Archive for September, 2006
After seeing Laurie’s work at the talents show in London, we are certain that there’s a trend coming at us that involves light switches and light switch covers. Tom Stables has created a series of extremely useful face plates, Phoebe Helmbold some very decorative ones and Laurie has presented some very gorgeous additions to the standard faceplate… Now if we were a manufacturer, we’d start talking to the 3 wonderfully talented designers very soon – but we are not – so we just enjoy seeing their work and keeping our fingers crossed that it will soon see the light of day.
Anne Wolf and Hedwig Rotter caught our eye in Frankfurt already, but we had more time in London to take a closer look at their work. The majority of their work focusses on accessories, tableware and lighting with functional simplicity, yet oftentimes with a good dash of humor injected. This was a cute vase we liked because it is representational of their thinking. Usually it is made out of rubber, filled with hot water and used in bed… Not in this case, here it is made out of porcelain and has a whole new use. If you want to see more of their work, have a look here.
We didn’t see much beautiful ceramics work this year in London, but the few pieces we liked were really amazing. Amongst them was Charlie Atkin who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2006 with a Masters in Ceramic Design and has worked for Royale Stratford and the Victoria & Albert Museum before starting her own studio creating pretty stylish home accessories. We really liked the effect that this set had, combining fairly rigid lines with rich colors and unique floral applications. Very nice…
Here’s something that caused a big grin on our face. The good guys at Wells Design rethought the traditional height gauge by replacing the measurements with equivalent names of more or less famous people… See it for yourself here.
This was shown in the talents corner adjacent to 100% East, and what a marvelous piece it was! Designed by Jacqueline Scholes whose intent it was to create something both elegant and functional she blends natural forms and everyday structures into beautiful contrasting pieces, focussing on the interaction between the user and the tableware. We are looking forward to seeing more from her in the future!
What at first glance might look like a futuristic piece of furniture turns out to be a futuristic humidor. We loved the finish that reminded us more of a Continental GT than a standard humidor, with a pressure sensitive closing mechanism, beautiful calfskin leather, stainless steel insets, aluminum detailing and a beautiful cedar wood body. But that’s what design group Willl is all about…
We wrote about this wonderful idea in April already for the Saloni in Milan, and this time we saw a much smarter and further developed version of the ‘Ray’ lamp. Completely chrome in its off position it turns translucent when turned on. And that turns us on! You can see more of the great work Element keeps churning out here.
Here’s the first post of a long list of amazing things we found in London alongside 100% Design and the London Design Festival. Emiko Oki presented her wonderful Trophy Tableware at 100% East and we simply loved the idea of turning what looks like a porcelain trophy – a rather useless, sports related and definitely masculine object – into something feminine, fragile and functional. When taken apart it reveals seven different items that make their way onto your dinner table.
Blik is a clever line of surface graphics created for fickle peeps (um, did we just say “peeps”?). Use them to distinguish guests’ wine glasses at your next soiree or as self-adhesive (and easy-to-remove) wall, mirror or ceiling decals. That’s right: Grown-ups love stickers, too (when they’re super chic, that is).
After four successful years, Rose and Radish is shaking things up. The SF atelier has been transformed into a gallery of modern design objects that reflect the owner’s discerning tastes. This 9-candle holder by Royal Tichelaar is a fine biscuit piece that’s sure to be the talk of your dinner table. A ribbon pattern appears on the bottom tier, skulls make up the second, and flags top it off.