Archive for July, 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).
Great new vinyl wallcovering from Vescom. From a distance ‘Monar’ looks like a serene linear drawing, but upon closer inspection the pattern reveals a medley of imagery including robots, camels, cogs and ladies dancing. Available in 18 colors.
I need more hours in the day just to browse through all the amazing albums on designboom. Thankfully they had coverage of the Moooi exhibit from the Milan Furniture Fair where Committee presented their latest lamp ‘Bamboo’. In typical Committee style, Bamboo is a seemingly simple fixture, but with a few quirky twists. It has a lacquered bamboo base and uses miscellaneous found objects as the drawstring. More subdued than their Kebab light and only a little less fabulous.
One more post to wrap-up the coverage of CO-Design, an exhibition running at the P Design Gallery, which features the work of Colorado designers. The top image is ‘Modular Love’ by emerging designer Erin Mulrooney. The piece can be transformed into a bench, singular seat or a love seat as shown. Joe Ipsen, one of the handful of student designers in the show, created ‘Larch Stand’, a side table with multiple branches and levels.
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.
Ryan Wither is one the creators behind the beautiful jewelry line Tivi. He also designs commissioned pieces of furniture, some of which is being exhibited in the CO-Design show. Ryan’s metal entryway boxes are designed to act as filters when you enter the home. One box will hold your bag, the other the mail and the last your garments. The larger piece also has a grass top which can be used as a catch all for sunglasses, keys and whatever else you want to leave at the door.
I’m forgoing today’s Sparks feature to continue with CO-Design coverage, although it’s just as inspirational to see what people in your own community are creating. Housefish is a furniture design company located in Denver. For CO-Design, Scott exhibited several of his modular ‘Key’ storage systems.
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.
Kagen Schaefer is the world’s best secret puzzle box maker. A bold statement, but a true one. Kagen designs and builds limited edition wooden puzzle boxes (and now books) that are truly a sight to behold. Not only are his pieces amazing due to the high level of craftsmanship involved, but also for the complex system of mechanics hidden within each puzzle. In fact, some of Kagen’s pieces require hundreds of moves before being opened.
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!
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)