The ‘FormFoam’ chair by the Finnish group Anteeksi is a true DIY adventure. Tiny pins create the chair’s delicate details, while giving the piece an overall finished look.
Archive for April, 2007
Every Friday I feel like I should be posting something a little more inspiring than just the latest cool product. Like many of you, I like to use my weekends for more creative pursuits and would appreciate seeing something amazing to get me going.
So, starting today I’ll be posting Friday Sparks. Some posts will still be cool designs – although they’ll have to be truly ingenious to make the cut – but many will be outside the product realm. The focus may be a fascinating designer (like Terunobu Fujimori), new materials or just simply a wondrous sight.
We’re starting with the creative team at NONdesigns. Well known for their hit TOPO table from last year’s ICFF, the LA-based designers also work on a number of awe-inspiring installations. One of my favorites is BUBBLES, an interactive project consisting of 16 inflatable balloons packed into a 25′x50′ space. To manage their tight environment the bubbles inflate and deflate in reaction to a visitor’s movements. I just love these majestic balloons and they look so beautiful all lit up.
Meet the new Swedish label Paperhead. I really like their chairs, especially the low ‘Bull’ seat shown above. Their website doesn’t have much info, but you can still look at all the pretty pictures.
Jill from Mod Livin’ sent over a note about a new series of events starting at her store called ‘Gallery Mod Livin’. Every last Friday of the month (starting tomorrow) the store will be hosting a theme based show. Tomorrow’s spotlight: Art Deco. For the uninitiated, Mod Livin’ is one of Denver’s design meccas and Jill is just about the nicest person you’ll ever meet so make sure to stop by tomorrow night from 6-10, 5327 E. Colfax Ave.
Matthew Plummer Fernandez’s ‘Sound Chair’ is the 3-dimensional interpretation of a sound wave graph brought to life. Visually – it’s lovely, conceptually – it’s intriguing, but the thing just looks uncomfortable and I’m pretty sure I would end up breaking all those little tips offs one way or another.
A few years back while visiting Montreal, I came across a semi-demolished house in the middle of downtown. Layer upon layer of wallpaper was left exposed, creating a crazy mixture of patterns and offering a glimpse of the structure’s past.
I found the assembly to be quite beautiful, which is probably why I am so drawn to Danish designer Lene Toni Kjeld’s collection. With patterns flowing on top of one another, her wallcoverings offer the same sense of beauty and history. While the designs may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the patterns do give your walls a chance to create an interesting story of their own.
I know felt has been one of the materials du jour lately, but I just don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. It’s way too versatile and, in many ways sustainable, for it to be purely dismissed as a trend. That being said, I love the new ‘Cuma’ and ‘Cross’ products being shown by Takehiro Ando at the Salone Satellite in Milan.
The felt shapes come in packs of 20, 50 and 100, allowing the user to create their own fun forms. Whether that be a curtain of crosses, a lampshade of clustered cumas or a circular throw is up to you. Whether you want to pay roughly $1 a piece for a felt cut-out is also up to you – but hey, why a put a price tag on fun? (via pan-dan)
When I first saw the ‘Flow’ kitchen by John Arndt, I thought it looked like a crazy science project. Now that I’ve actually read about it…well, it’s kind of true.
The recent Eindhoven graduate created a complete kitchen unit based on the simple principle of symbiosis. Water dripping from your dishes feeds the plants below and helps keep your counter top containers cool. Waste is immediately composted in it’s own little holder, creating…you guessed it…fresh soil for your herbs.
While at first I wasn’t too excited by the aesthetics of the system, now that I’ve seen how much thought went into the design, I think it looks pretty darn good.