“Hugo França merges the line between art and design,” says Cristina Grajales, the founder of the eponymous Manhattan gallery and an expert on 20th-century and contemporary design. Grajales is also the curator of an upcoming exhibition of Hugo França’s work at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida, part of the 2013–2014 Design at Fairchild season, itself a part of the annual Art at Fairchild exhibitions.
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It doesn’t seem possible—with its sinuous strips of lashed and looped bamboo—that the chaise is for sitting let alone lounging. It seems more a piece of sculpture. In actuality, it's both. It’s Flow, a new chaise conjured up by Taiwainese designer Feng Cheng-Tsung and fabricated by Chen Kao-Min as Cheng-Tsung’s response to contemporary designers’ use of bamboo. “I believe that the methods of making bamboo products are too limited,” he explains. “I wanted to release the restricted soul of bamboo.”
“I’m inspired by the materials themselves,” says Bay Area–furniture designer Alice Tacheny, who launched her own collection last year at ICFF and will be having an opening at Erica Tanov Marin at the Marin Country Mart later this week. Her work—pared-down, clean-lined chairs, tables, case pieces, even a bed, along with new home accessories—are primarily crafted of American walnut and rift white oak. Brass appears, too, “because it’s soft and easy to work with,” she says. “It pairs well with other materials I use and, no matter what finish it has, it patinas nicely. It bears the imprint of the people who use it.”
Launched just this spring, Made in Ratio has quickly begun making a name for itself in the design world. The London-based company's Supernova table garnered a Product of the Year Award and the firm itself was heralded as Newcomer of the Year at the Mixology Awards, work in the contract field. The collection started off big, with creative director Brodie Neill creating a range of seating, lighting, tables and storage that play with color, form and material. Today, we're delighted to share Brodie's thoughts on becoming a designer and his design process as part of our series highlighting younger designers. If you're in London next month for the Design Festival, Made in Ratio will be showing at designjunction. Stop by and check out the pieces.