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A Film About Vitra

Friday, June 17th, 2016

We love this video by Vitra, it’s a fantastic way to learn all about the brand and the history of Vitra: From Charles and Ray Eames at the beginning to Ronan and Erwin Bouroullec and the rest of the design team who are keeping the Vitra design philosophy alive! What would Charles say?!

The Perfect Summer Furniture Set from Ronan and Erwin Bouroullec for Hay..

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Created for outdoor use, this balanced collection comprises 13 different furniture typologies that all share the same principle geometry. The collection has been developed over the course of two years by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for HAY. It grew from a period of research at their studio into outdoor furniture typologies. The final designs are made from powder coated steel and include dining chairs, tables, low stool, bar stool, bench, dining bench, lounge chairs and a sofa. The Palissade collection is visually light yet reassuringly strong; it is classical in form and simple in construction. Each individual piece has been carefully engineered to hold the body in perfect balance.

There are almost imperceptible, but significant changes to the angles, curves and the juxtaposition between the frame and slats in each different typology. The design itself provides comfort and elegance, while the colour palette of light grey, anthracite and olive allow the pieces to be at home in both natural landscapes and urban settings. The collection perfectly suits domestic terraces, gardens and balconies, or more commercial outdoor environments such as cafes, bars and restaurants.
“Designing the entire collection was quite a long process, because to achieve it in a balanced way, it is not just a reverie. I think we can take out all the pieces by themselves and I think the character they have is extremely strong.” says Ronan Bouroullec. View the collection here.

 

An insight into the Ch22 and Ch26

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

To celebrate the launch of the CH22 and Ch26 from Carl Hansen this week we thought we’d give you a further insight into these exquisite chairs, with this video. Wegner designed the CH22 lounge chair in 1950 and presented it in August of the same year at the ‘Købestævnet’ exhibition in Denmark. Manufactured to Wegner’s exacting original specifications, the CH22 is a low armchair with a solid wood construction featuring Wegner’s characteristically shaped armrests and a paper-cord seat in what is known as an envelope weave.The chair’s refined joinery is evident in the finger-joined corners of the seat frame, with the forelegs locking into wooden wedges in a color contrasting that of the frame. The distinctive back shell in form-pressed veneer features oblong cover caps as a striking detail.

Although the CH26 design also dates back to 1950, the chair had never before been produced, and no mockups existed. The CH26’s striking similarity to the CH22 is evident in the armrests and the characteristic, sweeping form of the armrest supports. Because Wegner intended for the CH26 to serve as a dining or desk chair, he gave serious consideration to the chair’s proportions and its height in relation to tables, adjusting the CH26’s frame and seat structure to enhance strength and stability.

It’s great to be able to see the craftsmanship that goes into each Carl Hansen piece.

Welcome… Artek!

Friday, May 27th, 2016

We are very excited to have Artek join the TLS family! Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business strategy of the company was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means”. The founders of Artek advocated a new kind of environment for everyday life. They believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in architecture and design as well as in town planning.

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Today Artek is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, creating new paths at the intersection of design, architecture and art. The Artek collection comprises furniture, lighting and accessories by the Nordic masters Alvar Aalto, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Tapio Wirkkala, Eero Aarnio and Yrjö Kukkapuro. Artek also works with various other leading international architects, designers and artists. Artek’s collection is based on the original idea of standards and systems, initiated by Alvar Aalto’s bent wood experiments that resulted in the L-leg system. The L-leg, a solid wood leg with a laminated part bent at 90°, was patented in 1933 and quickly became a standard component of Aalto’s furniture designs. The standard and system thinking makes the furniture range versatile and allows it to be customised for individual projects.

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Oki Sato on the NJP Light for Louis Poulson

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Architect and designer Oki Sato discusses the connections between Japanese and Scandinavian lighting, and talks about the design process behind the NJP light he designed for TLS favourite, Louis Poulson.

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