Around the World in 80 Chairs: Recycled Patchwork Silk Footstool, Margate UK

Patchwork Silk Footstool by Zoe Murphy, made from un-picked wedding dresses. The prints are inspired by dense 1950’s formica patterns and are hand dyed using environmentally friendly ink.


Around the World in 80 Chairs: Red and Green Plastic Stools – Myanmar

Red and Green plastic stools in a tea shop in Myanmar (Burma). Photo taken by J_P_D.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Stacked stools Hong Kong

Stacked stools in Hong Kong

Tomás Alonso at the V&A

V&A tables and chairs

Tomás Alonso is a craft designer and co founder of OKAY Studio. Originally from Spain, he settled in London after completing his Master’s at the Royal College of Art. His work comprises furniture, lighting, product and exhibition design.

His range of chairs and tables for the V&A were designed as unique pieces for the event ‘One Part Chef Four Parts Design’.

The V&A table and chairs are made out of a single powder coated metal frame and reclaimed wooden boards.

The pieces share a slightly unbalanced appearance which comes from the combination of materials and can be attributed to the asymmetry and the way they are connected.

The sustainable theme as well as the colours and contrast of materials allows the reclaimed wood to be incorporated into the simple functional design.

The range of furniture has a subtle playful feel while still retaining an elegant structure.

Alonso’s furniture is also included in the permanent collection of the Design Museum in London.