Archive for May, 2008

Wry & Ginger: Part 1

Friday, May 30th, 2008

One of the better shows I visited during New York Design Week was Wry & Ginger at Design Within Reach. This exhibit of Canadian-based designers had a nice mix of work; from the handcrafted to the commercial and from small scale souvenirs to larger pieces of furniture. Thout exhibited their Spool and Scribble lights, two diverging interpretations of a lamp shade made from the same electrical cord. My favorite piece was undoubtedly the Last Waltz, by the Brothers Dressler. The twin brother designers create one-off and limited editions pieces made from salvaged shoe lasts. Castor presented a hand carved limestone stool made to resemble a beaver-gnawed stump.

(The reason this is now a multiple part post is because Blogger only uploaded 3 images – the rest to come when Blogger is good and ready.)

Longoland

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Taking a quick break from the New York Design Week coverage to share these wonderful pieces by Joshua Ben Longo. His ‘Monster Skin’ rug and chair are made from brushed woven wool and cashmere.

ICFF 2008: Containers

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

A selection of containers from ICFF:

ICFF 2008: Furniture

Monday, May 26th, 2008

More from the showroom floor of the Javits Center, this round – Furniture:

  • ‘Planko’, a pixelated side table and mirror by Planko Design.
  • ‘July’ chair made from recycled wood scraps by Zilvinas Stankevicius for Contra Forma.
  • Rubber stools by Mio; made from recycled tires with no hardware required!
  • ‘Tumble’ an interactive stool/side table from GO.LO.GOR.SKY Studio.
  • Side table from the Test Collective.

ICFF 2008: Winnie Lui

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Winnie Lui’s spectacular ‘White’ chandelier made it’s US debut at ICFF last week. Each piece is a one of a kind compilation of objects the designer has collected throughout the years. Lui will be creating 50 of these chandeliers in both white and black for the British label Innermost.

Things…

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

I have noticed that I get a surprisingly large number of hits for the open projects listed on the side bar, but yet no one is adding to them. The side of the Denver Art Museum still looks awful, I am still wanting to help design an amazing space here in Denver and sharing art/design from your journal is always awesome. People have written to me asking about the Denver Design Project, but the answer is no – no one has stepped up. This is just a friendly reminder all of these projects are open for contribution.

Also, I am looking for a local web designer to help me make some changes to designklub. Asking around has not gotten me very far, but I know the talent is here. If you are a designer who is looking for a side project in exchange for friendship, fun and I guess, money, please email me! design(dot)klub(at)yahoo.com

ICFF 2008: Lighting Part 2

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

More lighting from ICFF – the top image is one of the beautiful lights from David Trubridge’s new Spiral Islands collection.

Heading out of the fair, I almost missed Knoend’s tiny clubhouse-esque space. These young designers from San Fransisco not only had a refreshingly quiet exhibit, they were also showcasing a great eco-lamp called ‘lite 2 go’. The concept of lite 2 go is simple; the packaging becomes part of the lamp, leaving little waste. What is left is designed to be recycled or biodegradable, including the lamp itself which can can be recycled or sent back to Knoend, who will take care of the recycling for you.

And finally, another cool light from Molo. The honeycomb structure allows the lamp to morph into different shapes, encouraging play. Here the lamps are shaped like urchins, but they can also squish down flat or open up at the top like a flower. I love Molo.

ICFF 2008: Lighting Part 1

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

All in all, ICFF was rather lackluster this year, although there were a few gems in the crowd. The new ‘Cloud’ lights by Molo (top) were some of my favorites, although they are not yet in production. Hopefully they will sell them both with and without the light fixture itself because they looked really wonderful with just the ambient light coming down from above.

Ango displayed another unusual piece this year which I, of course, loved. Perhaps it’s because it resembled a lava tube, but the ‘Twig’ light was fascinating. To make the lamp they coated it with tapioca powder and applied heat, giving it the cracked appearance. Josh Urso experimented with new fabrics, creating a much softer (and nicer) look than his previous resin dipped pieces.

ICFF 2008: designboom mart

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

One of the best parts of ICFF every year, hands down, is the designboom mart. Not only is it like a mad flea market with vendors selling their wares and people waving money, there truly is an excitement in the air that you generally don’t find in the thousand dollar exhibit booths across the way.

These are young (or new) designers who are eager (and happy) to talk about their work. That’s not too much to ask from the design world is it? Here are the highlights from this year’s group (from top to bottom):

  • Concrete Rings from 22designstudio (not new, but I bought one so…)
  • Kubo Bowls made from steel and found branches
  • Skin Series Vases by The Mighty Bearcats (they remind me of the Studiomold vases I wrote about for MoCo…I knew I would remember that!)
  • Nice ceramic vases by Erika Hegenberg
  • Calendar Vase by the Nothing Design Group (there is a bud vase suspended inside the pages)

Found in Future Perfect: V20 Vase

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Believe it or not, I still have not made it into the Javits Center yet – my days have been spent wandering around the many satellite shows going on all over the city. Today I was in the Future Perfect in Brooklyn and spotted these great fabric waterproof vases by Cody Hudson for Raptus Lab. Tomorrow I really am going into ICFF – we’ll see if I can get it all done in a day. To check out my coverage of the satellite shows, visit MoCo Loco over the next few days.

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