FURNITURE BY ARCHITECTS
What is amazing about the furniture featured in the book is that they capture the spirit of their authors’ architecture. And I guess that’s the biggest fun in the furniture designed by architects. Whether it’s bespoke design or one-off piece or a line for popular producer, it’s exciting to see how characteristic architectural forms are translated into furniture shapes. The architectural language is visible not only through construction techniques but also chosen materials. Dominating in space and often modular, the furniture evoke architectural solutions.
The fascinating exchange between interior design and architecture presented in ‘Furniture by Architects’ might refresh the way we think about both. The book looks into ideas for both interiors and outdoors (solutions for terraces as well as gardens). Apart from the information about the design team, manufacturers, dimensions or materials we get a short but interesting note about each project and of course few images. Some of them feature clipped furniture pieces while others show the whole interiors which gives a perfect idea of how they function in spaces they have been designed for. In a few cases also the sketches have been included. The only missing element is the year. Time flies and apparently more and more architects make furniture so it would be useful to know either the project or the fabrication date.
The book offers an expansive view of architects’ creative solutions, which are often a fusion of traditional forms with contemporary technology. “Some of the materials used are ancient, while other are high-tech” – points out Stephen Crafti in the foreword. There are definitely many highlights in the book but my favourite furniture is a very dynamic ‘Liquid Glacial Dining & Coffee Table’ designed by Zaha Hadid.
The elementary geometry of the flat tabletop appears transformed from static to fluid by the subtle waves and ripples evident below the surface, while the table’s legs seem to pour from the horizontal in an intensive vortex of water frozen in time. The transparent acrylic material amplifies this perception, adding depth and complexity through a flawless display of infinitive kaleidoscopic refractions.
‘Furniture by Architects’ is a great book showing how the interior design and architecture intersect so catering to fans of both disciplines.