Following his ‘research to find the boundaries of raw material properties,’ a young Israeli designer and recent Industrial design Graduate of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Michael Blumenfeld has realised this neat solid wood stool called ‘Triz In’ (Hebrew for ‘wedge’). Based on the principle of splitting wedge, the curvilinear stool is constructed by insertion of three wedges between two thin plates of wood without the use of any additional parts or joints. Watch how a plain, untreated plank is transformed into a finished stool in the video below. (more…)
The acclaimed French designer Philippe Starck has collaborated with the American chair specialists Emeco on this environmentally-friendly, stackable chair called ‘Broom’. Unveiled earlier this month during Milan’s Salone del Mobile fair, the chair is made from reclaimed polypropylene and discarded wood fibre – a ‘compound of industry waste from lumber factories and industrial plastic plants.’ Watch Philippe Starck tell the story of his new collaboration with Emeco in the video below. (more…)
To celebrate their new collection of vividly coloured chairs, the Italian manufacturer Pedrali has created this behind-the-scenes video capturing the proceedings from the promotional photo shoot during which no less than 88 chairs in a rainbow of hues were carefully arranged and, ultimately, photographed in a meticulously-calculated, multicoloured motif. The photographed models included Alessandro Busana’s ‘Laja’, Jorge Pensi’s ‘Ara’ and the stacking ‘Blitz’ by the Italian designers Marco Pocci and Claudio Dondoli. Watch the inspiring time-lapse video below. (more…)
'Surface Tension Lamp' by Front for Booo; photo courtesy of Front
Late afternoon on Sunday, just prior to our departure from the sun-drenched Milan, we have paid a visit to what without a doubt was one of the most inspiring and eclectic exhibitions to take place as part of Fuorisalone during this year’s Salone del Mobile fair. The place we have in mind is Spazio Rossana Orlandi. Tucked away behind a green courtyard, in a picturesque building in the Magenta Neighbourhood, the two-storey shop and an adjacent exhibition space were once again transformed into a kaleidoscope of beautiful, unique and frequently curious objects. Beautiful, unique and decisively curious also happens to fit perfectly when describing the latest light bulb devised by the Swedish design group Front for a new Dutch company, Booo. (more…)
'Holo' pendant lamp by Patrycja Domanska; photo by Paris Tsitsos
A young Polish-born Vienna-based designer Patrycja Domanska has recently created this simple metal pendant lamp whose colour changes once the design heats up. Made of spun aluminium, ‘Holo’ is coated with a special thermochromic paint which fades from vivid turquoise to white when the lamp reaches 31 〫C (as seen in the video below). The design will be presented at Designersblock Milan 2012 which will take place as part of MOST during this year’s Salone del Mobile. (more…)
'The living structure' furniture concept by David Hanauer
Extremely simple in its structure yet serving multiple functions, this geometric frame called ‘The living structure’ has been devised by a young German designer David Hanauer. The reduced, skeletal form of the piece allows the user to adapt it according to particular needs – with the addition of a powder-coated aluminium sheet, the maple-wood structure can be transformed into a wall-mounted shelf or a simple, freestanding table. Presented at the [D³] Contest during this year’s edition of imm cologne, the concept was nominated for the Interior Innovation Award 2012. Watch ‘The living structure’ come to life in the video below. (more…)
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, machine is ‘an apparatus using mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task.’ What happens however, if a meticulously devised machine happens to perform a task of a rather
indeterminate nature and is seemingly devoid of the aforementioned ‘definite function’ altogether? Well, it could either be a poorly engineered device, or the good old Rube Goldberg machine, whose most recent rendition by a Brooklyn-based kinetic artist Joseph Herscher has caught our attention. In the 2.08-minute clip, which has been watched by more than 5 million YouTube viewers since late December 2011, Joseph is seen seating by a table, ready to enjoy a perusal of a daily newspaper. Then he takes a sip of coffee…
Detail of a desk from the '62-series' by Greta Grossman, recently reissued by Gubi
Following last year’s relaunch of the iconic, modernist ‘Grasshopper’ lamp, in 2012 Danish furniture and lighting brand Gubi revived not one but further four elegant, Mid-Century modern classics created by the acclaimed designer and architect, Greta Grossman. Relaunched at this year’s edition of Stockholm Furniture Fair, the ’62-series’ wasn’t designed in 1962, as its name may suggest, but more than half a century ago, in 1952, with the number wittily indicating that the pieces were ten years ahead of their time. Characterised by the use of contrasting colours and materials such as; natural American walnut, glossy black laminate and powder-coated metal, the four-piece furniture collection comprises a desk and three chests of drawers in varying sizes, all of which will be available from autumn 2012.
Watch ‘Greta Grossman – A Pioneer Female Designer’ documentary at the end of this post.
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