Georges Zigrand's Blog

Lego style outdoor furniture for the almost grown-ups

Conventional tables and chairs wouldn’t have worked that well for the terrasse of my local hangout. The cultural centre Carrérotondes in Luxembourg, with its concerts, exhibitions, kids theatres and parties required a flexible way of sitting (and drinking). The Lego principle gives plenty of options on how to configure the modules, leaving it up to the user and the moment to choose how to use them.
Materials: Custom designed male & female rubber connectors combined with water resistant low-cost plywood.

Photo © Sven Becker

Photo © Sven Becker

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Chainsaw massacre

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Tree & chainsaw = very nice steps

The art of spinning

Posted in Engineering beauty, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 09/10/2014

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It seems you have to travel to central Paris to find somebody still able to master this craft! See also this short documentary showing the process: http://vimeo.com/85024259

Chop chop

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 16/04/2014

Chopping bloc at the Drimos Taverne in Crete, made from a single tree trunk, blood red.

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Ornament is not a crime

Posted in Branding, Products & furniture, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 29/01/2014

A fine example of integrating branding and decoration into a technical part of a Triumph bicycle from the 50’s.
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Max Planck Institute, Luxembourg

Posted in A selection of recent projects, integratedPlace, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 29/12/2013

Some images of my latest interior & furniture design  project for the new offices of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law located in the Weicker Building in Luxembourg-city.

The building itself was designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, a building with a very specific formal identity. The challenge was to find a suitable visual language that fits the architecture and, at the same time, cover all the functionalities and representative needs required by this prestigious client – all of this within a framework of a EU wide open tender procedure. The result is a mix of products from high-end furniture manufacturers and a range of custom-designed objects to ensure a coherent visual language and quality throughout the building.

Developed in collaboration with Teisen-Giesler Architectes
Client: Max Planck Insitute Luxembourg
Office & library surface: 4500m2
Max Planck reading roomMax Planck meeting cornerMax Planck double office space Photos © Christian Mosar

Outdoor furniture – extra bold

Designed for outdoor spaces like nature reserves, parks & forests, this seating range is composed of large & chunky shapes with very simple profiles. The large – single piece – wood parts are made from locally sourced oak trunks with a simply sawn finish to resist weathering and vandalism. Due to its thickness, the wood can be sanded down if damaged but can also happily live with the added texture.
The wood profiles and tubular powder coated steel tubes are both an integral part of the structure and form objects with a strong visual contrast between natural and man made materials. The simple & sculptural shapes should integrate well in natural environments, yet stand out enough to be noticed for its quality.

Outdoor furniture range Outdoor park bench Outdoor lounge chair Outdoor picnic table

Ingenious low budget playground

Posted in Products & furniture, Street furniture & public realm by zigideluxe on 19/06/2013

A resourceful approach to create a playground in Corfu… and I bet it ticks all the boxes of safety standards too!
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Chamfered plywood table

Posted in A selection of recent projects, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 25/02/2013

In collaboration with furniture maker Norbert Brakonier S.A. we finalised the first working prototype of the ‘plywood table’, a product that aims to be good value and equally good quality. Manufactured from a single thickness of standard factory made plywood with white melamine surfaces, the angled legs with its chamfered corners give the table structural stability and character. Additionally, custom-made large aluminium screws in a brightly anodised colour connect the table top to the legs, all visible and obvious!

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Studwork bookcase

Posted in Exhibitions & installations, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 29/01/2013

Shelf made from wood studs

Improvised shelving in the ‘secret’ room at Le Derrière in Paris

Back to the future

Posted in Products & furniture, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 06/12/2012

7903749_1To celebrate the life of a visionary that passed away today at the age of 104! Oscar Niemeyer’s easy chair from the 70’s

Concorde memorabilia

Posted in Branding, integratedPlace, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 25/10/2012

Original concorde shaped pen with embossed note pad
The Concorde might have been a fuel guzzling, noisy and elitist plane representing the excesses of the ‘trente glorieuses’, but it also embodies a great believe, excitement and optimism in the future. Not something you can say about today…
Also great is to see a really good quality and stylish souvenir that was handed out to every person flying with the Concorde. The pen looks as fast as the the Concorde flies and even has a bit of a nose like the real thing. Try and find a pen in your drawers that you got for free that is of any quality…

Paris bashing

It is well known that the bistro culture in Paris is a league on its own, sitting tightly packed on street corners, coffee & cigarettes, waiters that don’t care, gazing at the people passing by …
The typical Paris bistro table with a single foot and an oversized thin metal edging embodies this way of life quite well for me. Every bash and knock the metal edging gets adds character & texture to the table, making it age gracefully without aspiring to be perfect.

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Urban ping pong

Posted in integratedPlace, Products & furniture, Street furniture & public realm by zigideluxe on 07/06/2012

ping pong tables in the Belgian quarter of Cologne, GermanyStreet furniture doesn’t need to be limited to the basic amenities such as seating, lighting ..etc. If you want to induce live into a square, this is a good way to do it, and it keeps you fit too!

Bring back the craftsmanship – Embossing leather

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 24/04/2012

Embossing leather is another one of these crafts that are very difficult to still find but have a great creative potential. This very old, worn and grotty  leather embossed folder almost blends in with the wooden desk and is getting more beautiful by the day.
Beautifully crafted natural materials have this quality of ageing well and are able to take the wear and tear of life. Something that many more contemporary materials and finishes simply can’t take.

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