The "A Part from Reindeer" collection by Thailand's Anon Pairot Design Studio are unique furniture designs which incorporate the body parts from reindeer. No, real reindeer were not killed for this project, but instead fiberglass casts of reindeer parts were painted either antique gold or black and made into the limited collection of benches and seats, which are available for purchase.
French Industrial designer Thomas de Lussac has a mind for functional whimsy. His many designs for everything from lamps to outdoor benches often incorporate the human element in bright and fun colors.
While he also works in woods and has several sophisticated furniture collections to his credit(and yes, you should see those, too), I am sharing with you some of his more "FUNctional" pieces today.
The Mona Lisa bench:
The You and I bench:
The Tennis bench:
Cosmo and Moonwalk lamps:
Robot Trobo toilet paper holders:
Skull and Bones Wall Sconce:
Welcome Vase (grenade):
Tyrannosaurus Wall rack:
Shop for the many of the above products here at his online store.
Designer Thomas de Lussac:
The Dekka is a beautiful and innovative design created by Bo Strange, Morten Kjær Stivegaard and Sara Vinter Martinsen of FurnID , a Copenhagen based design studio.
FurnID originally created Dekka for entry in a competition announced by Danish Furniture in 2007. The assignment was to create an item of furniture that conveyed the idea of integration, and Dekka symbolises the encounter of two worlds – the Danish and the Arabic. The one world does not dominate the other, but the interplay between the two cultures and traditions gives rise to a fascinating, unique and highly functional work of design.
Danish design and Arabic cultural heritage form a beautiful union with Dekka, a new daybed that has already become a design icon and has been nominated for numerous design awards. Dekka, which means "a seat for more than one person", arose through an encounter of contrasts: Soft and hard, light and dark, ornamentation and minimalism, and of course beauty and function.
above left: Sara Vinter Martinsen and Bo Strange with the Dekka. right: Dekka, detail
“The asymmetrical hexagon can be repeated infinitely, creating a dynamic pattern. The Arab world has always viewed symmetry as divine: the more stringent the symmetry, the closer to God. But Dekka was made for people, not gods, and when it comes to people, nothing is predictable or symmetrical. The asymmetry represents imperfection and human nature,” explains FurnID’s Bo Strange.
The frame is made from 150 kg solid aluminum and the upholstery is handcrafted.
The daybed is available in wool and/or leather in a selection of colors.Below are a few examples.
Dekka, polished aluminum and ivory wool:
Dekka in polished aluminum with black leather:
and in all black:
photos courtesy of FurnID and Fredericia
Padding work: Heidi Lauritzen,
Photos: Mikkel Mortensen
Model: Anja Beyer
Stylist: Ingeborg Wolf.
The Dekka can be purchased from the manufacturer, Fredericia Furniture of Denmark. They will sell wholesale or retail and have representatives worldwide.
Phone +45 7592 3344
Fax +45 7592 3876
above: designers Bo Strange, Sara Vinter Martinsen and Morten Kjær Stivegaard
FurnID is a design studio consisting of Morten Kjær Stovegaard, Sara Vinther Martinsen and Bo Strange. The three Danish designers work within the fields of furniture and industrial design.
On FurnID's facebook page their credo is as follows :
"FurnID Essntials: We commit ourselves to inviting design. Working with every day objects we find it essential to develop products that are inviting in both shape and function. We believe in cooperation, quality and passion."
It is of great importance to the designers that all their products are friendly in either the form or function and therefore a FurnID product can be described with one word; inviting.
Vesterbrogade 63, 4. tv
Copenhagen, Denmark, 1620
Phone: +45 61700321
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Once upon a time, given my old design snob tendencies, the only benches I'd consider owning were the classic slat bench, the Platform bench, by George Nelson for Herman Miller and the leather Mies van der Rohe Bench for Knoll. Both, shown below, are still worthwhile investments, but if you're looking for a new modern bench, there's no shortage of fabulous designs out there.
Here are 10 unusual functional benches available for purchase that would look beautiful indoors or out.
1. The Kantbank
The Kantbank bench by miramondo is like a giant piece of shiny origami, made entirely of polished stainless steel.
Made up of a 2 mm-thick stainless steel sheet measuring 3,000 by 500 mm, the surfaces of all parts are polished.
Buy it here.
2. The Skew Bench
The Skew bench by Desu Design is one of my favorites. Designed to be a sculptural form of intersecting angular planes, the SKEW-001 draws inspiration from geological rock formations and also suggests movement. Made of certified renewable cellulose fiber and resin. It'd be stunning indoors or out.
buy it here.
3. Tree Trunk bench
Jurgen Bey's tree trunk bench for Droog has been out for awhile, but that doesn't make it any less cool.
The bench is a real tree trunk with chair backs made of bronze inserted into it. Buy it here.
4. Furniture to Garden Benches
The Gardening bench by 5.5 Designers is a concrete bench with built in areas for plants. The Furniture to garden collection consists of three bench styles and 2 chair styles as well as an end table.
The water can evacuate thanks to 2 or 4 perforations (depending upon which bench size) that are attached to the legs. Buy it here.
5. The Ordrupgaard bench
Architect Zaha Hadid's for Mobler is a simple organic bench in solid ash.
It was initially designed as part of the interior of the annex she designed for Ordrupgaard Museum in Charlottenlund just outside Copenhagen. The bench entered PP Møbler´s collection in the spring 2006. Buy it here.
6. The Swilken bench
The Indoor/outdoor bench with ReClaimed² hardwood top and concrete or polished aluminum base by Acronym Design is a beauty. Available in various woods.
The inspiration for the form came from the Swilken Bridge on the 18th Green at St. Andrews golf course in Scotland. This bench follows those principals and uses the simplicity of form to showcase the beauty of the wood. Hidden connections keep the bench sleek. Buy it here.
7. Bovine Benches
I've blogged about them before, but can't mention unsual benches without including the headless bovine benches by Julia Lohmann:
Buy them here.
8. The Nea Studio water bench
Designed by Nina Edwards, is actually a concept bench, but I had to include it. It's a concrete energy-efficient water bench is designed for public parks, cafes, outdoor train, ferry, bus stations and other waiting areas in extreme climates.
It is heated from the earth's energy in cold climates through an underground pipe system. It is cooled in hot climates from pipes connecting to fresh water or to the existing urban water system. Read more about it here.
9. the Inner Beauty bench
The Inner Beauty Bench is crafted from laser cut plywood by Studio Bility in Iceland. With intricate interior designs, the top stays smooth and simple. Buy it here.
10. The Water Bench
The Water Web Bench by Drift Design is a polyurea and efs outdoor bench available in three different patterns and six different colors. Water is pumped from within the bench to flow through the crevices cut into the bench and then back into the sofa.
The Water bench is the first product Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn designed together. Pump and algae solvent are included with the bench. Other colors may be available upon request. Buy it here.
Also worth noting:
The Botanist Designer series of metal benches.
The Whippet Bench by Radi design.
The Lightbench by Frellstedt is a traditionally shaped park bench that is illuminated from within in several color options.
If you want to purchase the Classic Nelson Platform bench or The van der Rohe bench, you can find them at any store that carries authentic Herman Miller and Knoll furniture.