While I’m not particularly fond of G-Star RAW’s clothes styles, I am extremely intrigued by its recent collaboration with design firm Vitra to create a wonderful collection of “office” furniture inspired by renowned designer Jean Prouvé. The collection, which was first conceived to furnish the new G-Star RAW headquarters in Amsterdam, revives a series of furniture and lighting that originally premiered in the 1940s for the offices of major French industrial companies.
Each of the items’ designs stay true to the original by being constructed from steel and solid timber, furnished with leather and premium fabrics, and coated with a custom palette of greens to reflect the aesthetic of classic industrial machinery, but are also given small retrofits to fit in the modern work space. The desks are now modular and feature cable gutters, power fittings and height adjustable legs, while the desk chair has been given a more stable, 5-prong base. The lamps include a beefed up version of electrical sockets to implement today’s standard CFL light bulbs, yet still hold true to the original look and feel.