Close Up Lights by Cristina Vezzini and Sheng Tsang Chen
Soft Light by Simon Frambach /
‘By the Hour’ – a concept prototype that looks to tell time without using numbers
but instead looks to use an alternating surface, designed by Jess Fügler
‘Miss Maple’ designed by Elisa Strozyk and photographed by Sebastian Neeb /// Text from the designer’s website:
pendant lamp, 85 x 85 x 35 cm
material: wooden textile, steel
The pendant lamp “Miss Maple” is showing the use of a familiar material in an unconventional way. We usually experience wood as a plain surface, but here it is broken down into a grid of triangles. This makes a flexible lampshade which can be transformed manually in three-dimensional ways.
While the lamp generates warm light at night the surface outside becomes more evident with daylight and turns the lamp into sculptural object.
Oxymoron Desk by Anna Lotova.
Russian designer Anna Lotova slotted two layers of foam beneath the surface of this wooden desk to create squishy spaces for storing stationery and other objects.
Named Oxymoron Desk, the piece combines two contrasting materials for its tabletop; two thick layers of upholstered foam are sandwiched between a pair of plywood sheets with curved edges.
A sliced opening along the top plywood sheet exposes the soft layer underneath, creating a place where documents and stationery can be inserted.
“As an architect and designer I know how important it is to have a comfortable and enjoyable work table,” said Lotova. “Oxymoron Desk is a result of interaction between two contradictory materials that enhance each other and gain a new meaning.”
A side table can also be added by slipping an extra piece of plywood between the two cushioned layers on either side of the desk.
An accompanying lamp can also be inserted between the layers, or can be slotted into the top and positioned at different angles. (Text via dezeen.com)
Flat design meets Moleskine notebooks meets… chess.
Inspired by classic leather notebooks, this pared-back chess set is gorgeous in its simplicity and execution. Belgian designer Peter Baeten has channelled his love of classic leather notebooks into this beautiful minimal chess set.
“By working with the silhouettes of the pieces, it walks the line between 2D and 3D. Because of this, only the ones who are playing have a complete overview of the pieces on the board. Bystanders will have to do with seeing lines move around on the board,” Baeten explains.
“The set is lasercut and hand varnished, so the natural wood grains remain visible. It contains 4 tablets and a leather cover which also serves as a pad to play on. There are no screws, hinges, glue, or any other type of materials used, therefore there is no assembly necessary, and each single piece can easily be replaced.”
(text via creativeblog.com)
‘Table for a Flower’ by Adam and Sam Cigler of Studio Vjem
Fantastic minimalist hydroponic terrariums from Japan, designed by 10¹² Terra
The Workbed by Mira Schröder, exhibition designer for experimental design group BLESS. Mira created a unique furniture piece – a piece of furniture that flips from spacious desk into an instant bed. The Workbed’s mattress is unveiled by a rotating mechanism. Sheets are specially designed to latch to the underside of the table when it is turned upside down. It’s a perfect solution for small, urban living, it’s also ideal for offering nap options in a work setting. Work and then if you need – just take a nap after transforming the desk into the bed – it’s easy and comfortable! (text via digsdigs.com)
Beautiful, playful and quirky mirror houses designed by photographer and creative director Autumn De Wilde as part of the Mirror House Cadillac 2015 ad campaign.
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Suspended inside a floating metallic basket, the ‘light container’ by spanish designer Martin Azua treats rays of illumination as something with weight and volume. dipping accordingly to the side, the immaterial nature of light is captured within the sculptural frame. constructed in a series of three different sizes, the shades can be hung individually or in groups. the inner glass diffuser generates a warm, dim light that produces soft shadows – suitable for a range of different spaces. (text via designboom) Images courtesy of Martin Azua
‘Venus of Cupertino’ – iPad Docking Station, designed by Scott Eaton
PyroPet – Kisa (The Devil’s Pet) / Sweet little kittens are transformed in a fire. Crawling from the ashes come forth grinning metallic devils with sharp claws and fire blazing in their eyes by designer Thorunn Arnadottir and product developer Dan Koval. Photographs by: Glamour Et Cetera
Beautiful miniature landscapes created within these bespoke terrariums by New York based Jeffrey James Modern
words from the artist:
I hope to provide the truest representation of nature using the Taoist principles of proportion and scale… taking into consideration the shape, texture and size of plants against the earth and the sky… staying true to elements that one would find in nature. These miniature landscapes are enhanced within complementary containers. More like miniature landscape design, I hope you enjoy these self-contained environments. Each represents a place you have seen or somewhere you have yet to visit… the floor of a forest in the northwest, a Zen garden in Japan, a South American tropical forest, or a wetland bog.
SLAP is a living useful cabinet: it’s linear and simple design makes it unique and very versatile, as it can be positioned in every part of the house. The particular edges of this cabinet lets the wood essence to come out, and they’re also functional as flap’s handy. Material: Wood and Betaflex (via whatweliketodesign)
Designers David Okum and Javier Palomares joined together earlier this year to form a little design studio called Okum Made. The duo are releasing a number of functional home objects made of wood and other materials including this new series of clocks called O’Clock. There are currently four different designs including American Walnut, Hard White Maple, Douglas Fir and Cork and you can pick them up over in their shop. (via Colossal)
Beautiful wooden tables designed by Slowwood
Slowwood’s philosophy is to create timeless pieces of quality furniture with a raw natural elegance and a low impact on the planet. Honest tactile products that are made to last and fit in your home easily. Each piece is handmade with love and attention by local craftsmen in Fryslan,Netherlands using solid wood, 100% natural finishes and mineral paint. (text via trendland.com)
Tent Light by Johan Carpner and Alexander Lervik for zero lighting /
A tent illuminated by night in the forest brings about images of calm and serenity – alexander lervik and johan carpner have translated this visual into a tangible object for the indoors. ‘jeahna’ features lightweight struts in black anodized aluminium covered by a white semi-transparent polyester, this structural framework typically used in the design of the outdoor shelters. like real tents, the pendant lamps can be disassembled and fit into a small bag. presented at stockholm furniture fair, the design is a result of a collaboration with swedish tentmaker hilleberg produced by zero lighting. it is available in three sizes ranging from 1.5 to 5.5. metres in diameter. (via designboom) /
Meet ‘Ike’ and ‘Stella’ two sculptural wood tables by woodworking and furniture design student Nucharin Wangphongsawasd from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Ike is an ash Hallway table inspired by repetitive pattern construct by using the mixing between hardwood and wooden strips to represent a progression in form start from solid close space to open space which provide light and airy feeling for the overall table.
Stella is an ash and wanut side table inspired by repetitive pattern construct by using the mixing between hardwood and wooden strips with technique using wedge to create tension between each strip for creating a structure which start from solid close space to open space. (via design-milk)
A transformation of an exterior wall in a small house outside Sao Paolo, by Rosenbaum architects. The wall has changed into a small vertical garden where a series of cascading plastic bottles are hanging from strings. The plastic containers have been reused as planters filled with soil for different kinds of flowers, and medicinal herbs.
The Plugg Radio by Skrekkøgle is a simple radio that can be turned off by putting a cork in it. The future of electronics is clearly developing to a concept called ‘through the glass’, which employs iPhone-like touch interaction, making buttons become obsolete. via iGnant / photographs courtesy of Skrekkøgle
The Book Vase by YOY Design Studio – a house planter camouflaged as a book…the vase can be opened up to reveal the dirt inside and when closed can be inserted amongst the rest of your books to save desk space. (via colossal)
Chromatic Typewriter – Washington-based painter Tyree Callahan modified a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter, replacing the letters and keys with color pads and hued labels to create a functional “painting” device.
‘Sweep Table’ an innovative table design by young designer Lucas Martin. The table embodies three different materials: wood, glass and metal, and is inspired by Japanese rock gardens with glass vessels breaking up the tabletop surface, doubling as functional containers.
“A culmination of three elemental materials, the Sweep table embodies the harmony that exists between beauty and strength.” Lucas Martin
Beautiful wooden tables by Slowwood Design. Each piece is handmade with love and attention by local craftsmen in Fryslan,Netherlands using only solid wood, 100% natural finishes and mineral paint.
‘Keep On Turnin’ by Valerie Hebel. The table is designed in raw wood with sun yellow details and allows you to play both analog and digital music. It’s also a turntable for vinyl, a dock for your iPod / iPhone and CD player – all in one.
From the Series ’99 Steps of Progress’ – a set of fun graphic designs interpretations parodying the famous “March of Progress” (the drawing synthesizing 4 million years of human evolution) by French print & graphic design studio Maentis
‘beyond silver‘ by Spanish designer Clara del Portillo /
designer’s own words: The silver cutlery is a symbol of elegance and it has been used in banquets and important tables for several years. The sense of fashion and aesthetics has changed and most of these cutleries have been saved. Natural gives a new air to silver cutlery making it current and modern without giving up elegance. It has been sought a mixture of two noble materials; its merger with wood brings a warm air to the set. Natural also takes into account the new global mergers in the kitchen and includes utensils from different cultures. (via designboom)
The toy all our action figures have been waiting for: 1/12-scale model toilets. To add some much-needed reality to every child’s imaginative games, Japanese toy-makers Aoshima and MileStone have collaborated on this quite unique model kit. Behold, the 1/12-scale model toilet, in both urinal and sit-down styles. The model kits will go on sale March 31, 2013 but you can order them on Amazon JP.
‘Snug’ – a fun and cozy fabric shell as flexible and comfortable furniture item to relax in, created by Prague-based furniture design company Kumeko. “Snug consists of a soft inner cushion surrounded by a sleeve, creating a cozy shell which envelops the user. The integrated belt on the top of the sleeve allows Snug to be adjusted to support your body in a variety of different positions.”
An incandescent lamp meets concrete / ‘The concrete that embroiders the cold gloomy city buildings has been transformed into a warm sensory item. Made from Asbestos-free certified cement, not only is it eco-friendly but nontoxic. The incandescent lamp has been tuned with LED light to enhance energy efficiency and increase its lifespan. From the series ‘Pure Mold’ designed by Better Mix Studio
Corset Panton Chair by Atelier Zeitgeist / An original Panton chair is sewn with leather thread to transform its’ cracked back into a corset
Fun porcelain breakfast tableware, designed by London based designer Takae Mizutani for Monoqi / photographs courtesy of Monoqi
Photograph of a holographic projection representing meta data in space as a form, by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby.
“Designers are increasingly faced with the problem of understanding and visualizing data-filled space and making it inhabitable. In their book Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, who conduct research in the field at the Royal College of Arts, speak of the electro-climate and the electro-geography – which can effect architecture just as the real climate can – and refer to it as »hertzian space.« The two designers think of electromagnetic fields full of data. But in times of geospatial data and location-based services data also assumes this wave field-like materiality. Are screens an appropriate medium for this? What is the form of these metadata?
Now that location-based metadata waft through the space, thereby redefining contexts and places, a new field opens up to designers: How will information be usefully integrated into the physical space? Inspired by the fictional illustrations by Ingeborg Marie Dehs Thomas, who interprets the spatial expansion of radio waves, we attempted to lend metadata a form. Using the light painting technique, we placed our idea of these data in a room, making it haptic. The resulting forms depict possible data sets and examine the design possibilities between technoid holograms and personal notes.”, by Weave Magazine – Immaterials – The form of meta data, 2011