Modern and contemporary designers have been given a rather handy boost thanks to the newly created Outset Design Fund.
Eight designers work has been chosen by the fund to be exhibited in the V&A during London Design Festival. Led by Christopher Wilk of the V&A and created in March this year, Outset aims to help the museum acquire the best of contemporary design and future classics. This first collection of designers works includes creations by Fredrikson Stallard, Nendo, BCXSY, Platform and Satyendra Pakhalé.
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Sofa 'Pyrenees' designed by Fredrikson Stallard is one large block of foam hand carved into a landscape creating three areas for seating.
The Cord chair was designed by nendo (Oki Sato)has spindly legs only 12 mm in diameter. This delicate chair undoubtedly one of the slimmest chairs in history but is totally functional. The secret is a slim metal frame inside hollow wooden tubes.
Table #1 designed by Fredrikson Stallard was created with the desire to use seemingly archaic methods of construction. Raw silver birch logs are lashed together with thin steel strap normally used for binding shipping pallets.
These screens designed by BCXSY (Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto) were made by traditional craftsman Mr. Tanaka, Tokyo using disappearing crafts technique, Tatego (Japanese wood joinery).
Satyendra Pakhalé's Horse stool is part of a range of furniture made by the bell metal lost-wax process. Winding metal tread is used by rural craftspeople of central India who use the technique to make small utensils and animal sculptures.
The Cabbage Chair was designed by nendo in response to a proposal by Issey Miyake that nendo create an environmentally sustainable object suitable for life in the future. The only materials used are the paper rolls used in the making of Miyake's famous Pleats Please lines.
The Thin Black Line Series was designed by nendo. It's triumph is the clever way the disappearing lines play with two and three dimensions.
Fractal Table II designed by Platform (Ger not Oberfell, Jan Wertel and and Matthias Bär) was designed on a computer and built up layer by layer using complicated digital technology.