Archive for February, 2008
A few weeks ago we’ve been visiting Stockholm Furniture Fair in Älvsjö, Stockholm. In collaboration with the Stockholm Furniture Fair Designboost was staging an event themed around the concept of Sustainable Design. Designboost’s mission is to create a platform where people can meet to discuss and challenge the meaning of design through workshops, talks, exhibitions and other media. The Stockholm Furniture Fair also invited designer Stephen Burks and his studio Readymade Projects to develop a craft based installation to present the work of his recent workshops around the world and his on-going collaboration in the developing world as a consultant to Aid To Artisans. Stephen envisions this installation as a kind of ‘township’ styled elongated wagon fabricated in wood and various recycled materials with shelving/surfaces to display the craft objects he’s designed throughout his travels.
As we’ve mentioned before, Galya Rosenfeld’s handmade goodies run the gamut from the wearable (such as scarves) to home items like this $598 Modular Pillow, created from reclaimed ultrasuede scraps. One side has wine-colored modules interrupted by a single gray module; the other side is the reverse with gray modules and a single wine-colored piece. We call it a guilt-free splurge.
During Stockholm Furniture Fair this new energy task lamp with modern LED technique from Ateljé Lyktan was shown for the first time. The unique magnet foot along with the technique and the design makes Tesla one of the most fascinating and bold innovations within the lighting area. The newly developed LED technique provides a comfortable warm white light as well as an impressive lifespan.
Calling all design aficionados: Applications for the DMY design festival, set to take place May 21 through 25, are being accepted until February 27 (DMY Youngsters, Allstars and Klublabor applications will be approved by an international jury that will make its announcement in early March). The festival, hosted in Berlin, is devoted to internationally active designers, as well as budding newcomers. Countries that have already signed up include Barcelona, Brussels, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Milan, Seoul, Shanghai, Taiwan, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Vienna. We look forward to the usual innovative design projects, many of which enter the realm of unabashed experimentation.
Calling all tree huggers: Designer Hiroko Kurihara makes eco-friendly pillows, throws, scarves and other accessories from 100% knit, boiled wool (the scarves originated as scraps from the blankets). She lovingly and laboriously creates the stunning collection from her Oakland-based studio.
Finnish company Lovi designs ”Put-it-together products” made of birch plywood. A postcard-like package includes everything you need: pre-cut pieces and a string with instructions. Gorgeous designs! Made in Finland. Patent pending.
Design: Anne Paso
San Francisco’s Lotus Bleu boutique has been shaped by its owner’s love of travel and her design experience. During the past 15 years, she has traveled extensively throughout France and Southeast Asia where she sources a lot of the art, textiles, and home décor sold in the store. We love to peruse her unique finds, and we especially love the colorful assortment of pillows, like these linen floral-print cushions available in two multicolored combinations. They’re the sort of beauties that make us want to make the bed. Fancy that.
The bite-like opening of the ‘Elbin’ anodised aluminium outdoor litter bin resembles a hungry mouth to feed, making it easy to place rubbish directly inside. ‘Elbin’ is almost as easy to empty; as the door unlocks and pivots open, the metal ring holding the rubbish bag slides outward so that it can pull free in one easy movement. ‘Elbin’ can be wall-mounted or installed to a base, and ordered in three different sizes with a range of base options to choose from.White Design; Olle Andersson, Andreas Sture
If your house faces the street and you don’t like the idea of net curtains, Brume gives you privacy and security in a stylish and contemporary way. Check out their plastic film for an easy cover up of your windows. Perfect to cover up your window!