April 2, 2014

NOT TO BE MISSED

VENTURA LAMBRATE 2014 - MILAN

In the upcoming days designers, labels, academies and other design-minded people are traveling to Milan, working hard to set up their exhibitions and getting ready to show their works to the world.

Ventura Lambrate 2014 welcomes you to discover the 170 international exhibitors on more than 13,000 m2 of exhibition space, part of the 5th edition - from 8 to 13 April - in the only completely curated design district during Fuori Salone!

www.venturaprojects.com/ventura-lambrate-2014/

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January 20, 2014

With Brain_manufacturing, Merel Bekking (who calls herself a “research-based designer”) poses the question of what the perfect design might be. Like most designers, Bekking has the ambition of creating the perfect design. But defining this is difficult, since perfection is subject to taste and aesthetics.
In Brain_manufacturing, Bekking excludes personal preferences and tastes and creates designs purely based on scientific research results obtained with MRI scanners.

 
In every design process, the designer makes choices, such as which shapes, colours and materials to use. “If you let a group of non-designers make these choices, will you end up with the perfect design?” Merel Bekking says. “And if you ask people directly versus letting their brains give the answer, will there be a difference?”
 
The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging in Amsterdam helped Bekking with her research by providing knowledge and the loan of MRI scanners. The Spinoza Centre also paired her with Dr Steven Scholte, a partner in Europe’s first neuromarketing research and consulting firm, Neurensics. Bekking and Scholte created their own method for scientifically researching people’s preferences and dislikes with respect to shapes, colour and materials by looking at the brain. 

www.merelbekking.nl/English_home.html

December 18, 2012
THE BEST OF BASICS

   

RAW chair and side table designs by Jens Fager, for MUUTO: 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.

www.muuto.com

December 5, 2012
WOOD & GLASS: THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

   

Stacking Vessel (glass and wood lid) by Utopia&Utility.

www.utopiaandutility.eu

November 19, 2012
INTRODUCING SARTHAK SAHIL

    

Glimpse of the colourful KATRAN range by Indian design duo, Sarthak Sahil. In order from top to bottom: Katran Tray Table / Katran X Table / Katran S table.

www.sahilsarthak.com

IF YOU RE IN OR VISITING THE UK IN DECEMBER

Saturday & Sunday 8 - 9th December 2012 11am - 5pm  

Watch and participate in glassblowing demonstrations at Rothschild & Bickers annual open studio.  Enjoy mince pies & mulled wine and take the opportunity to buy stunning pieces of glasswork at bargain prices.

Choose your Christmas gifts from our beautiful handmade glassware, including: candle sticks, vases, bowls, lighting, tumblers, jugs and more.

Free admission & plenty of parking.

Unit 7 Great Northern Works
Hartham Lane
Hertford
SG14 1QN

<www.rothschildbickers.com>

   

Each piece in the Fold collection showcases the natural fluid qualities of handblown glass, with folds and dents blown into the form as a visual rebellion against uniform factory moulds. The bold colours are set against contrasting flexes and can be used as both table and pendant lights.

<www.rothschildbickers.com>

November 13, 2012
INTRODUCING THE HOUSE OF RYM

       

Just a glimpse of the ceramic ware collection from the House of Rym, a creative collaboration between the founding duo Rym Tounsi and Zied Youssef (Tunisia), and the commissioned illustrators (for the patterns) Anna Backlund and Elisabeth Dunker (Sweden).

www.houseofrym.com

November 6, 2012

Humans since 1982 take part in the annual international film festival Da!Fest in St. Petersburg, Russia. The design duo uses this special occasion to launch the product video of ‘The Clock Clock white’. The clock is available in limited edition through Victor Hunt, Brussels.

The price information of the Clock Clock is available on request at knock@victor-hunt.com

November 2, 2012
TICK TOCK TICK TOCK

     

Traditional watches by Raketa (Russia).

http://raketa.su

November 1, 2012
IF YOU ARE IN OR VISIT PARIS

Magic

at the Gallery S. Bensimon
featuring Philippe Cramer’s family of Randogne lights

On Thursday October 25th from 18.30 until 21.00
111 rue de Turenne, Paris, France

The show lasts until January 13, 2013

www.philippecramer.com/home

NEW RELEASE FROM PELLE DESIGNS (USA)

 

New Pelle Designs creations: SOAP STONE (USA).

Handcrafted Soap Stones at ‘American Made’ Event

Our newly launched Soap Stones will be on display and for sale at Martha Stewart’s American Made Event at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station. This is a two day sale which begins Oct 17 (8am - 7:30pm) and ends on Oct 18 (8am - 5:30pm). Our handcrafted Soap Stones will officially debut at the MoMA Design Store in 2013, but they are available today and tomorrow at this special event!

Soap Stones are pure vegetable-based glycerine soap that we make and hand cut in our studio. Soap Stones are for use or decoration and each stone is individually cut and shaped. Available in 3 sizes called Nugget 2 oz, Stone 5oz, and Rock 9oz. Comes in 7 different color and scent combinations: Jade/Eucalyptus, Amber/Cedarwood, Citrine/Lemon Basil, Rose Quartz/Palmorosa, Onyx/Black Pepper, Aquamarine/Camphor, Crystal/Unscented.

http://pelledesigns.com

October 20, 2012
CORK YOUR LIFE

    

Lifestyle / everyday products made out of cork or cork fabric, by CorkWay (Portugal).

www.corkway.com

October 13, 2012
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

      

NUAGES DE COTON wallpaper in three colourways (Bleu fume , rose santal et vert d’eau), by Bartsch Paris. All wallpapers are traditionally and artisan-ally made.

www.bartsch-paris.com

October 8, 2012
TREATS FOR YOUR FLOORS

     

FABRICA ATUTO / PETATE , project managed by Thibaud Klepper, 2012.

PETATE is a collection of hand-weaved rugs made out of raffia palm fibres and coloured with natural inks. 

www.anneroussel.com

September 15, 2012
SIT LIGHT

       

One off, custom-made armchairs and chairs fitted with bulbs and neon lights, designed and custom-maded by British designer, Lee Broom.

<www.leebroom.com>