During the post-war era when experimentation in architecture and design was at a high, Verner Panton was among the first in Denmark to bring new industrial materials and technologies into his studio, including plastic, synthetic textiles and foam, where he produced organic designs often saturated in colour.
Danish designer Verner Panton launched the Cloverleaf sofa in 1970, its Pop Art inspired form part of an undulating wall-to-wall Fantasy Landscape installed at the Visiona 2 exhibition in Cologne – and a radical shift from the traditional roots of Danish design. Today an international design icon, Cloverleaf has been adapted for the outdoors.
Always interested in the way furniture could shape experience and encourage connection, for Cloverleaf Verner Panton selected a pentangular form which is open on one side and hollowed out at the centre to provide legroom. Like a meadow of meandering clover, the backrest is snake-like and provides a large number of niches for sitting and conversation. The three sculptural pieces of the puzzle – left, right and middle – allow Cloverleaf to grow.
Now produced by Danish group Verpan, the latest addition 'Cloverleaf- in-and-Outdoor' is made in hardwearing plastic. True to Panton's vision for innovation, going inside the Verpan factory reveals the latest production techniques.
To mark their 90th anniversary, Italian furniture manufacturer Cassina has released This Will Be The Place, a book that boldly examines the territory of the future in tune with the present and the past, with surprisingly diverse results.
In Miilan this year, Serralunga launched the Cassero collection with Patricia Urquiola. It’s a range that responds to the international love for urban gardening with a series of beautifully pared back pots for planting everything from bamboo to micro-vegetable gardens.
From headquarters in Red Hook, Brooklyn – one of New York's emerging artisan communities and a diverse mix of metal workers, glass blowers, distilleries and chocolate makers – it's no wonder founders Jean Lee and Dylan Davis are producing work that balances playful experimentation and rational function across furniture, lighting, objects and interiors.
more space caught up with Formwerkz director Gwen Tan to discuss the studio's love of plants and design experimentation, the impact of narrative in their work, and the testing of design ideas in Tan's own house that have resulted in a new understanding of nature and architecture.
In Melbourne, the Open House platform has gained momentum, bringing the public into the conversation and asking questions about what we as communities want our cities to be. We talk with Emma Telfer, Open House Melbourne's Executive Director, about the importance of architecture programs that engage the community in city making.
A career designing: buildings, furniture, electronics, ceramics, lighting, jewellery and textiles, Ettore Sottsass was a man of the world who wrote poetry and collected friends including Allen Ginssberg, Max Ernst, Bob Dylan and Pablo Picasso,. His work pushed and prodded the industry's new toy in the 1950s: industrialisation, to create designs that expressed an attitude that continues to connect today.
In the final episode of ‘A Life Individual’ we are immersed into the creative worlds of music and design. Join us as we visit Gillianne and Allan Griffiths at their beautiful home on the Mornington Peninsula.
Art, wool, ink and cutting-edge technology – the winning formula for Moooi Carpets and their growing collection of artists and designers leading the resurgence of the rug.
Award-winning architect Brad Swartz has just received the 2017 Emerging Interior Design Practice Award from the Australian Institute of Design and it’s no wonder, in the last two years his Sydney studio has won a string of accolades for apartments that are inventive and punch way beyond their size.
Launched at the MAXXI museum in Rome a year on from Zaha Hadid’s untimely death, 'Zaha Hadid in Italy' highlights the seminal Italian buildings and projects shaping the practice that include the R&D collaboration with Italian manufacturer B&B Italia that produced the iconic Moon System.