Small but mighty Austria has always been a force to be reckoned with in the international design scene—and this year at Milan Design Week, the country’s creative legacy has been reinforced by the fresh and innovative designs presented at Austrian Design Pioneers. Located in the heart of Brera Design District, the must-see event captures the spirit of Austrian design through the work of its young designers who push the boundaries of contemporary design. Read on for Inhabitat’s selection of the most inspiring furniture designs showcased at Austrian Design Pioneers!
Dejana Kabiljo – Fe/Zn 2014
Dejana Kabiljo’s furniture designs take inspiration from people with peculiar habits and obsessions. She uses materials that are burnt, bleached, crimped, split, bent and so on until the pieces fit into place. Fe/Zn is a protest in object form. The bare spring coils cut into the flesh of the user.
Katherina Eisenkoeck – Wander Lamp 2014
Crafted by hand, “Wander Lamp” is an LED lamp made of concrete with a slender metal frame. It gives off a warm and dim light when pointed downwards, but can fill a room with bright light when pointed upwards.
Kim+Heep – Scattered Servant 2014
“Scattered Servant” is made from 130-year-old star parquet panel flooring salvaged from a Viennese piano nobile. The designers broke down the floor’s original symmetry and rearranged its basic modular components. The result remains, however, true to the floor’s original aesthetic quality.
Michael Anastassiades – Captured 2012/2015
A minimal, elegant, and strong metal structure holds a precious crystal in Michael Anastassiades’ Captured. The central glass sphere suggestively refracts the light, while the two hemispheres of varying diameters indicate further orbits. Light, shade, and the interaction of the two spheres within the lamp’s geometry give the design its exciting edge.
Philipp Profer – Marie 2014
“Marie” humbly bridges the gap between mid-century modern style from the 1950s and traditional elements of Tyrolean craftsmanship. The legs are turned by hand and are paired with natural fabrics and comfortable upholstery to create an extraordinary appearance that exudes a “Marie” charm.
Schoene Heile Welt Designstudio – Baron 2014
“Baron” is a light and eco-friendly lounge chair for indoor and outdoor use. Air cushion bags made of polypropylene were used for the seats. A seat cover made of fabric, leather or imitation leather give the chair its high-end look. The frame is made of steel.
Studio Bellidea / Irene maria Ganser Ulreich – Albero 2014
The “Albero” lounge table is made of brass. Its horizontal surface is characterized by a tree-like texture.
Thomas Feichtner – Carbon Chair 2015
The “Carbon chair” was created in a limited edition of eight pieces. The chair is a constructive yet formal and experimental design. It comprises a sheet of carbon fiber that contacts the floor at three points and depicts a curved and evocative sculptural silhouette.
Tino Valentinitsch – The Bolognese 2014
The material used for “The Bolognese” is a historical floor panel made of oak saved from a villa in Bologna built around 1850. The polyhedrons that were produced provide a great visual illusion where the object’s geometry mingles with the 2-dimentional parquet patterns.