'artisanat du sud', side tables produced in Morocco, by Amandine Chhor & Aïssa Logerot, 2011
The Paris based designer duo Amandine Chhor and Aïssa Logerot realised these fantastic projects in cooperation with local associations and skilled workers from Cambodia and Morocco. ‘artisanat du sud’ is the newest series of furniture handcrafted by women from Akka oasis in Morocco. The tables tops are made from woven palm leaves.
The Spanish carpet manufacturer nanimarquina just presented this beautiful video which describes in impressive images the production and the artisanry of their skilled workers in India.
On the basis of this premise, in 1994 several companies that imported carpets from India, Nepal and Pakistan founded the Care & Fair organisation. Its principal objective: to eradicate child labour from the carpet manufacturing industry in these areas.
nanimarquina has been a member of Care & Fair since the outset and can therefore guarantee that no child labour has been used in the production of their rugs.
nanimarquina will exhibit at this year’s Design Biennale INTERIEUR 2010 in Kortrijk.
Since 2002 the Czech designer Anna Torfs produces handmade glass objects. At this year’s maison & objects Anna displayed her colourful creations including some brand new designs.
Her thick-walled vases and bowls are characterised by a delicate interplay of different colours and transparencies. Cutting through the object like an anatomist, Anna reveals layer after layer to show how an object is built.
'Series One': Another Country's first collection: coffee table, stool, kids' stool, kids' step
On the occasion of this year’s London Design Week, the new British manufacturer Another Country will launch its first collection of contemporary craft furniture. Owned by Paul de Zwart, the founding publisher of Wallpaper* magazine, Another Country focuses on archetypal design quality, using familiar and unpretentious forms of traditional woodwork.
'Kalotte' by Sebastian Summa for Hugo Bräuer Metallwaren
By means of its relatively simple and artless old buildings one can see that Neukölln, since a few year’s one of the hippest quarters of Berlin, used to be a typical worker’s house area with many workshops and lots of small-scale industry once.
Some of these old workshops survived and with the help of some Berlin based designers one of them was even able to draw attention to a trade which has almost disappeared behind the globalised market. Together with the industrial designer Sebastian Summa, who is trained as a blacksmith and graduated at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, the 100 year’s old family owned metal spinning workshop Hugo Bräuer Metalware developed this beautiful series of suspension lamps.
The Japanese Designer Nosigner started a new collaboration with the Tokushima Wood & Bamboo Industrial Cooperative Society Confederation and founded the new wood furniture brand ‘AWA’. Their new collection will be presented at this year’s Designtide in Tokyo.
'Unit' by Nosigner
“Tokushima was once called the country of Awa, the tradition of wood furniture was initiated by ship builders. Thus, AWA decided to go back to its Tokushima woodworking roots to form this new and yet traditional project to bring Japan’s wood working culture into the future.”
'Tr/Sq/Rh' accessory cases and pen stands by Nosigner
The young Japanese architect Nosigner recently showcased ‘AWA’, a new range of furniture he created in collaborative work with Tokushima based traditional Japanese craftmanship. Like his previous works this collection shows as well Nosigner´s focus on the cultural background of his pieces. The craftmanship, the material or the apperance – all his works subtly contain some tradiational, original Japanese aspects.
“‘Tr/Sq/Rh’ is a series of products of accessory cases and pen stands. Their shapes are triangle, square and rhombus. Each box has magnet on sides and by combining a few of them, you can make a geometrically beautiful shape autonomously and make larger structure as if material structures combined with a few of elements to be seen in chemical formula.” Nosigner says.
'Squares' by Nosigner
“SQUARES are accessory cases which were designed by these rectangle. The surface was polished by piano finish with sheepskin, which is a unique technique of making traditional mirror stand in Tokushima prefecture, Japan. Whole drawers of SQUARES are not open until the center drawer is open. This is a traditional trick used for Japanese drawer.”