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GUNJAN GUPTA

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Editorial Staff

India’s heritage is tough to brush off, but Gunjan Gupta has taken it to advantage her work, and revisit forms, functions and concepts in furniture design. Delhi-based, she is an irreverent designer. Gupta’s brand has been, ever since the beginning, reviving traditional crafts, mostly from Rajasthan, giving a pepper difference. She has been around since 2006, being alumnus of the Central St. Martin College of Art and Design, London. Indian native crafts shift to contemporary utility keeping a luxury tag. An example? The deconstructed dining throne.

http://www.gunjangupta.in

 

THE QUARTZ ARMCHAIR

Posted on October 30, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Perfect geometry as primary source of inspiration. QUARTZ is a two-dimensional – pentagonal  and hexagonal wooden structure. A geometric volume in mixed colour. QUARTZ is an armchair, of crystalloid shape. It is either interesting in look and practical in use. Designed by the Greek design studio CTRL ZAK in  collaboration with Davide Barzaghi. It is suitable for small spaces, because the pillows can easily be pulled out and used as separate seats. It’s a modular piece whose  cushions are covered with soft ecological cloth. A unique artistic expression that can change entirely the décor of a space. 

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BORGHESE BY LACHANCE

Posted on June 5, 2013 by admin

Oh you must visit Rome! And ah! You can’t miss the Villa Borghese! Of course you can’t miss visiting France too…and the rest of the world maybe…By the way, this is Borghese by French designers Noé Duchaufour Lawance. This is by La Chance, the French design brand. It’s a light sofa inspired by the stone pines of the Villa Borghese in Rome. The structure is in metal and reproduces the network of green branches and cushions. The ensemble creates a restful and comfortable landscape. Enjoy your home villa!

http://www.lachance.fr

NIMBA BY ANTONI AROLA

Posted on March 28, 2013 by admin

Antoni Arola is nowadays one of the most outstanding figures in Spanish design. His work is characterized by its great versatility, which has allowed him to fulfill brilliantly the design either of a perfume bottle or of his renown lamps. Arola’s first experience in the lighting field was in 1994, when he designed a series of lamps. In 1997, he designed the Nimba lamp for Santa & Cole, a lamp with a shape of a light halo that received the ADI-FAD Award. Fascinated by Africa and by the extraordinary designs of satellites and spaceships, his work is pervaded with the subtle influence of shapes and icons of other cultures. Nimba is a circle of light which floats like a halo. The Nimba lamp consists of a metallic frame which is inserted a diffuser shade which stores a series of small Xenon light bulbs. This luminous circle is suspended by three copper cables. Made up of a suspended circular metal profile with the audacity of a white inner shade, it owes its name to being “like the nimbus or aureole of holy images, which may be seen, but are not there”. Designed for architectural lighting, into an extremely subtle, almost celestial indoor lamp offering an extensive, non-aggressive luminous radiation. Simply beautiful design!

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LOOK WHO’S IN TOWN!

Posted on March 4, 2013 by admin

Surely inspired by 1957 Castiglioni’s Sella, Town Stool continues the form study in the language of furniture design. It’s a new spin on saddle stools. Prototyped and designed by Gabriel Hargrove, the stool has been 3D scanned and CNC routed. In the prototype, the legs meet a steel bracket, mounting either a custom-made saddle or one of the user’s choosing. It’s a tiny but precious prince charming in the realm of high quality furniture.  

http://www.gabrielhargrove.com/

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ELEGANT AND FUCTIONAL! iVICTROLA!

Posted on February 27, 2013 by admin

There is design and there is good design. Good design happens when something memorable and meaningful is created. Today, it’s good design time. This is iVictrola. It features a solid walnut base dock suitable for iPod, iPhone and iPad with a black Magnavox horn. The horn, creates a magnifier sound, and the idea is obviously based on the old Gramophones of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. There’s technology and vintage. Speakers are handmade and each one is crefted out of quality wood and real antique parts. These beautiful pieces are unfortunately pretty expensive (from $600 to $1000). The iVictrola creates what’s basically a giant megaphone for its normally not-that-loud speaker, filling your space with sound without using a drop of electricity. Isn’t it simply…amazing?

http://made-craft.com/

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PIERRE JEANNERET, THE KANGOUROU CHAIR

Posted on February 18, 2013 by admin

History narrates that Pierre Jeanneret, the famous Swiss architect, collaborated all through his life with his more famous cousin Charles Edouard Jeanneret, aka Le Corbusier. Their working relationship actually ended when Pierre joined the French Resistance and Le Corbusier did not. However, they continued collaborating once again after the War. Jeanneret created beautiful and rare pieces of furniture, and in the early 1950s began a new project at Chandigarh, in India, at the invitation of his cousin Le Corbusier, then at work on a groundbreaking architectural program there. When Le Corbusier opted out halfway through, Jeanneret became the undertaking’s chief architect and urban designer. At the same time he created a furniture style to be used for the government offices and a number of private homes. The Kangourou armchair is a solid example of this production. The amazing strenght of teak wood melts with the braided cane work.  It’s not just an example of work that still blows minds away, it’s a touch of vintage and evergreen creativity, innovative thinking that will always get a long way. Kangourou forever.

SHELL CHAIR BY MARCO SOUSA SANTOS

Posted on February 1, 2013 by admin

Imagine the basic form of the seashell. The elegant shape, eye-catching, contrasting a cylindrical cushion. The shell is a lounge chair delivered with 4 cilindric cushions made of natural cotton fabric designed by Marco Sousa Santos. It is basically a hand-assembled piece made out of plywood. The Lisbon-based designer created it out of an array of wooden pieces disperse into a cocoon shape and supported by organically emerging legs. The birch plywood is digitally cut and then assembled by hand by Portuguese artisans, incorporating both modern and traditional techniques. The ribs are designed with the intention to hold pillows and cushion which would adjust to different persons’ body shape while allowing each user to personalize their own seating  view. The result is utterly unique.

www.branca-lisboa.com

 

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GLOBES BY JENSEN-HOLBAEK

Posted on January 17, 2013 by admin

Usually, the globe is intended as a three-dimensional scale model of the earth or other spheroid celestial body such as a planet, a star or the moon. The word “globe” comes from the Latin word globus, meaning round mass or sphere but it also refers to a spherical representation of the celestial sphere, showing the apparent positions of the stars and constellations in the sky. Take a look at  collection of stylish and contemporary globes by Danish company Atmosphere which are both a modern lamp and a ball globe. Their collection contains, among other standing floor lamp design with a large ball, small balls on the table and many other creative models with a variety of color combinations. Unique and functional, the forms allow you to select a globe then customize the interior. Along with their modern look of these lights at the same time the ball is full of all geographic information. Education meets decoration in this nice design by Claus Jensen and Henrik Holbaek. 

http://www.atmosphere-newworld.com/

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OBI BY VALSECCHI 1918

Posted on January 10, 2013 by admin

From coffee table to vase-holder, from display unit to a chest of drawers: a neutral rectangular box has in its interior a coloured base structure, fitted out with shelves, uprights or drawers, depending on its function. This is OBI. The intersection between the internal structure, made of colored laqued MDF, and the natural wood square, creating a colorfull and materic play, an unusual and playful embrace. The design is characterized by the formal and functional contrast between the interior and the exterior of the piece of furniture. In collaboration with Tommaso Bistacchi, the Milanese designer Davide Anzalone sign collection furniture OBI. Created for the publisher Valsecchi 1918, it consists of small wooden furniture, coffee table, console, shelf or storage drawers. Unique and beautiful it combines linear and minimal design with everyday use.

www.valsecchi1918.com

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TRICLINIUS MAIUS? THE BARCELONA COUCH!

Posted on December 6, 2012 by admin

Designed in 1930 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and signed by the KnollStudio design, the Barcelona Couch is one of those manufactured creation which will never bore our eye. Made out of sapele mahogany hardwood and framed with protective, clear lacquer finish, its legs are constructed of tubular steel with polished stainless steel. It’s always being considered a sophisticated couch. A sublime creation based upon the same design and quality of its forerunners. This fine piece of furniture is a 20th century masterpiece of style, curvature and fluidity. Its frame reminds the symbolic of power of ancient Egypt and Rome triclinius, with the the ‘less is more’ ideology of its Bauhaus pedigree. The look is luxurious and comfortable, embracing elegance and functionality. In reality, it’s a real icon, of classic design classic that endures for a lifetime. Suave sensual and sophisticate: Viva Barcelona!

 http://www.knoll.com

 

 

CREDENZA? THE COUNTESS CREDENZA!

Posted on November 19, 2012 by admin

I stumbled on their web page and fell in love. Are your seeking for newness? If you do and you like interior design and natural furniture for your home, Korean Jongopark design is the right solution for your needs. Their projects are unique and totally witty. Shapes are modern with a touch of familiar taste from the past. The Countess Credenza, for instance, is a beautiful and natural design by Jory Brigham. It’s simply a functional storage piece, a sideboard,  with a unique combination of white and wood, being an active working surface that can be placed everywhere in one’s house. The shape looks vintage but the result is modern and classy.

http://www.jonghopark.com/

 

GET READY WITH THE BOMMEL!

Posted on November 6, 2012 by admin

The ” Bommel” also known as Pompon is crafted entirely by hand. Several hundred wool threads are bundled, rolled ,tied, and cut, all of carefully selected high-end quality wool. There are up to 1300 woollen pompons and respectively up to 45 kg of wool forming one single object. Myra Klose of the German design firm MYK combines hand crafted furniture and comfort by bundling several hundred strands of wool together to create Bommel furniture, aka Pompon. There are up to 1300 woollen pompons in each chair, rug or pouf pieced together to form a single big cuddly colorful piece of furniture. Color and happiness to your private space!

http://myk-berlin.com/

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NUVOLA 9, THE WITTY NUDGE

Posted on November 2, 2012 by admin

The cold is coming, the light is fading, the coziness is arriving! Do you want to feel in paradise, floating on a cloud? This is delightful Nuvola9 (which means cloud in Italian), designed by Paola Navone and produced by Italian high quality brand Gervasoni is the proper answer. Both the lounge chair and the sofa have a solid wood frame, upholstered with differentiated density polyurethane foam, covered by a goose down and polyester fibre quilting, removable covers. Nuvola9 furnishes the space in simplicity and beauty, the fluffy contours, with high arms and deep seats, create a versatile appearance and the delicate cottons and linens adhere to its frame as though buoyed up by air. A welcoming retreat and a witty nudge towards the future.

http://www.gervasoni1882.it/en

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WATCHING THE SHIPS ROLL IN

Posted on October 16, 2012 by admin

‘A contemporary and domestic interpretation of the deck chair’. I know some of you are against it, but I want summer back. As rain was pouring the other day, I started reading some design magazines and stumbled into this marvelous collection called The Bay. Made out of beech wood, this structure with cotton canvas mattress and cushions is called The Watching the ships roll in and truly is a domestic yet summerish interpretation of a deck chair. Parisian designer Marie Dessuant has realized this neat seat and stool as a personal interpretation of a seaside resort’s collective memory. Influenced by memories of salt crackling on the skin, and states of mind like the strange distance holidays, the chair is a simple and creative product. A daydream with an off season taste. Please note that Watching the ships roll in, is a limited edition so you better be ready and quick if you want to have it. I crave for it!

http://www.mariedessuant.com/

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HOLLOWAY SUNGLASSES

Posted on October 10, 2012 by admin

VIVA AUSTRALIA! I will always holler it! Holloway Eyewear is a Brisbane based company that has managed to use sustainable and quality materials including old furniture, instruments and skateboards to create a superb selection of eyewear. David Suzuki and David Attenborough are eco-conscious and indipendent designers who, some time ago, have designed the SK8 sunglasses, created out of recycled skateboards. There’s a variety of styles and colours you can’t miss, plus it’s a good way of supporting the Australian environment and a local group of passionate artisans.

http://www.hollowayeyewear.com.au

 

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CLOPEN!

Posted on September 4, 2012 by admin

Clopen is the new shelf conceived by the Japanese studio Torafu Architects. Even if at first it looks like a standard floating shelf, Clopen hides a slim secret drawer that can be opened with magnets comprising ash veneer over aluminium. The drawer mechanism is a hiding place that can be opened using magnetic keys. When pulled, the secret drawer appears and the shelf doubles. The design allows the storage of compact and precious belongings becoming safe for valuables. Clopen has been through the design phase and is now entering into production. No details have yet been released concerning availability or pricing but I’m so willing of having it!

http://torafu.com/

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A LOGISTICAL CHALLENGE: THE SURF SLING BY BAGGU

Posted on August 28, 2012 by admin

We heart Baggu. We love colors, summer, easy and basic items that, at the same time are high on quality and good on prices. We heart surfing too. Surf sling was invented out of necessity by surfers for surfers because of its functionality and practicality. The Surf sling usually can carry short boards, long boards, boogie boards, skim boards and wake boards. When wrapped up it becomes a neat tote bag. Easy to say: it’s a useful device. Emily Sugihara, founder of the chic reusable bag company Baggu, took up surfing and bought a longboard, only to encounter a problem of how to get the thing from her car to the water. The Baggu’s surf sling design is combines skills and beautiful shapes. The strategical way to pure success where aesthetics, utility, and sustainability are all kept in attentive eyes. Baggu’s surf sling is an item that all surfers should have. Hang loose!

http://baggubag.com/

 

OAK CHAIR? ORCA!

Posted on August 2, 2012 by admin

This marvelous work of art is called Orca. It is a chair sculpted from oak and designed by Paulo Neves and Alexandre Kumagai.  This stunning creation gives the illusion of airiness, fluidity and movement. Legs are curved and the seat is strong and comfie. When viewed in frontal elevation, Orca has a rectilinear and vertical symmetrical frame, yet, turning the chair 45 degrees, it reveals a different reality: the legs of the chair vary in thickness. The beveled surface gives the chair charisma and shaves off weight and heaviness. GUD Conspiracy is a project based in Oporto, Portugal and a brand of craftsmanship.  

http://www.gudconspiracy.com/

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IN NEED OF VITAMIN C? HISAKAZU SHIMIZU’S GLASS FRUIT LAMPS!

Posted on July 27, 2012 by admin

These colored glass fruit lamps are part of a collection that also features fruit-shaped clocks and tableware. This product has been created and designed by Japanese Hisakazu Shimizu. Shimizu has managed to create wonderful lamps that are what we all wish could replace party favors. Along with co-work fellow Eizo Okada they have founded S&O design. This brand new company is based in Tokyo. Both designers are trained on product and have worked together on a number of projects and since 2008 have been developing limited edition pieces with a focus on expanding the art design market. Hisakazu Shimizu is the chief designer of Canon’s IXUS series of compact digital camera. Eizo Okada has been involved as a design director in the planning and development of numerous exhibitions and objects. Fruit lamps are fun, beautiful and innovative. Visually a wonderful huge bowl of candies, useful for light and good atmosphere. The universal beauty of juicy fruits. Yam!

http://sandodesign.com/

http://www.sabostudio.jp/

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THE TEMPESTUOS NANCY FOUTS

Posted on July 3, 2012 by admin

Aren’t amazing Nancy Fouts creations? Her sculptures are designed on paradox and juxtaposition: on expectation of the unexpected. She combines objects and materials, linking ideas and common sense to surrealism and playfulness.  She basically recombines the meaning of everyday objects. Nancy Fouts, American born but Londoner for life, has pursued a career in advertising. She is either an image maker and a sharp artist. Surely a provocative and witty discovering.

http://www.nancyfouts.com/

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IN NEED OF BUOYANCY: THE UP COFFEE TABLE

Posted on June 27, 2012 by admin

The Up Coffee table, by our beloved Duffy of London is a limited edition of twenty pieces handmade by English craftsmen. Designed by Christofer Duffy himself, the table is a levitating trompe d’oeil as fourteen balloons seem to suspend the cover glass. Made out of resin composite, thoughened glass and steel rods, this fancy table is a playful and beautiful design piece for modern houses. 

 http://www.duffylondon.com/

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WHAT A WIT: SARAH ILLENBERGER

Posted on May 16, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Who is Sarah Illenberger? An illustrator? A graphic designer? A photographer? Words may be reductive to define this eclectic artist whose work ranges in different fields of visual and applied arts. Her amazing genius resides in her inner capability to create the extraordinary out of the ordinary. German and talented, Sarah Illenberger, creates crafted object combining an array of different materials. Her works is a piercing sneak through design and everyday life, a vivid journey into humorous images, big or small, abstract or real. Defining her work in just one category is rather impossible. Illenberger touches all forms of visual, design, abstract, reality. Continue Reading →