It was shown in designs such as London-based Philippe Malouin’s swings cut from Caesarstone, Louis Vuitton’s home collection based on a nomadic theme where hammocks and hanging chairs featured aplenty, and also Marcel Wanders’ range for furniture brand Moooi, sitting atop a white unicorn rocker.
However, one of the most striking installations that embodied this theme was Lee Broom’s elegant Hanging Hoop Chair. It is clear leading British designer Broom has his finger on the pulse. “I am really surprised that no one else has thought to update the swing chair,” he says about his new product. “It’s so obvious to me — it’s such an iconic object and it needed another look.”
This shift towards motion isn’t just confined to seating, though. Lighting designers Ingo Maurer and Moritz Waldemeyer have always pushed the boundaries for innovation, and their collaboration Flying Flames chandelier — made of circuit boards and LEDs — reveals the kinetic potential of lighting to come.
Another example is Les Danseuses, a fabric lamp by Atelier Oï for Danese Milano, which features a hidden motor that hypnotically spins it.
With this trend, it seems that design is entering a more playful mood post-recession. For example, Israeli designer Ron Arad’s new Glider sofa is inspired by the American porch swing. For Arad, it is about getting away from the sofa archetype. “Very rarely can you get excited about a sofa,” he says.
Equally, a new rocking chair from Two Makers — Simon Taylor and Andrew McDonald, who build furniture in their Kent workshop — is about the enjoyment of movement.
The Randonneur Chair, which is handcrafted from bike parts and artisan leather, is all about the experience of enjoying British craft, heritage and sport. All the effort, however, has gone into the making. “To be honest, they’re a bit of a labour of love,” says McDonald.