Well Tempered Chair designed in 1986
Contemporary furniture designer Ron Arad presented his works at London’s Barbican Gallery. Made of clear plastic, the Well Transparent Chair design is his new creation. The unusual armchairs are made of four bent and bolted together sheets of clear plastic or metal. The Well Transparent Chair looks like the Well Tempered Chairs, developed by Ron Arad in 1986. That modern furniture design made Ron Arad famous.
In 2002, Ron returned to his living room furniture design ideas and created a new model of modern chairs made of contemporary plastic. He named the second model the Bad Tempered Chair. Now he presented the same technology, but used a different design material, polycarbonate plastic for his transparent armchairs.
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The contemporary furniture designer promised to make 100 chairs. Working at this project, he wanted to show a sense of tension in materials, he said. Tension is associated with stretching. If it is what Ron Arad meant, people are going to feel some tension, paying $10K US for his transparent living room furniture which looks like contemporary artwork.
Designer chairs made of plastic and metal
Contemporary furniture designer from Sweden Monica Forster, www.monicaforster.se/ develops elegant Scandinavian furniture pieces. Her latest wooden chairs are inspired by gracious animals and called Antelope.
The antelope is a term referring to many deer-like animals of Bovidae family, a miscellaneous’group within the family, encompassing the species which are not cattle, sheep, buffalo, bison or goat. The pronghorn is about the size of a goat, standing 3 ft (90 cm) high at the shoulder and weighing about 100 lb (45 kg) Antelopes are beautiful endangered animals.
They had been nearly exterminated by hunting. They are now protected on reservations, where they have made a good recovery. Antelopes have excellent senses and are alert in order to look out for predators. Most kinds of antelope are fast runners, and escape predators with great leaps. The fastest can reach speeds of about 60 miles per hour (95 km/h).
Antelope is the symbol of quick and gracious movement, durable and light contemporary furniture design. The low-back wooden chairs by Monica Forster look weightless and easy to move around. There is something in the upholstered chairs shape that reminds of antelope, maybe the thin and strong legs.
Low-back, comfortable and modern chairs from the Scandinavian furniture designer do not belong to stools or traditional high back dining room chairs, so in this sense the designer chairs are very unique, the Antelope in modern furniture design.
Unique vintage furniture design ideas
Contemporary furniture designer Eric Jourdan, based in France, showed his retro-modern chairs collection Harry. Retro chairs are a part of the Ligne Roset furniture collection. The traditional shapes of these modern chairs and sofas make them look like vintage furniture pieces or very contemporary designs, depending on the selected frame and upholstery fabric colors.
According to the furniture designer, his modern chairs and sofas are a tribute to England, the country where century old traditions peacefully coexist with modern design ideas and developments. England-inspired designer chairs and sofas are a creative combination of old and new, modern and vintage furniture design ideas.
Modern design ideas
by Ena Russ
last updated: 03.08.2013