Photo: Rocket Chair
Just like clothing the design of furniture can fall out of fashion for a while, then back into fashion as time rolls on. This classic chair by the Jen Risom’s collection is one piece that fell back into style. Jens Risom was at the peak of his success in the late 1950’s. His slogan back then for his work was: The Answer is Risom. The Danish-born American still has the designing spirit at the ripe ol age of 94, and has worked closely with a London gallery to re-issue 9 pieces of his simple, American-style Scandinavian Furniture.
This first collection of his nine chosen pieces has been a labor of love involving a London Gallery, Rocket, and a furniture company that does handmade pieces.
All of his pieces are very functional but still very much elegant. They still have a definite Scandinavian influence but it is intertwined with American Modernism. With the number of his original pieces declining, this is another opportunity to celebrate design and reputation of an old master craftsman.
There is one active Dutch designer named Daniel Schipper who created the foldable greenhouse for city gardens and rooftop terrariums. These gardens are made from recycled plastics, the greenhouse roof folds up flat for easy storage and transience. The base is also made from recycled plastic composite and its lack of framework or support materials makes it a minimalist no-fuss appliance. Just unfold, snap, and water.
Schipper’s foldable greenhouse has been causing quite a stir in the Netherlands as he searches for a production partnership to bring it to the global market. It’s just one of many innovative creations from his Amsterdam studio which focuses on concept, research and design having completed. Many of Schipper’s projects emphasize sustainability, functionality and fold-ability.