Presented at London Design Festival, this year, the Spire Table and the Trialog Chair are two new pieces designed by the very talented Philipp Von Hase. We’ve spotted these two projects on design-milk and we decided to share them with you, for they really managed to attract our attention and conquer us with their expressive simplicity. His work is mainly influenced by the Norwegian life and culture. The Spire Table and the Trialog Chair are both, beautifully crafted by hand.
Made of walnut and maple wood, the Spire table looks like a giant seed, with a porcelain bowl in the middle of it. Since it’s a three-legged “plantable”, we do appreciate the creative approach, that of transforming a regular table into an object that compliments the plant (a plant-shelter). “It is designed for a seed center in Bergen where you can learn about seeds, consume and swap seeds.”
The Trialog Chair is a less conventional furniture item, highly ergonomic, that has the ability to change the décor of an entire room with its striking design. “Philipp noticed that when sitting in conventional chairs we often sink into the seat and don’t know where naturally to put our arms and hands. With this in mind he set out to create a chair that encourages a more upright posture – something that is both healthy and helpful for improving body language in social settings.”
The Componibili Storage Unit was designed in 1968 by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell. A design classic, it is on show at New York’s MoMA and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Functional, adaptable and smart, this hard-wearing and versatile unit has many uses around the home. Componibili units are stackable, available in round and square versions, varied sizes and several colors.
The best modular shelving systems will encourage individual expression and personal style. An investment in both design and practicality, they are something that we choose to live with (design is arguably always a choice). Famed industrial designer Dieter Rams once remarked: “I am convinced that a well-thought-out design is decisive to the quality of a product. A poorly-designed product is not only uglier than a well-designed one but it is of less value and use. Worst of all it might be intrusive.” This quote, from a speech on ‘Design by Vitsœ’ presented by Rams in New York, 1976, remains pertinent today.