PLAY outdoor furniture collection by philippe starck for dedon and flos
PLAY outdoor furniture collection by philippe starck for dedon and flos PLAY outdoor furniture collection by philippe starck for dedon and flos
apr 23, 2010

PLAY outdoor furniture collection by philippe starck for dedon and flos

philippe starck plays with moulded polypropylene and fiberglass for dedon and flos




designed by philippe starck for dedon, producer of hand-woven outdoor furniture, the ‘PLAY’ chair-armchair is the fruit of two opposing yet interchanging design concepts. it marries the high technology of a moulded polypropylene and fibreglass frame with the unique style of chairs and backrests handcrafted by master artisans. based on a concept of interchangeable liaisons of materials, colours and workings, ‘PLAY’ opens the horizon to a future of specially customized furniture and an array of possible combinations. pieces that can be redesigned to achieve a personal fit, ordered online, produced upon request, and which assume the client’s direct, emotional and creative inputs to make the design relationship more liberating and fun.

‘PLAY’ chalk image © designboom




featuring a design that is elastic and durable, extremely lightweight and stackable, starck defines the ‘PLAY’ chair-armchair as ‘an idea that gives plenty of room to human intervention’. a piece that melds mirror-finish aluminium with solid teak, or polypropylene with the unalterable hand-woven synthetic fiber that has given dedon its international name.

detail image © designboom




‘PLAY’ will be offered in several colour ways, combinations and melanges of chalk and carbon, stone and terracotta, and bronze. with or without armrests, ‘PLAY’ has inspired also ‘PLAY with dedon’, a collaboration that encompasses the ‘BISTRO’ table, with its glazed porcelain ceramic tabletop that stands on a central pedestal made of moulded polypropylene, and ‘DINING’, a four-legged table in mirror-finish aluminium. due to the use of an inert compound of powdered bamboo and plastic, the design is given appearance of real wood.

back view image © designboom

‘PLAY’ chalk image © designboom

detail image © designboom

‘PLAY’ chalk and ‘BISTRO’ table image © designboom

‘PLAY’ chalk and ‘BISTRO’ table image © designboom

‘superarchimoon outdoor’ lamp image © designboom




dedon and flos have forged a collaboration to create the outdoor light sources ‘superarchimoon outdoor’ and ‘romeo 3 outdoor’ also designed by philippe starck in hand-woven synthetic DEDON fiber. made in four different versions, the dedon lamps play with the idea of colour contrasts, such as chalk and carbon, chalk and terracotta, terracotta and stone, orange and bronze, and are inspired by the free-standing and the suspension models of the two most celebrated outdoor light sources produced by flos.

the ‘PLAY’ collection was showcased the first time in an elaborate installations at the dedon showroom during milan design week 2010.

image © designboom

‘romeo 3 outdoor’ image © designboom

sculptural centerpiece made from the frames of ‘PLAY’ chairs image © designboom

image © designboom

video projections of ‘PLAY’ chairs image © designboom

video projections of ‘PLAY’ chairs image © designboom

‘PLAY’ light grey armchair

‘PLAY’ chalk aluminium

‘PLAY’ chalk wood armchair aluminium ‘PLAY’ terracotta

‘PLAY’ chair and lamp

‘PLAY’ chair, ‘DINING’ table and lamp

‘PLAY’ chair and ‘BISTRO’ table

  • lamp pretty nice, the chair is pretty horrible – the idea is pretty much universal and normal – starck is kinda dead.

    gimmy says:
  • i dont want to understand:
    why did it have to be a lily on the chair?

    gershwin says:
  • weakest starck design so far.

    leowmc says:
  • This time I’ll play hater too…why should starck get a post with 22 photos for such a lame project? i think 4 or 5 pics would have been democratic. if my index wasn’t so sore from scrolling down i would be able to write more sarcasm.

    Randy says:
  • Hey Designboom, you got rid of my entry! – It was a fair critic of Mr Starks crap design – let the voices be heard…

    Randy, it’s healthy to express yourself!

    jim says:

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