Chair crazy

Judging by the vast amount of new chairs unveiled at the recent Salone del Mobile it seems the world is indeed experiencing a shortage of suitable seating.

From the world's largest single-mould polycarbonate sofa to glass furniture the 2014 Salone del Mobile in Milan saw the launch of several seating designs by the world's leading designers:

  • Philippe Starck unveiled a collection of polycarbonate chairs as well as the world's largest single-mould sofa from the material in celebration of Kartell's 15 years of transparency. 
  • Industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has created a birch chair with a circular seat and splayed legs called 'Rival' for Finnish furniture company Artek.
  • British designer Jasper Morrison launched his first-time collaboration with Andreu World, the ON chair.
  • A colourful series of architect David Adjaye's Washington Collection chairs for Knoll were display.  
  • Hella Jongerius showed her East River chair originally design for the UN delegates lounge.
  • Dutch designer Marcel Wanders launched the Zio collection of wooden furniture including the Zio Lounge Chair.
  • Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith gave a limited edition reissue of the classic Hans J Wegner Shell Chair a new striped couture coat. 
  • Husband and wife design duo Scholten & Baijings launched several collections in Milan including the stackable, lightweight Strap Chair for Moustache. 
  • Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created a sensational collection of thermo-welded glass furniture pieces 'Diapostive' for Glas Italia including a bench. 

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