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Chair 16 by David Hsu

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Chair 16 by David Hsu

After spending the summer studying Scandinavian Furniture Design in Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki, this chair takes cues from Poul Kjaerholm and Hans J. Wegner. The skeleton is made of steel tube and the seating surface woven with flag halyard.

Materials: Steel, Flag Halyard

David Hsu is a student of life: inspired and influenced by environments and the people within. Born in Taiwan, raised in New Zealand, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Columbia University in the City of New York. While dabbling on design as a hobby, he accumulated years of experience specializing in information technology for individuals and small businesses in the fields of design and photography. Longing to make a more meaningful impact on the world, he returned to school and received a master’s degree in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute.

Based in Waseca, Minnesota, David is currently working in New York. He is open to collaborating on projects that seeks to surprise and delight the human experience in product or furniture design or even one-off custom furniture pieces.

David Hsu | Portfolio | Chair 16.

White Forest Chair by Robby Cabtarutti and Francesca Petricich

White Forest Chair by Robby Cabtarutti

White Forest Chair by Robby Cabtarutti Birth Mark

White Forest Chair by Robby Cabtarutti and Francesca Petricich

One of our readers asked me via e-mail:

I am hoping you can help me identify a chair that I have seen in Bellevue, Washington at the Microsoft building downtown. They are white metal dining chairs and have a design similar to the Vegetal Chair. I have a picture of the chair and the imprint on the bottom. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Yess there is a vague similarity with the Vegetal Chair, but only vague. I was also thinking Konstantin Grcic, but also vague only.

After some research I was able to come up with the answer.

Italian designers Robby Cabtarutti and his wife Francesca Petricich designed this chair for Gruppo Sintesi But I also found Fast Spa having the chair in its collection. I don’t know whether the 2 are connected.

Leaf Chair by Alexander Gendell

Leaf Chair by Alexander Gendell


Leaf Chair by Alexander Gendell

Aluminum composite, stainless steel, synthetic textile
Designed 2009, manufactured beginning 2012

About Alexander Gendell

An architect working in Manhattan, NY, Alexander Gendell knows how to work with confined spaces. No matter how luxurious the end product, interiors tend to be tight. “This has always made me realize how ineffectively most spaces are actually used, and how difficult finding appropriately sized furnishings can be.”

Via Brooklyn Museum and Folditure.

Goldleaf Lui5 by Philippe Bestenheider

Goldleaf-Lui5-by-Philippe Bestenheider
Lui5 Goldleaf by Phillippe Bestenheider

Goldleaf Lui5 by Philippe Bestenheider

We’ve featured the new retro Lui5 of Philippe Bestenheider for the Italian Boffi Brothers earlier, but not the golden one. Since one of our contributors has a Golden Blog, we are always on the look out for golden chairs. Philippe is redoing his site. So I’ll link to his FaceBook page for the time being.

Thonet Back in Vienna?

Thonet no 1 MAK Vienna
Thonet no 1. Chair in The Vienna MAK Museum.

Thonet Back in Vienna?

My first discovery of Thonet was in Vienna at the Kohlmarkt in the 70ies. Then Thonet Brothers Austria was a separate entity and had a posh interior shop there. Since then Thonet Brothers Austria had been acquired by the Italian furniture company Poltrona Frau, but Poltrona didn’t do a lot with it. It almost burried Thonet.

In Februari, 2013, in an article in the Austrian Die Presse I’ve read Thonet would come back to Vienna.

The place where Thonet was expected to open shop is Stilwerk which may be translated as Style Factory, an organization that offers four exclusive design centers in Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Vienna tooffer luxury interior design, design products and lifestyle accessories a presentation platform under one roof.

Howeve0r, looking at the Stilwerk site for Vienna, alas the Vienna Thonet Showroom is not shown there, whereas Ton is represented in Stilwerk….It seems the plans fell through. Too bad.


This was a photo that went with the article. Nice display i would say.

Actually I know there is at least one Thonet related person in our mailing list. Could he or she chime in here?