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Salone del Mobile preview, part 2

The prestigious Salone del Mobile design and furniture fair takes place in Milan 16-21 April 2008. Over the coming weeks we'll take a look at some of the designers and their work showing at this year's exhibition.

By Editor Design.nl / 20-03-2008

The prestigious Salone del Mobile design and furniture fair takes place in Milan 16-21 April 2008. Over the coming weeks we'll take a look at some of the designers and their work showing at this year's exhibition.

Pepe Heykoop: A Restless Chairacter
'People give products form, but really products form us. Their form determines a particular use. And the use of objects leaves an irrevocable trail. The worn steps in a church tell a long story; new shoes must be worn in. Often, its that old rickety chair thats the most comfortable to sit in. I see the mobility of a rickety chair as an active quality. People are also mobile, even when they're sitting; they shift position to relax their muscles, to let the blood flow, or because they turn to doing something else. To me, sitting is similar to sleeping in that we're moving around all the time, constantly in search of a new position. A restless chairacter is an invisible combination of hard and soft, metal and rubber. You only get to know this straight, slender chair by experiencing it. It changes its position according to your changes of position.'

(Heykoop graduated in 2008 from the Design Academy Eindhoven, Department: Man and Living. Photo: Pepe Heykoop)

Reinier Korstanje: OKES, oak lifestyle bike

'OKES, a lifestyle bike made of solid oak. This product is only possible because bike design allows a good deal of freedom and because of the construction qualities of oak. The wood is a pure and stylish material. In this product, it offers you a range of possibilities for customising your personal lifestyle. These days the image of your mode of transport plays an important role in
how you are perceived. Your image reflects your lifestyle as a person. There are three models in the OKES bike collection. There's a very extreme oak lowrider, a slightly larger model suitable for everyday use in cities, and a third model that combines elements of the other two. The combination model has been developed as an end product, using oak. Consumers can choose between
the three models; their choice of model is determined by their lifestyle. OKES, Pure bike, no nonsense. Oak and metal without unnecessary, vulnerable parts. Simple, straight-lined and long-lasting.'

(Reinier Korstanje graduated in 2008 from the Design Academy Eindhoven, Department: Man and Leisure. Photo: Reinier Korstanje).

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