Saturday, April 27, 2013

Milan: FF 2013 – Prada: Knoll - Tools for Life collection - OMA/Rem Koolhaas.

Milan: FF 2013 – Prada: Knoll  - Tools for Life collection - OMA/Rem Koolhaas. American furniture manufacturer Knoll Inc. introduced "Tools for Life," a new collection of furniture inPrada’s exhibtion space designed by OMA, the collaborative practice co-founded by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Knoll tapped Koolhaas, one of the most provocative thinkers and daring form-makers of his generation, to help mark its 75th anniversary.  Commenting on the endeavor, Rem Koolhaas said, “We wanted to create a range of furniture that performs in very precise but also in completely unpredictable ways, furniture that not only contributes to the interior but also to the animation.” 

Knoll: Tools for Life collection - OMA/Rem Koolhaas. The dynamic 04 Counter is the collection's signature piece. Beginning as a monolithic stack of three horizontal bars, the user can rotate the top two bars and transform this wall-like unit into a series of shelves and cantilevered benches—a metamorphosis from a spatial partition to a communal gathering place. Rigorous engineering and a system of internal bearings and rails facilitate 360 degrees of movement. Concrete, leather and patterned wood grain surfaces provide unexpected and subtly sensuous contrasts.

Knoll: Tools for Life collection - OMA/Rem Koolhaas. The 03 Coffee Table is a stack of three transparent boxes constructed of clear acrylic. Internal slides allow the individual elements to be rotated and cantilevered, giving users the ability to adjust its overall shape depending on changing needs.

Knoll: Tools for Life collection - OMA/Rem Koolhaas. The 05 Round Table and 06 Table integrate mechanical sophistication with seemingly effortless effect. Both can be adjusted to accommodate lounge seating or even standing.  The 01 Arm Chair is a height-adjustable, swivel lounge chair with a clear acrylic exterior frame and leather interior upholstery. A mechanical column base with a signature red band provides height adjustment at the touch of a button. A concrete base plate grounds the chair.

all Photographs and copyright by A.Osio. Courtesy of Knoll, Inc. 

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