RCA Christmas Card 2011 by Kellenberger–White, photo courtesy of RCA
As the world’s leading postgraduate art and design school, it comes as no surprise that each year, London’s Royal College of Art takes the opportunity to showcase the talent of its ever-expanding
alumni through the medium of a custom-designed Christmas card. This year, RCA has commissioned
its MA Communication Art & Design (2009) alumni; Zurich-born Eva Kellenberger and Bristol-born
Sebastian White who upon completion of their studies have established the London-based graphic design consultancy Kellenberger-White. (more…)
Detail of 'Blossom'
It was the 100% Design in London last year when the Japanese architect Ryuji Nakamura sparked my intrest in her work for the first time. Then she presented her impressive chair ‘hechima 4′, a porous and light furniture – visually and physically. It is made of vulcanized fibres which are cut in a reticular and molded in a waved structure.
Her newest project is ‘blossom’ the interior design of a restaurant in Nagano, Japan. Again Ryuji Nakamura presented with a very poetic concept.
'Blossom' by Ryuji Nakamura
Here in the words of the architect:
“I decided to use the light that entered by a window barely. I wanted to make one to pick up the moving light sensitively and amplify it. So I thought I could make the place people did not get tired even if it was the closed space.
The room is painted white. And metallic plates to have shape of flower painted white similarly are past. If the thickness is reduced, the warp by heat is caused because a metallic plate is cut by the laser. I made the warp intentionally by selecting the thickness where a moderate warp was caused. The part that has stuck to the wall and the part away from the wall come by pasting the warping flower to a flat wall. The part that stuck to the wall assimilates with the wall, and the part away from the wall throws a shadow out to the wall and makes the outline come to the surface. The number of flowers is about 12000.”
'hechima 4', presented at the 100% Design London, 2008
The 'insect cage' is made without a joint by rapid prototyping technique
to the Ryuji Nakamura website