At the crossroads

Wire in design

Passing the gallery

Leading headings: Marina Volkova

A photo: - press services

Magazine: N11 (155) 2010

Modern designers have opened a love for all sorts of woven and lattice designs. Lead the metal and wire frames

Furniture woven from metal wire, appeared in the collections of all designer brands. Hooligan Brazilians Campana brothers, scandalous Fabio Novembre, and preaching ethnics also work with wire Paola Navone. They will not refuse in ingenuity: the wire bends and is cut, soldered and painted. Someone beats the motive of the cell, as claimed in the work of Max Ernst, a surrealist painter of the early 20th century, who also designed furniture. He offered the brave souls to rest in a bed, the head and foot of which were made in the form of grids resembling a confinement cell. Someone interprets the Indonesian rattan wicker. Someone uses the idea of ​​thread tension, as in a loom.

Such designs, of course, "neologism." The reception history is limited to the 20th century, and among the most characteristic examples we can recall the Macintosh chairs with a lattice back, the furniture of Koloman Moser, a prominent representative of Austrian Art Nouveau, and minimalist chaise lounges Rene Erbst. McIntosh and Moser used wood, Erbst - elastic threads. The first examples of uncompromising use of metal wire are found only in the middle of the century. Recall the steel mesh Diamond chair, designed by Harry Bertoya by KNOLL in the early 1950s.

Such furniture is more than obligatory in lofts and minimalist residences. She needs space, needs background. It will appeal to aesthetes who love art for the sake of art, because beauty does not always go hand in hand with comfort. So, the Campana brothers, the makers of wire chaos for the brand Seat, they admit that it’s uncomfortable to sit on their crazy armchairs.