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What once was simply a carpenter’s job has now become an entire field in designing. Furniture design has evolved from the regular chairs and tables to more sophisticated forms. Redo Design Studio from Poland, believe the evolution is due to the discovery of new and the unique materials that solve the functional problems. Here they reveal their concepts and beliefs to give a better understanding of furniture design.

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TAO FURNITURE SET. Inspired by Japanese calligraphy, the sturdy legs and arrangements establish a balanced form
PUFFI UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE SET. Designed for residential interiors, inspired by bean bags
PUFFI UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE SET. Designed for residential interiors, inspired by bean bags

CG. Kindly tell us about your journey; how did Redo Design come about? What were the challenges involved in starting off designing furniture? What is your design philosophy?

RedoDesign. The design has always interested me, and furniture design was something that stood out the most because my father was a carpenter. Hence in 2008, a co-founding initiative called Timoore was started which was dedicated to children furniture design.

 

But once Timoore started acquiring numerous projects, the need for a sophisticated and a dedicated design studio came about and that is how Redo Design Studio was first launched.

VI-CHAIR. The design is characterised by a simple and extremely compact form
VI-CHAIR. The design is characterised by a simple and extremely compact form
Base Light Armchair

CG. Your designs are simple and minimalistic. What do your designs communicate? What emotions and reactions do you instil in your audience?

RedoDesign. How one’s designs manifest has a lot to do with what the project demands. Projects that are intelligible, precise, clear and logical are appealing, not only for the designer but for the audience as well. People are surprised not only by form, shape and colour, but also by the way they’re perceived.

MAGH. This collection makes a wise choice of material with a base made of wooden legs contrasted with white lacquered MDF surfaces

CG. What are some of the things you need to be mindful of while designing furniture? How do you balance functionality and aesthetics?

RedoDesign. The material is the fulcrum of the balance between functionality and aesthetics. Everything from knowledge of the material, its possibilities to its limitations depends largely on the success of the project.

 

Properties of the materials used definitely play a vital role in the overall aesthetics of the design. It is the primary problem that needs to be solved wisely. For example, in a design by Benjamin Hubert, he makes use of wood veneer to design an ultra-light table.

 

When designing furniture, it’s an asset to be familiar with various properties of options available, everything from its structure and surface to texture and colour.

Boo Sofa
TAO FURNITURE SET. Inspired by Japanese calligraphy, the sturdy legs and arrangements establish a balanced form
TUBE LIGHTS. This lighting design uses a minimalistic approach to make these lights fit into any space

CG. Would you say your designs have any Polish influence? How do your designs appeal to the international segment? How do you give them a modern touch?

RedoDesign. If all the designs have any Polish characteristics, it’s entirely due to subconscious actions. Frankly, while designing, it’s hard to keep such things in mind. One is very much focused on the brief, the project and technicalities that style becomes an effortless task. It can be said that style and character develop over time through continual experimentation with material and form.

Ortho Pillow-SHELL
Ortho Pillow-PLUS
Ortho Pillow-TRIPLE
Ortho Pillow-VIEN

CG. What’s the story behind your contrasts add to the appeal of your designs?

RedoDesign. Every designer has their own private niche that they use as signatures in every design they create. Likewise, Redo Design loves using intense, pure colour contrasted with white, grey or black. It has a major impact on the visual perception of the whole project.

 

Of course, this depends largely on the specific project. Again, ‘something new’ is what we all work towards, and hence experimentation with flashy colours or even interesting nuances and shades is always happening.

WOOD SHELF. This colourful and concept based book shelf design has the potential to make reading space the favorite place for kids

CG. What advice would you give to those who would like to take up furniture design? The research must they do? What should be their motto?

RedoDesign. That is a difficult question. It is important to continually practice, improve skills and simple curiosity about the world. Don’t be afraid to be different.

Wing Armchair
NYMPHA. This is inspired by water lily leaves and has an essential element of a triangular pin welded to the top and the base of the furniture
BASE ARMCHAIR. This seat concept is based on the reduced form to a few basic organic solids
Product and Automobile Design

Published in Issue 27

This issue explores one of the widely discussed product design and automobile #design which is very close to our heart. We spoke to few leading names to find out the future of product design and understand the Indian designer sensibilities and practices. Everyone believe that it’s not just functionality but also the visual appeal of the product which plays a crucial in the success of a product. This issue is a bundle of inspirations and insights from the well know product and automobile designers. A must read which you will enjoy for sure.

 

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The 2018 A’ Design Award & Competition mainly ‘aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products worldwide in all creative disciplines and industries.’

A’ Design Award and Competition is dedicated to recognising and appreciating some of the best designs and best-designed products across the world, be it in the forms of concept stage, prototype or finished products. The winners of the competition are thereby showcased at the A’ Design Award Gala-Night and Exhibition which is held in Italy.

There is a wide scope of the design award & competitions, featuring 100 varied categories such as

  • Furniture Design,
  • Packaging Design,
  • Lightning Design,
  • Toy Design,
  • Digital Devices Design and so on.

The event and initiative is something that is recognised all over the world and coveted by a lot of varied agencies, designers, innovators and the likes – a global platform with a global audience.

Registrations   are currently open.

 

The deadline for entries is the 28th of February, 2018, (23.59 GMT +1)


The Winners of 2017 A’ Design Award

Category: Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

1. A chairs by Yi-An Hung, Yestudio

A' Design Award & Competition

Multi-functional chairs that could be modified according to environmental setting and be transformed into a table, chair, bench, box or tube with a simple push and pull methods to change the formation and function of the chairs. The fundamental research thus was put in was mainly in the direction of trying to design a prototype of simple furniture that could act and be used for multiple purposes by just manipulating within its design.

2. Sagano Bamboo Furniture Chair and lamps by Alice Minkina

The project was essentially about finding new possibilities and aesthetic features connected to the use of bamboo and finding some interesting ways of applying it in the form of furniture. Sagano bamboo furniture is thus an innovative eco-friendly furniture set – bamboo is so fast-growing that its life cycle is way shorter than using other trees, therefore making the use of this wood more efficiently.

3. HexBOX File Cabinet by Kemal Yıldırım

The design of the HexBOX was inspired by honey bees and their solidarity, and can be formed by increasing or decreasing the number of boxes and in alternative designs, such as single, triple and sextuple in different width and height dimensions. At the same time, aesthetically, visual differences can be obtained by using different colors and materials in the drawers, which operate with telescopic tracks.


Packaging Design

1.‘Pasta Nikita’ packaging by Nikita Konkin

A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition

Using the shapes of pasta strands to create an interesting series of packaging that captures attention on the shelves, Pasta Nikita’s packaging was designed. Trying to connect the food to its lovers by showing the interconnection between the two, the packaging attempts to entice latter.

A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition

Assuming the basic laws of good design i.e. utility, economy and idea, the idea proved key to a rather simple solution – using the international designation of countries which the coffee came from as leitmotif of packaging this series. The main aim was to display the value of the brand and focus on the message and information, keeping it readable, understandable and outstanding.


Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category

1. Punjab Kesari Headquarters Office by Amit Gupta: Britta Knobel Gupta

A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition

The inspiration was to translate a traditional Indian facade pattern by using digital simulations to create a responsive built form. Designed as a “Fusion” of traditional Indian architecture and contemporary office space, the main objective is to reduce heat gain and optimize facade opening ratio, ensuring no artificial lighting is required on a typical day.

2. Gallery in Kiyosato Villa with Exhibition Space by Satoshi Okada architects

A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition

The architecture needed to mould itself onto fluctuating social demands, such as the present demographic trends and the decrease of population Japan as elsewhere in the world. The aim thus was to pursue flexibility through innovative structural systems. The first imagery came from the landscape of Kiyosato.

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