Archive for March, 2007
What we love about Kyouei’s versatile balloon lamp is that it’s versatile. One moment, it’ll be taking you back to your childhood nursery and trips to the circus—the next, it’ll have you ruminating on the structure of molecules. This incandescent constellation of polypropylene and rubber spheres derives its shine from LED lamps, making for an almost magical (and energy-saving) luster.
Nama Rococo’s tongue-in-cheek Random Geometry wallpaper pairs Byzantine mathematical contrivances with the kind of contemporary sensibility the studio has based much of its success on. Made on handmade acid-free paper, Random Geometry will appeal to designers of all stripes—considering it was inspired by drawings of floor and urban plans.
Roberto Lazzeroni’s Shell chair is the perfect retro-futuristic pod in which to plant yourself and playfully contemplate cosmic domination. The chair’s petite steel frame is swathed in gorgeous Italian saddle leather in a variety of scrumptious colorways, like marmalade. But of course, this is one piece you really can’t have too many of, so feel free to mix it up. Available from ddc.
Abet Laminati’s posh new showroom is more luminous gallery than demonstration lab, but it’s also the largest supplier of plastic laminates in North America, so function isn’t entirely surrendered to aesthetics. Abet’s exciting new product, Diafos, utilizes translucent laminate as a light source, adding both warmth and uniqueness to any environment. The eyecatching piece is made from thermoset resin, which adds an almost organic voluptuousness to it.
Simple geometry never looked so good. Japanese designer Yuiko Kobayashi got his inspiration for this gorgeous exercise in minimalist incandescence from the repetitive patterns that fractals make. These aluminum wall lights are festooned with an array of concentric rings, each of which has a teeny light source at its center—easily beating out your run-of-the-mill sconces. The lights come in rectangular strips of different sizes and are available in white, black, natural, or sandblasted aluminum. Available from Nulux.
Originally produced by Kill International Germany, Preben Fabricius and Jorgen Kastholm’s Grasshopper chair is cushiony originality at its most versatile. A luxurious chaise longue with leather cushions and neck support, and a steel chrome-plated frame, the Grasshopper’s arthropodic appearance is emblematic of the designers’ genius for mimicking natural forms. From Lange Production.
You know we prefer basic to ostentatious, and Gump’s lacquered cube table is a fundament when it comes to perfection. Creamy hand-poured lacquer creates a scratch-resistant surface, while graphic inlaid blocks of taupe, orange, and brown make the tabletop visually arresting.
Simplicity is the key to Kundalini’s harmonic floral orb, Atomium. The lamp’s diffuser, a daisy-shaped beauty placed atop a steel spring, is made up of rotation-molded polyethylene shields holding 40-watt bulbs. And the mildly psychedelic undertones make for an elegant counterpoint to the lava lamp.
Marc Berthier’s whimsical Tykho fan makes staying cool for upcoming warmer months wicked fun. Available in aluminum and equipped with candy-pink or turquoise blades, the fan sports a certain kitsch and quaintness that makes it a standout at Paris’ Pompidou (where it happens to be in the permanent collection).
Oliver Pensec’s Kokoon hammock may well be the reason furniture was invented. Aside from summoning images of tropical island leisure, you can also add curtains for extra privacy. It’s perfect for lounging in by an open fireplace or, if whether permits, planting on your patio for some al fresco nature-loving. From Royal Botania.