Stockholm-based designer Nick Ross’ project, A Mirror Darkly, takes a look back to the Stone Ages where historians believe that people used small ceramic bowls filled with water as tabletop mirrors.
Just because it wasn’t our present day, incredibly vain society doesn’t mean that people didn’t want to check out their reflection and they learned to make do with what they had – bowls and water. And while this theory can’t be proven, it does add a bit of mystique to the project – is it a new object or a reinvented old one?
The name of the mirror comes from the writings of Apostle Paul in Corinthians 13 in the phrase to see “through a glass darkly” (to have an obscure or imperfect vision of reality).
French architect Jean Nouvel entered into a unique collaboration with high-end Italian sneaker brand Ruco Line to launch a capsule collection of sneakers called “Pure.”
The shoe is true to its name, being both pure and simple with its minimalist design bringing the architect’s aesthetic into the fashion world for the first time. Scaling back and taking away any unnecessary adornment, only leaving the sleek form of the sneaker.
Each pair of shoes is stamped with a serial number (that will never be repeated) giving it somewhat of a graphic element.
The sneakers are made from fine leather and come in black and white versions, as well as bright fluorescent yellow and fuchsia.
Any design team named FridayProject sounds like a fun bunch. FridayProject is the Italian duo of Luca Boscardin and Valentina Raffaelli who are living and working out of Amsterdam. They have some tasty new products launched at SaloneSatellite.
What looks to be a simple bookshelf is actually food storage that gives food the proper amount of space. Instead of throwing everything into your refrigerator, this product allows you to store food with an educational purpose – it’s organized based on the food guide pyramid. Therefore, it gives more space to what we should eat more, and less to other products.
The structure is made on painted steel with a mosaic of materials that correspond to different functions: wooden drawers for bread, pasta and cereals, dark spaces for potatoes and onions, a terracotta box for fresh vegetables, shelves with spaces for eggs, aromatic herbs, spices, etc.
The open structure and the palette of materials, are a way to show and communicate what we have at home, suggesting combination and inspiring recipes. All the products are displayed with a specific sequence and logic, in order to understand immediately how much space we should give to cereals and vegetables instead of cookies and sweets.
It’s a way to bring in the house an educational system for our diet. It’s an instrument to show the food we have at home, and to push people to combine it in an healthy way.
This piece is part of a series of objects, named “graphic furnitures” that they launched during Milan Design Week.
The series also features a lamp named Flamingo. It’s a simple construction and, as the designers explain, “There’s nothing hidden in the construction, it brings to life the spontaneous and colorful intention of a child drawing.”
People is a a set of stools, tables and planters with a simple shape but they have specially-designed feet that look like they’re about to run away. So cute!
TV watching has gradually progressed to a full-time hobby for many but over the years the design of the television remains much the same. Sure, the models are no longer gigantic boxes but for the most part, the exterior looks the same – a black or grey, hard plastic viewing shrine we stare at for hours on end. Designer Robert Bronwasser of Smool began to think outside the box (pun intended) with his new concept Homedia, which turns your television into a piece of home decor.
With TV being such a central part in our lives, it’s most definitely a focal point in the room it sits in, so dressing it up should be a given, right?
The rectangular plastic device is no longer a sore thumb when it’s dressed up in colorful fabric and sitting on a set of legs, making it a pivotal piece in your home’s design and not just a necessity for your TV watching.
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B&B Italia’s 2013 home collection was recently revealed in Milan with pieces for just about every area of the home. Featuring key designers like Naoto Fukasawa and Patricia Urquiola who have worked with B&B before and new designers like atelier oï, it delivers consistency and reinforces that the big Italian brands aren’t going anywhere.
IOTA is a deck of regulation playing cards by Joe Doucet that dallies with the idea: how much you can take away while still maintaining a playable deck?
Simple geometric symbols are reductive versions of hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades. While it’s necessary to mark the back of regulation playing cards, Joe’s done so with a minimal diagonal line instead of the overly ornamental versions used at your granny’s bridge club. LOVE. So. Much.
Joe Doucet will be debuting IOTA among other projects during his Play exhibition at Wanted Design in New York, May 17-20, 2013.
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2013 saw the forth annual celebration of craftsmanship in the form of Wallpaper* Handmade, where designers, craftspeople and manufacturers are brought together and commissioned to create one-off pieces especially for the exhibition.
I loved these table lights, called ‘Bruno’ by Karim Rashid; part of the Love collection made by Verreum.
More lighting from Norwegian designer Oyvind Wyller and Magnor. In Darkness is handblown into a shape that means light is filtered through tinted glass and therefore doesn’t destroy the ambience by being too bright. The cord is neatly integrated into the hanging of the shade.
Shadow by Sebastian Bergne with Verreum is a series of mirrored glass, thermically insulated tableware. Bergne says: “The idea was to use a double glass wall, which looks silvered on the inside, like a 3D mirror. We’ve made it more contemporary by effectively attaching the pieces to their own shadow, which makes them look quite unstable.”
Next up was the very organic, barely contained Hogalid sofa designed by Karl-Johan Hjerling and Karin Wallenbeck and made by English furniture maker George Smith. The Swedish designers wanted to represent the craft and heritage of English furniture making, but give it a contemporary twist.
Innovative clothes horses seemed to have been a bit of a trend in Milan this year – this one was designed by Jonah Takagi for Another Country and painted in their signature Pigeon Blue.
My absolute favorite piece from the exhibition was this stone tableware set from Bethan Gray inspired by the striking black and white stone configurations found in historic buildings such as the Amalfi Cathedral and the San Giovanni Battista in Mogno, Switzerland. It’s quite a departure from her current work, so it was really exciting as an example of what can happen when designers are set a brief like this one. The range was made by Lapicida.
This marble installation by Michael Anastassiades and Henraux was inspired by those red cellophane fortune-telling fish you get in Christmas crackers, pushing the technological limits of what’s possible with marble to the limit.
Another favorite was the Mille-Feuille storage units designed by Tokyo-based French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux and made by Schonbuch, “imagined as thin layers of colored sheets scattered in the air, then settling randomly on top of each other”.
Canadian designer Philippe Malouin has been experimenting with architectural materials for some time and worked with Will Yates to create this range of concrete Tupperware-moulded containers. Inspired by London’s brutalist architecture, they have been sandblasted to reveal the aggregate rough finish.
Klaar Prims essentially draws in glass, creating coloured strings that she weaves and melts together before forming the whole thing over a mold, in this case into a simple bowl as seemingly delicate as spun sugar.
Mathias Kiss drew and painted the marble patterns onto this seat using an old oil technique he learned as an apprentice at the French Guild of Craftsmen and Artisans that dates back to the Middle Ages, Compagnons. The piece was made by Pierre Frey.
I’ve picked some pretty patterned pillows for this week’s The Design Milk Dairy roundup. It’s Spring, so many of you might be Spring cleaning, or perhaps you’re changing out some of the Winter decor in favor of something with more color or pizazz (yes, I said pizazz). Well, here you go:
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