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Author Archives: Jeremy Petrus
Talk about old school meeting the new school; Berlin based designer Axel Pfaender came up with a contemporary and minimalistic mp3 player that will probably please the neo-breakers of our time.
The Berlin Boombox is made from heavy corrugated cardboard, features a strong carrying handle and a single big knob for power and volume.
A small head, slim rib cage, long slender legs, pivoting hips, shoulder blades not attached at the collar bone, pads of feet hard like a tire, claws like cleats, tail that acts like a rudder ... the cheetah was born for acceleration.
There are ways to make dinner with your kids less of a challenge. This might even make them want to eat all the time. Good-bye good manners, hello flying plates !
A clever way to use printed frames for transitions.
Since 2005, Azevedo has been setting up her Melting Men in various countries around the world. The installation, Melting Men, was meant to spotlight the World Wildlife Fund's warning that melting ice could possibly cause levels to rise more than 3.3 ft by 2100.
Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo carved the figures out of ice and placed them on steps in the central Gendarmenmarkt square where they began to melt within about half an hour.
Loving this collection of products that reshapes the urban landscape, using existing products. More here : www.thorterkulve.nl
Getting ready for the furniture fair in Milan, I remembered this incredible group of designers from Taiwan who blew my mind with raw creativity and a very inventive use of materials. This is on example. They will be part of the show once more, with Nendo as their new stallion. More here : han-gallery.com
"By combining industrial techniques and hand craftsmanship, organic forms are sculpted from actual blocks of brick and cement. The crude materials are transformed into refined, elegant centerpieces. The historic brick laying technique and modern sculpting processes create a visually intriguing system of unpredictable patterns."
"RAW is a product family based on rough and intuitive interpretations of iconic everyday objects. Every piece is unique because they are all made of a piece of wood carved by hand with a band saw machine."
Jens fager is a young designer from Sweden with a head start in the race for fame and recognition in the design art world. Loving the uniqueness of his products.
Designed in 1967, Snoopy is not his most famous lamp, but i always loved its humorous but classic shape. The Italian marble (Michelangelo's favorite) from Carrara has been used in Italy since Roman times.
An interactive media installation created in collaboration with Mike Allison. A stretched sheet of spandex acts as a membrane interface sensitive to depth that people can push into and create fire-like visuals and expressively play music.
More information available at: aaron-sherwood.com/works/firewall
It evidently reminds us of Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate but Port Vieux Pavilion's giant mirror will probably get a lot of attention. Made of polished stainless steel, this canopy was designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners.
Designed by Le Corbusier for the High Court of Chandigarh in 1954, this product remained unreleased until 2012, when it was found in the archives of the Le Corbusier Foundation in Paris. Only a side view of the design had remained. It was therefore necessary to "rebuild" its functional aesthetic, choosing finishes and details to suit the language of shipbuilding work.
Raúl Laurí reflects on how we could make the most of our every day’s wastes. In this case, he has chosen coffee since it is a product which is near to the user, well-known and worldwide consumed. In fact, it is the second most traded commodity in the world.
All of his products are made from this secret mixture of coffee grounds and natural binding substance : http://rlauri.com/
Last year, Staffan Holm presented BRANCH CHAIR at the Milan furniture fair / Salone Sattelite. Inspired by the way that branches attach to a tree trunk, this chair is made out of bent solid wood. The technology behind bending wood this extreme is called Compwood, a method where heated wood is being compressed lengthwise making the fibers very flexible and bendable.
Because we don't have enough chairs in this world, here's another one that seems to have a connection with this bench i came up with a couple of years ago. Made of wood, leather and steel, Tour gives the impression that life is a race, even when sitting down for a break.
"Feminine & masculine, fluid & rigid, lightness & mass, expression & function, tactile pleasure from usage, this is a family of domestic creatures that will live with you and your possessions. By breaking out of the rigid mechanical boxes that inhabit in our spaces and store our lives today, they react to what and how much you put in them, openings that behave like mouths and even allow you to hide in them."
More about these Lanzavecchia and Wai here.
Foldboat is made of a large plastic sheet that takes a couple of minutes to put afloat. It folds out from back pack size to a fully functioning boat. A great alternative for those who need to fish on the go in these remote ponds. Head here for more info.
Confined in a cylindrical shape, this playful private house is designed with a focus on the relations between the interior and exterior. Check it out with this clip.
"There is no focus and is non hierarchical, it is just the experience itself. The experience resonates between the field of light that is created by the fixtures and the way that the light redefines the space of the room. The transformation and reorientation of the space makes the new work a classic Irwin piece."
More about this artist here.
Situated in this particular site (Gunma prefecture, Japan), the 6.5 meters by 6.5 meters (21.3 feet) guesthouse – in essence only four triangular rooms – frames views in different directions, so that the scenery comprises the third wall in each room.
When footwear becomes music.
This french designer (1922-1988) devoted his life designing lighting fixtures. He worked to achieve a kinetic, sculptural aesthetic that evoked a sense of movement in space. The originals are now out of price and they make us drool with envy. But there are new limited editions for those who can't resist.
Studio Arthur Casas redefined wine shopping with this new concept for Mistral, in Sao Paolo. Far from the typical "caviste" shop, this space is modern, practical and perhaps fun.
More pics of the space here.
The majestic calm of trees.