Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
This week's Sparks goes to Yoshioka Tokujin for his recent installation at Moroso. During the Milan Furniture Fair, Tokujin transformed the Moroso showroom into a ethereal wonderland all by using the most humble of items - the drinking straw. Utilizing over 3 million transparent straws, Tokujin crafted these amazing cloud-like structures as part of an exhibition for his new Panna chair (center).
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Art with Function is another local design team who exhibited at this year's Haute Green show during ICFF. At CO-Design they debuted a new piece called 'The Bottom Line', a storage unit made from FSC certified plywood and screen printed cabinet doors.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Key comes in three different sizes, ships flat and is made with sustainably harvested FSC certified plywood. It also requires no hardware other than the wedge-shaped aluminum tenon keys which hold everything together. There seems to be a trend forming with 'no hardware' furniture - there were several examples at this year's ICFF. I can see why - it offers simple, clean designs that can be easily assembled and re-assembled over the years.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
At CO-Design Kagen exhibited his new Puzzle Book, along with one of my favorite pieces, the Pattern Box. Stay tuned for an upcoming podcast with Kagen where we'll tour his secret workshop!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
One of my favorite Denver designers is Angela Schwab of INV/ALT. Angela's 'Snap Cups' were a big hit at the designboom mart during ICFF - these clever little cups have built-in snaps so they can be attached to handles, wine stems or each other. At CO-Design Angela introduced the new magnetic version, which can stick right to your espresso machine. She also exhibited her wonderful cupcake plates, a fun re-use of vintage china. (Available through the P Design Gallery)
Monday, July 16, 2007
The show includes new indoor/outdoor furniture from the design duo DoubleButter. In a departure from their traditional woodwork the pair presented a number of new pieces made from steel. The fabric on the chairs can be easily removed for cleaning and to interchange patterns. (available through the P Design Gallery)
Friday, July 13, 2007
The project included:
- Custom built desks designed by Three Rings employees
- A Tentacle Attack lounge with 10-19 ft. tentacle cushions
- The Salon, a conference/dining area with custom lighting and idea boards
- And one amazing bike storage room, aka the Engine Room (via lfstyl)
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
What's great about this chair is that in addition to being a functional piece, it has a fully developed concept with an interesting narrative. The Bookinist is the ultimate all-in-one reading rest spot. Designed like a pushcart, you can wheel your mobile library anywhere. It also comes complete with a side lamp and hidden compartments for reading glasses, pen and paper...and the all important cup holder.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
'Camouflage' and 'Shadow' lights by the Swedish design team Front. Both collections debuted at this year's Milan Furniture Fair, the first under the lighting company Zero and the latter as part of Front's own 'Found' series.
The common thread between these pieces is how they play with light and shadow. Camouflage is made from laser-cut aluminum, resulting in a beautiful pattern on the fixture itself as well as on surrounding walls and objects as light is cast out. The Shadow series has a more subtle approach - objects are placed in the globe, creating a soft impression of the pieces hidden within.
Friday, July 06, 2007
However, when you look at the top image it is clear which pieces are the most successful. The 'Illuminated Meteors' (aka blobs of light) seem unfinished as if the bulbs themselves were an afterthought, while the single chairs are too similar in form to the original shapes. The best of the collection by far are the larger, amorphous multi-seat creations. They are the ones that hold true to the story - nature growing wild over everything plastic in its path. They leave much more to the imagination than just a single plastic chair that happens to be surrounded by wicker.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
When we recorded the interview there was a party going on down stairs so sometimes you'll hear a little background music, but hey that's what makes a podcast festive. FYI- as you are listening to the interview Maurice Blanks is the first one to speak. The podcast is 13 minutes in length and you can listen to it here. (It will be published to iTunes soon).
The top two photos show items from the Blu Dot collection, including their new 'Real Good' chairs which were launched at this year's ICFF. The third and fourth images are John Christakos and Maurice Blanks talking with a crowd at Mod Livin' (sorry Maurice is a little blurry). Thanks again to John and Maurice and to Jill for hosting!
Monday, July 02, 2007
In related news, last Friday I got a chance to interview Blu Dot co-founders Maurice Blanks and John Christakos. I'm putting the finishing touches on the podcast, but it will definitely go up this week. Stay tuned...