Still Life Bar,design Marcel Sigel for Blå Station. Image courtesy Blå Station

Marcel Sigel, Design News 2021

Marcel Sigel work in the field of design dealing with furniture, lighting or everyday objects. He creates chairs, tables, stools, lighting, candle stands, vases, picture frames, bowls, salt and pepper shakers…

Relating to functions he is always trying to improve the characteristic of the product. As for the shape of the product, his design is with elegant lines captivating with simplicity and sincerity in form. The products he designs are ordinary but necessary in our everyday life.

In his design, Marcel Sigel mixes his Australian origin and education, with European specialization and business experience. He was born in Australia and studied industrial design in Perth (Western Australia). He spent some time in Milan when received a residency grant for the Arts. During his stay in London, he cooperated with famous Clients. He worked with Artek design studio, and until 2011 was Senior Designer at Tom Dixon.

Marcel Sigel established his design practice twice. Once, in 2004 it was multidisciplinary design studio ‘Zuii’. The studio quickly gained recognition, winning various local and international commissions across lighting, object, and furniture. Following this success, he received numerous awards including the Wallpaper magazines ‘Best Young Designer’. In Europe ‘Marcel Sigel studio’ was established in 2012, to express his ideas through his work. The studio is currently based between London and Sydney, working with leading international clients, including Blå Station (Sweden), Google (UK) Capdell (Spain), Nemo (Italy), Tom Dixon (UK), Peace & Sport (Monaco)Bombay Sapphire (UK), Royal Selangor (Malaysia)…

Still Life Bar and  Still Life, design Marcel Sigel for Blå Station. Image courtesy Blå Station.
Still Life Bar and Still Life, design Marcel Sigel for Blå Station.
Image courtesy Blå Station.

Traditional&contemporary wooden chair

One of the design news from 2021 is Still Life Bardesigned by Marcel Sigel for Blå Station.

This Still Life Bar is part of the Still Life collection with the first chair launched in 2020. The new bar stool added to the same family, is in two different heights. The starting point for the design of the bar stool is the same as for a chair only the metal ring between the legs was added as reinforcement.

Still Life Bar is appropriate for usage in a restaurant, bars… offices, as well as at home. In the interior, a combination of Still Life Bar with Still Life chair is possible, depending on the space needs.

Although the frame of the chair is in solid wood, there is a certain lightness in its appearance. The selected material became a tool for the designer to express his idea. Marcel Sigel used solid ash wood and veneer for the chair's components, a seat, a backrest, legs and constructive components.

Still Life,design Marcel Sigel for Blå Station. Image courtesyMarcel Sigel Studio
Still Life,design Marcel Sigel for Blå Station.
Image courtesy Marcel Sigel Studio

The chair is with clean simple lines and with a special twist of the backrest. The ash veneered birch wood is bent according to the designed shape almost like it would be made of wax. The realization of the design was possible with mutual understanding of manufacturer and designer. By exploring the limits of existing technology and production methods, a new expression of traditional materials has been achieved. The applied process enabled the realization of an attractive shape as well as the expression of the real beauty of the wood material and its texture. This attention to details transforms the simple, ordinary-looking chair into a chair with a character that attracts attention. Still Life is a chair with highly visual characteristics but with nothing unnecessary in the shape.

More importantly, the shape and proportions of the Still Life serve the function of the product and enable comfortable sitting. The legs, frame construction, basket are developed following ergonomic requirements.

However, Still Life Bar stool evokes the emotions and feelings of the users. This is primarily because it seems familiar to everyone with its classic material. Although it is a new expression of a traditional wooden chair, it is a chair from our memories and childhood. But its witty form contributes to the elegant look almost as if it were a sculptural piece.

Still Life Bar is an aesthetically, functionally and technologically simple chair, but at the same time fresh, original and elegant looking. Equal importance is that design fit into the existing production and distribution process.

Still Life,design Marcel Sigel for Blå Station. Image courtesy Blå Station. Still Life,design Marcel Sigel for Blå Station. Image courtesy Blå Station. Still Life,design Marcel Sigel for Blå Station. Image courtesy Blå Station.
Still Life,design Marcel Sigel for Blå Station.
Image courtesy Blå Station.

Marcel Sigel design can be characterized as traditional and contemporary at the same time.