Monday, January 29, 2007
Bibendum is a one of a kind. Nowhere in the history of design will one find an armchair that compares to this. It is captivatingly harmonious despite its size and unites a majestic impressiveness with charm and esprit like no other leather armchair. Eileen Gray underscored the character of her endearing parlour lion with twinkling irony, she named it after the Michelin man, whose form this armchair calls to mind.
Ravioli is a comfortable seat for everyday use, its form is the result of a largely automatic design process. By means of the opportunities afforded by computer simulation, a square surface is blown up in three dimensions into a spatial shape that can support any number of uses, offering a rest, a seat, armrests, and a backrest. Ravioli therefore constitutes a contemporary interpretation of classical upholstered furniture.
A new dimension in sitting and reclining has been created with Lava Studio Vertijet has developed a model which is sitting-reclining-lounge furniture in one. Its flowing forms invite you to relax in different sitting and reclining positions – on several levels.
The name, clearly of Oriental origin, evokes a rarefied atmosphere of large Ottoman divans, of relaxation; indeed, the dimensions are large, airy, the cushions are connected up invisibly, standing on the ground. Large hems, taut fabrics, elegant and precious, smock stitch out of scale on the sides, confer a flavour of understated luxury.
Designer William Brand Annet van Egmond