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NYCxDESIGN 2015 Trends We Love: Skeletal Bentwood

by Annie Werbler

We admired dozens of innovative fabrication techniques and futuristic building materials throughout two weeks of NYCxDESIGN happenings, but good old bentwood most piqued our curiosity about how things are made. As contemporary designers continue to evolve the methods pioneered by Thonet in the 1850s, the shapes they create are able to curve and undulate in gradual increments that resemble the familiar cage of vertebrate ribs. Whether finished with a skin-like cladding or without, the wooden frames represent form and function in one design element. Feel free to share your favorite skeletal bentwood pieces in the comments! —Annie

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Furniture designer Matthias Pliessnig painted this monumentally flowing (and comfortable!) bench in black for Wanted Design Brooklyn.
NYCxDESIGN 2015 Trends We Love: Skeletal Bentwood, on Design*Sponge
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The Ribs Bench from Australian company DesignByThem wowed ICFF with its ability to expand, contract, and wave in endless configurations.
NYCxDESIGN 2015 Trends We Love: Skeletal Bentwood, on Design*Sponge
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The cocoon-like Olympus Pendant by Studio Dunn transforms light into a soft glow, at ICFF.
NYCxDESIGN 2015 Trends We Love: Skeletal Bentwood, on Design*Sponge
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Nursery Works showed this Gradient Crib at Wanted Design Manhattan without any sharp corners for attendees (or babies) on which to hurt themselves.
NYCxDESIGN 2015 Trends We Love: Skeletal Bentwood, on Design*Sponge
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The Exocet Chair with matching side table from Designarium at Wanted Design Manhattan can be manipulated into many configurations, all ergonomically designed with the human body in mind.

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