Buying furniture can be a significant investment, so you want to make sure you’re putting your money towards something that will last. While fluffy upholstered pieces can help you take a load off at the end of a busy day, fabric furniture is often more difficult to care for and maintain than wood. Designer Adam Friedman from Los Angeles’ Sitskie design studio, who spent years working in furniture sales, has created a new line of furniture that aims to solve this problem. His solid wood pieces conform to the body like memory foam, giving users the best of both worlds.
Friedman’s cushioned block system is responsible for providing a soft comfortable experience while also maintaining the benefits of a solid surface including durability and cleanliness. He hopes that with this new design he’ll be able to address people’s concerns about damage, staining, dust, life of fabric and style often raised with regard to upholstered pieces. It has taken Friedman and his team years of trial and error; however, they are pleased to bring their unique solution, which is also backed by a U.S. patent, to the market.
One of their newest pieces, the Blocked Bench Arm, is constructed from 450 separate pieces of wood. All of the furniture is made with solid domestic and responsibly harvested wood.
This is not a distorted digital photo – it’s a cabinet that’s been intricately carved to look like one.
Created by Italian designer Ferruccio Laviani’s for furniture brand Fratelli Boffi, the Good Vibrations storage unit was carved from oak by a CNC machine.
Good Vibrations by Ferruccio Laviani
In his second year working with Fratelli Boffi, Ferruccio Laviani has created yet another fanciful world from the depths of his prolific imagination. A concept that goes beyond individual products, it combines the expertise of a company that specializes in full-feature and tailor-made projects with the creativity of a designer who can strike a balance between the past and the future, blending the harmony and magniloquence of the classical with the charm and allure of the contemporary.
For the 2013 Furniture Exhibition, the renowned architect has created an entire universe divided into a home’s different spaces. Ferruccio Laviani enthusiastically focuses on the concrete design aspect of interior design, creating unique products that have a strong visual impact and a one-of-a-kind look, as well as coverings, panelling and flooring. This far-reaching vision blends and encompasses different sources of inspiration and questions the traditional tenets of design and furniture.
The fanciful blending of styles is paired with an innate sense of wittiness to produce furniture like the Good Vibrations storage unit. Selected for a preview of this new collection, the piece exemplifies this new design philosophy and the harmonious juxtaposition of the languages and cultures it is based upon.
Echoes of faraway places and Oriental elements are glimpsed in the “disorienting” design of this storage unit, which seems to have been “deformed” by a strong jolt or by swaying movements. Although it appears to depart from the aesthetics of the past, in fact it draws upon ancient knowledge in the use of carving and fine wood workmanship.
The appeal of this extraordinary piece of furniture lies in its ability to overturn and question classical stylistic principles such as purity, cleanness and symmetry, while evoking a comforting feeling of deja-vù and a sort of primitiveness, matched by unquestionable craftsmanship.
As much as I love beautiful things, weird makes me even happier.
I was wandering the wild, wild west of the internet last night, and I came across the creepy eyeball chair. This discovery, of course, led me to other weird chairs, etc. You can see where this is going. Today’s OBT is all about bizarre and uncomfortable chair designs.