Well Proven Stromboli

30th January 2015

Volcanoes continue to be inspiration for designers due to their other worldly natural beauty and dark colours.

Inspired by a recent trip to the volcanic island of Stromboli courtesy of the Fiorucci Trust, James Shaw and Marjan van Aubel have produced a new collection from their Well Proven chair series.

Using the same technique they added powdered graphite to the mix as well as adding specially mixed spirit stains to dye the legs.









Meet the Wicker

4th November 2014

Currently lots of projects explore provenance and craftsmanship, but the revival of wicker seems to keep popping up as the freshest way to marry tradition and modernity.

The "Meet The Wicker" project from Chudy & Grase intersects 'industrial design meets handicraft' in a series of ‘woven’ furniture from Latvia.

Going back to her roots, Jasmina Grase re looked at traditional basket weaving in Latvia but through the eyes of modern design. The stool, cabinet and coffee table each celebrate different qualities of the material and the gradient within the weaves represents the ageing of the plant: young and thin stripes that fade into thicker old wicker.

The project has been documented to celebrate the beauty of the process.






New Geology

8th May 2014

Exploring the beauty of the juxtaposition where man and nature meet and taking inspiration from the layers of material and objects deposited over time through the natural sedimentation process, Ruben De la Rive Box's sediment tables offer an alternative glimpse at future geology.

Although appearing as if they have been created over time they were in fact carefully curated with wood cut offs, plaster and pigments all suspended in resin reminiscent of fossils.

The objects sit somewhere between man made and natural merging man and natures natural beauty offering a synthetic glimpse at time, geological epochs and material resources.






Loom Chair

20th March 2013

Having trained as a weaver many years ago now I am still drawn to the beauty of a loom and therefore couldnt help but love 'The Loom Chair' from Laura Carwardine.

Created from one continuous piece of orange climbing rope it is part of her exploration in incorporating magnified textile techniques into every day objects.







SODA

8th November 2012

One of the unexpected highlights of Dutch Design week was the new area Sectie C - a bit on the outskirts of town but worth the visit and the free Mini rides helped us there and back!

Mostly a showcase of the open studio's of the designers and design collectives who have taken over the disused spaces - it also included the RCA collective mmxii and SODA from the Pforzheim School of Design.

An acronym for 'Schmuck und Objekte der Alltagskultur' it was a showcase of considered design, intriguing materials and processes as well as an exciting array of emerging design talent.

One of the standout designers was Jayoung Baek who had explored furniture/objects that were inspired by lace, but made from metal, whilst Stefanie Ziegler's beautiful hanging lamp shades were made from sugar and when lit from above with LED lights gave off a beautiful glow.

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