Summer is peering around the corner. To welcome the warm weather and days spent outside with bustling wildlife, the Design Museum in London partnered with Vitra, a design company, to create a “Pop-up Garden.” Situated on the River Thames in the museum’s display area known as the “Tank,” the garden features classic and new furniture designs that might inspire you to create some summer-infused designs (or to play hooky).
These modern and classic pieces were created by some of the best, such as Charles and Ray Eames, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and Edward Barber, and are available at the Design Museum Shop (all profits go to support the Design Museum).
One design that caught my eye was the “Vegetal chair” created by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and Vitra. They explain the inspiration for this chair on the Design Museum Shop website:
The goal was create a chair that looked like natural vegetation while simultaneously incorporating the necessary strength, stability and comfort. The flat, branch-like ribs are asymmetrically intertwined on three levels to form the seat shell, which is shaped as an irregular circle and supported by four legs that appear to sprout from the ground.
The “Eames House Bird” looks alert and energetic with its sleek curves and deep color. A similar bird has been included in many of the photographs by Charles and Ray Eames, according to the Design Museum Shop website.
Another fun design is the “Eames Elephant.” Intended for use by children (let’s be real, I won’t judge you for parking on it with your sketchbook) this circus elephant-inspired stool brings some bright colors into the garden:
The Pop-Up Garden is free to visit and will be open until June 3rd. While I’m excited for summer, these designs have made my office chair a little less appealing.
If you’re In-House Designer, you’ll want to get a hold of the “In-House Designers Resource Pack” that includes a design tutorial and “The Corporate Creative” e-book, to name a few of the resources. Oh, and it’s on sale!