VotW 02: Niels Diffrient Speaks At TED


Here is a description of the lecture given by Diffrient from the TED website:

Design legend Niels Diffrient talks about his life in industrial design (and the reason he became a designer instead of a jet pilot). He details his quest to completely rethink the office chair starting from one fundamental data set: the human body.

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Modern Furnishings No. 03

Today we feature two pieces of furniture of Japanese designer, nosigner. The Arborism Table shown will be offered by Italian furniture maker COVO and will be released this month for resale. Below is a the written explanation from the designer for the inspiration for the design:

Arborism is a table with treeform arms. The design of the unique arms has been configured by the fractal algorithm called “Tree Curve”. So the design is the same as the branch structure of a real tree. The interesting point of this design is that it was completed not by the arbitrary work of the designer but by the logic of nature itself.

By being adapted to urban life recently, we are now far away from natural life. In order to regain our longing natural life, I propose the rehabilitation method by living surrounded by the products of which design hold natural logic.

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Modern Furnishings No. 02

Featured in this post are the Swedish architects Fredrik Kjellgren, Joakim Kaminsky (formerly of UNStudio) who are in the preliminary design stages of producing a line of chairs they haved dubbed “Pirate”. Here is a description in the artists own words:

“Pirate chair defines the need for change within the same concept. The seat is simply shaped out of one line, cushioned with an ocean blue fabric. The legs are made of coated turn wood and takes inspiration from whatever style it comes over such as bobbin, bowback, rococo, renaissance and so on.

We have also noticed that there aren’t any good locking stackable restaurant chairs on the market, so we simply made this one.”

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Modern Furnishings No. 01

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This is the first in a new installment that we are calling, “Modern Furnishings”. Similar to our long running series, “Intriguing Earth Architecture”, these posts will feature new and unique designs. Additionally, the idea behind the series would be to highlight new design talent from around the world for our readers. The first to be presented here is Jeff Miller, a New York based designer that has both won many awards and been showcased in several exhibitions. Feel free to leave a comment or two.

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Got Pencils?

So we asked our readers in our sidebar poll, “What would you like featured most on this blog?”; and many of you have responded modern design. In light of this fact, here is something we found today in our exploration around the net. Please continue voting in our poll and while you are at it please take a moment and vote for us in the sidebar poll at PartIV if you like our efforts. Thank you for your participation.

From the Boex website here is their explanation of the bench shown above:

Pencil Bench

Creative Solutions designed this award winning, quirky bench from a single conversation to see if they could incorporate an everyday office object into a piece of furniture.

The seat is made up of 1600 pencils which are individually sprung. Each pencil can be removed and used.

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