One of the advantages of mass production is consistency and predictability. But when it comes to home furnishings, what if we want something unique and personal?
Gaetano Pesce has come up with a solution to this problem in a most unusual way. An Italian designer known for his colorful resin furniture, Pesce enlists the help of furniture makers in determining the final look of his chairs. Each piece is manufactured according to a standard design, but there is alot of room for improvisation. The furniture makers ultimately choose what color the chairs will be.
Take a look at the examples in this post – all of these “Brodway” chairs start out the same, but they soon become as unique as their makers.
Pesce is achieving something that we at Design Lines strive for everyday: creating unique solutions that are personal and anything but mass-produced.
It doesn’t matter what art looks like, but how it’s used.
Franz West is an Austrian artist whose work began as a reaction to the Action and Performance Art of the 1960s. Instead of making objects to be viewed, he created sculptures to be touched. His “adaptives” were sculptures meant to carried around the gallery, so that viewers could observe how they “adapted” to their bodies.
More recently, West began creating “adaptives” of a different sort – this time they took the form of furniture. In his chairs, couches, and light fixtures, West blurs the line between furniture and art. I like how his efforts pay off – art objects become familiar to the viewer on a more personal level, though they always maintain the presence of a sculpture. One of my favorite pieces is his floor lamp (below) made of rebar topped by a bare lightbulb.
West’s furniture, like his sculptures, have an awkward and sometimes grotesque appearance. But at the same time, they are surprisingly elegant and beautiful. Take a look. See how they change the way you look at furniture.
We always tell our clients to “trust us” when it comes to certain furniture pieces as it relates to comfort and coziness. It is hard to buy something you have not sat on or seen in person. As designers, we have researched products thoroughly before we recommend them. I recently suggested a sofa and two chairs to a client, on good faith she trusted me. After installing them she was impressed, mentioning that I could not have picked a more comfortable sofa. Not only was the sit perfect, but it looked fantastic, too. As a designer, I have found Pearson Furniture to be one of the best lines out there. I have sat on many of their frames and the following chair and sofa have got to be the best around. I don’t think you could go wrong with anything offered by this company. Please visit their website at http://www.pearsonco.com/ I know you’ll be impressed too.
This is the Pearson sofa that can be described by the following words: comfortable, cozy, firm, and perfect….
This is the chair from Pearson that I have to confidently say fits everyone. If you are a tall man or a short female, this chair will personally fit you, offering the highest level of comfort. It also has a curved front that is aesthetically appealing to the eye. So the next time your designer says trust me, you might want to. I know that I have sat in everything I recommend and now I am glad that I can pass that confidence on to my clients.