If there’s anything deconstructivism taught us, it’s that there’s always more to learn. This is true in all modes of creation, including contemporary furniture design. Yes—a chair must hold us up, candlesticks must hold candles, and we must sleep at night in beds, but these constraints simply mark a boundary, like the edge of a canvas or the fourteen lines in the sonnet. Everything else in the middle though is where creative minds roam.
These four contemporary furniture designers remind us of this. All of them are accomplished artists and designers—the ones that are pushing the built environment into places we’ve never seen before. Our future lives in their dreams, and after they build, it becomes our reality.
Winner of the 2012 Braun Prize, Sabine Marcelis’s integrative and functional pieces create a dialogue between the object and the user. A prolific artist with exhibitions in London, Milan, Dubai, and Paris, she creates in many modes, from furniture to glass objects, and installations. Not to mention, she has collaborated with the legendary architectural studio, OMA. Check out more of her work here, which she makes in her Rotterdam, Netherlands based studio.
Based out of Germany, Notoria focuses on reshaping the way we view steel. Instead of limiting this dynamic material for raw, industrial aesthetics, Notoria hammers, welds, and paints steel with bright, boisterous colors, creating a symbiotic relationship between it and other materials—wood, copper, and marble. This relationship then is transferred to the user to create a pleasant yet powerful user experience.
Before starting his brand WENTZ, Guilherme Wentz worked with the Brazilian luxury brand Riva, and won the Brazil Design Award, and the International iF Design Award. Out of his studio in São Paulo, he creates furniture which pushes all boundaries, ranging from pieces that feel ancient to futuristic, minimal to highly decorative. Check out his portfolio here.
The always innovative Samuel Amoia found his inspiration to become an interior designer after traveling the world in his youth, and seeing intimately how different ways of life impact how we construct our physical environment. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Vogue, New York Times, Forbes, Elle Décor, Wall Street Journal, and NY Magazine among many others. Amoia was also named “one of the Young Interior Designers to watch” from Vogue.
By: David Plick