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Habitus Loves… Yonoh Studio

Founded by Clara del Portillo and Alex Selma, the team from Yonoh Studio is hip, creative and dare we say it…ridiculously attractive. Their multi-award-winning practice is based in Valencia and manages to combine simplicity and functionality with an element of flair.


Created by: Yonoh Studio for Sancal

Why we love it: We just think there’s something appealing about a big Japanese wrestler with little wooden clogs on his feet. Yonoh captures this juxtaposition with the Sumo, a sofa that has a heroic form perched atop almost dainty timber legs. The wood chosen for the collection is ash, due to its texture and grain. Raised upholstery seams help to define the curved lines of the piece. And while the Sumo may talk big, it only has a footprint of 176cm, so it will fit into any apartment.

Where you can get it: Ke-Zu


Created by: Yonoh Studio for Capdell

Why we love it: Because it’s so curvaliscious (and yes, we realise this is not a real word, but it should be). We also appreciate the bevelled finishing, the sexy backrest and the seamless connection between parts. Polo is a chair that is simple to understand, yet carefully designed down to the last detail. And it was unveiled at this year’s Milan Salone Internazionale del Mobil, so it’s super new.

Where you can get it: Stylecraft


Created by: Yonoh Studio for LZF

Why we love it: The Chou reminds us of one of our favourite Chinese films: Raise the Red Lantern. This elegant lamp (table, floor and pendant) captures the aesthetic of traditional Asian lamps, but rendered in a more streamlined contemporary manner. Like all LZF products it is made from FSC certified Polywood veneer, and is available in American White Wood, Cherry, Beech, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green, Blue, Grey, Turquoise and Chocolate. The base is in black lacquered spun metal. We want one for the next Lunar New Year.

Where you can get it: Ke-Zu

ARC Table

Created by: Yonoh Studio for Inclass

Why we love it: Because we’ve been waiting for the table to complement Yonoh’s ARC chair (see below) and here it is. Released at this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobil, the ARC is hot off the presses. Created to be used in diverse settings from the commercial to the residential, the sinuous, modern and elegant base suggests a transparent column that supports the table top. The metal inserts in the table surface combine with those of the ARC chairs. The supporting structure is made from slender steel rod, and available in a wide range of vibrant colours in addition to chrome. Table tops are made from natural beech, oak or walnut veneers and also in lacquered mdf. You saw it here first.

Where you can get it: AJAR, Mobilia

ARC Chair

Created by: Yonoh Studio for Inclass

Why we love it: Not only us, but the judges at last year’s prestigious iF Design Awards also loved the ARC Chair. The ARC Chair has a slender, almost invisible profile. The moulded plywood back and seat make this a supremely comfortable place to perch. It’s little wonder the ARC has been widely adopted for contract projects as well as domestic applications.

Where you can get it: AJAR, Mobilia

One Coat Hook

Created by: Yonoh Studio for dESIGNoBJECT.it

Why we love it: Because not only is it an elegant solution to an age-old problem: Where can I hang my coat? It is also incredibly practical. We really appreciate the thought Yonoh has put into the usually overlooked question of where to put the small things that come out of your coat pockets; the car keys, the packet of Gauloise, a lover’s phone number…

Where you can get it: www.lovethesign.com


Created by: Yonoh Studio for LZF

Why we love it: The collaboration between the two Valencians – Yonoh and LZF – seems to be a healthy one and the Pleg is no exception. This wall lamp has been cleverly created by a single folded Polywood sheet – an FSC certified veneer. The light is diffused through the open sides while passing through the front piece of the veneer. This multi-award winning lamp [including red Dot Design Award Winner] is proof that sometimes the best things are the simplest.

Where you can get it: Ke-Zu

Geo Clock

Created by: Yonoh Studio

Why we love it: Because anybody who can come up with a wall clock made from different finishes of Corian has the kind of creative imagination we adore. There’s also something reminiscent of Memphis Design about the Geo, and we are suckers for the 1980s and the wacky Ettore Sottsass.

Where you can get it: Unfortunately you can’t; the Geo was a research project.