Monday, September 15, 2008
Yu Chair by Pascal Bardel
This Yu Chair is a great furniture products made by Pascal Bardel from his Hong Kong-based Sequoia Studios combine the best of both worlds: technology and art, industry and imagination, the geek and the formal visionary. With his recent “Yu Chair,” he expands his portfolio into larger toys while staying true to an aesthetic that synthesizes French artfulness and Hong Kong tech-saavy. An outdoor/indoor chair made of cast one piece white polyethylene, its cushion is simple rigid foam with a washable cotton cover (available in four colors).
The design is austere yet engaging, minimalist yet distinctive, a combination that befits the name: of Chinese origin, “Yu” refers to jade, but actually translates as “rain” and “the most beautiful stone.”
This orientation toward service and solution is a bit rare in our terrain, but it might be just what the doctor ordered, since “solution” might be a kind of generalized code for all manner of streamlining—in manufacturing, materials, and functionality. All this is a long way of saying that the products made by Bardel from his Hong Kong-based Sequoia Studios combine the best of both worlds: technology and art, industry and imagination, the geek and the formal visionary.