In my time in Milan, I seemed to be drawn to objects covered in some sort of faux fur. I can't say whether this was because I was looking into anthropomorphism or just because I couldn't resist the temptation to stroke these pieces as if they were a real animal. Whatever my reasoning was I think it important that I note these impulsive feelings that these objects made me feel.
Although I mentioned how Hadid is known for strong geometric forms, I found a softer addition to her chair collection. This chair screams to be touched contrasting its shaggy form with thin, metal legs.
Dixon presented his iconic high back, rounded top chair shape in many different formats including these curly, silver furred form. This chair looks instantly comfy to sit on and, again, makes you want to go over and stroke it as if it were a beloved pet. Dixon, like Hadid, contrasts this soft top with a strong metal bottom in the copper legs. Copper was a flowing theme through the whole Tom Dixon collection at Milan and I think it works especially well in this chair.
The Moooi collection was incredible and full of some amazing design, as per usual. Amongst all the other pieces, once again, a fluffy piece of furniture caught my eye. This soft material felt like an animal and accompanied with three pillows and a round form, looked (as was) the comfiest chair in the world.
superdesign / polish design
In the Polish Design hall at Superdesign, I found the literal piece of what I had seen with all the other fur pieces. This chair had a head, ears and paws to make it look like a real-life polar bear. This is exactly what I don't want to do. The material choice with the other white-furred chairs made me think of a polar bear without the need for distinctive, literal features as this piece has. Therefore I need to make the most of subtle forms that subconsciously remind the audience of the animal whilst making my material replicate leather and the features of leather in the most convincing way possible.
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