Bower Studios’ Limited Edition Concrete Melt Chair

A mind-bending material evolution for the brand's reimagined The Future Perfect piece

Brooklyn-based Bower Studios‘ limited edition Melt Chair (now in concrete and chrome-plated brass, after an initial marble and antique brass release) defies expectation. It does so by rising up at the juncture of art and design, function and observation, and even perception and reality. These contrasts—and the more obvious dialogue between its sets of materials—overlap into an imaginative, expressive representation of a chair that’s greater than its parts. “The …

Interview: Jay Sae Jung Oh

The designer discusses her jute-wrapped sculptural "Savage" series, environmental sustainability and her next step

The sculptural furnishings by Korea-born designer Jay Sae Jung Oh are stop-you-in-your-tracks beautiful—a complicated, show-stopping mix of materials that references centuries-old weaving techniques and yet feels entirely unexpected. Made from discarded plastic objects woven and wrapped around broken-down patio chairs, Oh’s “Savage” series of functional seating and side tables are the perfect marriage of her degree in sculpture from Kookmin University in South Korea and …

Stratflex by Wintec

A flexible and beautiful twist on flatpack furniture

Winner of this year’s 2013 Innovation Award at the Design Indaba Expo, the Stratflex line of seating introduces a novel concept into the world of flatpack furniture: curves. By embedding a grid of flexible polymer into its Finnish plywood surface, the Stratflex line is able to form more complex shapes and surfaces than traditional flat-pack products, which tend toward more angular forms. The final, assembled …