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MILAN SALONE PREVIEW: Ryan Frank Zig Bamboo Shelf

Posted By Ali Kriscenski On April 9, 2008 @ 9:45 am In Green Materials,Milan Furniture Fair | 1 Comment

Ryan Frank, bamboo, Zig, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, Italy, International Furniture Fair, green design, sustainable design, eco-friendly furniture, ryanfrankshelf1.jpg [1]

What better way to kick off our Milan Furniture Fair countdown than with our favorite [2] ‘free-range’ [3] furniture designer [4] Ryan Frank. Frank’s modular bamboo creation, dubbed ‘Zig’, is just one of many designs we’ve got our eye on for this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile [5] starting next week. We’ve got three Inhabitants heading to Italy to bring comprehensive coverage of the 2008 furniture fair and get a glimpse of what green looks like on the international scene this Spring. If the Zig storage/display system is any indication of what eco-friendly design treats are in store for us, things are looking very promising.


Zig is made from solid bamboo and will be available in a variety of naturally stained colors to highlight the fun form and intriguing negative spaces. Commissioned by Alberto Bianchi Albrici of the renowned Milanese gallery Post Design [6], Zig is an exciting development as it represents a keen sense of style and a mean green philosophy. Known for his use of sustainable and salvaged materials [2], Frank says his designs start with sustainability, “All my furniture I design has some form of eco-sensitivity in the materials and processes I use.” [7]

We are always excited to find new pieces from this eco-minded designer. Previously, we’ve swooned over Frank’s Inkuku (Zulu for “chicken”) chair [4] that put a modern spin on a traditional African craft technique by choosing to use plastic shopping bags and recycled aluminum as the materials. And we were entranced by the Strata line [3] that turned de-constructed old office furniture and FSC-certified wood into new, sleek chairs and tables.

Ryan Frank, bamboo, Zig, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, Italy, International Furniture Fair, green design, sustainable design, eco-friendly furniture, ryanfrank1.jpg [4]

We are thrilled to be able to include Ryan Frank’s work in our Milan coverage this year. We have lots more in store from Salone 2008, so stay tuned – Salone Internazionale del Mobile gets underway next week and we’ll be there from start to finish!


+ Ryan Frank website

+ Salone Internazionale del Mobile [5]

+ Ryan Frank’s Plastic Bag Chair on Inhabitat 2006

+ Strata Recycled Furniture by Ryan Frank on Inhabitat 2007 [3]
+ Milan Furniture Fair 2007 at Inhabitat [8]

Via ELMANCO [9]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/09/salone-preview-zig-bamboo-shelf-by-ryan-frank/

[2] our favorite: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/09/20/ryan-franks-hackney-shelf/

[3] ‘free-range’: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/10/24/strata-recycled-furniture-by-ryan-frank/

[4] furniture designer: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/09/20/ryan-frank-plastic-bag-chair/

[5] Salone Internazionale del Mobile: http://www.cosmit.it/tool/home.php

[6] Milanese gallery Post Design: http://www.memphis-milano.com/

[7] “All my furniture I design has some form of eco-sensitivity in the materials and processes I use.”: http://ethicaljobs.blogspot.com/2007/11/ryan-frank-furniture-designer.html

[8] + Milan Furniture Fair 2007 at Inhabitat: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/04/19/milan-furniture-fair-2007-day-1/

[9] Via ELMANCO: http://www.elmanco.com/2008/03/31/libreria-su-rotelle/

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