Patricia Sendin

Designers Take a Low-Tech Approach at Salone Satellite 2012 During Milan Design Week

by , 04/22/12


AmbiHive is a beautiful new design from NBT Studio that merges an ambient wall light and a speaker. The piece is made with ICB (Inverted Corrugated Board), LEDs and a ceramic sound chip. The chip, which is mounted to the underside of the board, causes the surface to vibrate and sound comes out of each of the hexagons. The LED lights are wonderfully synchronized with the music.

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Taiwanese NBT Studio created a new line of cardboard furniture that also boasts an easy-to-assemble design. Dubbed ”Reincarnazione”, the furniture range is made entirely with eco-friendly materials such as ICB (Inverted Corrugated Board),  PET fabrics made with recycled water bottles, and natural latex.

Seen above is “Canvas”, a comfortable sofa decorated with beautiful prints that can be fully customized. The sofa structure is made of  ICB (Inverted Corrugated Board) and comes in a flat pack for a tool-free assembly. The cushions are natural latex and the upholstery recycled PET fabric.

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German designer Thomas Schnur presented a delightful collection of objects made using conventional materials. Schnur, who has a passion for no-frills design, used straightforward assembly techniques and one color for each object. The Fragment Table seen above was made with four metal brackets, four timber sections and rods, four plastic tracks, four plastic plugs and a table top —  they all lock together without screws or glue. The table has been painted in a very cool, retro-looking pale green.

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The Rubber Table by Thomas Schnur is a small coffee table made with standard rubber plungers and foam rubber, dyed to match the color of the plungers. The small table can be handily placed on an inclined surface and since it floats, it can also be used in the pool!

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D-Vision, the Israeli internship program for industrial design and product development sponsored by the Keter Group, presented “Soft Comfort”. The exhibit included eight seating objects that explore the notion of comfort. Seen above is “Idea 32″, a fascinating origami foam stool that comes in different colors and heights. It is made by pouring colored foam into a hand-folded foil mold. The name Idea 32 comes from the 32 attempts that were required to find the right combination of materials.

Foldigon is an outdoor table that turns into an armchair by unfolding the upholstered polygons stored in its interior. Inspired by the Japanese Bento box, the table is a simple cube when closed, and colorful and exuberant blossom when open.

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