Oct 13 2020

Solitaires set themselves skilfully in scene

Creative single objects are the highlight of individually furnished rooms. Even solitaires designed for the series often have the characteristics of unmistakable unique pieces in terms of material and surface.

Bulthaup b Solitaire from bulthaup 

Objects from Bulthaup's "b Solitaire" series can be used both as individual pieces and in harmonious interplay. The table and bench combination, for example, can be the focal point of a flat or object. It is a meeting place with a modern interpretation and invites you to eat, talk and linger.

The b Solitaire series has connecting design elements. The matt black aluminium frame reappears just as much as the solid oak wood, whose unique grain and special growth characteristics make each piece in the series recognisably unique.

The bench is optionally available with a matching support in naturally tanned leather. The range also includes versatile shelves of various sizes that can be positioned freely in the room. Their frames can be equipped with shelves, pull-out shelves and many matching organisation elements on height-adjustable levels.  

Brut shelf by Pulpo (Design: Ferréol Babin) 

Glass meets marble, serially designed straight lines contrast with broken stone edges. This tension creates the special appeal of the Brut shelves. Designer Ferréol Babin created an unusual material mix of greenish, ribbed profiled glass, which frames natural marble tops so that they almost seem to float.

Brut is available in two other combinations: in sandblasted glass with white marble and grey glass with dark green marble. The marble slabs are cut smooth and perfectly fitting at the back, but rough and irregular at the fronts.

Also in the glass, streaks and bubbles can appear during the production process. A desired effect of the design. So no brut shelf is like the other.

Brut shelf in glass and marble with rough edge © Pulpo

Lounge armchair 808 by Thonet (Design: Formstelle) 

Traditional typology, a newly interpreted contrasting shape and maximum comfort come together in the 808 lounge chair. The Relax furniture reinterprets the classic wing chair, whose individual appearance always signals a place of retreat and tranquillity.

The upper back part is reminiscent of a protective collar. The striking shell embraces the sitter and conveys a sense of security. The upholstery reminiscent of waves, the inner soft core with the loose cushion look forms an exciting contrast to the outer shell.

The mechanism concealed inside allows the seat and backrest to be continuously adjusted to the user's individual requirements.

Sculptural lounge armchair 808 by Thonet © Thonet

Harri von More furniture (Design: Peter Fehrentz) 

The minimalist design of the Harri showcase shows what it is made of with understatement. It is part of a collection that so far includes bar trolley and secretary, bar stool, chair and table, bench, sideboard and console.

Each of these pieces can appear as a solitaire in a room, but also in interaction with its relatives. The Harri showcase stands on a filigree steel frame which is powder-coated in anthracite. A large body with two framed glass doors rests on it.

When they are opened, the division and the fine workmanship becomes visible inside. The shelves are made of smoked glass, drawers with recessed grips are available as an option. The slender, iconic design makes the Harri showcase an eye-catcher.

Minimalist design Harri showcase © More furniture

Hirche Lounge Chair by Richard Lampert (Design: Herbert Hirche) 

The Hirche Lounge Chair dates back to the fifties. It was designed by the architect and designer Herbert Hirche, who first studied at the Bauhaus under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Later he worked in Mies' office, as well as with Egon Eiermann.

After the war, Hirche worked in Berlin at the Weißensee Art College before moving to Stuttgart, where he helped the furniture industry to achieve important solitaires and furnishing systems. With his low upholstered tubular steel armchair for his own home, he created in 1953 a typical living object of the optimistic generation of young designers, who after 1945 interpreted modernism in a new and lively way.

Richard Lampert has further developed this furniture. It is no longer just a serial remake. With different fabrics, in leather or cowhide, as well as an outdoor version, Hirche's improvising rationalism can sometimes be presented ironically, and then again puristically or functionally extended.

Hirche Lounge Chair with cowhide cover © Richard Lampert / Photo Richard Becker

Compas Direction by Vitra (Design Jean Prouvé) 

Two elegantly splayed, slender pairs of metal legs are characteristic of the Compas Direction desk by the French constructor, architect and designer Jean Prouvé, which was created in 1953. As is often the case with Prouvé, there are a number of models for later series production.

The name of the table refers to the legs of a compass.  Thus the designer created various Compas tables, those with a symmetrical construction and Compas Direction with an asymmetrical frame pushed to the edge.  

In his workshop, which was geared to different techniques of metal construction, Prouvé experimented and modified them, often producing them in small series for specific projects. Only later did they become standardised furniture. Vitra first published Compass Direction as part of the RAW Edition before it became part of the regular collection.

The contrast between sheet steel and solid wood tabletops in natural or smoked oak and American walnut is exciting.

Compas Direction desk, design Jean Prouvé © Vitra

Matic by Knoll International (Design: Piero Lissoni) 

The Matic sofa system presents itself as a free-standing island in the room, optionally covered with leather or fabric. As is often the case with Lissoni, its striking appearance is due not least to low seating surfaces in various depths.

A mechanism makes it possible to adjust parts of the backrests to different seating requirements, depending on whether you want to chat, read and work or relax on the sofa. Matching cushions complete the collection. A striking design feature of Matic is the frontal profile, which is available either in aluminium with a glossy finish or anthracite lacquer finish.

The modular system includes chaiselongues and peninsular elements, each of which helps Matic to change its overall appearance. 

Today, the system concept is often applied even to individual pieces in houses, flats and offices. Individual modules can be exchanged, contrasting colours can be chosen or elements can be gradually added.

Matic sofa system from Knoll International © Knoll / Photo Federico Cedrone

Author: Heike Edelmann

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