Salone Internazionale del Mobile
12th April – 17th April 2011
Fiera Milano exhibition centre, Milan
Hall 7, Stand A27/ A31
Sit down, sit up, lounge, hang, repose, move, work, read, consult or relax, alone or together
This year, Ben van Berkel / UNStudio will present 3 new seating designs at the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile 2011 in Milan: the My Lounge Chair for Walter Knoll, the New Amsterdam Chair for Wilde+Spieth and the SitTable for PROOFF. Ben van Berkel will be present in the Hall 7, Stand A27/ A31, on Tuesday April 12th, between 12.00 and 14.00.
The architect-designer: from spatial effects to hybrid forms
Ben van Berkel and UNStudio practice architecture as a discipline that possesses a wide range of scales and dimensions. Thus, the house, the department store, the railway station, the museum, the temporary installation and the theoretical manifesto are all intricate parts of our oeuvre. However, for the last four years or so, the sofa, the chair, and the table have become integral parts of that broad architectural palette too and are now developing into a family of designs in the classical tradition of the architect-designer.
The architectural approach to furniture is different from that of the industrial designer as the architect begins with the space and the environment that the chair will become a part of. All the details of the chair are considered for their spatial effects. This architectural approach to furniture is connected to a very personal ideology of space.
Ben van Berkel
MY Lounge Chair – for Walter Knoll
Extending Ben van Berkel’s earlier MYchair into a family of related designs, My Lounge Chair will be presented for the first time at the Walter Knoll stand in Milan. My Lounge Chair continues and extends the formal qualities and spatial effects of the earlier MYchair, with the facet shapes of the chaise longue inspired seat echoed in the curves of the supporting frame.
My Lounge Chair is literally an expansion of the MYchair, both physically and conceptually. An actual stretching of the original chair extends the ‘Coming Home’ concept of relaxation and reflection even further.
Ben van Berkel
The first My Lounge Chair is part of the Walter Knoll ‘Black’ series and can be seen at the Walter Knoll stand, Hall 7, Stand A27/ A31.
Ben van Berkel will be present at the stand on Tuesday April 12th, between 12.00 and 14.00.
+ Credits for MY Lounge Chair, Walter Knoll, 2011
Client: Walter Knoll
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos with Martijn Prins, William de Boer and Machteld Kors
Walter Knoll: Markus Benz, Jurgen Rohm
New Amsterdam Chair – for Wilde+Spieth
Originally conceived in connection to the New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion in New York, the New Amsterdam Chair has since been further developed into a multi-purpose chair for use in a wide variety of different settings, both indoors and out. It can be placed at the dining table, in offices or in conference rooms, in the garden or on cafe terraces. The design of the stackable New Amsterdam Chair is based on a continuous, single line which expands into an uninterrupted surface, forming a shell-like cast for the human body.
The human touch is expressed in the organisation of the chair. The New Amsterdam Chair plays with the relationship between the stationary object and the more animate human form.
Ben van Berkel
+ Credits for New Amsterdam Chair, Wilde+Spieth, 2011
Client: Wilde & Spieth
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel,Caroline Bos with Hannes Pfau, Kirsten Hollmann and Hans-Peter Nuenning, Filippo Lodi, Martijn Prins, William de Boer
Wilde & Spieth: Thomas Gerber
Advisors: MCI, Bollinger +Grohmann
SitTable – for PROOFF (also visit our earlier story here)
The ‘ready for production’ version of Ben van Berkel / UNStudio’s SitTable will also be presented for the first time this year in Milan. The SitTable is designed for the various ways in which people communicate. It refers to and extends the traditional role of the table as a social meeting place and offers a rich mix of qualities and a myriad of possibilities – not only in the context of flexible placement, but also in the many tasks that can simultaneously be carried out at the table, both solitary and social, or a combination of the two.
Through the cross combination of usage possibilities, the SitTable offers a diversity of options for placement. It can be used in libraries, in airport lounges, waiting rooms, schools, as a display surface in exhibitions and shops, and of course in the home.
Ben van Berkel
+ Credits for SitTable , PROOFF, 2010
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos with Juergen Heinzel, William de Boer and Machteld Kors, Martijn Prins, Daniela Hake
Prooff – Leo Schouten, Tim Orriens, Antoinette Veneman
Arco – Willem van Ast, Jorre van Ast en Roelof Jansen
Exhibtion ‘The Tortonas’
Both the prototype for the New Amsterdam Chair and the final design for the SitTable will be displayed at the Exhibition ‘The Tortonas’ – Tortona 37, at Via Tortona 37.
Press Preview & Wine – Monday April 11th at 14.00 – 19.00.
Ben van Berkel will be present at the press preview.