design folio

Ottos Rocking Chair.

Claire Sullivan - Monday, August 17, 2009


Here's a sweet ride for your racy toddler. Designed by students from the University of Art and Design Halle Germany, the Ottos was on display at the young designer exhibition - The Satelite Salone in Milan earlier this year. Constructed from recycled bike parts, the rocking chair is an excellent example of young and innovative design.

Fernanda Armchairs by Baxter.

Claire Sullivan - Monday, August 17, 2009


On display earlier in the year at the Milan Fair, the Fernanda Armchair by Baxter is a unique take on an old style leather sling chair.

Baxter is available locally here.

The Masterful Fabien Baron - Genius!

Claire Sullivan - Sunday, August 16, 2009





Without question, my favourite creative talent of our time is Fabien Baron. I have been obsessed with his work across all of the genres that I am passionate about for my entire career. Baron's work spans the realms of design, including furniture as shown above for Capellini; magazines - he has been involved with Interview magazine since the Andy Warhol days of the early 1990s, photography, fashion, advertising and graphic design. There is really nothing that he has done that has not inspired me over the past 10 years that I have followed his work. Once again Mr Baron is having an influence in my creative thoughts for Issue Two of Design Folio - the magazine..... my team and I are all very excited by the new direction of the exciting September Issue!!!

To see more of Fabien Baron's work go here.


Chairs Good Enough for James Bond

Claire Sullivan - Thursday, August 13, 2009


Definitely one of my favourite classic chairs, the Platner Chair designed by Warren Platner for Knoll was recently used to fit out the restaurant in the final scene of Quantum of Solace. Those chairs lucky enough to survive the explositions on set have made it back to a select number of Knoll dealers worldwide (No word on whether NZ made the cut). I think you should make it your mission to track a set down.

Knoll is available locally here.

Recycling Your Plastic Water Bottles

Claire Sullivan - Thursday, August 13, 2009



Polish designer Pawel Grunert has created the SIE43 Chair for the recent exhibition of ecological design in Milan. The chair is made from PET bottles screwed into a steel frame. The bottles can easily be changed if they show signs of damage.

Telling Tales at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London

Claire Sullivan - Tuesday, August 11, 2009






London's Victoria and Albert Museum is currently running an interesting exhibition, Telling Tales. Revisiting classic nursery rhyme scenes, the exhibition uses many of the design worlds most avant garde pieces to recreate the settings of our childhood fantasies. Curating the exhibition was clearly made easier by the abundance of "furniture as art" that has been so popular with the design community recently.  The pieces featured above have been released over the past few years at the global design fairs, and now take pride of place amongst the new exhibition.

Definitely a must see if you are in London over the next few months. To learn more go here.

Xraydio Screen by Deisel for Moroso

Claire Sullivan - Tuesday, August 11, 2009


The 3 panel Natura Morta screen forms part of the new Diesel collection for Moroso. Its photographic image pays homage to the archetype of a 17th century still life scene.

Pieke Bergman Design Virus

Claire Sullivan - Tuesday, August 11, 2009




As part of his ongoing Design Virus project Pieke Bergman presented a series of Light Bulbs at the Milan Fair earlier this year. Bergman uses the idea of an infection or virus mutating the lightbulb. Like with an infection, the older the product the more susceptible it is: old and tired lamps surrendering their bulbs to gravity. A desk lamp giving up on life, its last gasp forming the bulb.

For more information on the designer go here.

Plywood Sheetseat

Claire Sullivan - Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Sheetseat is a folding chair cut from a single sheet of plywood with a thickness of 3/4 inch when collapsed flat. This simple innovation allows for storage and transportation in even the tightest of spaces.

For more information go here.