Posts from August 2012

Negozio Olivetti by Carlos Scarpa

On the occasion of the 13th Biennale die Architettura in Venice the exhibition ”Programmare l’arte. Olivetti e le neoavanguardie cinetiche” is taking place in the renovated showroom of Olivetti.



Biennale di Architettura 2012 Venezia © Jens Willebrand

”The emphasis of the 2012 Biennale is on what we have in common. Above all, the ambition of Common Ground is to reassert the existence of an architectural culture, made up not just of singular talents but a rich continuity of diverse ideas united in a common history, common ambitions, common predicaments and ideals.”- explains David Chipperfield, who directed the 13th Biennale di Architettura.



Colonial Chair by Ole Wanscher

Carl Hansen & Son aquired the exclusive rights to manufacture Carl Wanscher’s furniture from the Danish company P.J. Furniture, which will be gradually integrated into the Carl Hansen & Son Group. The Colonial Chair was originally designed by Ole Wanscher in 1949, but it wasn’t until the mid-50s that PJ Furniture started producing the chair.

Wanscher and PJ’s collaboration started via Gunnar Bratvold, Editor of Mobilia, the most influential furniture and design magazine at the time. He was bored of what he saw in his magazine and called many of the Danish architects up and asked if they had any new designs.


MenScience flagship store by HWKN, © Michael Moran/OTTO

It looks like a chic Soho boutique, but this store is for men only, selling nutritional supplements designed specifically for men’s needs. The new MenScience flagship store is a minimalistic designed brick and mortar location, with a pharmacy-like display of the products…


Thu 23.8.

‘Wild about Ikura’ by Aino Kavantera (FI)

Posted by Susanne Fritz on 23.08.2012 - Tagged as: , ,

‘Ikura’ Vases by Aino Kavantera

‘Ikura’ is a collection of sculptural ceramic vases and lamps, created from spherical and molecular-style components that attach to one another. The ‘molecules’ across each vase have a hole for a single stem, allowing the vase to become a striking multi-dimensional floral display when dressed up.



Wed 22.8.

Scooby-Doo table lamp by Giorgio Bonaguro (BR)

Posted by Susanne Fritz on 22.08.2012 - Tagged as: , ,


Scooby-Doo lamp by Giorgio Bonaguro © Andrea Basile

Scooby doo is a modern lamp with simplified and reduced components to assemble it. It refers to the classicism in design, especially through the use of materials like copper for the base and a blown glass shade.


Istanbul Twilight by Siba Sahabi; photo Maayan Ben Gal


The candleholders, made of felt, are dedicated to the metropolis that connects Europe and the Middle East. The shapes and colours of the candleholders are inspired by the silhouette of Istanbul and the different shades of light on city facades at dusk and dawn.


Mon 20.8.

Czech modernism: Zbyněk Hřivnáč (CZ)

Posted by Susanne Fritz on 20.08.2012 - Tagged as: , ,

Alfa Café, Zbyněk Hřivnáč and Jan Šrámek, chandeliers by René Roubíček, Prague, 1965; image courtesy of Zbyněk Hřivnáč archive

Zbyněk Hřivnáč, who was born in 1932 close to Opava, Moravia, belongs to a group of creative minds that could participate in designs from the large architectural and interior commissions of the former Czechoslovak state between the 1950s and 1980s.


For technical support contact Alfred Giolai Czech modernism: Zbyněk Hřivnáč (CZ)