Kiki Collection/ Ilmari Topiovaara, 1960/ Upholstered in Reflex from the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection, 2016/
Collectors Lounge/ Designed by Kuehn Malvezzi with the Support of Artek and Kvadrat
Finnish design company Artek and Danish design textile manufacturer Kvadrat commissioned the Berlin-based architecture practice Kuehn Malvezzi to create the Collectors Lounge at this year’s Design Miami/ Basel.
Kuehn Malvezzi’s Collectors Lounge highlights Artek’s modernist Kiki Collection, designed by Finnish master Ilmari Tapiovaara in 1960 and based on a metal tube with an oval cross section. Thanks to its simple and compact yet refined proportions, the Kiki chair became a favorite of Modernist architects in Finland during the 1960s, and was awarded the gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1960. At Design Miami/ Basel, Kiki is upholstered in the new fabric collection by Raf Simons for Kvadrat. The third collection of blended wool textiles by Kvadrat and the Belgian fashion designer explores the stripe in varying degrees of graphic boldness, drawing inspiration from Modernist furniture, pop and contemporary art, fashion textiles, and music.
Kuehn Malvezzi’s strong affinity to the arts along with their vast museum and exhibition design experience made them the perfect choice for Artek and Kvadrat’s commission. With the support of the two like-minded companies, deeply rooted in the Nordic design tradition, Kuehn Malvezzi has created an impactful lounge providing a space for relaxation and respite at the center of the global design forum, while celebrating the merging of design, art and architecture.