Archive for October, 2005
Brothers Jon and Kevin Racek work hand in hand to create beautiful and smartly sculpted forms like this marvelous chair made from pressed plywood. Their company, Stew Design Workshop, does everything from furniture design to architecture to graphic design, using ‘technology to achieve form in the spirit of Charles and Ray Eames.’ This Strata chair was created with forty-eight seperate rings of pressed plywood.
Danish designer Line Depping says the difference between this pink and red sofa and other new sofa designs ‘lies in the ornamental detailing. Nowadays, there is a focus on the general shape of a design.’ Depping says it’s ‘essential not to neglect the importance of ornament.’ The design—covered in wool and featuring walnut armrests—is a bit cuckoo, but we quite like the interesting take on the lounge chair.
These Bambu Lacquerware bowls are exactly what Marie’s modern eco-conscious kitchen desires. Blending the clean aesthetic of a modern design with traditional bamboo craftsmanship, this line by Bambu is elegant and innovative in every respect. The natural lacquer creates a durable waterproof finish suitable for both hot soups and cold foods. Additionally, their natural utensils and cutting boards are gorgeous, eco-conscious, and utilitarian as well. We’re in full support of the use of bamboo—it’s a versatile, truly remarkable renewable resource.
British artist and ceramist Sophie Cook has produced a beautiful line of porcelain bottles and pods—very delicate and quite exquisite. She graduated from Camberwell School of Arts in ’97, and, not long after graduating, her work was placed in permanent collections of places like the Geffrye Musuem in London. The hand-blown porcelain pieces aren’t functional as vases due to the narrow necks, but Sophie suggests arranging them ‘as a still life and just enjoy them as they are.’ Each piece is unique and can be ordered off her website.
Cold towels are a drag, especially on a winter evening when you’re fresh out of a hot bath. United Kingdom-based MHS has created the most functional and stylish answer to the cold-towel epidemic sweeping millions of households worldwide: The Hot Box. It’s an intelligent radiator system that not only heats the room, but also dries and warms towels that are placed inside its polished stainless steel housing. The best part, aside from how warm and cozy they’ll make your bathroom, is that the pieces are modular—which means you can get creative on the spacing and placement of as many Hot Boxes as your wall can handle.
Skram is a design company based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with a beautiful furniture and home accessories line. This Vidalia Vase is available in Santos Rosewood or European Beech veneer. Flowers and plants sit inside a brushed aluminum tube (the bottom is sealed with a cork). The tube can be slid up and down to adjust the height of the arrangement.
Anna Sykora is a Berlin-based artist in the field of ceramics and porcelain. We met her at Maison et Object in Paris and really admired her beautiful work. She makes her vessels out of fine French porcelain from Limoges. They are still in a very fragile state when she covers them with a Terra Sigillata and decorates them.
‘Terra Sigillata’ is a ceramic surface that was known in antiquity but is very rare today, in which vessels are covered with a thin layer of an extremely fine clay before they are fired. Sykora makes this material herself in an elaborate procedure.
Marco Morosini’s exhibition ‘Dog is a God’ at this year’s Salone del Mobile may have been his first venture in the furniture industry, but by no means is it his only project. As a photographer, graphic designer, and artist, Morosini has shown his work all over the world, including a solo art show entitled ‘UominiUomini,’ which opened at Lino Dainese’s Mulino Art Space in Vicenza in 2002 and travelled to the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2003.
Morosini recently took part in the red bull project “5 for Bulls” accompanying Italy’s Formula 1 Grand Prix.
It’s no mystery by now that we’re big Moooi and Marcel Wanders fans. He designed this Foam Bowl out of porcelain a good 8 years ago and we still love it. This piece was part of an experimental project for a Dutch design foundation, Droog Design. The bowl is created by dipping a sponge into fluid porcelain clay. After drying, the pieces are fired in an oven and the sponge burns away leaving porcelain in its place– that means each piece is unique and made without any mold!
Tobias Grau‘s “Mary” is a table and floor lamp featuring a mouth-blown white crystal glass shade supported by a shiny polished aluminum base. It has been designed to be a reading lamp to be placed next to your sofa. The integrated dimmer is activated by turning a wenge wood rod, and the power feed is made of colored wire in covered in orange or brown cloth. Do you remember the cloth covered wires at your grandmother’s home? We predict that we’ll see a lot of these wires in the near future.