Title: New products
Pages: 58 - 61
Text: New products
At this time of year the furniture industry reaches the peak of its activity and displays its latest designs at numerous private exhibitions in London or at the annual Furniture Show.
This month's New Products therefore concentrates on furniture, and in particular on seating. Most of the designs shown are taken from 'resign Index', the ColD's photographic and sample record which can be seen at The Design Centre, London, the Scottish Design Centre, Glasgow, the Bristol Building and Design Centre, the Manchester Design Centre, and the Midland Design and Building Centre, Nottingham.
Sitting around A new range of unit seating, Tetrad, has been produced by Aerofoam Ltd. The range comprises four items, a chair, a corner unit, an extension unit and a table. The frames are available in oak. The cushions are supported on Pirelli webbing and filled with layered polyether foam and Terylene wadding. They are attached to the frames by an unobtrusive arrangement of straps fastened with large press studs. The cushions offered as standard are covered in aniline tan hide, but other colours can be supplied. Fabric or pvc covers are also available to order. The table tops are linoleum in beige, black or grey: other colours can be produced to order. The range, which is not designed to link together in any way, is intended for use in senior common rooms, hotel reception areas, etc. Though it was designed primarily for the contract market, it is also selling well to retail outlets. The dimensions are: width and depth (of all units) 2ft24 inches; table height 10 inches; seat height 1ft 4 inches; overall height of chair and corner unit, 2 ft 2- inches. Maker Aerofoam Ltd. Designer Stephen Bartlett. Price (contract) in standard hide, chair £38 Ins, corner unit £46 10s 9d, extension unit £29 7s 9d, chair and corner unit £74 13s, table £17 1s.
Unit furniture The system of unit seating shown here is based on a flat steel bar frame 2 ft 6 inches deep x 2 ft wide x 2 ft 12 inches high. This frame forms the base for all the units in the range, which comprises a high backed chair, a low backed arm chair, an armless unit with a back, a stool, a related corner unit, and a table. The units can be bolted together to form bench seating or settees of any length, or they can be used separately. The frame is satin
chromed with polished edges: the arms and table top are available in teak, ash or rosewood. The polyether foam cushions are covered in unbuttoned tweed, or cross seamed and buttoned in hide. The range is available to both contract and retail outlets. Maker Design Associates. Designer R. Cruikshank. Price (retail), stool from £2711s, table units from £26 8s, chair with arms from £44 3s, chair without arms from £33 6s.
New venture Having previously produced furniture entirely for the retail trade, William Plunket thas now designed the Oxted seating, illustrated here, aimed et the contract market. The design is based on an aluminium alloy structure: screwed to this are the plywood sections which form the seat and back of the units. The arm pieces, where used, are also screwed to this structure, top right. Two sections of plywood are used for the seat, and one or two for the back, depending on whether a high or low backed unit is required. Three ft lengths of plywood are used for the chair, top left, and any length up to 10 ft. increasing by one foot each time, can be used to form extended seating. The units are available covered with a wool fabric, pvc or hide, either buttoned or plain. The sectional construction of the furniture allows the units to be easily assembled and dismantled. The seating can be fitted to either walls or
floor, and the units can be attached back to back or screwed together. Maker and designer William Plunkett. Price (chair) from £38 8s.
Versatile design One of the new rniture designs recently produced by Robin Day for S. Hille and Co Ltd ,theNimbus chair.The design is based on a polystyrene shell which is ade in two versions, with either a high or low back. Polystyrene is used beause, like polypropylene (which as used for the firm's award inning stacking chair) it combines strength with lightness. It can also be moulded easily into the required shape. Both these versions of the shell can be married with various types of swivel and tilt bases, or a fixed pedestal, to form a dining, desk or occasional chair. The required base is simply screwed to the polystyrene shell. Castors for all the bases are also available. The chair is available covered with any of the Hille range of furnishing fabrics, and can also be supplied in hide or pvc. The bases are chrome. Nimbus is available on both the contract and retail markets. The overall height of the high back version, on a fixed pedestal, is 2 ft 114 inches, and of the low backed version, 2 ft 743 inches. The seat depth is 1 ft 114 inches and the width 2 ft 12 inches. Maker S. Hille and Co Ltd. Designer Robin Day. Price from £24.
Designed for visitors The results of the competition for the design of souvenirs, which was organised by the ColD in association with the British Travel Association, have now been announced. Certificates have been awarded to 51 entries, and these will be on show at The Design Centre until February 12. The chosen souvenirs will be included in a special category of 'Design Index'. A selection of the winning souvenirs are illustrated left.Thepanelof judges for the competition included Terence Conran, Conran and Co Ltd; Douglas da Costa, managing director, Empire Stores (Produce) Ltd; Professor Robert Goodden, vice-principal, Royal College of Art; M. G. Moss, managing director, Woolland Brothers Ltd; and Paul Reilly, director, ColD. The judges felt that the competition had been successful while leaving much scope for further progress in a design field which receives less attention than it warrants.
Library equipment A new shelving system for libraries, Reska, which was designed by Rud Koreska and is manufactured in Denmark, is marketed in Britain by Terrapin Reska Ltd. It is built up from three basic elements upright supports, shelves and shelf brackets - and these can be supplemented by a wide range of ancillary components. The components are made of steel, but shelves can be provided in wood. The system is elegant and extremely flexible. It is shown here installed in the library of the University of Warwick, far right and in the Harold Mulley School, Solihull, right. As an indication of the price of the equipment, a typical free standing upright section about 6 ft 6 inches long costs £6 5s.
Tiles A range of tiles designed by Alan Thornhill and intended, among other applications, for use as decorative panels on shopfronts or murals for prestige areas, should be of particular interest to architects. The tiles can either be used singly for a repeat pattern, or built up into an abstract design as in the mural shown Jeff.. The price of the tiles in a repeat pattern, using two tiles only, is £10 15s per sq yd ex-works. As a general guide, the cost for a mural would be approximately £30 per sq yd ex-works.
Something different stand illustrated here was designed by the Conran Design Group for the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. It was used to demonstrate high speed photography at the Industrial Photographic and Television Exhibition held at Earls Court recently. The designers have mercifully got away from the ubiquitous panel-and-post stand, and have evolved a structure which is both functional and dramatic. The plinths satisfactorily accommodate equipment ranging from small lenses to a film projector, while the canopies carry the copy and also the necessary lighting. In addition, the canopies serve to define the area of the exhibit. Colour is provided by the equipment itself, which stands out against the black, white and dark grey of the structure.
Exhibition centre Aaron son Brothers Ltd. a cutter of decorative veneers, has opened a centre at 332/4 Old Street, London EC1, to show how its veneers are being used on new furniture from various countries. In addition to furniture, a section of the exhibition is devoted to veneered board and plywood; this will include veneers of a nondecorative type used in the building industry and in some aspects of furniture production. The exhibition opened with an exhibition of predominantly Danish designs, some of which were prize winners in a design competition organised last year by Aaronsons in association with the Danish Council of Fine Arts and Design. The Aroveneer Centre should be of interest to both furniture manufacturers and designers, as well as the general public.
Fashion conscious fabrics Op. Pop and Art Nouveau are well represented in Heal Fabrics Ltd's new range of furnishing fabrics. Most of the designs are machine screen printed on cotton, either plain, crepe or satin: a small range is also offered on linen sheercloth. Illusion, shown far left,, was designed by 20 year old Barbara Pegg, who is in her third year at Loughborough College of Art. It is produced in four colourways and costs about 18s 11 d per yard. Festival, illustrated left, was designed by Peter Perritt, head of printed textiles at Manchester College of Art. It is available in four colourways and costs about £1 4s 11d per yd.