Posts from May 2012

Thu 31.5.

A domestic Tool: Down-lighter by Ellen Thomas (UK)

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The leaflet featuring Ettore Sottsass' 1972 'Mettsass' table

Ettore Sottsass, the late, much-acclaimed Italian designer and founder of the Memphis collective, originally designed this bold, painted steel-and-glass dining table in 1972. Now, 40 years later, the Spanish furniture manufacturer Bd Barcelona has just announced it is to relaunch the iconic design as part of company’s (also founded in 1972) 40th anniversary celebrations. (more…)

'Watching the ships roll in' seat by Marie Dessuant for Singularité

As part of a new collection by a recently-launched contemporary French furniture label Singularité, the young Parisian designer Marie Dessuant has realised this neat seat and stool called – rather curiously – ‘Watching the ships roll in’. Composed of a simple beech wood structure and thin, cotton canvas mattress and cushions, the design is, in Dessuant’s words: ‘a contemporary and domestic interpretation of the deck chair’. ‘Watching the ships roll in’ is one of five new, limited-edition products created by Dessuant for Singularité’s ‘The Bay’ collection. (more…)

 

 

Thanks to our friends at ‘gestalten’ publishers, Architonic is giving away 3 FREE COPIES of the brand new book ‘The Sky’s the Limit – Applying Radical Architecture’ to our Facebook fans. The draw will take place on June 8th and if you’d like to get your hands on this inspiring book, all you need to do is follow this link and comment on our photo album. Good luck! >>

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Metropole aluminum house, ca. 1949; Metal, aluminum and wood; 8 x 12 m; Photo © Galerie Patrick Seguin

For the second time, Galerie Patrick Seguin will be bringing a Jean Prouvé House to Basel. After the 6×6 meter demountable bungalow, created for the war victims in Lorraine, which was on show last year, this year the Aluminum House will be built and dismantled every day. The performance demonstrates the visitors the modularity of the house and that it can be easily and quickly assembled.

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Wind Tower by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos; image courtesy of the architects

A Valencia-based architectural practice Fran Silvestre Arquitectos have designed this striking tower devoted to the wind which ‘combines renewable energy that feeds the city and its facilities with electricity, without needing other resources.’ (more…)

'38' by Omer Arbel for Bocci; photo by Spencer Hung

Following his ’28′ series of pendant lamps, the Vancouver- based architect and designer Omer Arbel has realised this series of striking lighting elements for the Canadian lighting specialists Bocci. Employing a similar technique to that originally developed by Arbel for the ’28′ collection, in this series ‘large glass spheres are blown, and then a multitude of white cavities are introduced into them haphazardly,intentionally intersecting and colliding with each other .’ ’38′ was showcased in a special large-scale lighting installation during this year’s Salone del Mobile at Spazio Rossana Orlandi. Watch ’38′ being produced in the video below.

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Dutch Mountain by denieuwegeneratie; photo by Jaap Vliegenthart / John Lewis Marshall

While ‘Dutch Mountain’ might sound like a rather evident oxymoron, similarly, the eclectic and decidedly curious interior of this single family residence doesn’t fall short to live up to its name. Developed earlier last year by a young Amsterdam-based practice denieuwegeneratie, the house has been designed with an aim to minimise its ecological footprint and thanks to a number of experimental sustainable strategies, ‘Dutch Mountain’ is in effect ‘a house in which the total amount of energy produced exceeds its consumption: excess energy can be used for a electric car.’ (more…)