If you’re not familiar with the work of Kimou Meyer, a.k.a. Grotesk, we recommend checking out his excellent 2010 monograph. But even those of you who have never heard of the Brooklyn-based graphic designer ought to appreciate a recently-launched edition he has created for Case Studyo of Ghent, Belgium.
Limited to an edition of 23 (after Jordan, we hope) plus four artist proofs, “6FT – 6IN” is a baller lamp that is distinctive for its “blocky sneaker feet, as not only a signature Grotesk output, but also a design incubation decades in the making.” Contrary to the height given in its name, the lamp measures 75cm (30 in.), or just under half the height of Mugsy Bogues, it’s clearly intended to be a table lamp, featuring a cylindrical abat-jour set on skinny “string bean” legs are more Kevin Durant than LeBron. These minimalist components serve to underscore the unexpectedly playful base, featuring a classic Bulls color scheme.
Last week, I took issue with the plain rectangular box that served as the packaging for Taylor Simpson’s MONIKER bicycle handlebar concept. Here, it serves as a remarkably felicitous concept: the custom packaging for “6FT – 6IN” resembles a giant shoe box—it’s hard to tell from the photos, but I imagine it’s upwards of three feet long—executed in custom screenprinted wood. It’s a veritable triple-double of brilliant design: ten points for style, ten points for substance, plus another ten for packaging.
To our British readers: We Americans like stealing your TV shows, like we did with your language, and we use both of those things differently over here. So most of us don’t know who Ella Henderson is, since she was only on your version of “The X Factor” before you fools voted her off early.
Anyways this morning, footage of Ms. Henderson was released showing her playing a rather crazy-looking piano that was designed by…the Peugeot Design Lab.
We’d written before that France’s PDL was looking to stretch their design muscles, but had no idea they were tackling something this complicated, less than a year out of the gate. (They didn’t do it alone, they worked in conjunction with piano maker Pleyel, but still.)
And to our French readers: You guys don’t have to worry about us stealing your language, ’cause we can’t pronounce those freaking R’s.
One of the absolute highlights of imm cologne was [D3] Design Talents, a selection of award-winning products from up-and-coming designers. The tenth [D3] contest saw 671 submissions from students and recent graduates from all over the world. Just 21 products from 27 designers were selected. And from those 21, these were my favorites…
This folding screen entitled “And A And Be And Not” by Berlin-based designer Camilla Richter is made from different color transparent sections, which change color according to the light and where you’re standing when you look at it. The shapes and colors created by the piece itself and by the shadows and reflections are mesmerising.
Combinations of semi-reflective glass and colorful patterns continue the theme of reflection and morphing geometric shapes in London-based Kim Thome‘s Reflection Range – Berlin and Circus.
Swell by Dutch designer Rachel Griffin unites the conventional production phases into a single step. The foam expands to fill the fabric and at the same time acts as a binder between material and frame. Because the foam expands differently every time, each piece is unique.
It was great to meet Dennis Parren and see the CMYK Lamp in person, as we’ve featured it on Design Milk before. He describes the CMYK Lamp as “the light that colors the world.” It uses LED technology to cast shadows in cyan, magenta and yellow.
Julian Sterz explored the relationship between objects and the meaning we attach to them in his diploma thesis – what is it about a chair that makes it a chair? In 3/4-Platzhalter-Stuhl one chair becomes four with the missing parts replaced with a metal frame. Each chair loses its functionality but retains its identity.
Again challenging seating conventions, Slagbaenk by Danish Rasmus B Fex is a deceptively simple concept. It uses two chairs and five boards to form a bench with integrated storage space. The dimensions of the bench are dictated by the length of boards used to join the two chairs.
Inspired by the declining health of his grandmother due to Alzeimer’s disease, Tuomas covered items of furniture with a network of welded steel rings before setting them on fire so that only the steel rings remained; “memories of things that were once objects of emotional attachment.”
German designer Ellen Heilmann presented “The Royal Family,” a modular family of stools, which can be taken apart and used as tables and cushions.
Dear Disaster was created by Swedish designer Jenny Ekdahl in response to recent global disasters.
Inspired by infographics, and representing the sea and the sand, the 2,000 wooden scales can be moved back and forth to help people process what they’ve seen. The tiles are incredibly tactile and strangely calming.
Per by Tim Mackerodt is a freestanding object; part glass room divider, and part lamp. The bulb is held in a double volume of hand blown glass by a light fixture concealed in a cork.
Tina Schmid explores the transition from graphic shapes into the three-dimensional objects, with this “picture of a cube” made from a system of jointed rods, that folds out into a table as seen above.
Berlin by German designer Daniel Becker is an updated version of the tiles that cover traditional ceramic heating ovens. The three-dimensional form increases the surface area, allowing the oven to give off more heat, and creates a beautiful geometric pattern.
And last but not least, Pilu by Leoni Werle. These see-saw lamps have an oak base which enables the lamp to switch between two positions. The toadstool shaped lampshade is jointed so that it points downwards in either position. Every detail of the aesthetic right down to the cabling has been carefully considered.
Have you ever thought of how many band names or song titles have a color in them? Hello, Purple Rain and Pink Floyd! Dorothy laid it all out in a color wheel fashion detailing either colorful band names or song titles and the color that matches them.