February 23, 2024
Huge cloud-like daybed amongst experimental furnishings at Design Lab

Furnishings designs by Eny Lee Parker, Maximiliano Rosiles, Brian Picket, Chrissy Fehan and Bradley Bowers have been chosen by Italian designer Patricia Urquiola for American model Haworth’s showcase at NeoCon 2023.

The designers showcased a sequence of prototypes starting from couches to room-spanning carpets for an exhibition at Haworth’s showroom in Chicago in the course of the annual furnishings exposition Neocon in Chicago.

Eny Lee Parker Cloud day bed
Eny Lee Parker designed a cloud-like couch for an exhibition curated by Patricia Urquiola

Urquiola and her studio, together with members of Haworth’s in-house design workforce, curated the works, which have been drawn from a wide range of totally different milieus, from Detroit to Mexico Metropolis.

Urquiola informed Dezeen that her purpose for the exhibition was to realize a sure “authenticity” by bringing folks from totally different corners of the artistic world to exhibit works.

Chrissy Fehan Phil lounge
Chrissy Fehan designed a chair with the feel of a canine to scale back stress

Probably the most intriguing items was Cloud Mattress by New York designer Parker. Putting in its distinction from the closely office-focused tenor of Neocon, Cloud Mattress is a “sculptural” day mattress meant for lounging.

It is ready to match at the very least two folks, however was designed for laying down, and has a agency however forgiving construction with a tender texture.

Easy in its plushy type, the design stands out, main one passerby to say they have been “shocked nobody had carried out this earlier than”.

Bradley Bowers designed out of doors furnishings with a sample primarily based on magnetic fields. The photograph is by Bradley Bowers.

With an identical model however a special method, Detroit-based designer Fehan created Phil Lounge.

Named after her canine, the outsized chair is supposed to be touched and has a texture remarkably much like that of a canine. Fehan mentioned the chair was meant to supply tactile consolation for these with anxiousness.

“This piece was designed to playfully launch stress by mimicking the tender really feel of petting an animal, recognized to decrease the stress hormone cortisol,” mentioned Haworth.

Street art area rug
Brian Picket created an space rug that options his road artwork designs

Additionally within the seating class was a sequence of prototype tables referred to as Polaris by New Orleans designer Bowers.

Created as out of doors furnishings, the tables function skinny powder-coated aluminium rods that cluster and fan in a approach that mimics magnetic fields, based on Bowers.

In keeping with Urquiola’s need to increase the scope of contributors’ disciplines was the collection of Inter-Dimension by Nashville-based graffiti artist Picket.

Because the rug spanned almost an entire room, masking the ground and a part of the wall it was set aside in a room separate from the part of the showroom devoted to the Design Lab. It has cartoon-like photographs on its face and has a round stool with the identical sample that emerges from its centre.

Mexican designer Maximiliano Rosiles labored with Urquiola, the Haworth workforce and industrial cloth producer Tek-Knit to develop a shelving system referred to as Cut up–1.

The “fragmented shelving system” contains a sequence of hammock-like cuts of cloth suspended between wood rods.

“[Split–1] deconstructs the type of a standard shelf into one thing extra unconventional and expressive,” mentioned Haworth.

“The shape was reconstructed with supplies and shapes that contradict one another, like steel and textiles, to create a mixture of curved and sharp kinds.”

Fragmented shelving with fabric shelves
Mexican designer Maximiliano Rosile collaborated with Urquiola and Haworth on a shelving system

Haworth was based in Michigan in 1948. Different standouts from its NeoCon showcase have been the snaking communal workplace benches designed by UK structure studio Foster + Companions for its subsidiary Paltrona Frau.

Different latest furnishings exhibitions embrace one which explored collaboration via design at Denmark’s 3 Days of Design and an exhibition that had designers create an “improvised” chair in three days at New York’s design week.

The images is by Eric Laignel except in any other case said. 

NeoCon happened from 12 to 14 June in Chicago, USA. For extra exhibitions, talks and occasions in structure and design, go to Dezeen’s Occasion Information.