Hi! My name is Charlotte, I am a student at Salford University currently working towards a degree in Interior Design. I have come to Ferrious for a four week placement to gain some experience of the design world.
When it comes to the furniture in the showroom I have definitely already got some favourite pieces and I’ve gone into detail a little below about three of these items!
This accessory is definitely at the top of my list of favourite pieces from the Ferrious showroom. Most items designed by Gubi have a timeless look about them, something that will stay with the user. The Adnet Mirror is a classy accessory that will add character to any setting it is placed in, the leather frame with all the small bits of detailing give a quirky look, something very unique.
The mirror is available in a range of sizes and in tan, olive or black leather. They are definitely a statement piece alone but can also be placed together to create an outstanding arrangement.
The mirror was first designed and created in 1950 by Jacques Adnet. He made a partnership with a French fashion house where he developed a collection of furniture, mainly leather covered. Adnet was one of the first designers who combined leather with glass.
My next favourite pick comes from the designer Tom Dixon. This piece is called the Melt Light; it is available in many different forms, a floor lamp, pendant, surface lamp and table lamp. It is also available in a range of colours- gold, chrome and copper. (Soon to be joined by new colours…shhh!)
The Melt Light would make a statement in any setting; it is certainly one of a kind with the distorted look which is created through a process of blow moulding and vacuum metallisation.
This technique has been developed over the years with German engineers and manufacturers to eventually produce lamps which have become the latest trends when it comes to reflectivity.
A melted plastic polymer moulding is injected into a huge steel tool, inflated with compressed air and then cooled. The mirror finish is then created by vacuum metallisation. A strip of copper foil is vaporised into a fine mist of metallic particles that settle across the interior. The pictures below show how some of the process is performed.
The melt light was originally created with the idea of creating ‘an imperfect, organic and naturalistic lighting object’- I think they have succeeded!
The Smoke dining collection by Moooi is an extremely unique range of furniture. Available as a dining chair, a dining armchair, an armchair and a chandelier, huge statements can be made with any of these pieces.
The furniture is made by the Dutch designer Maarten Bass, Bass would charr furniture and then treat it again so it was use able. Three of these pieces then became part of the Moooi range.
The chair is made up from materials burnt solid wood, epoxy resin, leather upholstery and fire retardant foam. See below the process behind this collection.
The reason I have chosen these pieces of furniture as one of my favourites is because, I feel like they are more of an art of work, true design and love for creating furniture has gone into these products. I feel like they were a risk which paid off in the long run. It feels like, especially with these creations, that the designer was much more interested in creating something which pushed his creative boundaries. I’d much rather this than just something that was on trend which he could have made easy money from, and that makes me instantly love the furniture even more!