It’s early May and once again the party ship we call the smow song contest is ready to set sail……

smow song contest 2017

In our post The Sedentary Workers: Orchestra Musicians we explored the unique world of orchestra musicians’ chairs. One of Europe’s largest, and most experienced, manufacturers of orchestra and musicians’ chairs is Esslingen based Wilde+Spieth. Who thus seemed an ideal address to learn more about the orchestra chair and the orchestra chair market…..

Musicians Chair by Wilde+Spieth, based on the SE 68 by Egon Eiermann

Although the evidence is not, yet, conclusive, recent years have seen an increasing confidence in the theory that sitting for too long can have a negative impact on health, and that all whose job involves prolonged sitting should regularly stand, move and generally change their body position.

But what about those workers who can’t? What about those workers whose job is defined by long periods of sitting?

Orchestra musicians at work. Seated. Specifically, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, January 2017 (Photo © Todd Rosenberg, Courtesy Elbphilharmonie Hamburg)

The German designer and silversmith Christian Dell is arguably best known for the numerous lighting designs he realised during the 1920s and 1930s.

Christian Dell was however also one of the pioneers of plastic design. If all too briefly.

Christian Dell (1893 - 1974)

Ambiente Frankfurt 2017 allowed an all to seldom reunião with Portuguese brand Vicara. And an occasion which served to remind us that we really should catch up with them more often…..

Vicara at Ambiente Frankfurt 2017

Amongst all the fake flavours at Ambiente Frankfurt 2017 the Umami of Japanese design studio Bouillon was a genuine delight.

The German architect and designer Ferdinand Kramer didn’t just translate the new principles of construction and design which arose in the inter-war years into his architecture, furniture and industrial designs, he was also a very eloquent writer on such matters, and thus helped, and continues to help, explain the motivations behind, and fascination with, functionalist ideals.

The Kramer Principle Design for Variable Use Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt am Main Chair B 403 Thonet

Wind powered street lighting from Vulkan, as seen at Light + Building Frankfurt 2016

As the name implies the Light + Building Trade Fair in Frankfurt is largely about architectural lighting rather than domestic

Rondella Lamp by Christian Dell(rechts), 1930s Advert *Owing to the nature of teh item we don't ahve any photos we can use... google it,you won't be disappointed)

In his Letter of Reference for Christian Dell on the occasion of his departure from the Kunsthochschule Frankfurt, the school’s

Wow Shelf by Aveva Design, as seen at Ambiente Frankfurt 2016

As a “consumer goods” trade fair devoted to tableware, accessories, gifts, light-bulbs with filigree filaments, and the like, Ambiente Frankfurt

Feinserie at Ambiente Frankfurt 2016

In our interview with Marcel Kabisch, founder of and creative force behind German label Feinserie, he told us that what

T Chair by Kai Linke (Photo: Alexander Böhle Courtesy Studio Kai Linke)

Internationally known for its financial district, airport, financial institutions and sausages, Frankfurt am Main is less well understood as a

December is famously a half month – no one does anything useful in the second half of the month, unless

The end of design’s summer hibernation is traditionally marked by the opening of the Vitra Design Museum’s winter exhibition, which

Frankfurt University Jügelhaus before and after, as seen at Line Form Function. The Buildings of Ferdinand Kramer, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt

Following on from the exploration of Ferdinand Kramer’s design work in the exhibition The Kramer Principle: Design for Variable Use

"Please touch!" at the Museum für Gestaltung – Schaudepot, Zürich

In the complete interview with Matylda Krzykowski ahead of the Depot Basel exhibition Forum for an Attitude, there is a

Vitra Frankfurt Ampelphase 7 Sehnsucht SYRA_Schoyerer Architekten & Elmar Lixenfeld

If form follows function, what form does, could, should yearning and longing have? If architects are continually searching for a

Tendence Frankfurt 2015: Flechtgestaltung - Diana Stegmann

If we’re completely honest, until now the only piece of wickerwork about which we have ever gotten truly excited is

Tendence Frankfurt 2015 Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe present Old World New World Simple Furniture Thomas Busch

We’ve said it so often that even we are somewhat tired of hearing it, but….. Portugal has lots of cork.

Tendence Frankfurt 2015 Jakub Gurecký Horse

In 1960 Enzo Mari designed “16 Animali” for Italian manufacturer Danese. Comprising 16 wooden animal shapes “16 Animali” is simultaneously

Tendence Frankfurt 2015 Ra(in)water by Marcelo Caetano

The very first piece of product design George Nelson realised was inspired by architecture. The typical American family home in

Shade, and lack of, in Tel Aviv

It being July, there is an obvious temptation to search for new design and architecture exhibitions opening near the coast,

Colour study for the residential area of the Sojus-M space shuttle (1970–1974, design not realised) © Archive Balaschowa

Space is, as any Trekkie will tell you, the final frontier. For designers and architects it is certainly a very

DMY Berlin 2015: FS Modular Shelving System by Philipp Beisheim

There is little in this world that brings us more pleasure than a good modular shelving system. We know that

kyle bean mobile evolution

“Who’s the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?” asks Obi-Wan Kenobi, more or less rhetorically, in