Beautifully ugly solid foam chairs and stools made by a chemical reaction to the mix of hardwood shavings, bio-resin, dye and water. The well proven chair project is in collaboration between the American Hardwood Export Council, Marjan Van Aubel and James Shaw. The Well Proven chair is on show at the Design Museum in London as part of The Design of the Year 2015.
This video has been doing the rounds for a while but since it’s pretty amazing I thought I’d put it up anyway. Magically with the use of a computerised chainsaw Kkaarrlls in collaboration with Echtwald manage to make 4 stools out of a single section of a tree trunk, leaving only a bit of saw dust as waste. The video is well worth a watch.
Studio Swine in collaboration with Kieren Jones at the Royal College of Art have put together an open source design for the production of chairs made from recycled plastic found at sea with a DIY process of collecting, melting, casting and assembling. The idea was Influenced after the discovery of a Garbage Sea Patches in the late 90s, which are predicted to measure over 1,400,000 km². You can download the full manual to make your own here.
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Here’s a new kickstarter from a fellow Irish Architect James McBennett (Fabsie) looking for support for a really great initiative to produce ready to assemble on demand laser cut plywood furniture. The stools come in 3 different designs and can all be out together in less than a minute.
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‘Architecture for Dogs’ is a collaboration between some of the worlds game changing Architects and lovely looking dogs with some pretty out there results. If you see one you’d really like for your dog you can download the blueprints and make it at home, although some look ridiculously difficult to build. Have a look at the site for videos of each design and 3d animations of the construction.
I went for coffee last week in a great little cafe Brother Hubbard on Capel street in Dublin. I was really impressed with the design of the place. The interior and identity was designed by Dublin based Design Goat; who have also done work for 3FE. Everything in Brother Hubbard seems to have been thought out to such detail. There’s a real contemporary feel to the place. Solid ash counters, tables and stools complimented by the custom green powder-coated steel brackets supporting the seating, shelving and lighting gives a strong continuity. The Belfast sink embedded into the counter to hold cold drinks and the custom lamp shades show real ingenuity from the lads at Design Goat. Check out their other projects on the site below and if you’re in the area pop in for a coffee. Photography by Al Higgins.