At 40 cm x 40 cm these softly washed fabric foot stools are the perfect studio or office accessory. Even if I didn’t have the exact same toenail polish on right now that she has in these pictures, I would still say I love Mela’s sensibility. She plays with geometry to create unexpected elegantly playful solutions. Last year she showed her “Soft Symphony” collection in Milan – triangles of fabric that you button any which way to make a patterned pillow or quilt or seating arrangement. We need more furniture and home accessory designers with this sense of play here in the U.S.. Let’s see what ICFF brings.
price : 160 £
See more of her textiles, illustration and styling at www.melab.co.uk0 Comments
The new Donna Wilson “Bertha” chair which debuted at Maison Objet last week from SCP. You can see a lot of Donna Wilson’s work at Future Perfect in the Noho store (NYC).
The maker of the drink-klip, a metal clip that attaches to a surface to hold a drink which I first discovered when I met her at LDF 09, debuted a new series of wallpaper, a commanding (if not entirely comfortable looking ) chair and tableware made from Hanji (traditional Korean handmade paper) at Maison Objet this past week as well. Her name is Been Kim and she was selected as a Next Generation Design Leader of the year by the Korea Industrial Design Promotion in 2006 and in 2009. The collection is called Meeet.
And according to Maison Objet, one of the biggest best design shows on the calendar, and definitively Parisian for better or worse, this is the season of the Sweet Freak. Out with the serious and stressed vibe of the past, in with the nutso crazy. (When did the nutso crazy ever leave France?)
In other news, Moss, that old institution of design retail in New York, is closing. It may be the end of an era in design in New York but hopefully it’s a chance to usher in something new – a city where design environments with a sense of whimsy and warmth can thrive. Moss was a bit too musn’t-touch-it for the immersive hybrid retail of the future.
& let me leave you with Clouds rug by Elise Fouin of Chevelier Edition
Chevalier Edition (Paris)
Designers Block (London)
Future Perfect (New York)
Using discarded oil drums from around the world, Rafinesse & Tristesse (designers Karim Egger and Petra Schultz) make these lively household design items that have just the right dose of whimsy. We first discovered them when we arrived in Barcelona and attended a fair dedicated to recycling called Drap Art. It was the one item we wanted to buy for our new apartment but never got around to it. Now if they’d only come stateside, we’d snatch up a few stools! They’ve recently written to us showing new items that we’d like to share with you. All of their designs are made in Switzerland and Germany engaging two social projects for manufacturing making the ‘goodness’ of their company full circle. One of these social projects is Triva which works with addicts in Bern and USE which is a working station for handicapped persons in Berlin.
Here are their new products:
and my personal favorite:
And here they are:
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Design duo Marisol Gonzalez and Esther Lopez have created a clean, simple yet powerful collection of indoor / outdoor furniture for their debut. Using reclaimed wood and metal scaffolding they’ve relied on simple lines and arresting forms that would integrate seamlessly into a workspace or living space where an cluttered space equals an uncluttered mind.
The first collection is called Andamios which means scaffolding in Spanish. The second collection made only of wood is called, you guessed it, “Wood”. (They use the English word in this case.)
Esther, the daughter of a cabinetmaker, and Marisol, a graphic designer who worked at an agency in Madrid before coming back to Barcelona, were restless and ready to start their own company once their children were old enough.
They count Berlin, Rio, minimalism, combining materials, re-use over recycling — as among their inspirations.
I met them at their opening party in a pop up shop tucked in the back of the Antonio Miro store on Rambla de Catalunya.0 Comments
Karin Frankenstein’s cow dung lamp
Ivanka Beton’s Hübler Applied Literature project inserting out of print, outdated political books a project in conjunction with Hungarian concrete artist and designer János Hübler is part of the Hidden Heroes 2010 exhibit at Salone del Mobile 2010 (www.hublerjanos.com). Reminds me of a grown up version of the fairytale like work of recent grad Holly Palmer shown at LDF last year and featured on this site.
Sarah Turner hits the big time with her debut at Salone Del Mobile. Her decorative lighting made from used plastic beverage bottles feel more elegant than most recycled design items I come across. They don’t have a trace of rough edge or a gritty statement sensibility which feels like a nice change of pace.
I especially like this – Sarah visits schools and teaches kids. Most creative people find ways to provide additional services using their creativity, which is great and as it should be, but this is the absolute best way. I wonder what percentage of total emotional reward comes from days like these for the young designer? Is it the press and accolades that makes her most satisfied or traveling home after a morning teaching kids to make a lampshade?
Love these ‘bow bins’ by Cordula Kehrer
Eva Marguerre makes baskets of elastic yarn in her MOA Basket Series
Joanna Grawunder‘s mirror for Glass Italia – colored glass and a reflecting glass (a mirror). Simple but very bright and very inventive. A piece that makes you wonder why it didn’t already exist. I think it would look great in a white room with black accent pieces and no other color, acting as the focal point.”]
Jessica Carnevale‘s (RISD 2004) Stretch Chairs debut at Salone del Mobile this year.
Wonderful photo taken at the Salone del Mobile going on now in Milan, from the “Kris’s Color Stripes” blog by Kristina Klarin. She has one of the best blogs I’ve ever seen for color inspiration. The photographs are as good as the palettes. She’s a designer with one hell of an eye and sensitivity.”0 Comments
Review of 100% Design London and Designersblock
Recent design school grad Freya Godwin-Brown clutches one of her resin and fabric sculptures after we chatted for thirty minutes about everything from her upcoming move to Australia to the skies of Shanghai which inspired this body of work.
Eleanor Young, textile designer, shows an exciting juxtaposition with her dainty vintage furniture pieces that she’s upholstered with her bold asymmetric geometric patterns, creating something entirely feminine out of shapes ordinarily associated with masculinity or 80s pop ‘topshop’ style youth wear. What she’s created here feels fresh and sophisticated at the same time. She also tries out digital printing for the first time as seen on the pillow on top of the small bench which worked really well with the embroidery. The way she matched her dress to her collection was also a nice touch.
Camilla Meijer is not a recent grad. I didn’t even get a chance to stop and talk to her – but I love her patterns (see Abigail Borg, a rising star as well).
Eadadin Dempsey sits in her final project after she talked excitedly about her first show. Simple construction, nothing extraneous, inspired by thatched roofs in her native Ireland. She’s a graduate from Dublin Institute of Technology.
Aimee Louise Hartshorn who came from Dublin with Eadadin sits on her twelve-legged rocking stool.
Yura Kim from South Korea made these resin light fixtures by hand but don’t ask her how she did it because she won’t tell you. She said, “sorry, I took a long time to figure out how to do it.” Fair enough and she’s done a beautiful job. They are even more impressive in person. The one behind her in pink looks like a fragile shell or a birds nest.
These three women make up Rooms Design, an interior and product design company from Georgia (the country, not the state). Quite an interesting trio. The woman in the middle is the business side and the two women on the ends are the designers. They also worked in collaboration with a fashion designer who dressed chairs in military uniforms. This collection was a inspired by the recent Russian invasion and communist occupation of Georgia during the cold war. The fear is that ‘things will become drab again if freedom is threatened;. The lamp in metal represents the Soviet Union and the wooden lamp is modeled after an American 50s desk lamp, a bold expression of designs potential to communicate political sentiments, something you might not expect from a commodity.
Holly Palmer creates whimsical furniture that doesn’t overpower. I want that table and the teacup behind her. More Alice in Wonderland charming than boutique hotel showy, these struck me as great for small spaces.4 Comments
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