Chilean architecture and design studio gt2P (Great Things to People) has launched a new collection of lighting called Vilu, which happens to be their first collaboration with DHPH. Made using a combination of digital fabrication and traditional techniques, like assembling the pieces by hand, the organic forms let light peek out through the delicate perforations that are in place to bend the metal.
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The curved edges of the light help guide light down to define a space. The lighted area encapsulates whomever is underneath it to become “embedded in the inner spatiality.”
The collection is inspired by an old Chilean myth about the archipelago of Chiloé, where two forces battled and one raised the level of the water while the other raised the level of the land. They continued the fight until they were both satisfied with the shape of the archipelago.
Here is a fun new product from Russian design company Maximovich Design founded by two young designers named Anna and Maxim Maximov.
The object, designed in three different versions and colors, was made to make sure you don’t forget the important things… you know, like your wallet, keys and cellphone. It literally points to the important things, which you place in the circular area, designating them as important.
You can get all three—one for each person in your family to place their important items.
I would totally use one as a banana stand. Bananas are important!
Last week, we learned (or relearned) Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles of Good Design through a nicely-executed animation by Design Silesia. Today, we have a series of animated shorts from the Open University, a UK-based distance-learning institution. I can’t speak to the university’s academics, but it happens to be one of the world’s largest universities and is accredited in the States. In keeping with the nontraditional structure—students typically study remotely, whether they are in the UK or elsewhere—they’ve also taken to producing short educational videos on YouTube, and the latest series of shorts happens to be about “Design in a Nutshell.”
The Bauhaus segment is a gem—I learned that Gropius’s seminal school of thought marked the genesis of the “art school as an alternative way of life,” as well as a few fun facts about Marcel Breuer. Good stuff.
User 632 is an installation that stores the behaviour of the people who look at it by monitoring them in return. It is designed to know when and how a person passes and stores information as data or ID dependant on proximity.
What are you waiting for? Intel is looking for the most innovative and unique uses of Perceptual Computing. A grand-prize of $100,000 and thousand of dollars more in prizing are available but you must act soon!
This year I had to share some of my yearly trade show responsibilities with Max and Amy because I was home watching Hope. She’s got some minor separation anxiety issues so I’m slowly getting her used to being alone for smaller chunks of time. As much as I enjoyed ICFF, I really missed not getting to see the National Stationery Show. It’s usually my favorite show and I always come home with cards I can’t wait to send to friends and family. One of the card companies I’m really into right now is Frances Lab. Run by artist Johnna West, Frances Lab is a Brooklyn-based stationery studio that makes collaged cards, prints and other screen-printed stationery goods. I love the geometric cards, but the simple sayings cards like ‘Howdy’ and ‘Oh, hello’ are super cute, too. Click here to check out Johnna’s debut line and shop online. Prices range from $6- $24 for cards and prints. xo, grace
Renzo Piano has become the latest high-profile architect to add a building to the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, by completing a tiny wooden cabin with room for just a single inhabitant. (more…)