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Eye on Design: Puff and Stuff Chair By Chris Schanck

puff and stuff chair by chris chance photo by gail worley
All Photos By Gail

What caught my eye immediately on flyers for the 2019 edition of The Salon Art + Design show was the included image of a vibrant Pink version of Chris Schanck’s Puff and Stuff Chair (2019). With it its quilted, glossy velvet upholstery and biomorphic sculptural base comprised of steel, aluminum, polystyrene, polyuria, aluminum foil and resin, the chair manages to look both organic and highly stylized simultaneously. The Pink Puff and Stuff Chair became my number-one-must-see item at the fair, but sadly my dream was not fully realized.

firedman benda booth photo by fail worley
Puff and Stuff Chair Installation View

Friedman Benda, who represent the designer, chose to display Puff and Stuff only in a Sage Green. I was disappointed, sure; but that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to write about the chair. Because, look at how awesome it is.

puff and stuff chair side detail photo by gail worley

It looks like the walls of a futuristic space cave — and please note that no two are alike. These chairs and the accompanying peach-hued pedestal table are inspired by Schanck’s 2018 solo exhibit at Friedman Benda entitled Unhomely, which focused on the designer’s acclaimed sculptural approach.

orange pedestal table detail photo by gail worley

Unhomely featured 15 works with independent, stand-alone narratives woven into an otherworldly landscape. Synthesizing premeditation and spontaneity, Schanck’s highly individualized, low-tech, idiosyncratic technique, Alufoil (in which industrial and discarded materials are sculpted, covered in aluminum foil and then sealed with resin) was conceived in 2011 during his MFA studies. The process begins with Schanck’s imaginative drawings and models, which are then executed by a team of artists and collaborators apprenticed in his Alufoil method.

Installation view photo by gail worley

Hybrids of sculpture and furniture, Schanck’s bold constructions blend biomorphic forms with elaborately crafted symbolism. These assemblages draw from a wide range of influences ranging from Brutalist and Art Deco architecture to ancient Egyptian, Anatolian and Aztec iconography. Skirting the line between refinement and camp, Schanck’s figurative, at times anatomical, creations reference science fiction films and conjure up visions of ancient aliens, hidden cavernous chambers, and monolithic space operas.

2 puff and stuff chairs photo by gail worley

Despite overt references to fantasy and meta-fiction, Schanck’s assemblages are grounded in the reality of humanity’s relentless  inventiveness. “In my work,” the Detroit native admits, “I take inspiration from the people and forms around me and dip them into a futuristic skin.”

Photographed in the booth for Friedman Benda at the Salon Art + Design 2019 in NYC.

Eye On Design: Enchanté Wall Sconce By Misha Kahn

Enchante Wall Sconce
Photos By Gail

Furniture designer Misha Kahn’s work exists at the intersection of design and sculpture, exploring a wide variety of media and scales. Kahn’s approach melds an array of processes, from casting, carving, welding and weaving, to imaginative and singular modes of production. According to John Maeda, former president of the Rhode Island School of Design (where Kahn earned his BFA in furniture design in 2011), “Misha creates work for a parallel wonderland, where traditional perception of material and structure is pushed to the edges of the room to make space for one big party.”

Enchante Wall Sconce

This whimsical wall sconce, with its crown-like polished bronze fixture and extended lime green glass hand takes its name from the French word for ‘enchanted,’ which is commonly translated as ‘nice to meet you.” You might also hear “Enchanté” uttered by a character in a cheesy movie while kissing the back of a lady’s hand, which I am told is considered rude.

enchanted wall sconce installation view photo by gail worley

Enchante Wall Sconce

This piece is produced on-demand and can be purchased for $18,000 at this link.

Photographed in the Friedman Benda Gallery Booth at The Salon Art and Design in New York.

Eye On Design: Lacquered Wood ‘Sunset’ Cabinet By Pierre Cardin

Pierre Cardin Sun Cabinet 2
Photos By Gail

What a treat it is to experience the Pierre Cardin exhibit Future Fashion, currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum. I admit to being unaware that Cardin also made furniture until I saw a selection of his amazing woodwork staged amongst his retro-space-age fashions. This cabinet, which emulates a sunset above ocean waves, is from 2018.

Pierre Cardin Sun Cabinet 3

Cardin’s passion for woodworking began as a child in central France. Later, he created furniture inspired by the skies, landscapes, and forms of nature, using traditional woodworking and lacquer techniques that correspond to the handiwork in haute couture fashion. For this reason, Cardin described his handmade cabinets, tables, dressers, and chairs as “couture furniture” and utilitarian sculptures. Cardin intends his furniture, like sculpture, to be place so that the viewer can see if from all sides and directions.

Pierre Cardin Sun Cabinet

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion Will be on View at The Brooklyn Museum Through January 5th, 2020.

Eye On Design: Cozy Chair By Hannes Grebin

Cozy Chair Installation View
Cozy Chair Installation View in the Todd Merrill Studio Booth at The Salon New York (All Photos By Gail)

An annual favorite NYC design event is now behind us for the year, but you can bet I’ll be featuring many of the most spectacular pieces of art furniture from The Salon Art + Design in these pages in the coming weeks. Let’s kick off with a unique chair from Berlin-based, Bauhaus educated, multi-disciplinary designer Hannes Grebin, who has created upholstered seating inspired by questioning traditional domestic decor. Applying the principals of Cubism to design, Grebin masterfully deconstructs the traditional shapes and detailing of a ‘Dad’s Chair’ into simplified geometric shapes and interlocking planes. Presenting The Cozy Chair!

Cozy Chair By Hannes Grebin

Grebin describes the chair as a ‘living sculpture,’ which puts the traditional views about comfort and taste into question. The Cozy Chair is a wing-back style that dates back centuries, but has here been re-analyzed, broken down and reassembled into something quite new and different.

Cozy Chair By Hannes Grebin

It is both fractured and asymmetric, but perfectly meets the demands of ergonomics. Angular and yet cozy, sculptural and yet functional, Grebin has struck a unique balance that makes The Cozy Chair an alluring work of design. The faceted planes meet elegantly giving the chair changing perspectives with each glance. His design is both a deconstruction and commentary on the mechanization of modern life.

Cozy Chair By Hannes Grebin

Working with a master upholster in Berlin, the resulting seating is hand-crafted with the highest possible level of materials and workmanship. Grebin, the son of two architects notes, “Ultimately, I didn’t want to make just furniture. It was much more important for me that although all objects function, the design objects should become objects for discussion, in order to lead the theoretical design discourse to new ways and approaches.”

Available by commission from the designer; visit Todd Merrill Studio with all inquiries.

Eye On Design: Ore Streams Filing Cabinet By Formafantasma

Filing Cabinet By Formafantasma Installation View 1
All Photos By Gail

Seemingly random bits of e-waste make up the Ore Streams collection of office furniture, designed by Italian duo Formafantasma.

Filing Cabinet By Formafantasma

Cabinet (2017)  is a clear glass-encased filling cabinet created from up-cycled aluminium computer cases embellished with a digital print of the surface of Mars, a reference to the extra-terrestrial origins of gold, which is widely thought to have arrived on earth via a meteorite shower.

Filing Cabinet By Formafantasma Front Detail
Cabinet, Front Drawer Detail

Formafantasma’s Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin created cabinet and accompanying furniture series as part of their Ore Streams project, a two-year study into the current state of electronic waste recycling that proposes new approaches for designers working on gadgets. The furniture is designed as a poetic response to the findings.

Filing Cabinet By Formafantasma Detail
Cabinet, Side and Rear Detail

The pastel-hued metallic objects incorporate decontextualised bits of electronic waste, like the casings from iPhones and laptop keyboards. One cubicle features a pigeonhole formed from a microwave, while a rubbish bin is lined with gold scavenged from circuit boards.

Filing Cabinet By Formafantasma

The duo chose objects that were familiar within the office, but made them slightly odd and unfamiliar. In addition to the filing cabinet, the collection includes a table, rubbish bin, two cubicles, a desk, chair, lamp and shelf, all made primarily of dead stock.

Filing Cabinet By Formafantasma Installation View 2

Photographed in the Giustini / Stagetti Booth at the Salon Art and Design, at the NYC Armory in November of 2018.

Eye On Design: Presence – Absence Table By Germans Ermics

Presence - Absence Table
All Photos By Gail

Amsterdam-based designer Germans Ermics has worked extensively with frosted, ombre and colored glass in his furniture design studio. The Presence – Absence Table expands on his ideas with a design made from  hardened laminated glass mirror with graduation from 100% Mirror to 100% Red Glass. It is really quire stunning.

Presence - Absence Table

Presence – Absence was originally created in collaboration with Iskos – Berlin for the Side by Side Outside SE exhibition at the Danish Museum of Art & Design in 2017.  A statement on the table is below:

“The clearest way to perceive and define the world is through negation, through opposites:

We understand the meaning of light when it becomes dark; we first understand what our parents mean for us when they are gone; the presence of loved ones is truly grasped in their absence.
Presence and Absence walk together – Side by Side – as inseparable as day and night”

Presence - Absence Table

Photographed at The Salon Art & Design in NYC. Limited Edition of 8 Pieces, Available from Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris.

Eye On Design: Petite Fleur Tables By Hélène de Saint Lager

Petite Fleur Tables By Helene De Saint Lager
All Photos By Gail

Hélène de Saint Lager is a French artist and sculptor, based in Paris, who is particularly known for her furniture made of resin. This trio of Petite Fleur Tables are a perfect exmaple of her works, of which no two are alike. A Saint Lager table is typically made over the course of a week, using a hollowed-out bed of sand. The artist forms that hollow to represent the mass of the table when it is filled. A canvas sheet then lines the void before Saint Leger pours a layer of resin a couple of inches deep onto it. Her next task is to decide how industrial dyes lend effects of opacity or transparency, depth or brilliance.

Petite Fleur Tables Detail
Table Surface, Detail

Metallic strips or iridescent drops or streaks might be added as the material is built up in each stage, with 24 hours needed for each layer to cure. Sometimes, mother of pearl or broken ceramics are added, and Saint Lager encourages personal effects to be entombed in her bespoke designs.

Petite Fleur Tables By Helene De Saint Lager

Photographed at The Salon Art and Design. Available from Twenty First Gallery in NYC.

Eye On Design: Bespoke Amber Chest of Drawers By Kam Tin

Amber Chest of Drawers
All Photos By Gail

I saw many, many breathtakingly beautiful things at The Salon Art and Design show at the Park Avenue Armory, and one of most unusual items, which I am sure I will never forget, was this three-drawer dresser by designer Kam Tin, which is covered on three sides in meticulously curated pieces of genuine Baltic Amber.

Amber Chest of Drawers

Have you ever seen anything like that? For this dresser, which Tin creates to-order so that no two are alike, the natural amber pieces are polished and mounted on the dresser’s wooden frame, fitted with brass legs, and topped with a plate of Italian tinted glass. The piece measures 27.5ʺW × 19.7ʺD × 31.4ʺH.

Amber Chest of Drawers Detail
Amber Drawer Surface Detail

Each piece of amber was hand-selected for its color and inclusions. This chest of drawers  has a retail price tag of $57,000.

Amber Chest of Drawers

Designed by Kam Tin for Maison Rapin at Decaso, Paris, France.

Eye On Design: Chicken Lamps By Sebastian Errazuriz

Chicken Lamps
Story and All Photos By Gail Worley

New York-based Chilean designer Sebastian Errazuriz is known for thinking way outside the box. Always on the look-out for interesting materials, he aims to strike a balance of artistic and practical qualities of design, and his sense of humor often ends up in the mix. In this case, Errazuriz obtained the bodies of taxidermy chickens (which died of natural causes) to create these fun and unique Chicken Lamps. Who says upcycling has to be dull?

Chicken Lamp with Egg Bulb

In one model, the light bulb is seen emerging from the bird’s hindquarters, just as an egg would.

Chicken Lamp with Shade

In an alternate design, the chicken’s head has been replaced by the light bulb. These lamps stand on the chicken’s two feet, mounted on a plexiglass disc. Available from R and Company.

Photographed at The Salon Art and Design at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC.

Chicken Lamps

Paul Kasmin Gallery Presents Mattia Bonetti’s Indoor | Outdoor

Pliniana Armchair
Pliniana Armchair and Bundle of Sticks Table By Mattia Bonetti (All Photos By Gail)

Continuing with it recent series of amazing art exhibits, Paul Kasmin Gallery on Tenth Avenue is currently hosting Indoor | Outdoor, an exhibition of new functional sculptures by Mattia Bonetti, on view through May 4th, 2013. If you love the space where Modern Furniture Design becomes Fine Art, this is a Must See exhibit!

Liquid Gold Cabinet
Liquid Gold Cabinet

The works in this series epitomize Bonetti’s unique vision, including an exciting debut of new outdoor furniture, a career first for the artist. Since the beginning of his pioneering practice in the 1970s, Bonetti, known for his limited edition works and unique commissions, has approached the distinction between art and design not as a barrier, but as a wellspring of creative dialogue.

Archetype Table Lamp
Archetype Table Lamp

Lucky Side Table
Lucky Side Table

Inspired by the dynamic between indoors and out, these works swing both conceptually and formally between the organic and the geometric, playing in the space between the natural and the crafted. Blurring these familiar boundaries, the majority of the works have been designed to thrive both inside and outside.

Necklace Round Side Table
Necklace Round Side Table

Bonetti’s forms also consciously reinvigorate classical and timeless silhouettes, suggesting cultural influences as diverse as Ancient Greece and imperial India. From the patterns of woven reeds translated in bronze, to shaped travertine filled with colored resin, to illuminated Madagascar rock crystal, to cast aluminum that bears the raised grain of hand-milled elm—these works tantalizingly combine and reimagine the world of design into a realm of dueling materials, forms, and evocations.

Travertine Couch and Table
Travertine Couch and Table

Mattia Bonetti’s Indoor | Outdoorwill be on Exhibit Through May 4th, 2013 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located at 293 Tenth Avenue (at West 27th Street) New York, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Rocky Side Table with Oval Meander Coffee Table
Rocky Side Table (Rear) with Oval Meander Coffee Table (Foreground)