Archinect - News 2016-05-05T14:10:32-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/148360890/designing-a-transparent-chair-for-toy-storage Designing a transparent chair for toy storage Julia Ingalls 2016-02-17T17:05:00-05:00 >2016-02-17T17:54:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1j6adpdq85whwlx.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The "Mom" chair is a kid-sized acrylic seat with an opening on top where kids can drop their toys. It makes the dreaded toy clean-up exceedingly simple&mdash;and looks damn good to boot&mdash;but the true genius is in its transparency. Unlike opaque storage systems, toys can be easily spotted and dug out from within its clear walls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anyone who has lived through the chaos of a child playing (the point of which can seem to be to maximally distribute their toys across a given floor area) will appreciate this inventive, highly functional design by Carlo Contin:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ii/iib2p9hiqaqf9lp9.jpg"></p><p><strong>For more of Furniture February:&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147754702/very-refined-it-s-like-a-jewel-a-look-at-former-architect-jader-almeida-s-new-furniture-collection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Very refined; it&rsquo;s like a jewel" &ndash; a look at former architect Jader Almeida's new furniture collection</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/147429507/waka-waka-s-furniture-strikes-a-balance-between-simplicity-and-playfulness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waka Waka's furniture strikes a balance between simplicity and playfulness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/147273569/a-misting-mirror-a-chair-that-shoots-fireworks-and-other-material-experiments-by-soft-baroque" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147270346/charles-and-ray-eames-meet-freddy-krueger-artist-creates-deformed-furniture "Charles and Ray Eames, meet Freddy Krueger": artist creates deformed furniture Julia Ingalls 2016-02-03T13:38:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T00:11:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1reugtsyr0gqi9co.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...the pieces in [Wurm's] latest show, Lost, appear as thought your living-room furniture took a nightmarish turn for the worse. Wurm modeled all of the objects in clay before distorting their form by stomping, smashing, or walking on them (the latter method can be seen clearly in the footprints on the torn-up chaise lounge). Wurm then cast the deformed pieces in bronze or polyester and painted [them].</p></em><br /><br /><p>A few pieces from the show:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r2/r20t8b5zykyeycj7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/82/82cnyv2szsnm87xo.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2a/2agf95db9pb0c33q.jpg"></p><p><em>February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furniture musings, interviews, reviews, designs, projects and investigations for review to be featured on our site. The open call for submissions is effective immediately.</em></p><p><strong>More details&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146366342/this-february-archinect-is-all-about-furniture-and-we-want-your-submissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></p><p>To satisfy your fix, check out some of Archinect's past furniture-related coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136279503/archinect-s-comparison-of-gorgeous-yet-pragmatic-chair-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's comparison of gorgeous yet pragmatic chair design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/31484263/google-s-newest-office-looks-like-a-space-station-with-foosball-tables" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Newest Office Looks Like A Space Station With Foosball Tables</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117968112/upstarts-four-o-nine-architecture-and-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UpStarts: Four O Nine architecture and design</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147115295/forget-standing-desks-just-wear-your-chair Forget standing desks – just wear your chair Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-01T13:18:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T12:08:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/199a56591037c85ca65f29439bd8ebd8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Japanese researchers have developed a wearable chair called Archelis that can help surgeons when they are performing long surgeries. [...] The wearer of Archelis will not get full comfort of sitting on a chair but the gadget actually wraps around the wearer's buttocks and legs, providing support that effectively allows them to sit down wherever and whenever needed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out Archelis in action (in Japanese) below (h/t BLDGBLOG):</p><p></p><p>More from the world of wearables:</p><ul><li><a title="Wearable shelters for the hipster nomad" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80389600/wearable-shelters-for-the-hipster-nomad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wearable shelters for the hipster nomad</a></li><li><a title="Vinn Patararin challenges the possibilities of textile architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113436373/vinn-patararin-challenges-the-possibilities-of-textile-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vinn Patararin challenges the possibilities of textile architecture</a></li><li><a title="Magical Sesame Ring opens gates of public transit" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80158350/magical-sesame-ring-opens-gates-of-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Magical Sesame Ring opens gates of public transit</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/100226946/because-buildings-need-seats Because Buildings Need Seats Alexander Walter 2014-05-22T13:02:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:01:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/0828cab75e4804a74d9241bab7348e04.jpg" width="495" height="743" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>William Pedersen, 76, a founder of the architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, has designed some of the world&rsquo;s most notable skyscrapers [...]. In what may look to the observer like a counterintuitive career move, Mr. Pedersen, after 50 years of designing buildings, is diversifying by taking on furniture. The line, called Loop de Loop after the stunts performed by small aircraft, includes a side chair, dining chair, chaise and lounge chair with ottoman. Eventually there will be a rocker.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/87475463/the-top-five-finalists-for-the-battery-conservancy-s-draw-up-a-chair-competition The top five finalists for The Battery Conservancy’s Draw Up A Chair competition Justine Testado 2013-11-26T21:02:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T22:49:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b4j9m339e5b8rnuw.jpg" width="514" height="256" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Battery Conservancy is one step closer to finding the winning outdoor chair design of their Draw Up A Chair competition for The Battery park in New York City. The competition began with 679 submissions in July 2012. Then the jury selected the Top 50 designs, which were exhibited for the public to see and use over the past six months.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The top five designs are:</p> <p> Fleurt by &shy; Andrew Jones Design: Andrew Jones (Toronto, Canada) <em>&mdash; see top image</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hi/hifpbj396y4degof.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Maple Chair by &shy; Maria Camarena Design: Maria Camarena Bernard (Zapopan, Mexico)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vu/vukmp57f27ttycwu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Pivot Chair &shy; by Independent Design Group: Simon Kristak &amp; Aidan Jamison (Brooklyn, USA)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zw/zwd5l1ukk2nt9lmy.jpg" title=""></p> <p> South Chair &shy; by Jason Bird (Redwood City, USA)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cdyg4wshj01egeas.jpg" title=""></p> <p> U Rock &shy; by Pitanga: Davi Deusdara, &Eacute;rica Martins, Tais Costa &amp; Rafael Studart Alencar (Falc&atilde;o, Brazil)</p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of The Battery Conservancy Americas "Draw Up A Chair" Design Competition.</em></p> <p> For more details, read the <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/the_top_five_finalists_for_the_battery_conservancys_draw_up_a_chair_competi/" target="_blank">Bustler article</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83599286/mari-and-lyn MARI AND LYN BOARD 2013-10-07T17:12:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T18:28:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2qgs0dul8ewg3ow.jpg" width="514" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BOARD designed a chair called MARI and a stool named LYN to be used for free.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In financially difficult times we have to be innovative when it comes to spending money on objects for daily use, such as seats and office furniture. Thus we designed two very simple and very affordable pieces of furniture that can be self-built within just a few hours: a chair called MARI and a stool named LYN. Both seats complement each other, just as Bonnie and Clyde or Laurel and Hardy, creating a whole, just like the names of the two seats complement each other: MARILYN. While MARI&rsquo;s function is rather limited to that of a chair, LYN can be used, for example, as an extension of MARI to create a bench, or as a simple footstool, as a table, or even a bookshelf. Nevertheless, both pieces of furniture can be used and produced separately as well.</p> <p> Styrofoam<br> The material used is one of the most profane, unglamorous and affordable substances: Styrofoam boards, in this case blue ones, usually utilized for the thermal insulation of buildings. It was invented in the 1940s by a group ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72761253/parabola-chair-wins-2013-icff-studio-award Parabola Chair Wins 2013 ICFF Studio Award Alexander Walter 2013-05-08T15:27:00-04:00 >2013-05-12T19:15:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q7/q76rialyo7h7wz1t.jpg" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles-based architect and product designer Carlo Aiello has shared with us his Parabola Chair design which recently won him the prestigious International Contemporary Furniture Fair Studio Award. The chair will be exhibited during the upcoming ICFF, May 18-21 in New York, and is currently on display at Bergdorf Goodman windows.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53009799/americas-design-competition AMERICAS DESIGN COMPETITION anthony dong 2012-07-05T16:32:00-04:00 >2012-07-05T20:13:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pg/pgeaut5u7cqm854r.jpg" width="514" height="548" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Battery Conservancy invites students and professionals from the Americas (North, Central, South and the Caribbean), to design an iconic moveable outdoor seating element. The winning design will be fabricated for use in The Battery, the 25-acre park at the tip of Manhattan, which annually welcomes six million visitors.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>