Keno (seat)

Designed by: Noora Liesimaa

With Helsinki design week starting tomorrow I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite items of furniture born in Finland in the last few years.

Keno by Noora Liesimaa as seen on The Product Edit

This kind of design I was thinking of when I called my blog ‘The Product Edit’. The name is most often understood as referring to the content of the blog, and it does; it’s my personal edit of the best design out there. But what is more important to me is that it alludes to the process of editing away, pairing back, and getting rid of anything superfluous to a design before it is considered finished. Although not everyone’s idea of what is superfluous and removable is the same!

Back to this particular piece though.. The base is cut from a slab of spruce, chamfered at an angle to produce the nicely tilted seat. The back is simply constructed form steel and fabric. The material colours sit very naturally together and the high back balances out the bulk of the seat. In my home I would chuck a sheepskin of the back of the seat and get my Danish hygge on.

This was Liesimaa’s show piece from her time at Aalto University. It was exhibited at “Norther” in Milan 2013. As far as I can tell its not in production but please do contact me, or leave a comment, if anyone knows any different! Haluan sen. See?! I’m willing to learn Finnish for this one.

Image Credit: Lancia Trend Visions

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Crossed Double Seat

Designers: Fien Muller & Hannes Van Severen (Muller Van Severen)

Crossed Double Seat as seen on The Product Edit

Muller and Van Severen describe themselves as artists (photography and sculpture respectively) not designers. They aren’t particularly interested in ordinary furniture. All their pieces have a small social commentary or suggest different ways of using space.

Crossed Double Seat as seen on The Product Edit

For Muller making furniture is interesting to her when pieces are introduced to each other. The exquisite colour combos are also hers to brag about. Severen’s influence, I’m told, creates the “absurdity” which I *think* is referring to the off-beat angles seen in most of their other pieces (scroll on down for some photos of angled pieces). And as a sculptor I imagine the 3D nature of this on going furniture project suits him very well. They both bring important personal strengths to the project but they are keen to stress the benefit of working together in our kind of industry;

“Working as a duo obviates the individual ego all too prevalent in both the design and art world and allows each object to just exist.”

Hear, hear! I’ll shut up now and let you see the rest of their pieces.

Muller Van Severen as seen on The Product Edit

I like how they have left the welded steel frames ‘unfinished’ when coupled with thick natural leather and used a high gloss when coloured fabric is involved.

Muller Van Severen as seen on The Product Edit

Available to buy at Viaduct

Image Credits: Muller Van Severen , Viaduct 

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