Easychair: Transforming Sustainable Furniture

The easychair is designed to fold up and effectively transform into a different chair, reversing the seat and adjusting the height.

Easychair by  Jair Straschnow

The easychair was designed by Amsterdam based designer Jair Straschnow as part of the Grasswork series. The range evolved from a series of experiments in self-assembly furniture and is designed to be simple, space-saving and sustainable.

Easychair Transformation Copy by Jair Straschnow

The chairs are made from bamboo laminate sheets, a sustainable source.  Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth and can be harvested again and again from the same stalk.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Abandoned Armchair, Moscow – Russia

Armchair in abandoned House of NARKOMFIN by M. Ginzburg, photo courtesy of Nikolai Vassiliev.

Reclaimed Furniture from LA: MFEO

MFEO is a love story between its founders, Van and Claribelle, and their shared love for great design, vintage objects and the growing desire to lead more sustainable lifestyles.

Industrial Grater pendant lights

Slatted Cyclone side table

The pair from Los Angeles seek to reduce the environmental impact of production by primarily using repurposed materials for their designs.

Slat & Dowel reclaimed coffee table

Stump & Pins coffee table

They have a great selection of coffee tables and side tales as well as repurposed lamps.

Skate Sconce wall lamp series

Factory Task lamp & sconce

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Reclaimed Demolition Materials Benches, Buenos Aires – Argentina

Reclaimed Demolition Materials Benches by Gruba design studio, Buenos Aires.

Pret A Diner – Pop Up Dining at the Royal Academy

Scaffolding and interior of the Burlington Club, photo courtesy of Pret A Diner.

Last night I went to the opening of PRET A DINER at The Burlington Social Club in the Royal Academy of the Arts in London. It was packed with around 200 people but the crowded atmosphere created a great mood and made the night a great success. 20 chefs prepared amazing Asian inspired food, while cocktail mixers broke conventions and transformed bizarre ingredients into delicious drinks.

The kitchen in the centre of the room

The food was incredible, starting with sushi and coconut soup, then moving onto a beautiful teriaky ox cheek. There was such a huge variety of dishes, you could only cope with tasters once you had filled your tummy with starters and mains. When the desserts were served, including a selection of creme brulee, cakes and sorbets – despite the tiny beautiful portions I could hardly manage to try more than one.

Sushi and tasters at Pret A Diner

The crowd was a great mix, there were lots of important press people, art lovers, artists, food critics, business people and the sophisticated crowd you would expect at a private members club. DJ created a great vibe the atmosphere was perfect and the delicious cocktails kept the everyone happy. The most unusual cocktail was the Tomba which consisted of ginger, tomato and basil among other things but was surprisingly tasty for a savoury cocktail.

A chandelier and scaffolding surrounding the kitchen at Pret A Diner

Scaffolding was built up around dining area, big square bar and i the middle there was the open kitchen and the chefs. You could see the beautiful showing the detailed high ceilings through the scaffolding. This created an industrial feel in the midst of traditional British architecture and style of the Royal Academy, fusing the two together. The combination worked surprisingly well and the metal poles created a tight space forcing body contact and interaction among the crowd. This prevented any separation or empty corners, allowing everyone to mingle freely and comfortably.

The beautiful grand entrance was located at the back of the RA in Burlington Gardens. Everything was kept simple preventing anyone from feeling overwhelmed or uneasy. The crowded space created a very intimate atmosphere and made you feel part of the vibe and part of the event. This is the way private members clubs should be, welcoming cosy and serving great food and drinks.

The teaser video above can give you an idea of PRET A DINER. The pop up restaurant will be open from the 13th of September and closes its doors on the 17th of November. The German company also host events all over the world, in Germany, France, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Abu Dhabi and Norway.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Reclaimed Douglas Fir and Recycled Iron Steel Chair, Los Angeles

Reclaimed Douglas Fir and Recycled Iron Steel ‘Mt Chair by BlakeAvenue available on Etsy.

September – Month of Design and Inspiration

September is a great month for design and architecture, with the start of the London Design Festival tomorrow, as well as Part 2 of the International Architectural Showcase and London Open House allowing people to look around London’s most significant buildings.

The London Design Festival will be hosted at numerous venues all around London, including the Southbank Centre, the V & A. It will feature over 300 events and exhibitions demonstrating the best of design from all around the globe. The designers range from fashion, ceramics to landscape design and architecture.

Keiichi Matsuda’s Prism at the London Design Festival

The wide variety of events allow you to look at vastly different areas of design and see how these may relate to or complement each other. One of the main pieces to look out for is the immersive rubberised space in the centre of  Trafalgar Square. The space is created by BE OPEN together with the London Design Festival. It plays with the idea of “design you can’t see” (mock up shown below).

“design you can’t see” in Trafalgar Square

The main hub of the festival will be the V&A, watch the video below to see what events and exhibitions the museum will be hosting.