Archive for July, 2006
Circus animals, balloons, and plush toys are all part of Thelermont Hupton’s nostalgic yet glamorous Blown Ups, a series of glass-worked shapes (frosted or clear) that hearken back to childhood obsessions. A delicate stainless steel stem, much like the tail of a pinwheel, turns the glowing caravan into a fleet of floor lamps or pendant fixtures.
Project Import Export is known for its anarchic explosion of hand-crafted designs that imitate nature in all her multi-faceted arrangements and textures. The Tonecoon Daybed is much more than a hippie’s idea of indulgence, though—it’s a sybarite’s sculpted paradise. A curvaceous rattan frame covered by lacquered, woven water hyacinth will make you feel close to nature, indeed—while the spoony, enclosed hammock feel of the bed will make you never want to get up.
Designer Nani Marquina is at the top of our list for her quirky yet always beautiful designs, inspired by the most inspired of sensations—such as the feeling of crushed petals on your skin or the sensation of flying. Marquina’s Flying Carpet is made of 100% New Zealand wool; lift a corner of the rug with a few felt wedges, and you’ll have a three-dimensional lounging area that’ll have all your guests on the floor.
Car designers has known it for a long time. Small wooden panels give all the interior of the car an obvious look of class, style and exclusivity. Now the Danes have realized the effect too, as wood is gaining a footing in Danish furnishing in a pace that beats all records. Skagerak Denmark makes furniture and gift articles out of teak, nyatoh and oak. Check out their latest collection and order their new gift article catalogue made by SkagerakDenmark in co-operation with the famous graphic designer Preben Johansen and photographer Søren Larsen.
For most hedonists, beauty is hardly a form of function. Not so for the folks at Non-Useless Furniture Studio, who base their designs on simple needs and gestures. Each piece, from the cheekily titled “To place the glasses (or empty the pockets)” or “To hide secrets” was made with a very specific function in mind. Moreover, each of the designs is made in small quantities, ensuring the uniqueness of all the pieces. Sorting your mundane tchotchkes was never so addicting.
Anna Danielsson’s gorgeous looms of heavyweight cotton capture the simplicity of a summer day at the beach, not to mention the nostalgia associated with catching the perfect wave. A menagerie of lines and swoops combed with shades of deep blue and white make the fabric as beautiful as it’s quirky. Available from Marimekko.
So you’re into nature but detest the ravages of the environment? You can always admire the view from afar in Ferchland’s Oak Leaf swiveling lounge chair, which will cup your bottom better than a plot of grass as you rest your feet on its plush, acorn-shaped ottoman. Both chair and ottoman are planted firmly on satiny steel bases, and you can select upholstery in leather, wool, or wool-viscose from over 50 shades.
On Marie’s recent travels through the Silk Road, she picked up this gorgeous lamp, which immediately inspired images of magic carpets and illustrious Persian brocades. Kalamkaar’s Naqsh lamp is a show-stopper; its intricate, hand-painted shade (made entirely from fiberglass) sits delicately yet authoritatively above a base of wood and gold, quite like a Mogul emperor.
Linum has a large selection of textiles and soft furnishings for your home and with many possibilities for combination. You will find textiles for the kitchen and the table as well as textiles for living room and your bedroom where duvet covers, bedspreads, cushions, throws and rugs are a main feature. Linum recently launched a new collection with influences from Japanese traditions. Muted colours of pastels together with brown and white creates a beautiful and complete story.
Wallconcept design and manufacture modern and stylish templates for decorating both home and office.The company has a revolutionary idea with a unique and easy-to-use applicable technique. The templates can successfully be used even by the most inexperienced to do a professional work! Kostas Karatanasis, founder of Wallconcept, says: It started as an experiment, something to decorate a wall, but became a success among friends. The developing and the demand grew and, together with Valentin Mellström (Creative Director) and some design groups, the idea to create stylish motifs and offer them to consumers as a do-it-yourself-product was born. Research and hard work has resulted in a high quality product that is easy to use.The motifs, inspired by street art, fashion, magazines and film, lightens up the walls and creates something new in every home!