February 18, 2016
The Sports Ball chair and ottoman was designed by master upholsterer Paolo Lillus in 1966, inspired by a real leather football he had kicked about in his childhood. The chair is now manufactured by German office furniture manufacturer Lento and comes in 8 different versions. We particularly like Volley, the outsized tennis ball upholstered with real tennis felt and Eagle, the golf ball-inspired chair complete with plastic dimples on the outer shell. Both come without canine bite-marks, which is curious (we have a ball-obsessed dog here at Do HQ).
This quirky but comfortable chair works well in reception areas of sports clubs, break-out areas of funky offices or at the homes of sports fanatics. We are looking forward to seeing rugby ball-shaped sofas, hockey puck-shaped tables and shuttlecock-shaped suspension lights bouncing along soon.
You'd be surprised how many furniture designs originate from unusual inspirations. The Fjord armchair from Moroso is inspired by shells and, well, no prizes for guessing what inspired the Robox bookshelf from Casamania.
Lights which look like something unexpected can be surprisingly beautiful. The Lampscapes suspension light from Frederik Roije is charmingly poetic; the Wooster light from Innermost is surreal and witty.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
December 15, 2020
American artist-designer John Eric Byers cites, amongst others, Donald Judd and Richard Serra as sources of his inspiration. The influence of these American masters of minimalism are clear to see from the furniture he has created.
October 08, 2020
Detractors of minimalism often decry the cold, impersonal nature of the style. However, when executed intelligently, minimalist designs can be surprisingly expressive. The furniture collections of designer Niko Koronis is a case in point.
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