Drawing on the past but not getting lost in it, the Gebrüder Thonet Vienna group is working with some of the most interesting designers today, including the Stockholm-based Swedish trio Front.
Since the early 1800s Thonet has produced beautifully made, bent timber furniture. Back in 1819 German designer, and founder, Michael Thonet created the first bent wood techniques, long before designers including Alvar Aalto and Ray and Charles Eames were steaming their own timber chairs. By 1976 the Thonet company had divided into two groups, with Thonet GmbH in Germany and the Gebrüder Thonet Vienna (GTV) company establishing itself in Austria.
With the traditions of the Thonet brand and iconic designs like the No. 14 Chair, GTV has been developing the collection with new and contemporary pieces in collaboration with designers like Swedish trio Front – Anna Lindgren, Charlotte von der Lancken and Sofia Lagerkvist.
Recent designs by Front include the Furia horse, a rocking horse for kids made by hand in beech or ash timbers, with an upholstered leather saddle. It is a nod to the roots of GTV and a refreshingly robust take on children’s furniture.
The collaboration with Front has seen a collection of grown up furniture too, with the Hideout Lounge Chair, the Arch Coffee Table and the Coat Rack Bench exploring wood and cane with both whimsy and a classical approach.
And this year, GTV won a 2017 Wallpaper* Design Award for the innovative use of bent wood. The Waltz coat rack uses repeated sinuous rotations to represent the motions of a ballroom dance, and perfectly sums up the balance the group carefully choreographs with tradition.
When Fernando and Humberto Campana began work on the New Hotel project in Athens 10 years ago, little did they know just how important the project would be, not only for their own practice, but also for the local artisans and architects who joined in on the adventure.
Rising above the gritty, urban heart of Sydney, Cleveland Rooftop designed by Adam Haddow of SJB, balances equal parts architecture and landscape and is a living case study for how cities could and should develop – while demonstrating first-hand how embracing nature shapes a happier life.
Father and son collaborators Alberto and Francesco Meda reveal Aledin Tec for Italian manufacturer Kartell, an LED task lamp in two versions – Tec and Dec – one designed for the office and the other for home.
We meet Spanish designer Jaime Hayon whose ideas across art and design are big and colourful, always fun, and in recent years have included a large green chicken, a giant porcelain doll, and a zebra-striped polar bear wearing a gold top hat.
A stand out on the MPavilion program this year was 'Design Your Own Pavilion' dreamt up and run by architects Tania Davidge and Christine Phillips of OpenHAUS. Their weekend design workshop looked at what a pavilion was and how you might design one, and engaged more than 30 kids in the adventure.
Named a UNESCO Creativity City of Design in 2015, we take a look at the region's new design hotspot where Space Furniture both strategically and somewhat fortuitously, opened its South East Asa flagship more than a decade ago.
We travel to Hotel Il Sereno on the shores of Lake Como to meet hotelier Luis Contreras whose family has established remarkable hotels where design, tradition and nature meet – and where luxury is being redefined with the help of designer Patricia Urquiola and furniture maker B&B Italia.
We visit the Rose Seidler House for a spring picnic tour with Space and a group of architects, engineers and designers from across Australia. Nearly 70-years since the house was completed, its popularity reveals even more than Harry Seidler's exciting and radical vision for the suburban home in 1950.
Launched by Mark Holmes and Tamara Caspersz and based in east London, Minimalux has been steadily building a collection of bespoke personal design items that are refined in detail and finished by hand – and attracting a worldwide following including design entrepreneur Casper Vissers.
With legendary art director Massimo Morozzi, founders Valerio and Monica Mazzei launched Edra in the final days of the Memphis movement, developing an advanced research hub where designers, including Zaha Hadid, Francesco Binfaré and Fernando and Humberto Campana, helped establish Edra's reputation as the avant-garde of the Italian design industry.