Posts from September 2012

Super Brands London at the London Design Festival 2012, as captured by Architonic

Our special LDF 2012 partner, Super Brands London, put the super into, well, Super Brands, at their off-Brick Lane venue last week. In addition to hosting the inaugural exhibition of Architonic’s new partner company Materials Council (with attendant gin-soaked launch party, of course), Super Brands London was also home to a high-calibre selection of international design labels. Weren’t there? Fear not. Here’s the whole shebang in pictures…

 

view Architonic’s photo tour of Super Brands London, London Design Festival 2012

Before Vignelli there was Matter: Herbert Matter’s old logotype for Knoll in the window of their West End showroom during the London Design Festival 2012

While the London Design Festival’s big-top design destinations, such as Super Brands London, Tent, designjunction and 100% Design pulled large crowds, a number of design brands used their city showrooms as spaces for serving up fascinating slices of design-historical culture. Here’s some of what was on the menu. (by Simon Keane-Cowell …yes, he’s back!)

 

read the ‘Internal Culture: design history revisited at London design showrooms during LDF 2012′ article in full on Architonic

 

view Architonic’s photo tour of 100% Design, London Design Festival 2012

100 % Design 2012, as seen by Architonic

Everyone loves a comeback. And they seldom come any bigger in design terms than 100% Design, which, this year, under new management made a very clear statement of intent – to put the creativity and excitement back into this London Design Festival regular through a more considered, almost curated kind of approach to mounting a design trade show. More, please.

 

Architonic’s photo tour of 100% Design, London Design Festival 2012

‘Eclipse mirror’ by Uli Budde

Known for their well-curated and undeniably insightful shows, the Czech creative collective Okolo strikes again, this time with an exhibition focusing on the ‘trend of creating mirrors in the context of contemporary experimental design’ which emerged in the recent years. On view at at the Superstudio Clam-Gallasův palác during the upcoming Designblok 2012, Prague Design and Fashion Week which opens on Monday (1 October), ‘The Mirror’ will present various forms of the mirror perceived by contemporary designers and artists such as, among many; Uli Budde, Oscar Diaz, Tomáš Král, OS ∆ OOS and Martin Žampach. (more…)

‘Hexagon’ acoustic tiles by Form Us With Love for Träullit; photo by Jonas Lindström

The Stockholm-based award-winning design studio Form Us With Love have developed this collection of geometrical sound-absorbing wall panels for a small, family-owned company Träullit. Made from a natural, recyclable material composed of wood wool, cement and water, ‘Hexagon’ tiles have not only sound-absorbing qualities but are also moisture-regulating and heat-accumulating. Available in eight different colours, ‘Hexagon’ was recently presented as part of the ‘Young Sweden’ exhibition during the London Design Festival. Watch the FUWL designers apply their new sound absorbing wall panels in the video below: (more…)

‘Drizzle’ shelving system by Luca Nichetto for Gallotti & Radice

Inspired by the long, vertical lines of the falling rain, the award-winning Venetian designer Luca Nichetto has developed ‘Drizzle’, an aptly-named shelving system for the Italian crystal specialists Gallotti & Radice. Unveiled earlier this year during Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the linear, grid-like bookshelf is composed of multiple metal elements that support and frame the shelves which are made of either transparent or frosted glass. Available in multiple colourways, ‘Drizzle’ can be arranged in a virtually infinite number of configurations. (more…)

‘Polka’ table lamp by Florent Coirier

The Parisian-based designer Florent Coirier has recently unveiled his latest table lamp design called ‘Polka.’ Exhibited for the first time during this year’s edition of the Paris Design Week, the simple turned-oak light incorporates the LED technology while its concealed pivoting joint enables full 360 degree rotation of the lamp. (more…)

Bird-Apartment treehouse by Nendo (JP)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 24.09.2012 - Tagged as: , ,

Bird-Apartment treehouse by Nendo; photo by Masaya Yoshimura

Famous for their out of the ordinary works, the acclaimed Japanese design and architectural practice Nendo have realised this collective birdhouse intended for use by birds and humans alike. Designed for Momofuku Ando Center – ‘a facility devoted to promoting and increasing access to nature activities’ – the unique structure formally echoes the archetypal gabled house and is composed of 78 enclosures provided for birds to nest in as well as an adjacent one-room observation area.

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