Vitra Design Museum’s “Chair Times: A History of Seating” Film by Heinz Bütler

Free to watch for the duration of quarantine, courtesy of the Vitra Design Museum, filmmaker Heinz Bütler’s 90-minute film Chair Times: A History of Seating – From 1800 to Today documents the chronological development of 125 iconic chairs. This timeline and the items within reveal far more than structural tinkering. “We are able to perceive and comprehend an era—its social organization, its materials and technology, …

Primitivo NÓMADA Collection

Space-saving stools and three-legged side tables made from Patagonian lenga wood

Hailing from Santiago, Chile, industrial designer Abel Cárcamo blends contemporary aesthetics with traditional materials, resulting in timeless tables, vases, lamps and even clothing. His latest project, the NÓMADA Collection, was made in collaboration with fellow designer Carlos León Astorga and features conical stools with storage space and minimalist side tables. Cárcamo stays true to his design principles by crafting the pieces from lenga—the native wood …

Umbra Shift Home Design at A+R

A selection of creative design objects now available stateside for the first time

For more than 30 years Toronto’s Umbra has held a significant presence in the homeware segment, though it’s their recently-established, contemporary design focused arm Umbra Shift that’s earned our attention this time. After being rolled out in the past few weeks in Hong Kong and Vancouver, the capsule collection has landed Stateside thanks to California-based design retailer A+R. The extension brand taps established, emerging and …