Thirteen world famous factories have reissued the items of extremely popular designers this year.
Finnish company Artek celebrates its 80th anniversary by reediting the masterpieces of Alvar Aalto, its genius founder. In 1954 this designer invented radial X-shaped leg based on its L-shaped and Y-shaped prototypes, and has put Maison Louis Carre coffee table on it. The company plans to manufacture 80 limited samples of that table with black tabletop this year.
Maison Louis Carre coffee table and stool; designed by Alvar Aalto, 1958:
There is one more icon of design honored to be reissued this year, which is probably one of the most favourite items of Aalto. It is a serving table, being performed in contrast dark and light decoration and called Tea Trolley 901. It was created anew by Hella Jongerius, famous expert specializing in colour scores.
Tea Trolley 901 serving table; designed by Alvar Aalto, 1936; redesigned by Hella Jongerius, 2015:
Moreover, on the occasion of 100th anniversary of the designer Tapio Wirkkala, Artek company presents new colour scores, namely amber, smoky-blue and anthracite tinctures, taken from glass ceiling K2-140 lamp created in 1960, and transferred to the extremely popular TW003 lamp.
Suspended TW003 lamp with WIR-105 light-emitting-diode and glass ceiling K2-140 lamp; designed by Tapio Wirkkala, 1960:
Italian brand named Cassina republishes Stadera desk, made in 1954 by Milanese architect Franco Albini. This furniture item is standing on a single leg, whereas two asymmetrical sections of tabletop look like a pendulum balance, which this popular item was named after. Samples of this desk are now performed in various wooden materials, marble and even concrete, as well as in combination of these materials.
Stadera desk, made in 1954 by Milanese architect Franco Albini:
The E 1027 table with height-adjustable tabletop from the designer Eileen Gray was created as early as 1927. Now this item is produced under ClassiCon label and is a true classic item. It is performed in black, according to the author`s idea, which has not been implemented up to the present day.
Adjustable table e1027 by designer Eileen Gray:
The next extremely popular interior item, which has been recreated in a new light by Foscarini company, is only 25 years old. The existence of “timeless” design has been proven by Lumiere desk lamp, created by the one and only Rodolfo Dordoni. The basis is renewed with Champagne colour and is supplemented by abat-joure of blown glass in red cherry, turquoise and warm white tinctures. Abundance of light reveals itself during hours of darkness, when lamp generates subdued and soft lighting.
Lumiere desk lamp; designed by Rodolfo Dordoni, 1990-2015
Kartell brand performs its favourite “icons” of design in new style on a regular basis. The company has introduced the new upholstery for Clap and Foliage arm-chairs from Patricia Urquiola, as well for Mademoiselle armchair from Philippe Starck, the Audrey chair and Trix seat system from Piero Lissoni. The works of “Memphis” production group, namely of Ettore Sottsass, Nathalie du Pasquier, Michele De Lucchi and George Sowden were the basis of upholstery`s ornaments.
Knoll company has brought the popular 657 armchair back to its catalogue. It was created by Charles Pollock in the sixties and became the pattern of classic style for modern offices and home cabinets, owing to simple materials and original form. New furniture`s edition now includes two types of upholstery, made in 3 colours.
657 armachair – designed by Charles Pollock 1960:
The chair from sculptor Harry Bertoia, created in 1952 in the atmosphere of freedom, has also undergone the renovation. New chromized carcass is supplemented with polypropylene sitting in a variety of bright colours at choice.
Chairs, made according to the design of Harry Bertoia, 1952:
It is impossible to miss the chance to redesign chairs called Eames Plastic Chair from Charles and Ray Eames. They have not only remodeled the outer form of chairs this year, but have added 6 new colour variants, chosen from Hella Jongerius`s “The library of colours” . The more constructive part of the chair has been changed as well, namely the height of sitting was increased by 20 mm. These changes were caused by the growth in average human`s height during the last 60 years.
Eames Plastic chairs and armchairs; designed by Charles and Ray Eames, 1950:
Timeless chair called Panton Chair and created by Verner Panton was also renovated with a new especial “summer green” colour in 2015. There is also a change in the child`s model – it was refreshed with turquoise and citrus colours.
Panton chair, Panton Junior chair; designed by Verner Panton, 1959/1960:
Italian brand Zanotta has introduced a broad-scale renewal of its “icons” this year. Cumano coffee table from Achille Castiglioni as well as Gabriele Mukki`s reclining chair called Genni are now available in new colour scores.
Cumano Table by Zanotta; Joy by Zanotta design – Rotating shelf unit; Zanotta – Genni Lounge Chair with pouf:
Sacco beanbag chair, dated back to the hippies and created by the trio of designers, namely Cesare Paolini, Piero Gatti and Franco Teodoro, was produced in two additional versions – of compact and medium size. Moreover, Joy shelve stand form Achille Castiglioni is now manufactured with 5 shelves of new construction against habitual.
Sacco beanbag chair by Zanotta:
Another big 150th anniversary is celebrated by the German company called Walter Knoll. On this occasion the firm has renovated Berlin Chair, created by Meinhard von Gerkan in 1975 and considered to be a genuine classics of design. The designer was inspired by functionalism of Swedish design and managed to create the example of endless aesthetics.
Berlin Chair by Walter Knoll:
Swedese company was founded in 1945 by Swedish designer Yngve Ekstrom. The factory is celebrating its 70th anniversary by reediting the masterpieces of its founder, one of them is Lamino armchair. It was in due time called “The best Swedish furniture design of XX century”.
The classic Lamino Armchair:
Italian brand Nemo has launched a grandiose reedition of lighting fixtures of world-famous architects as a part of “Masters” collection. Models of the forties and the fifties have been released once again, namely: Projecteur, Lampe de Marseille and Escargot from Le Corbusier.
Projecteur by Le Corbusier:
Lampe de Marseille by Le Corbusier:
Escargot by Le Corbusier:
There are some other reedited design elements: items of Pivotante line and Rio, created by Charlotte Perriand; Claritas by Vico Magistretti and Mario Tedeshi; Sirio by Kadzuhide Takahama, as well as AM/AS collection, designed by Franco and Marco Albini, Franca Helg and Antonio Piva.
Carlo Scarpa has created a simple and functional chair called 618 in 1964. Meritalia has decided to reedit Scarpa`s masterpiece in three new tinctures of wood material this year. The renovated 618 model combines pure functionalism and a simple form.
Chairs from 618 collection, designed by Carlo Scarpa, 1964:
A giant La Cova nest-sofa, created by Gianni Ruffi in 1973, represents a period of hyperbolized grotesque furniture design. This “icon” is surrealistic a little, but is definitely worth reediting by Gufram factory.
La Cova sofa, designed by Gianni Ruffi, 1973: