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Illuminated Saddle Seating

The Mush Armada Stool Explores the Limits of its Materiality

— August 29, 2011 — Art & Design
Plato's chair is a tempting example to emulate when designing an effective seating system, but the Mush Armada Stool marks a method for reinventing the conception, the construction and the outcome of such a piece.

Denis Kalinin was told that bent wood had to be incorporated into his perch, and with that criteria he strove to work the natural material to its formal boundaries. Strikingly strict curves at both sides create something that looks rather like the smooth shape of an equestrian saddle, equipment that enhances ergonomics for the rider. To complement such an organic lumber shell, however, polished aluminum clads the inside of the single-seater bench. The Mush Armada Stool is thus able to reflect the electric glow of its embedded LED lights, infusing colorful rays into a dimly lit cafe to indicate an available chair.
Trend Themes
1. Bent Wood Seating - Innovative designs incorporate bent wood to create unique and ergonomic seating solutions.
2. Organic Material Coupling - Designers explore new opportunities by coupling organic materials with synthetic ones in seating designs.
3. Illuminated Furniture - Furniture designers are incorporating LED lighting into their creations to add an extra level of functionality and ambiance.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture Design - Opportunities for disruptive design exist by exploring unique and unconventional material combinations and incorporating additional functionality, such as lighting, into furniture creations.
2. Interior Design - Designers can experiment with lighting, seating, and the integration of various materials to create one-of-a-kind, visually striking spaces.
3. Cafe Design - Cafes looking to create a unique and memorable ambiance for their customers can explore seating designs that incorporate lighting, natural materials, and unconventional shapes.
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