‘Cagnotte’ money box by Stephan Wespi, photo: Philipp Haenger
A money box modelled on an acorn and a mobile consisting of scales in delicate balance reflect the thoughts of Swiss design collective Postfossil on nature, the economy and “balance in our lives”. ‘Cagnotte’, a money box by Stephan Wespi, has a slit on the underside to insert coins and a wooden shell to close the opening and give the acorn a stable stand.
Shoes, Books and a Bike by Thomas Walde for Postfossil
Thomas Walde, the Swiss industrial designer and co-founder of the Postfossil design collective has recently created this multifunctional bike stand-cum-shelving unit for the aforementioned Zurich-based brand. ’Shoes, Books and a Bike’, which can also double as a room divider in an open-plan living space or a studio, is made of three simple materials such as pine frame, coconut fibre and steel screws. (more…)
‘Stir it’ carafe by Anna Blattert for Postfossil
Composed of a hand-blown glass body, steel strainer and a cork cap, this novel carafe has been created by a Zurich-based designer Anna Blattert for a young Swiss brand Postfossil. Part of their new ‘Home Made’ collection, ‘Stir it’ is made in Switzerland and the carafe is available in three summery hues; mint green, lemon yellow and candy floss pink. (more…)
Standing mirror “Mira Miranda" Designer: Christine Birkhoven © POSTFOSSIL 2012
Mira Miranda is a wish to give the mirror itself another role and, through this paradox, to draw attention to something else. On the one hand, It would like to emphasize the material–what does an ash tree actually look like?–and on the other hand emphasize that appearances are important, but are not everything. Perspective is just as important…
'mwc' chair by Florian Hauswirth
The Swiss designer Florian Hauswirth has a quiet intresting biography: before he started his study at the University of Applied Arts Nordwestschweiz he worked for five years as a model builder in the development department of Vitra in Birsfelden, Switzerland, realising prototypes and design models for namable designers such as Jasper Morrison, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Alberto Meda, Antonio Citterio, Philippe Starck etc. – probably the best school to analyse and understand high-quality design. Today, he develeops his own projects and is also involved in the Swiss platform ‘Postfossil’.
‘mwc’ chair is one of his most recent drafts, a three-legged chair with a moveable backrest made from solid wood.
'Valet' by Anna Blattert/Postfossil
Postfossil is more than a label under which objects are created. ‘Post-Fossil’ is how the Swiss designers collective see the world after fossil energy sources are completely exhausted. With their silent yet meaningful pieces they re-interpret traditional processing and apply them to their aesthetically and qualitatively sustainable products. One of my favourites is the puristic and elegantly swung clothes-stand ‘Valet’ by the Zurich based designer Anna Blattert. You can just imagine it standing gentlemanly next to your bed keeping your clothes free from creases until the next morning.
“The traditional method of steam bending takes advantage of the characteristics of the solid wood and does not require any additives. The simple folding system allows quick setup and quick storing. The airing out of garments prevents having to wash them excessively and helps to save energy.” the designer explains.
'Valet' by Anna Blattert/Postfossil
“What is the aim of the young designers? The answer is simple: they want to raise awareness. Not with a megaphone, but rather with quiet, subtle remarks artfully incorporated into their objects. POSTFOSSIL’s intention is not to preach, only to ask questions and to look for answers in as public a way as possible, over and over again, in order to broaden design’s horizon and for it to fulfil its sustainable role. They want to encourage responsible interaction with resources and to encourage change on our part before the postfossil age changes us.”
'Reflect' chair and ottoman by Thomas Walde/Postfossil
“‘Reflect chair’, through its form, aims to encourage reflection and meditation which in this day and age is often suppressed by other activities. The reduction to structure and naked realisation activate the user and its thoughts. The size and high armrests inspired by Corbusier’s LC2 typologically bring to mind an easy chair, however, it does not allow for much more than to sit down in it, meditate or open a book. The element in front of it corresponds to an ottoman which can also be used as repository or as a stool.”
Postfossil collection 2010
The next station for the new Postfossil collection will be the DMY Festival in Berlin at the spectacular location of Tempelhof, Berlin’s former city airport.
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to the DMY Berlin website