Freistil and Dawid Tomaszewski:
Interior meets Fashion

Photo: freistil

With his distinctive love for detail, Gdansk-born fashion designer Dawid Tomaszewski is known for his avant-garde design and uncompromisingly perfect fits. Art, architecture and music are the sources of inspiration for his creations. Now, Tomaszewski has produced a new design to clothe a wing chair from the “freistil” (freestyle) range by sofa label Rolf Benz. The result can be seen this coming January at imm cologne.

The PRO chair series from Flötotto: designed for schools, suitable for anywhere

The PRO chair series from Flötotto. (photo: Flötotto)
The PRO chair series from Flötotto. (photo: Flötotto)

Eight months after its launch at the imm cologne 2012, the Flötotto chair series PRO is being extended to include a four-prong aluminium pedestal base and a bistro table. Flötotto is presenting the additions to the chair collection designed by Konstantin Grcic at Orgatec.

To this day, the Flötotto brand’s fame is closely linked with school chairs. “There’s something about Flötotto that you could call its DNA, based on the special shape of the seat shell and the resulting functionality. We wanted to reconnect with our history, but in an innovative way,” says managing director Frederik Flötotto who, together with his father and co-managing director Elmar Flötotto, began producing school furniture again in 2012 whilst simultaneously positioning PRO on the market for contract and domestic furniture. In the course of the intensive joint development process with Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, which took a good two years to complete, the original idea of “just” producing a school chair was expanded. 

The atelier chair of Walter Knoll designed by EOOS: reduced to its function

Der Atelier Chair von Walter Knoll und EOOS. (Foto: Walter Knoll)
The atelier chair of Walter Knoll designed by EOOS. (photo: Walter Knoll)

The legendary slogan “Form follows function” has left its mark on generations of designers. The principle is that the shape of an object should be primarily based upon its intended function. Or shorter: Reduced form, visible function. EOOS has taken the idea of functional clarity and given it its own interpretation: the sensuousness of the minimalist.

The Atelier Chair by Walter Knoll wants to be a gentle ascetic. Leather and steel are the skin and bones. Taut but also elastic the leather stretches over the steel framework – just as you would expect of genuine tubular steel furniture. The visible construction reveals the function of the chair.

The A-chair by Brunner: a vertical stacker with plenty of options

The A-chair by Brunner. (photo: Brunner)
The A-chair by Brunner. (photo: Brunner)

Elegance with a wealth of innovations – those are the attributes Baden-based contract furniture manufacturer Brunner uses to describe its new A-chair. The shell and frame of the stackable, linkable and modularly structured all-rounder are combinable in a wide choice of materials and colours. The chair thus aims to create a harmonious impression in all permutations and any interior setting – regardless of whether it is used in rows or as a stand-alone. The A-chair was developed by Stuttgart designers Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub.

“Our design elegantly integrates all the technical details and has a very strong look,” explains Markus Jehs. The basic shape of the chair is extremely simple: seen from the side, it looks like a capital A – and thus provided the inspiration for the name of the model range. Despite its multitude of functional elements, the A-chair has nevertheless been given a distinctive design and forms a single, homogeneous whole.

Ligne Roset introduces new Indoor Outdoor collection

Armchair Fifty by Ligne Roset. (photo: Ligne Roset)
The armchair Fifty by Ligne Roset. (photo: Ligne Roset)

As the transition from indoors to outdoors blurs, the distinction between winter garden and garden living room is becoming increasingly fluid. New furniture for the garden, patio or balcony seems to actively seek attention while at the same time providing a retreat inside the house where the occupants can still feel in touch with nature even during the winter months – and sometimes all year round. It is exactly this trend that the Outdoor collection from French furniture producer Ligne Roset is intended to address.

The collection includes an armchair by the name of Fifty, an interpretation of the wing chair that is just as much at home inside the house as it is out of doors. Its sculptural appearance allies the understated design of a black metal structure with the artisanship of 350 metres of hand-woven black or tobacco-coloured cord. The high backrest is ideal for resting or reading. A footstool enhances the relax factor while the “ears” reinforce the general feeling of security.