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Posts tagged as 'Crafts and Design'

Fri 23.10.

Takaoka Crafts Competition 2009 in Japan

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 23.10.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

Glass-porcelain fusion by Misa Tanaka

Glass-porcelain fusion by Misa Tanaka, 2nd prize

The Takaoka Crafts Competition is one of the most distinguished and followed craft events in Japan. Recently this year’s winning products were announced.

My favourite submission ‘Shizukana Sora’ (engl.: Quiet Sky) by Misa Tanaka – a collection of porcelain dishes with glass bases – was awarded with the 2nd prize.

'Coil Vessel' by Ken Noguchi, 1st prize

'Coil Vessel' by Ken Noguchi, 1st prize

Interpreting the traditional Japanese art of lacquerware, Ken Noguchi created his ‘Coil Vessel’ made from lacquer, hemp and paper string. He won the 1st prize.

'Zabuton' by Junpei Tatsuno

'Zabuton' by Junpei Tatsuno

These cushions by Junpei Tatsuno are used for sitting and molded out of Paulownia wood from the Aizu region.

to the Takaoka Crafts Competition’s website

'Ehrfurcht' ('awe') by Pour les Alpes

'Ehrfurcht' ('awe') by Pour les Alpes

Under their newly founded label ‘Pour les Alpes’ the Swiss designers Tina Stieger and Annina Gaehwiler presented their collection of furniture at the Mint shop during this year’s London Design Festival.

'Ehrfurcht' by Pour les Alpes

'Ehrfurcht' by Pour les Alpes

The collection ‘echos’ is an award-winning furniture serie of the ‚echoes’ competition announced by the Swiss Arts Council ‚Pro Helvetia’.

“The three chests of drawers have been created in close cooperation with five different artisan craftsmen from two Swiss regions, Grisons and Appenzell. Shingle-making, wood-carving and lace-making: artisanal techniques, which are still present in the Swiss alpine region and above all, deeply rooted in everyday life.”

'Neugierde' ('curiosity') by Pour les Alpes

'Neugierde' ('curiosity') by Pour les Alpes

“The individual objects are a tribute to the Swiss Alps and are, in a formal and symbolical way, referring to an identity rooted in the alpine culture. They are telling exceptional new stories, which awake familiar memories but still offer enough space for own interpretations. The names of the pieces of furniture are ‚Ehrfurcht’ (reverence), ‚Neugierde’ (curiosity) and ‚Sehnsucht’ (desire). They all describe a personal point of view of the alpine surroundings.”

'Sehnsucht' ('yearning') by Pour les Alpes

'Sehnsucht' ('yearning') by Pour les Alpes

to the Pour les Alpes website

'Spun Stool' by Edward Robinson

‘Spun Stool’ by Edward Robinson

The young British designer Edward Robison is presenting this aluminium stool within the Northumbria University’s exhibition at this year’s 100%Futures at Earls Court. The well proportioned rotated hollow, which consists of two pieces, is the result of a collaboration between the 23 year old designer and a craftsman with 40 years experience. (more…)

Mon 3.8.

Artisan accessories by Kouta Fukunaga

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 03.08.2009 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

Sake bottle by Kouta Fukunaga

Sake bottle by Kouta Fukunaga

The Japanese designer and craftsman Kouta Fukunaga is one of several artisans from Hokkaido who find inspiration in the natural environment of the northern Japanese island.

His delicate sake bottles, wine coolers and carved vessels are made of birch tree trunks – the undemanding trees are typical for the homeland of the designer.

Wine cooler

Wine cooler

Dishes by Kouta Fukunaga

Dishes by Kouta Fukunaga

to Kouta Fukunaga´s website

seen @ Materialicious

Outdoor Café by Marcus Abrahamsson and Kristoffer Fagerström

Outdoor Café by Marcus Abrahamsson and Kristoffer Fagerström. Photos: Marcus Abrahamsson

Swedish Marcus Abrahamsson and Kristoffer Fagerström about their latest project at the Institution of Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm: “On the basis of our new professional role as interior architects and furniture designers, in our degree project we have taken on Konstfacks outdoor café. The project has been an opportunity to work on this location as a whole and to design a series of site specific items of outdoor furniture.

How to communicate Konstfack's inner soul in its external space?

How to communicate Konstfack's inner soul in its external space?

The current concrete floor, which is part of the main entrance to Konstfack, has been converted from a windy no mans land to a well kept and pleasant outdoor café. Through clear choices of materials and generous design we have made it into a place for relaxation and spending time together in the sun. No pretentions, just a nice lunch in pleasant company.

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With the aim of creating an interdisciplinary space, we have created a framework that lets the space react to influences and allows it to change over time. In the future when the wood content of this framework is worn out it is up to the current students to decide the content. By this we hope that the space will develop into a collage of materials. We are leaving something behind us that not only represents us and Konstfack at present but can also represent Konstfack in the future…”

 

to Kristoffer Fagerström

 

to Marcus Abrahamsson

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