A touch of new objectivity
by Fabian Peters | 5/10/2018
Quo vadis, furniture design? This year’s Salone del Mobile reveals a few ideas. An analysis in our glance back at the fair.
Quality craftsmanship, simple, precise lines and refined details are the key terms of the new seating system designed by Marc Krusin. This collection embodies the perfect blend of clean lines and remarkable padded softness. It juxtaposes compact forms with ample, comfortable seats. The result is a harmonious object, available in three versions: a seat with or without armrests, and an armchair with an enveloping back.
Not just good looks, but also functional quality: the detail of the meeting between the seat and back makes it possible to easily move the armchair, in a practical, immediate way. The collection includes three different seating types sharing the same bases, available in die-cast aluminium or solid ash, in a range of finishes. The cover can be selected from the Knoll range of leathers and velvet, wool or cotton fabrics.
“It's much less about me (and my design), and much more about excellence in a product. Less ego, better results.” This is how Marc Krusin explains the dedication that goes into his work, in a single phrase that sums up the character of a designer whose ongoing alliance with Knoll began in 2011 with a collection of tables and seating that won the Good Design Award that same year. Based on these excellent results, in 2016 the collaboration continues between Knoll and the designer, who after years of work in Italy has opened his own studio in London. “The objective is to introduce a discreet product that is silently attuned to the surrounding space. This is the thinking behind the conception and design of the new products, which will then work perfectly with the company’s classic icons,” says Benjamin Pardo, Executive Vice President for Design of Knoll.
The study of space and objects, with extreme attention to detail, has enabled Krusin to propose a series of items that are precisely aligned with the philosophy that has always inspired Knoll’s work: discretion and timeless quality.
“I often think about the objects I design as classics: presences that stand out for their discretion and balance. And my job is to perfect them, honing the proportions, the details, to improve their image and their functional quality. I have imagined this seating family as noble objects, that you learn to appreciate more with the passage of time. Something like a bespoke suit, that gets more elegant with wear. For this collection I wanted to create bespoke beauty, perceptible in the fine workmanship and the details.”
|Seat finish||with upholstery|
|Base finish||with legs|
|Backrest finish||with backrest|
|Armrest finish||with armrests|
|Colors||shades of brown|