Unto This Last
A cell in the House of Detention was taken over by Unto This Last. Founder Olivier Geoffroy says the company designs "specifically for local production", and its Facet Chair is an example of its aim to provide such local craftsmanship at mass-production prices. The chair has elegant cuts in its back and seat, which form angled surfaces and create a sense of liveliness.
When space is at a premium, the Teanest table and chairs by young industrial designer Jody Leach provide some room to breathe. This compact set, designed for indoor use, aims to improve urban living by offering extra space
to eat, drink and work. It's cut out of birch plywood with a CNC router, before being laminated, reinforced with steel and finished by hand. It comes in three colours: black, red and white.
The Needle Lamp was shown at the House of Detention by British design house Vitamin. The lamp, by co-founders and brothers Andy and Chris Vernall, is formed by wrapping two chunky polished aluminium needles together with a coloured fabric cable, knotted to look like a ball of wool. Chris Vernall says: "The chaos of the tangled coloured cable offers an intriguing juxtaposition."
Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet
To'taime, a coat stand by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet for Alias (the name is a pun on "totem"), is shaped at either end like a tree branch. Starck says: "The coat rack is like the helpful butler. It welcomes you home to everyday elegance." The base and upper element are made of cast aluminium and a "pocket emptier" tray of painted glass or stove-enamel-finished aluminium can be added to the central structure.
The Cage Light aims to update and adapt the typical factory lamp for contemporary home use. Presented by Dare Studio in the Farmiloe Building, the Cage Light can be used as a pendant or freestanding light. The laser-cut aluminium lamps are available in three different sizes and six standard powder colours or in any RAL colour made to order.
Nendo's Sekitei armchair for Cappellini owes its flowing design to Japanese Zen gardens. The curved form of its 14 stainless steel pipes, each 2cm thick, reflects the winding curves drawn though the sand or white gravel of a garden by a rake. According to the designer: "Like the rock gardens, our idea was based upon designing a chair that expresses movement within a limited space." The chair comes in black and white.