Manufacturer: Republic of Fritz Hansen
Leave it to a Danish designer to embrace minimalism with a contemporary edge. Cecilie Manz crafted this sleek, unfussy line of tables and chairs for Fritz Hansen after much work-
shopping to hone in on the right materials. The chair’s polypropylene shell is upholstered in a wool-nylon fabric and finished with natural leather piping, while the tabletops are made of compact laminate or Oregon pine. The seats and tables have a matching base: a grey-toned frame in glass-filled nylon, with smoothed edges like that of a pebble washed up on the seashore.
Firm: Fábrica, Guatemala City
Team: Ana Claudia González and Hubert Schoba
To create this quirky seat, the designers at Fábrica combined two disparate sources of inspiration: a neighbourhood soccer game and the springs in a torn-apart sofa. Thirty-two radial springs were grafted onto an old soccer ball at the centre to hand-make child and adult versions. The chairs are harnessed with metal buckles and galvanized wire, then loosely upholstered with guaipe, colourful rags fashioned out of scraps from Guatemala’s clothing industry.