Kevin Hviid + GANNI’s Rainbow-Colored Swinging Chair

Named “Iris,” the new collaboration between furniture designer Kevin Hviid and GANNI is a three-meter tall swinging chair that has been created to encourage interaction between strangers in parks and public spaces. With some 600 multi-colored nylon bands (each manually installed) the chair is mostly made up of reds, pinks, orange and blue. It can fit up to four people. See more at designboom.

Beijing Design Week: Jeff Dayu Shi’s “Yin Xian” Bamboo Collection

Reviving a Chinese tradition while adding a contemporary twist

by Alessandro de Toni Since 2009 Beijing Design Week has been a platform to spread design culture into a country whose aesthetics have been long trapped between faded echoes of past glories and mass-produced kitsch. While the discussion about a Chinese Renaissance, and how to revive traditions, takes place on TV, the path to shaping a contemporary Chinese style isn’t easy, as a fast-paced cash-hungry …

Maiden Home

Made-in-USA furniture in an unusually pain-free online shopping experience

Newcomer furniture brand Maiden Home sticks out from the well-known names we’ve grown up with, tackling a pretty difficult industry to enter. The e-commerce company offers made-to-order, customizable furniture built in the US at a price point you wouldn’t typically see. The company’s aim is to offer affordable furniture, with much less stress—not an easy task when it’s an online experience. Founder Nidhi Kapur felt …

60 Years of Sergio Rodrigues’ Mole Chair

Espasso celebrates the Brazilian designer's iconic, comfort-first leather furniture

The Rio de Janeiro-born Sergio Rodrigues, who passed away just a few years ago, wasn’t called the father of Brazilian furniture lightly. His penchant for comfort, and beautiful local woods like jacaranda, resulted in designs like his late ’50s Mole chair: an exquisite piece whose leather invites rest, rather than rigidity (“mole” translates to “soft” in Portuguese). Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the designer’s iconic …