Raamtekens (or WindowSigns) are curtains or room dividers that come in cut-up loops that can be intertwined to the width and length of your choice. Because they are made from cast-off advertising canvases or mesh, no two Raamtekens are the same with all their different colors and patterns. The effect in the end is a mostly transparent curtain that obstructs visibility looking in, but still leaves open visibility looking out.
Inga Liksaite, a Lithuanian artist, works wonders with thread, fabric, and cardboard. She has even participated in videos for set designs of stage performances. In addition to her artworks, Inga has designed bags and – possibly my favorite – lamps that look like very tall spools of thread.
via the not-so-losery loserlife
Ineke Hans, a designer and artist in the Netherlands, recently designed a tree light sculpture for the entrance of CITO’s building, a leading testing and assessment company.
The tree stands 12 meters tall and acts as a symbol for growth and the acquisition of knowledge. It changes colors throughout the day, and night, and acts as the “heart” in the center of the building. I especially like how it works in perfectly with the reflection of the trees in the glass from across the street.
I love this collection of table accessories and lamps from d.lab, a workshop created by the Design Incubation Centre in Singapore for material exploration. The collection is titled the Objects Around the Tablescape and combines Corian, maple and balau wood as well as copper and Delrin in some of the pieces. Simple and beautiful.
Check out the rest here.
When it comes to design, Carlotta de Bevilacqua, along with the rest of her studio, apparently does it all: architecture; industrial; graphic; and lighting. Granted, it all stems back to the lighting, which, I might add, is quite spectacular: from the lamps and the illumination of interiors, to shops, exhibitions and beyond.
In an earlier post I had mentioned that some of Leo Villareal’s works had a Rothkoesque quality to them. Coming across Bevilacqua’s site, I discovered that she has designed a series of lamps for Artemide with a similar LED effect that are, in fact, titled Rothko and Rothko Terra! How amazing would it be to have one of these in your home?
But truly, everything on Milan-based Studio Carlotta de Bevilacqua’s site is quite beautiful. She has collaborated with Zaha Hadid on her installation Twirl for the Interni Mutant Architecture & Design exhibit (the three photos in the center) this past winter, as well as with architect Jean Nouvel on his proposed design for the New Qatar National Museum.
Bevilacqua has designed a bunch of Artemide and Euroluce showrooms, which are lovely, and several of which include the tracking of light embedded in the floor, walls and ceiling: a wonderful effect (see photos at the bottom).
Visit her site to see more lamps and projects.
Liviana Osti, a design student in Trento, Italy, has a humorous approach to product design. This paper airplane cheese grater is a perfect example. It caught my eye and made me smile, but what I enjoyed as much as the fun design was her lovely documentation of the project, from start to finish. I always enjoy the sketches or blueprints of designers or architects and, for example, that’s a big part of the appeal of Christo’s art for me, but you rarely get to see that aspect of a project. Liviana has a nicely designed, flippable pdf of each project and though I’ve placed a few elements in the images above, I highly recommend that you visit her site if you enjoy that sort of thing the way I do.
Another one of her table accessory designs is a double carafe in the shape of the two heart ventricles; one to be filled with red wine, the other with water. Not as cute, but still clever.
Clockwise and spiraling in from top left corner:
Panier Percé needlepoint bowls; Lampy Cocoons; Goldilocks embroidery hoop stools by Groupa; Embroidery portraits by Daniel Kornrumpf; Action Men toilet paper cover by Sally Spinx; Jonathan Adler needlepoint pillows; Laine Blanche tea set with embroidery printed porcelain; Matt knitted lamps by llot llov; Laura Theiss innovative knit collection, summer 2011; Knitted Baskets; Granny Chair by Wadebe: Rose Trivet by Anouk Jansen; Knitted Poufs; Crocheted Bicycles by Olek
We have secretly been following (and admiring) the work of cartonLAB for a while now. This ongoing workshop, run by the team at Moho Architects in collaboration with Ability Graphic Design, (both in Spain) has apparently grown into a permanent subdivision of Moho’s studio. Creating everything from exhibit displays for trade shows and stores, to furniture, kids’ play objects, club dj stands, lamps and more, all out of cardboard; these guys impress. Each design somehow seems to top the last, both in beauty and complexity. In addition, many of their displays and stands are designed with multiple configuration options.
From the Moho website:
Cardboard is a material that has always been linked to artistic creativity and craftsmanship. The new design possibilities (digital cut, large print, cad, 3d modeling, etc) along with the latest patents in the production of cardboard (reboard, cardboard reinforced, flame retardant coatings, water repellent, etc) makes this material in a fantastic alternative at the time of generating new exhibition spaces, media and all types of custom cheap, lightweight and recyclable furniture. Working with contemporaneously cardboard creation process allows almost no intermediaries between the designer and the final piece through traditional interfaces (previous models) or digital.
cartonLAB’s constructions typically pack flat for easy transport, are relatively simple to assemble and, as we know, cardboard is not only economical but recyclable. The result: great, green design that won’t break the bank.
The three of us, over the past 6 years, have individually come across (and loved) the Come a Little Bit Closer bench by Droog. Little did we know that eventually we would have one of our very own! Well, actually it’s Em’s, but being that it will be placed in our living room, it feels very all-in-the-family. And we have the wonderful Rence (aka Richard) to thank for this: future architect; expert craftsman; and amazing friend.
Rence made the bench (top photo) based on Droog’s design (second photo) using leftover steel from his architecture classes. Hard to tell them apart, no? Are you as impressed as we are? This heavy and long (8ft!) finished bench was transported down from Ithaca, then carried across town a few days later (with a quick refueling stop midway), where the 60lbs of marbles were finally added and the gliding began. If you’re not familiar with the original design, the three discs act as seats that roll smoothly over the marbles. It’s surprisingly comfortable and definitely lots of fun! Thanks again, Rence, for the generous and beautiful gift. I mean for Em, of course…
Now, if we could only find someone to take the piano off our hands to make room for the bench.
Here’s a quick video of the bench in action.
The other night I walked into my friends’ new apartment and hanging over the dining room table was this very unique and striking lamp which I had never seen before. I have to say that these product photos don’t really do it justice. Granted, it may not be for everyone, and it’s a little bright to look at straight on, but there’s something very simple and yet almost sculptural about it. The Iguazu Neon System is designed by the Iris Design Studio. The lamp incorporates an energy-saving fluorescent circline bulb which, being cold neon light, makes it easy to touch and reposition as necessary.
The bottom table is the Three Sixty Table designed by Studio Mauerer Hendrichs. Made with skateboard trucks and wheels to create a lazy-susan spinning mechanism.
The Folder Chair, designed by the Serbian architect Vladimir Paripovic, is made of thin steel panels and beech wood for the seat. It has a side pocket that can hold books or magazines, or anything else you’d like to put in there, and is perfect for small spaces due to its compact size. It’s actually more of a stool than a chair. Great way to brighten up a room!
The ceramicists/designers ladies of clay at Claydies came up with these humorous bicycle helmet concepts for a crafts exhibit at the Art Museum of Northern Jutland in Denmark. 18 Haute Couture bike helmets in all! Check out the rest at their site as well as their floating tea cups and their hairstyle inspired ceramic bowls. They certainly seem like a fun pair.