Architects on the edge of their seats

This week, Italian design company Tacchini launches its signature furniture collection at the 100% Design exhibition at Earls Court as well as announcing the winner of its competition to find a classic armchair designer. The winner will be announced on 21 September 2006 at the exhibition. The winning design will be prototyped and subsequently unveiled at the Milan Furniture Fair in April 2007.

And architects will be trying to emulate the cool classics Tacchini has become famed for with their entries to the competition. The brief was to create an armchair that is both soft and comfortable, which can easily be integrated into different styles and environments for both the residential and contract markets. It had to complement the Tacchini range, combining the values of aesthetics, design and functionality for which the brand is known.

The design needed to function as a single piece in isolation, but also to work collectively as a seating system for larger contract environments, such as hotels and public spaces. Judges for the competition include Giusi Tacchini, Managing Director, Tacchini, Isabel Allen, Editor, The Architects' Journal, Luke Pearson, designer PearsonLloyd, Tom Lloyd, designer PearsonLloyd, Matthew Hilton, designer, James Mair, Viaduct and Amanda Levete, Future Systems

This week the focus will be on Tacchini's own collection. The Polar seating system designed by London based design duo, PearsonLloyd takes its inspiration from iceberg formations. This versatile design consists of asymmetrical blocks on a wood frame base and is available in four different configurations. The lacquered occasional table Meniscus, also designed by PearsonLloyd, comprises three elements, incorporating a central rotating storage unit.

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