Those clever fellows over at Blu Dot have done it again. Remember their Real Good Experiment? Now they have a new project called the Blu Dot Swap Meet. The idea is simple. Pick a piece from their collection you’d like to own and post a reasonable trade on their site. Folks can support your campaign and if your entry is deemed awesome enough, Blu Dot will swap you for it. So far winning swaps have included a sofa for a popsicle stick motorcycle, a spork collection (shown) for a chair and a Texas BBQ feast for a couch. The Sock Monkey chair above is still vying for a swap.
Archive for the ‘furniture’ Category
As part of their final project at Kunsthochschule Weißensee, students Lisa Spengler and Moa Hallgren designed a collection of furniture and accessories made from salvaged materials. The pair combined old clothes with furniture found in the streets of Berlin to create new pieces where objects and textiles intertwine. Spengler and Hallgren recently showed their work at the HEIMTEXTIL 2011 in Frankfurt.
Amazing project from Julien Devaux, a student at ENAD in Paris. Devaux has partnered with Moldavenir, a non-profit in one of Europe’s poorest countries, Moldavia. The project, called Noroc (which means health and good fortune), is meant to solve some of the social and environmental issues facing one of Moldavia’s small villages. In this town landfills cover the countryside; many containing usable items such as old buckets and pots. Devaux has found a way to upcycle the waste and combine it with the villagers’ traditional craft, basket weaving. The result is a new series of objects used for lighting, storage and seating.
(via Jo Meesters)
One of the last exhibitions I helped with at Spring Projects was the Crate Series by Studio Makkink & Bey. The show is currently on display at the gallery until mid-January. For the exhibition, Studio Makkink & Bey created a collection of new furniture pieces reinterpreting the wooden shipping container. Each unit contains a common household item, offering travelers the ability to use familiar spaces in unknown places. The BathCrate and BedCrate are particularly nice, creating a small intimate zone within a larger setting. Also on displays is the Blue Cabin, a mobile unit made from blue architectural foam which serves as a blueprint for possible living environments.
Here’s a nice project from London based designer Rupert Blanchard. Blanchard combined two iconic chairs to create a wooden version of Starck’s famed Ghost Chair. Using the idea of low cost materials from Gerrit Reitveld’s 1934 Crate Chair, Blanchard used repurposed wood to create a new affordable version of Starck’s original. I wonder if he would sell the design like Reitveld did with a do-it-yourself kit.
I feel like the Clark desk by Ilot Ilov was made just for me. The reality of workspaces is that they can be chaotic and not everyone has the time, or inclination, to file things in binders and folders. Some of us are stackers. Clark was designed with compartments to lovingly hold your piles, both large and small. There is also a binder bin in the back, just for wishful thinking.
The Pennyfields chair by Alex Whitney for Pli Design is an updated version of the mid-century classic. Made from bamboo and steel, this utilitarian chair is crafted by British manufacturers with Chinese sustainably harvested bamboo. The upholstered version is especially nice; a simple and clean design.
Alexena Cayless’s Cheaney chair is a mixture of re-purposed furniture and traditional English craft. The found chair was reupholstered with tweed and leather brogue patterns handcrafted by Cheaney Shoes in Northamptonshire. The piece is part of Cayless’s Fly Tip collection.
‘New New England’ is a collection produced by NH-based designer Tim Liles with the help of local craftspeople. The ‘Crested Comb Chair’ is a simplified version of the classic Windsor, made from native maple with streamlined joinery. The chairs are made by Fred Chellis of Little River Windsors in Berwick, ME. For the ‘Braid Dead Rug’ Tim collaborated with the Country Braid House in Tilton NH, bringing modern colors and graphics to a traditional craft. As a native New Englander I really appreciate this collection; every region of the United States has local artisans with specialized skills and knowledge. It’s nice to see someone tapping into these creative resources and collaborating rather than churning out another factory made widget.
Cumulus Project is an online concept store that sells only one object at a time. Their first product (sorry sold already) was a set of stump stools crafted from a fallen tree in BC. Finished with sustainably-harvested latex foam, white leather and copper tacks; a simple, yet beautiful combination.