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Yumiko Ishihara

Friday, October 28th, 2011

OK, I am back, so let’s get back to it.  Beautiful installation at the Koganecho Bazarr by Japanese architect Yumiko Ishihara.  Ishihara made this display using 3,000 chopsticks and bamboo sticks as part of the Yokohama Triennale.  Not only is the pure simplicity of the piece striking, it also allows for visitors to look through to different areas keeping the sight lines open.  Everything about this just seems so elegantly delicate – I am not even sure what was displayed, but I imagine they are gentle tiny little works.


Design Miami 2010: Good, bad, but mostly worthless

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

I was browsing through the Design Miami highlight reel on Wallpaper and the results seem a little disappointing.  I guess when you call in Pharrell Williams to chat about craft you can’t really expect too much.  There were a few nice items that surfaced though, including the Campana brothers ‘Esmeralda’ light and an installation by Konstantic Grcic.

The rattan/glass pendant is part of a new series which the Campana brothers made with the Venini glass studio.  As Designer of the Year, Konstantic Grcic was invited to create an installation at the show.  ‘Netscape’, series of hammock seats, was designed to invite social interaction.   The rest of the photos I’ve seen are a cross between disheartening and just plain irritating.  I’d like to ask Arik Levy how putting 10,000 nails into a table constitutes progress or improves our world in any way.

Ji Young Shon

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

During the RCA graduation show in London, Korean designer Ji Young Shon exhibited ‘Whispering Leaves’, a new flexible sound system.  The sound emanates from a thin plastic film speaker, which for this installation was cut into the shape of leaves.  The irregularaity of the leaves allows for, “…slightly different volume and tone depending on shape, size and bending.”  You can check out a video of the leaves’ sound quality here.

Swarovski Crystal Palace

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

One of the highlights of Milan Design Week was the Swarovski Crystal Palace, just for the sheer amount of sparkle.  Yves Behar presented his new Amplify pendants, gem-shaped lights made from recycled paper.  Also on display was an amazing installation by Tokujin Yoshioka.  One side of a fog-filled room held Yoshioka’s LED light, covered with 10,000 crystals.  The other side showcased a tank with another globe that was growing crystals inside.

5.5 Design: Cuisine d’Objets

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Some of the exhibitions I am most excited to see in Milan are the ones that don’t involve any new products, just re-imagined ones.  The show Cuisine d’Objets by 5.5 Design is one of those events.  The designers will be presenting ‘recipes’/instructions on how to create new objects from regular household items.  Similar in spirit to the Droog show, these events seem much more appropriate right now than lavish design-art pieces.  Perhaps a post-trip compare and contrast is in order.

Edhv and Wendy Plomp

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Beautiful installation by design firm Edhv and Wendy Plomp.  The team set-up a cave of paper cones in the Verger shop for Milan fashion week.

Danish Modern Warehouse & Nina Tolstrup

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Stopped by the pop-up Danish Modern Warehouse on Brompton Road today.  Housed in a former garage, this temporary shop is filled with mid-century modern furniture through the end of March.  It was a pleasant surprise to see the work of a contemporary Danish designer, Nina Tolstrup, also on display.  Above are her ‘Reveal Cabinet’ and chandelier.  Outside the space, the organizers have set-up a bar, which occasionally houses a Danish hot dog stand – must have to stop by on sunny day to see that in action (Nina’s pallet project chair is in the foreground).

Linda Rothwell

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Linda Rothwell, a recent RCA graduate, completed a project in Libson where she repaired city benches and chairs.  Rothwell used traditional craft techniques to inlay wood for these public “interventions”.  I love this – recently I have gotten really interested in designers who are working in the area of repair – if you know of anyone doing this please email!

2010 Olympics Design Highlights

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I am deep into Olympics mania right now, partly because the weather in London continues to be rotten.  In addition to the sports, some design highlights of the games have included: the Maple leaf mittens – I love the hidden design that pops up when you wave; the Swedish team’s crocheted hats (photos of these were particularly tough to track down, apparently you get one if you open up a bank account in Sweden or make your own via this handy video) and finally the stunning podiums made by James Lee and Leo Obstbaum – each one crafted from 200 pieces of Canadian wood.

Hermes & Tokujin Yoshioka

Sunday, December 6th, 2009


Amazing window installation designed by Tokujin Yoshioka for Maison Hermes in Japan – sometimes simplicity is best.

(via Jo Meesters)

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