The Husk armchair, consisting of a moulded plastic shell and a series of soft cushions, is a celebration of softness. Designed by Patricia Urquiola, Husk embraces ecology by using recycled and recyclable materials, and components that can be disassembled in future.

Accademia’s Scarlet and Smile chairs demonstrate the beauty of simplicity. Scarlet, by Matthias Weber, comes as a chair or armchair and is available upholstered or completely in beech wood. Featuring classical forms, the chair has “ears” on the back, which contribute to the aesthetic of the design and work as a way to grasp the chair. Smile is a collection of chairs, armchairs and barstools with a vivid net pattern. Designed by Toan Nguyen, the indoor version has a wired back and an upholstered seat, while the outdoor version has a metal wired seat and back with a waterproof powder-coated finish.

Driade’s Cape West armchair, designed by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, features an intricate woven cover and aluminium structure. It is available in various colour combinations and the seat cushion is padded with outdoor upholstery, making it suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

Moooi’s Gothic and Extension chairs reinterpret traditional objects to create something modern and quirky. The Gothic Chair, designed by Studio Job, ironically reinterprets the solidity and dark elegance of gothic medieval castles. The dark solid wood traditionally featured in gothic chairs is replaced with plastic in ten unique colours, bringing back youthful memories of playfulness and joy. The Extension chair, designed by Sjoerd Vroonland, is a translation of how a chair is used. The chair comes standard with a handbag-hanger, while card-holder and coat-stand accessories are optional.

Maxalto’s Febo armchair has a wooden based design available in five variations – natural, brown, grey, black and smoked oak and with chrome or nickel legs. The series includes a new chair with more enveloping lines, as well as a small armchair now available with armrests.

The last event in the series of Milan talks will be held in Brisbane on June 28th. After this, the pieces will reside in Space showrooms.

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