Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Kenneth Cobonpue - Bloom Chair

With the spring blooming outside my windows, I decided to share with you something blooming as well - The Bloom chair by the amazing Fillipino desinger Kenneth Cobonpue.  Kenneth is an industrial designer known for his signature designs in natural fibres and materials. His designs mainly focus on nature's forms using rattan, buri, bamboo, and abaca (wiki).

Inspired by the graceful bloom of a flower, this lounge chair is sculpted by hundreds of fine running stitches radiating from the center of the seat creating subtle textures. Invisible supports form shapes reminiscent of soft and graceful musical tones. The Bloom sits on top of a steel base which provides a good counterpoint to its playful organic form.

Kenneth has good design in his genes. His mother, Betty Cobonpue, founded a furniture design and manufacturing company in the Phillipines in the early seventies, where she gained a reputation for her innovations in the use of rattan. Kenneth left the islands to go to Pratt Institute for Industrial Design and has been back in his native region fornearly ten years, integrating his traditional design heritage with his industrial training. (inhabitat)

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