Friday, May 29, 2009

Daisuke Hiraiwa

Daisuke Hiraiwa exhibited three of his lights as part of the Contemporary British Design at ICFF. The larger of the toothpick versions, called 'Stamen', was made with app. 12,500 toothpicks.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Moroso and Kim Beck

Seeing the Moroso showroom was one of the highlights of New York Design Week. Patrizia Moroso found Kim Beck's book, "A Field Guide to Weeds," and loved the graphic imagery. She invited the artist to create an installation to go along with Moroso's outdoor furniture collection. A forest of acrylic trees and vinyl vines covered everything - I love Patrizia's vision, stunning as always.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Another nice exhibit among the student booths was RISD's Immaterialize. The pieces focused on materials' abilities vs. their typical applications. Among the highlights were Elisa Werbler's Pour cups, Ruth Fore's Crochet Crochet chair, Ian Horowitz's Loofah Ankle Boot and Debra Folz's 100% Wax table.

Monday, May 25, 2009

ICFF: Pratt

Pratt's 'Design for a Dollar' exhibition asked its students to create pieces made from a dollar of materials. Above are scissors made from discarded saw blades by Brian Persico, an oiled and heat pressed paper bag bag by Rebecca Marchall and pendants made from borax soaked pipe cleaners by Jennie Maneri.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

ICFF: Brklyn Designs

I was really excited to see that Brklyn Designs had a booth at this year's fair. The show, which highlights local NY designers, usually takes place the week before ICFF - thus eliminating my chance of seeing it. The first table is by Umproject, while the bottom two pieces 'Metal Stoolen' and 'Stitched Table' are by Uhuru.

ICFF: Cranbrook

During ICFF, I spent most of my time scouring the off-site exhibitions for MoCo Loco. Over the next few weeks you can read many, many posts over there. However, I did make it to the Javitts Center for a few hours and came across some interesting new items.

Some of my favorite places to stop are the booths containing student work. Cranbrook's collection was called 'Innate Gestures', items that have been designed to interact with the the user through "natural sensory cues" thus enhancing the function and pleasure the object brings.

Above are the 'Newspaper Table' and 'Magazine Hanger' by Isaac Yu Chen, 'Symmetrican' by Saebyul Lim, and 'Triad' by Talha Khwaja. With the glut of "stuff" at ICFF, these objects were beautiful in their simplicity.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Daniel Franzen

Nice table made from sliced boards of turned pine by Daniel Franzen. He also recently teamed up with Marie-Louise Gustafsson to create the 'Come Rain or Come Shine lighting series. (via Malo)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Designklub Tweets from ICFF

So much stuff to do before ICFF it's making my head spin, but I'll be there Friday - covering the off-site shows for MoCo Loco, and all the events for designklub. If you want the play-by-play on everything from how my hotel will (hopefully) be open to the latest designs, follow me around the city on Twitter (name: designklub). Going to have to practice my text to twitter before I go.

Moooi: Brave New World

Love the 'Brave New World' lamp by Fresh West for Moooi. Made up of pegged and notched wood, reminiscent of old Far Eastern bamboo scaffolding.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Jón Björnsson

Stumbled across the work of Icelandic designer, Jón Björnsson, and really enjoyed his portfolio. Above are Björnsson's 'Table Rack', a magazine holder/side table combo and 'Flower Eruption', a series of vases he made by casting volcanic sand in paper molds. Mixed with resin, the sand dries and the paper is torn away - leaving a simple and crisp geometric form. He has some other nice projects made from folded paper (a chair and lights) that are worth checking out.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Craft Punk: Simon Hasan

Last post on 'Craft Punk', promise, but the exhibit looked amazing. Designer Simon Hasan utilized an ancient technique called cuir bouilli where leather is boiled and placed on wooden forms. After hardening, Hasan applies paint and creates watertight vessels that can be used as cups or vases. (photos from designboom)

Kate MccGwire

Artist Kate MccGwire uses pigeon feathers to make site specific installations that draw people in by both a sense of repulsion and awe. Above are her pieces, 'Sluice' and 'Heave'.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

MID Magazine

Denver's newest publication, Modern in Denver magazine, has launched their website and it looks great. Lots of good resources for the mid-century modern/contemporary design enthusiast in Denver and beyond. I select the "Field Study" product reviews each issue, so keep an eye out for the hard copy too!

Craft Punk: Studio Glithero

Studio Glithero, a London based collective founded by Sarah van Gameren (one of my favorite young designers) and Tim Simpson, were among the participants in Fendi's 'Craft Punk' exhibition. The pair used light sensitive material to transform white ceramic vases into Prussian blue pieces. Above is Studio Glithero at the Craft Punk exhibit and below is an example of their work in plate form. (photos from designboom)

Craft Punk: Kwangho Lee

Kwangho Lee recently took part in 'Craft Punk', an exhibition in Milan where designers made furniture and accessories on-site with recycled materials from Fendi's manufacturing process. Lee made chairs out of re-purposed garden hoses and electrical wire. (photos from designboom)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Craft Punk: Raw Edges

During 'Craft Punk', a design performance exhibition in Milan, the London based studio Raw Edges created a series of chairs called "Pleated Pleat". The furniture was made by folding and re-folding Tyvek, which was then filled with soft polyurethane foam (note the blue caps). The exhibit was produced by Design Miami. (photos via designboom)

Monday, May 04, 2009

Victoria Wilmotte

Recent Royal College of Art graduate Victoria Wilmotte's collection titled, "A Domestic Landscape", includes angular ceramics, stools and tables.