Furniture by Architects reveals how the same fundamental principles
used in building design can be applied on a much smaller scale, resulting in
pieces of furniture that embrace function, beauty and context to become objects
of art. For centuries, architects have turned their hand to custom furniture in
a practice that has resulted in a number of iconic designs, including the
timeless Eames Lounge and Ottoman and the ubiquitous Barcelona chair created by
Mies van der Rohe for his acclaimed Barcelona Pavilion.
Architects beautifully illustrates bespoke design by some of the world’s
leading architects, who are increasingly designing furniture as clients seek
interiors customised to specific needs. Foster + Partners’ 520 Armchair for
Walter Knoll has the texture and comfort found in a traditional leather
armchair, while the Liquid Glacial Dining & Coffee Table by Zaha Hadid
Design, made from polished clear Plexiglas, capture the spirit of her
architecture, with their distinctive fluid lines, revealing the waves and
ripples below the surface.