New York-based artist and designer, Joe Doucet, collaborated with Odabashian, one of the oldest handmade rug companies in the Americas, to create the limited edition ALIGN. The Tibetan-knotted rug was created just for the recently held WantedDesign 2013 and was on display there.
Most knotted rugs of this caliber are made around 2mm x 2mm grids and Doucet used this to work off of when he came up with his geometric design. The rug is woven in India and the design measures 5′ x 8′ and contains over one million, Tibetan single knots. Only 10 are available at this size but other sizes can be made custom.
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!
The August Smart Lock is a new lock and access system, designed by Yves Behar’s fuseproject in partnership with Jason Johnson, that will change the way you, your house guests, and visitors enter your house. Gone are the annoying house keys that you have to fumble for when your hands are full or the key you have to give to your house cleaners – they’re replaced with a virtual key that you can send to people you want to give access to, all via your phone.
See the lock in action:
August Smart Lock works with your existing deadbolts and the brilliant thing about it is that your virtual key can never be copied. You can grant certain people access for specific periods of time and then disable it when you want to. Being the homeowner, the device recognizes you when you get to the door and automatically unlocks it for you without you even having to pull your phone out of your pocket.
Using a Bluetooth LE connection with your smartphone to lock and unlock the door, August is installed right over the deadbolt. It works even if the power is off or your WiFi is down.
During World War II, this site was used as an airbase for the USAF 381st Bombardment Group and Devon, UK-based Timber Design transformed it into a traditional timber frame farmhouse. The unique home still manages to blend well with the surrounding landscape, like it’s been there for decades.
The design is made up of two linear buildings that are connected by two walkways that all surround an interior courtyard. One of the buildings contains the private spaces for the family, which includes the bedrooms and bathrooms. The other building houses the public spaces with a living room, kitchen and dining room, and utility spaces. A separate office is there for the day to day running of the working farm.
By designing a new house, it allowed the family to use modern materials and efficient and sustainable measures during the building process. Dynamic thermal modeling was used to help predict how the house would perform over time and helped with the design of it. They were able to add roof overhangs, work with glazing orientation, and floor construction to help optimize the thermal comfort and performance of the home as a result. The house is actually carbon positive with these efforts and the addition of solar panels.
The tower allows for 360-degree panoramic views of the farmland that surrounds the residence.
Even though it falls into the way a traditional timber frame house is built, they used a structural system with steel detailing. You can see the steel tension rods throughout the home and even though they’re there for the structure, they also add an industrial element to an otherwise rustically modern design.
Negative Space is an exhibition where designers explore the idea of negative space from new and interesting perspectives. Ten designers from Konstfack, the largest university of arts, crafts, and design in Sweden, took on the challenge and present a series of their own interpretations where they examine the relationship between objects and their surrounding space.
Questions they ask: – What is a negative space? – Can it be framed by something other than matter? – Can a negative space be made tangible?
Berg, by Arash Eskafi, lets you build your own mountain of clothes thereby changing the negative space based on how you layer them.
Berg by Arash Eskafi
Covered, by Amyel Oliveros, is a series of glass and cork objects that create negative space depending on cuts, holes, slits, and indents that are added to them.
Covered by Amyel Oliveros
Spin, a collapsible stool by Daphne Zuilhof, morphs from a simple compact shape into an open and complex stool.
Spin by Daphne Zuilhof
Spin by Daphne Zuilhof
Mitosis are a set of side tables by Gemma Lord that represent the process in which negative space is filled, i.e. mitosis, where living cells divide and split into two new cells.
Mitosis by Gemma Lord
Light Habitat, designed by Maja Frögård and Sofia Josephson, is a tent-like light that essentially frames a new space where layers and air are captured within the transparent construction.
Light Habitat by Maja Frögård and Sofia Josephson
Rise and Shine are a series of lights by Kajsa Jacobson that shows negative space and how it can affect light and the usage of the light based on the function of the lamp. You press the shade down to turn the light off which reduces the negative space.
Rise and Shine by Kajsa Jacobson
Rise and Shine by Kajsa Jacobson
Beams is a family of lights by Sofia Lazzeri where the captured light itself casts a glow and becomes matter, giving the illusion of filling up the volume of glass.
Beams by Sofia Lazzeri
Noir, by Iina Vuorivirta, are a set of polished brass surfaced mirrors that are there to help us pay attention to forgotten spaces or ones taken for granted.
Skin and Bone, by Yu-Ching Chiang, takes a look at the dark, dirty corners we all have in our home. No need to bring the dust pan with you when you sweep – simply leave the triangular-shaped Skin and Bone dust pan in the corner and sweep the dust to where it awaits.
Skin and Bone by Yu-Ching Chiang
You might remember when we covered the Synapse Cabinet by Alexandra Denton a while back and it’s part of this exhibition. The sculptural storage cabinets, inspired by the brain, are meant to hold memories in the suspended cubes.
Segment Table is a minimalist design created by San Francisco-based design firm Box Clever. The conception of their name came from the term “boxing clever,” a reference to how the best boxers win not only with their brawn, but with their wits as well. As designers they take a similar approach: to identify opportunities, learn from and respond to any challenges that arise, and execute flawlessly.
Segment Table comes pre-designed with channels built into the surface in order to accommodate wiring and functional accessories. The table’s surface, which is constructed of multiple parts, was inspired by the ever-shifting tectonic plates sitting underneath San Francisco. These four separate slabs come together to form the basic structure of the table.
Narrow openings are left between these slabs in order to create a unique system for a set of three accessories designed alongside the table. The accessories include a copper dish, a brass bowl, and an aluminium tray. Each of these objects can transform from lifestyle sculptures to utilitarian accessories. For example, the copper plate can be used as a pivoting platform for a computer monitor, while the aluminum tray can serve as a dock for the phone or tablet.
Diamonds is a series of hanging pendants designed by Sylvie Meuffels for JSPR that cross industrial with a bit of classy elegance. Much like the stones they’re named after, these eye-catching lights will shine from the ceiling they hang from.
There are three geometric, diamond-shaped variations to choose from and the metal cage frames are made from powder-coated steel in either black or gold.
The refurbished, industrial Kempart Loft gets a drastic makeover by Dethier Architectures, complete with a modular aluminum pod that not only breaks the space up, it becomes the focal point and central hub of the loft.
Daniel Dethier, the architect, found willing clients who let him push the boundaries in this abandoned bakery in Liège, Belgium to give them the function and layout they needed, while at the same time bringing in one unique design.
They first opened the space up to give it the loft-like feel the clients asked for. Then it was time for the pièce de résistance, the pod that houses the two bathrooms, a toilet, storage areas, and the heating and ventilation systems.
Clearly inspired by Airstream campers, the aluminum clad unit runs down the central length of the loft and mainly separates the bedroom and the living room. It creates other zones as well.
It even hides the TV when not in use!
They commissioned artist Jean Glibert to choose the bathroom’s saturated colors, which can be spotted through the tiny windows. The colors definitely pop next to the mostly white and aluminum interior.
Don’t worry, the windows can be switched to opaque for privacy.
I’ve been bookmarking lots of great art as I’ve been browsing Society6 lately for our Design Milk Dairy picks. Here are a few of my favorites from late, not in any special order and certainly not any specific theme, unless “abstract orange and pink directional pugs” is a theme.
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