Archive for December, 2007

Johnson Trading Gallery

Friday, December 21st, 2007


Two great prototypes from the ‘New Stuff’ exhibition at the Johnson Trading Gallery. The first is ‘Fauteuil’, a cardboard creation that will eventually be cast in a different material (by Aranda/Lasch). Below is ‘Model Test 2-700′, a pixelized chair by designer Philippe Morel.

Georgia Russell

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Scottish artist Georgia Russell uses a scalpel to transform ordinary objects such as books, musical scores, maps and photographs into extraordinary sculptures. More photos here.

Timorous Beasties China

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007


I am one of those people who doesn’t like a lot of graphics on my dinnerware. Simple white ceramics work for me. That being said, I am intrigued by the ‘London Toile’ collection of bone china by Timorous Beasties. Inspired by patterns found on 18th century fabric, the designers infused their own take on modern day city life into each motif. Not the most original idea but still, the colors are nice.

Industreal

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

A couple of nice new products from Industreal (the company who brought us the clever dpi lights) – from the top: ‘Faccette’ bowl, ‘Servagon’ tray and ‘Cafe Pele’ cup.

Kristen Hassenfeld: Dans la Lune

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Artist Kristen Hassenfeld has a new exhibit at the Rice Gallery in Houston. In ‘Dans la Lune’, which loosely translated means “dopey, drugged – daydreaming”, Hassenfeld has once again transformed paper into a wonderland of translucent sculptures. For this exhibit she created four to eight foot structures, including gigantic droplets and onion domes adorned with jewels, chains and honeycomb beads.

Re-use by Rotor

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007


Justed spotted this over on SuperuseRotor is a Brussels-based design group who works specifically in the realm of industrial waste re-use. Their ‘Kitchen One’ project uses laser-cut plywood, taken from a company specializing in making die-cut cardboard for packaging, to create paneling for kitchen cupboards. In their first life, the wooden panels were used as punching boards for creating the shapes of the cardboard boxes – now they live on as beautiful kitchen cabinets.

Nobody Chair

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Plastic stackable chairs make me think of long school assemblies and boring meetings. Thankfully, Danish designers Komplot have come up with a more attractive solution. The ‘Nobody’ chair is made from PET felt, which is created with 100% recycled material from plastic bottles. The material, along with the soft curves of the form, make this chair an inviting alternative to its hard plastic peer.

Simone Brewster

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007


‘Punch Ups and China Cups’ by Simone Brewster. Simone added rings to a series of shot glasses and porcelain cups to give the user a touch of glamour (or tough love).

Denver Design Guide

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Denver has a lot going for it and the design community here just keeps getting better. If you plan on visiting our fair city or are just looking for some new places check out, take a look at the Denver Design Guide I put together for design*sponge.

The guide includes a listing of local stores separated by category: Modern Home, Gifts & Decor, Fashion & Accessories, Unique Finds and Coffee & Tea. I also made three mini-neighborhood tours for East Colfax, Broadway and Downtown/Platte for those of you that want to make a day of it. If you have suggestions of other great spots (yes, I know I forgot the Mercury Cafe-I do love that place) feel free to leave them below. Photo by designisfine – thanks for the city shot Celeste! And thanks to Grace for sharing Denver’s design scene with her readers.

Karin Blach Nielsen

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Danish ceramic designer Karin Blach Nielsen created these lovely porcelain bowls with a mold made from folded paper.

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