Furniture

Pedro

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“I ADMIRE EVERYTHING THAT IS USELESS, FRIVOLOUS AND WHIMSICAL. I HATE FUNCTIONALISM, POST-MODERNISM AND ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE. FOR ME, THE HOUSE AND ITS OBJECTS IS SUPPOSED TO BE SOME CRAZY PLACE THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH.” – PEDRO FRIEDEBERG

PIETRO ENRICO HOFFMAN LANDESMAN (AS WAS HIS GIVEN NAME) OR AS HE WAS LATER KNOWN AS PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, WAS BORN IN ITALY IN 1936 TO GERMAN-JEWISH PARENTS. AT THE AGE OF THREE, PIETRO AND HIS RECENTLY DIVORCED MOTHER FLED ITALY AT THE ONSET OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND SETTLED IN MEXICO.

SOON AFTER ARRIVING IN THE NEW COUNTRY, PIETRO’S MOTHER REMARRIED AND WENT TO WORK AS A TRANSLATOR FOR EXPATS — SUCH AS THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONARY LEON TROTSKY AND GERMAN WRITER ANNA SEGHERS — BOTH OF WHOM HAD FLED THEIR NATIVE COUNTRIES AND SOUGHT ASYLUM IN MEXICO.

AS A UNIVERSITY STUDENT IN MEXICO CITY IN THE 50’S, HE INITIALLY STUDIED ARCHITECTURE BUT HIS FANTASTICAL DESIGNS RAN AFOUL OF HIS RATIONALIST, BAUHAUS ORIENTED TEACHERS.

BY CHANCE, HIS DRAWINGS CAME TO THE ATTENTION OF MATHIAS GOERITZ A GERMAN BORN AVANT GARDE PAINTER & SCULPTOR WHO ENCOURAGED FRIEDEBERG AND MADE HIM A PROTÉGÉ. BY 1961 HE STARTED EXHIBITING IN LOCAL GALLERIES AND ABANDONED HIS STUDIES TO FOCUS SOLELY ON HIS ART.

FROM AN EARLY AGE, FRIEDEBERG WAS SURROUNDED BY RADICAL THINKERS AND ARTISTS, WHICH UNDOUBTEDLY HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON HIM. MEXICO CITY AND ITS SURROUNDINGS PROVIDED A WEALTH OF INFLUENCES FOR A YOUNG, INQUISITIVE MIND.

HE WAS ALWAYS FASCINATED BY RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE: CATHEDRALS, AZTEC PYRAMIDS, SYNAGOGUES, GURDJIEFFIAN TEMPLES AND AT AN EARLY AGE HE WAS INFLUENCED BY THEOSOPHY, CATHOLICISM, ATHEISM, EASTERN CUSTOMS AND RELIGIONS.

AS A SCULPTOR & PAINTER PEDRO FRIEDEBERG’S WORK IS RICHLY DETAILED, SURREAL & HIS ARTISTIC STYLE BLENDS INFLUENCES FROM NEOCLASSICAL ART, ESHER AND MESOAMERICAN SYMBOLISM.

SPACE AND TIME ARE IMMATERIAL; THE ANCIENT MINGLES WITH THE MODERN; HANDS AND FEET BECOME CHAIRS, ANIMALS DANCE AMONG CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE; IMAGES, SHAPES, AND LETTERS ARE REPEATED AD INFINITUM. ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN THE CRAZY WORLD OF PEDRO FRIEDEBERG. HIS IMAGINATION IS LIMITLESS.

HIS FOOT AND HAND CHAIRS, CLOCKS IN THE SHAPE OF HANDS AND TATTOOED MANNEQUINS AMONG OTHER THINGS BRING LEVITY AND WHIMSY TO ANY SPACE IT OCCUPIES.

HE IS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS HAND CHAIR, A FUNCTIONAL SCULPTURE THAT IS AN ICON OF DESIGN AS ART, CREATED IN 1961.

WITH A CAREER SPANNING MORE THAN FIVE DECADES, HE HAS DEVELOPED SOMETHING OF A CULT FOLLOWING AMONG COLLECTORS AND DESIGNERS ACROSS THE GLOBE.

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Quasar Khanh, designer visionnaire

Originally from Hanoi, Quasar Khanh came to Paris in 1949. He was a designer of cars and boats, an architect and a fashion designer. He was the first to have the idea of ​​a fully inflatable line of furniture. In 1968 he launched the Aerospace collection entirely in plastic. Having passed away in 2016, all his work is now revealed thanks to the publication of this wonderful book : QUASAR KHANH, DESIGNER VISIONNAIRE. The preface is signed by Philippe Starck.

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Nendo’s Manga Chairs

Japanese design studio Nendo has created a series of 50 chairs, which are each based on the abstract lines and grids used in graphics for manga-style comic books. Each chair in the Manga collection is made from polished stainless steel, and is intended to emulate a design element used to illustrate emotions or actions in stories.

The 50 Manga chairs were presented as an installation for Friedman Benda gallery, New York at the Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Settentrionale during Milan design week.

source : dezeen

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Jean-Paul Gaultier customises Typographia seating at Maison & Objet, Paris

French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier has plucked his initials from a collection of alphabet-shaped chairs and used a distressed-looking fabric to upholster them.

Typographia seating range is by French brand Tabisso.

The special editions are called Nature et Découverte, and have faux-suede covers patterned to looking rust. Source : Dezeen

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A new take on the Chesterfield

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source : Designwalker

Grandly proportioned, with a low seat, plush padding and allover button tufting, our Soho sofa is comfort writ large. Its lavish styling recalls the classic Chesterfield – plush seating for London’s turn-of-the-century gentlemen’s clubs – but squared-off arms and a rakishly low profile imbue it with contemporary, of-the-moment style. source : design walker

Table made from every single page of an IKEA catalogue – Brilliant concept !

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Taking the idea of sustainability to a greater extent is a project called the ‘IKEA table’. The furnishing has been devised as a way to fully reuse two of the brand’s annual catalogues. The process utilizes water to make the distortion of the pages more manageable, fusing their computer-generated graphics into odd conglomerations of textures, colors, and misshapen typefaces. These pieces are reinforced by polyvinyl acetate, a synthetic polymer adhesive that is visible as a subtle grid throughout the structure.

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source : designboom