Australian designer, Helen Kontouris describes her Chloe table for DePadova Italy as follows: – “One day I was sitting in a cafe, enjoying the interesting things in my surroundings, when I noticed that something was blocking my view and preventing me from perceiving the environment as a whole: the leg of the table. I began to wonder why table legs are almost always single pieces, and I reached the point of designing a leg without a center, to ‘let it breathe’. Subtracting instead of adding, now the table can be integrated more completely with its surroundings”.
For the Chloe table, designed by Helen Kontouris, the design choice favors the concept of simplicity to allow the table to be inserted in all kinds of contract applications. The steel and aluminium structure is combined with the layered laminate of the slender but strong top. The lack of thickness gives the whole piece an air of lightness, while the original detail of the color makes it even more precious
Helen Kontouris was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1976.
Establishing Helen Kontouris Design in 2001 she has collaborated with a number of national and international clients, manufacturers, architects and retailers, including Sun Weave (Hong Kong), WMF (Germany), Alessi (Italy), Schiavello (Australia), Kundalini (Italy), Manufacturas Celda (Spain) & Ritzenhoff (Germany) to name a few.
Recently Helen won the coveted title of IDEA awards Designer of The Year as well as picking up a string of other awards.
For Kontouris, each project is unique and extensive research underpins the development of each product. Process drives the generation of form, more so than any predetermined notion established at the outset of the design. Kontouris is inspired by her observation of everyday experiences, of people’s interaction with objects, and the fresh perspectives gained from travel, which shapes and informs her work.
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