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.
"The Nanook collection is composed of a chair, an armchair and a low table. It reflects a study of the passage from two to three dimensions based on observing the tanning of a quadruped's hide. The chair's upholstery should be seen as a sign, a trace, a memory of the animal, the transfiguration of its skin. This taut skin evokes memories of the animal it once was. The same skin, pleated, gives us the three-dimensionality of a chair or armchair. The structure is a hexagonal network inspired by molecular geometry or a snowflake. The natural form of a skin for the chair's upholstery. The rigorous geometry of Nature for its structure. Like the Inuit peoples who wear animal skins for protection, Nanook's technical-fabric upholstery has tribal echoes. The pleated, three-dimensional skin is transformed into a contemporary object through the use of digital printing for the upholstery, and moulded synthetic material for the structure. Nanook seating - whose name derives from the protagonist of the first nature documentary in film history - preserves tribal memories while looking to the future and to technology with the same optimism with which Nanook observed his icy environment."
The armchair has a resin structure upholstered with a printed fabric.
The chair is covered with printed, padded fabric and has metal legs.
The painted steel table can be attached horizontally to a second table or stacked vertically to create a two-shelf arrangement.
Nanook is the result of Philippe Bestenheider's ongoing research into such aspects as fragmentation, molecular structures, the transition from 2-D to 3-D. The first fruit of his research was the Isomera chair, presented at Promosedia in 2006-2007. He later designed the Alice armchair for Galleria Nilufar. Alice is an elaborate, ultra-luxurious armchair made of prestigious materials.
The heart of the Alice design inspired Nanook for Moroso, using hi-tech materials to create objects for everyday use that can be produced industrially.
The structure of the Nanook chair and armchair draws inspiration from Alice's legs. The low table makes a more direct reference to the designer's theories on surface fragmentation seen in his first two designs.
|Table finish||three-legged table|
|Table top shape||organic|
shades of blue