Design at 30,000 feet

Monday, 17 March 2014 12:05

The typical aeroplane cabin is filled with standardised elements distinguished only by their overt branding. Now designers such as Hella Jongerius are adding the human touch.

Icon 129: Airports

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 15:11

This month’s issue is devoted to ‘Airports’, from Studio Fuksas’s vast terminal in Shenzhen, to Pereira & Luckman, inventors of jet-age modernism and designers of LAX. We also look at how Hella Jongerius and FutureBrand, among others, have created national identities at 30,000ft up in the air. Plus the latest products and furniture from Scandinavia in this month's design report.

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China's World Expo

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 12:51

One image is ubiquitous on the construction hoardings, billboards and plastic shopping bags in Shanghai these days – the tiered silhouette of the China Pavilion at the Expo 2010.


Friday, 14 August 2009 13:15

A feature film about product design is a rare thing indeed. This one is set in a strangely familiar parallel universe with an all-star cast.


Tuesday, 14 July 2009 14:11

Ikea has invited Swedish quartet Front to design pieces for its new PS collection, finally allowing fans of the designers to own a piece of the studio's furniture at an affordable price.

Review: Objectified

Friday, 22 May 2009 05:32

Gary Hustwit's film Objectified, a feature-length look at product design with an all-star cast, opens today. Here's what we thought of it.

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Ikea’s new PS Collection

Tuesday, 10 March 2009 09:38
Ikea has invited Swedish quartet Front and Dutch design star Hella Jongerius to design pieces for its new PS collection, finally allowing fans of the designers to own a piece of their furniture at an affordable price.
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Chairs 1

Wednesday, 30 April 2008 00:53
Vitra chair by Hella JongeriusVitra, Hella Jongerius
A tiny fluorescent notch attracts us to Hella Jongerius’ Rotterdam Chair. But far from decorative, the notch fills a cut in the plywood seat that stops the chair from splitting during the moulding process – when the seat is bent in several different directions simultaneously. The back and rear legs are solid wood, and the gliders are fluorescent, but the chair has a simple aesthetic despite the curious patchwork of materials.
Classicon chair by Konstantin GrcicClassicon, Konstantin Grcic
It might look as clean and simple as a Helvetica “e”, but as with most of Grcic’s work, there is a complicated story to his two-piece Kanu chair. Due to the number of bends and contours inflicted on the plywood – needed to make the chair as comfortable as it is – two moulds were made; one for the seat, and one for the semi-circular back.
Cappellini chair by Adam GoodrumCappellini, Adam Goodrum
Cappellini had a better show this year than the last two, presenting new pieces by Nendo, Barber Osgerby and Stephen Burks. Our favourite piece was by Sydney-based designer Adam Goodrum – obscure on this side of the world but known in Australia for a mass-produced peg. The technicolour Stitch chair is made of hinged aluminium, and folds down to a flat sheet. We love the zebra-like hinges.
More chairs tomorrow...

Hella Jongerius | icon 026 | August 2005

Friday, 23 March 2007 11:17

"When I’m working in textiles or ceramics, people never ask whether the work has a female touch," says Hella Jongerius. "But when I'm designing furniture, they suddenly start asking, 'Do you think this is a woman's approach?'"

Milan Top Ten | icon 024 | June 2005

Friday, 23 March 2007 09:23

So farewell Milan and hello, er, Rho-Pero. With the Salone Internazionale di Mobile moving to a new out-of-town location next year, this year’s furniture fair marked the end of an era.

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