Remember the joy you felt when going to the park meant playing on the swings? Or the days spend playing in the backyard on an old, beloved swing? This type of experience inspired Paris-based designer Florent Coirier to create the PortiqueArmchair and working with craftsmen of the Autonomous Port of GPM Nantes/Saint-Nazaire constructed another type of inspiration – that of walk-loading of goods he had seen in the port since he was a child. We knew as soon as we found the armchair on Design Milk that you would enjoy its clean design and childhood-reminiscent inspiration.
Materials and shapes intertwine to form the body of the armchair: “Drawing on the expertise of boilermakers and carpenters workshops, the chair uses materials common to shipbuilding. The aluminum tube is bent and used its light properties, creating an illusion compared to the apparent strength of the tubes. The Traditional natural rope, is replaced by the nautical rope in polyester and polyamide, stronger and more varied in choice of colors. The wooden board is retained, but treated in a noble solid wood (Oak gross). This chair plays with the archetypes of garden games, and refers directly to our childhood feelings.”
The Stacked system was designed by Julien De Smedt for Muuto. Held together using small clips, Stacked comprises modules of varied sizes that are arranged to create many different storage solutions and set-ups. The 835 Infinito modular bookcase was designed by Franco Albini for Cassina. Comprised of vertical elements, containers with doors or flaps and shelves in two depths, Infinito is an expression of possibilities that are designed to bring order to a space. Randomito from MDF Italia is a single unit hanging bookcase (available in white, orange, sand and green) that can also be turned upside down. Combining units provides a larger configuration with a striking visual impact.
Bet you never expected this! Another example featured on Giddy Upcycled shows an armoire transformed into a big, beautiful birdcage for live birds. Of course, the glass is replaced again with more appropriate cage-like netting. Neat idea if you want to show off your feathery friends in style.