Demonstrating beautiful products don’t need to be market key-holed, David Rockwell launched Sage for Benchmark. While the collection is geared towards office and hospitality, items are just as at home in a residential setting. A sculptural room divider in oak or walnut, the Sage Credenza with Shelves has a media option, complete with ventilation and cable management.
In a move that really challenges the notion of form-following-function, the Concertina’s design is driven more by form-follows-movement. Opening up like a Japanese fan, the chair uses angled “blades” to turn the fan into a chair. A zip on the back, and an elegant clasp on the front lock the chair in seating-mode. Once done, you can immediately collapse it back into a closed fan.
Made in plywood and felt, but designed to feel almost like a lycra-esque stretchable fabric, the Flex chair casually stretches backwards and inwards from the sides when you lean back, going from a conventional seat to a more reclined chair. It’s rather clever how the seemingly rigid chair turns out in fact to be flexible, with a clever detail in how when you lean back, you get these makeshift arm-rests that form under your hands!