Sebastian Jansson in Milan

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Milan 09: Finnish designer Sebastian Jansson will present a new collection at the Salone Satellite in Milan next week.

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The exhibition comprises three objects: a bar stool, a lamp and a set of kitchen utensils.

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Habitus is a bar stool with a geometric shape inspired by "studying the formation of coffee leaves". The stool is made from laser cut steel, folded and then welded.

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The modular Cumulus light, (above) is comprised of both reflective and semi-transparent materials.

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The skeletal structure of the light is joined using Velcro and can be arranged in a number of ways.

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Tempus (below) are a set of kitchen utensils made from folded pieces of stainless steel.

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Here's more information from Sebastian Jansson:

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HABITUS is a bar stool inspired by the coffee leaf, constructed form geometric shapes. With its sculptural appearance, Habitus gives character to a space and environment, inviting the eye to glance over its anthropomorphic structure. By studying the formation of coffee leafs, Jansson was able to re-create the stool through this intricate arrangement of geometric forms, whilst maintaining its aesthetic qualities and comfort.

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The stool is made from is laser cut 1mm steel, folded and welded. Habitus has been developed and manufactured during Janssonā€™s time in Milan in 2008-09. It was originally designed to feature in cafĆ© and coffee shop of Kaffa Roastery based in Helsinki, but is now represented internationally. Jansson has also created the brand identity and communication for this boutique coffee roaster.

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TEMPUS are a set of kitchen utensils, incorporating a sense of multi-functionalism through their simplistic style. Their resting place was initially specific to the kitchen, but their discreetness and cleaver consideration of detail, forces a sense of ambiguity, and invites the user to handle with these tools as they please. They are made from a folded piece of stainless steel.

These utensils were one of the first products Jansson presented at University of Art and Design Helsinki. Whilst under the tuition professor Martin Relander, Janssonā€™s creations were said to be very ā€˜fast and dirtyā€™, as time was not on his side. In the workshop, Janssonā€™s creations emerged in minutes, as he worked under pressure to submit his work on time. With his creative juices flowing, Jansson was able to complete the task by using only necessary details to fulfill the requirements. Following the assessment of professor Relander, the objects were considered to be the ā€œpeak of minimalismā€.

CUMULUS This modular lamp is contemporary study of two materials- both placed in a foreign context. The reflective and semitransparent material delivered by the Philippine company Stavellan Inc. uses this material as never before. The light is deflected in six directions within a sphere, and diffuses the light in a spectacular manner, creating an optical illusion. The use of VelcroĀ® UltramateĀ®Ā  as a joining mechanism, creates an extremely rigid framework as together it forms the skeletal structure for light diffusion. The aesthetic of the light has been inspired by clouds, as there is no limit to how this system can be arranged. Yet again, Cumulus is a reflection of Jansson's geometric interpritation of the organic environment.

HABITUS is a bar stool inspired by the coffee leaf, constructed form geometric shapes. With its sculptural appearance, Habitus gives character to a space and environment, inviting the eye to glance over its anthropomorphic structure. By studying the formation of coffee leafs, Jansson was able to re-create the stool through this intricate arrangement of geometric forms, whilst maintaining its aesthetic qualities and comfort.

The stool is made from is laser cut 1mm steel, folded and welded. Habitus has been developed and manufactured during Janssonā€™s time in Milan in 2008-09. It was originally designed to feature in cafĆ© and coffee shop of Kaffa Roastery based in Helsinki, but is now represented internationally. Jansson has also created the brand identity and communication for this boutique coffee roaster.

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Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at 8:29 am by Rachel Blunstone. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • rude

    really nice bar stool! ;-)

  • kasorp

    that coffee leave is named Konstantin Grcic, isn’t it?

  • AF

    for real?

  • Incredible
  • Incredible

    … they even showed it as a cloud cluster in Milan 2008!!

    http://www.innermost.co.uk/news/news_designplus.html

    is this what we have to expect for Milan these days – old ideas rehashed?! If so I think I will not go!

  • Luxury Larry

    The stool reminded me of the work from artist Xavier Veilhan. I like it but not sure about where the inspiration comes from. They just sound so pretencious! Formation of coffee leaves? What’s that?

  • Xit

    Just when I thought designers in the last 5 years had been late adopters of the Facette/chair one trend this really is hammering the very last nail into the coffin.

    “Sucking the sweat of a dead trend’s balls”

  • http://xxxx.com x

    I’m sorry but how could someone have the nerve to present such blatant copied unoriginal work. The image with the girl on the barstool is also very very cheap looking. This is shameful.

  • modular

    lol at this. This smells ripoff from one image to another. Plus, it has that Grcic flavour plus Starck ideas on the images (check the chick).

    It’s kinda sad.

  • zetre

    what’s with the nude girl?
    Is this the 50s?

  • king

    5 years earlier and it could have been cool !

  • http://whspr.me/Ps Prof. Z consulting, design coaching

    storytelling is better with real coffee leaves “Habitus is a bar stool with a geometric shape inspired by ā€œstudying the formation of coffee leavesā€ ‘
    Really nice bar stool for…. coffee bar or may be night club with gogo dancing. or also munchen bar : inspiration Konstantin G.?

  • http://whspr.me/Ps Prof. Z consulting, design coaching

    is modular Cumulus light links to cumulus association?

  • http://www.stefciti.co.uk STEF

    Either tha stool is HUGE.. (the proportions are a bit odd) or that lady & her thong are tiny !!!

    @ Incredible: I actually… much… prefer sebastians lamps… the velcro thingy is fun… copy or not…

  • Beatnyc

    Ok…so check it out.,,

    While the out come is similar to a variety of pieces we’ve all seen before, it is entirely possible to start from scratch with new inspiration, and ultimately arrive at these results. Particularly, the stool is striking in how it presents its surfaces.

    Kudos.

    I must add…a note on presentation. Some of the facets are so complex, that even the photographer does a poor job capturing the magic. Also, the girl was very poorly handled. The art direction and photography kills the potential for this work to stand out. It’s unimaginative and references what we’ve all seen time and time again. If you need some ideas, Sebastian…let me know.

    Cheers.

  • Patrick Renaud

    beautiful bum.

  • http://www.winifredwikkeling.com/blog royal creme

    I am absolutely perplexed by the image of the girl on the stool. It looks like a trailer park with the dirty hair, thong and feet. Surely there was another way to present the stool’s complexity – I find this distraction a bit sad.

  • xtiaan

    .
    whats with the footrest on the stool, it just looks all wrong
    whats with gratuitous butt crammed into a g-string, it just looks all wrong

    “does my bum look big in this barstool?”

    Uh yeah, huge”

  • MP

    Interesting. More so in that a set of stools almost identical to these popped on the scene last year in Tokyo and Australia > http://www.nicholls-scott.com

  • http://whspr.me/Ps Prof. Z consulting, design coaching

    OK with “royal creme Beatnyc =>The art direction and photography kills the potential for this work”
    Facet design, diamond cut were everywhere in Amsterdam (Wanders) Milan( Urquiola),in Paris (Levy,Jouin) London aso since Konstantin Grcic’s chair for Magis …K.G. is now again a Morris son…see the last magis chair from both…

  • http://whspr.me/Ps Prof. Z consulting, design coaching

    MP it’s better with a direct link to a product photo…
    It’s quite different but but both products needs more “differential design” …
    http://www.nicholls-scott.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/Shell-range-Silver.jpg

  • Prof.Z know it all, talks too much

    I have a brain leak that needs plugging

  • toco

    they couldn’t brush her feet off????

  • mikaĆ«l

    uh oh…

  • Material Girl

    I am sure that it is not copy by purpose, if you design lamp that it is having a round shape you can find thousands of lamps that has a same shape, right. This kind of shape is different and the “real catch” is the new material used, Stavellab Glo-Flex reflective material, when you have seen the lamp and material live please judge after that.It is really wonderful and the material will make design revolution….for sure.

    Incredible Says:

    April 16th, 2009 at 9:33 am
    Cumulus – what a copy!
    http://www.innermost.co.uk/products/products_lamps_asteroid.html

    Incredible Says:

  • http://whspr.me/Ps Prof. Z consulting, design coaching

    Feed back

    1/ Thanks Luxury for the link to France

    I saw this french artist Xavier Veilhan’s sculpture in Bordeaux / France
    http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13578852

    2/ As kasorp, I’m quite sure about where the inspiration comes from: it’s a coffee leaves (could be a good strory telling) on a Magis Chair.

    3/ Thanks MP for the link to Australia
    The Nicholls Scott’s stool is quite dangerous for clothes and legs…
    http://www.nicholls-scott.com

  • parametricist

    @ toco
    they couldn’t brush his feet off!!!

  • copykiller

    Konstantin G. will like it!
    Must be a pleasure to copied by students…

  • http://whspr.me/Ps Prof. Z consulting, design coaching

    It’s the main problem for konstantin G. and marcel W. too much followers…Philippe S mister Ubik found THE solution : follows several main roads…

  • http://www.waynemaxwell.co.uk Gary

    she does look a little small compared to the stool, looks like they needed the foot rest so she could climb aboard

  • Salvador

    Ey guys – everything triangular is not Grcic I guess! :)

  • jamie

    did you smoke the same leaf that smoke kostantin grcic ? and polydesign is almost dead..