There’s something about these incredibly tactile fabric and beech stools that pulls at our heart-strings. Singaporean duo Studio Juju obviously expects this reaction: the stools are called Bambi, and their splayed legs certainly bear a resemblance to the big-eyed deer’s legs-on-ice moment. But the stools aren’t just cuteness: not only does the backrest neatly double as a handle, it also seamlessly punches through the seat to provide the back legs.
ECAL graduate Delphine Frey’s final college piece was a magazine cover star, so we arrived at the designer’s stand
at Salone Satellite with expectations. Thankfully, they were met – we took to Frey’s storage boxes Woody Wood Pleat (despite their name). The flat surface of the wooden doors slowly blends into undulating ripples in the material, making it look like it’s made out of metal. And it’s not just decorative, the ripples also work as the handle.
Definitely the neatest thing we saw in Milan, Swiss designer Anna Blattert’s Valet coat rack comprises two lengths of joined bentwood. Folded up Valet takes up no space at all, but swung open, the two rails provide enough room to hang a whole wardrobe of clothes. It’s such a lovely, simple idea we can’t believe it isn’t already mainstream. Blattert exhibited at Salone Satellite with young design collective Postfossil.
Plus One is a parasite shelf made out of bent plywood. It attaches to any existing bookshelf with a clever U-shaped metal hook dressed in a knitted sock (to avoid scratching surfaces). You would need a few to make any real difference to shelving space, but it’s a clever way of getting some temporary storage without investing in a brand new system. Much of Berlin-based designer Matthias Ries’ work at Satellite was preoccupied with storage solutions, but this was by far the smallest and cleverest.
Johanna Agerman and Anna Bates