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The Lyre Chair, handmade in bamboo, is a perfect balance of craftsmanship and design. The result of multiple sessions and mockups with an established local bamboo artisan, “Lyre” is an attractive, ergonomic chair, whose overall dimensions and parametric curvature, coupled with the natural bounce of the material, perfectly adjusts to the body. By linking multiple “Lyre Chairs”, a circular bench is formed.
Bamboo is a natural, lightweight, ecological material, readily available in large quantities and requiring little maintenance. Simultaneously flexible and resilient, with superior bending strength, bamboo can perform seemingly impossible feats of engineering, while maintaining its structural integrity. Furthermore, with the right design, it can easily transition from a casual outdoor to a more formal indoor setting.
The power of a handcrafted object, made with a natural material, lies in its details: the uniqueness of each chair, its basket-like woven corners, the functional yet poetic interplay of bamboo cane sizes, how it ‘breathes’ when used.
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AKA is a multidisciplinary design studio present in Athens, Greece and Oxford, UK, that works across the fields of architecture, interior, exhibition and furniture design.
Our furniture and objects, whether created as an experiment or with a particular project or patron in mind, generate narratives formally and functionally. Intrigued by the ability of antique furniture to become vessels of history by interpreting specific, often outdated uses, we seek to create objects that mirror a modern lifestyle, but are simultaneously timeless due to their sculptural, enigmatic geometry.
Our designs revel in the repetition of elements, the layering of precious and common materials, and the juxtaposition of textures. The forms are folded, twisted, and stretched, and are characterized by elegant detailing and vibrant splashes of rich color.
Captivated by the countless variations of shapes and materials, we are in a constant mode of experimentation. Each piece is handcrafted by Greek artisans with handpicked materials.
Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times.
Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M.
Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”.
The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.
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