Archive for May, 2009

Daisuke Hiraiwa

Friday, May 29th, 2009

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Daisuke Hiraiwa exhibited three of his lights as part of the Contemporary British Design at ICFF. The larger of the toothpick versions, called ‘Stamen’, was made with app. 12,500 toothpicks.

Moroso and Kim Beck

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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Seeing the Moroso showroom was one of the highlights of New York Design Week. Patrizia Moroso found Kim Beck’s book, “A Field Guide to Weeds,” and loved the graphic imagery. She invited the artist to create an installation to go along with Moroso’s outdoor furniture collection. A forest of acrylic trees and vinyl vines covered everything – I love Patrizia’s vision, stunning as always.

ICFF: RISD

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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Another nice exhibit among the student booths was RISD’s Immaterialize. The pieces focused on materials’ abilities vs. their typical applications. Among the highlights were Elisa Werbler’s Pour cups, Ruth Fore’s Crochet Crochet chair, Ian Horowitz’s Loofah Ankle Boot and Debra Folz’s 100% Wax table.

ICFF: Pratt

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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Pratt’s ‘Design for a Dollar’ exhibition asked its students to create pieces made from a dollar of materials. Above are scissors made from discarded saw blades by Brian Persico, an oiled and heat pressed paper bag bag by Rebecca Marchall and pendants made from borax soaked pipe cleaners by Jennie Maneri.

ICFF: Brklyn Designs

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

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I was really excited to see that Brklyn Designs had a booth at this year’s fair. The show, which highlights local NY designers, usually takes place the week before ICFF – thus eliminating my chance of seeing it. The first table is by Umproject, while the bottom two pieces ‘Metal Stoolen’ and ‘Stitched Table’ are by Uhuru.

ICFF: Cranbrook

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

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During ICFF, I spent most of my time scouring the off-site exhibitions for MoCo Loco. Over the next few weeks you can read many, many posts over there. However, I did make it to the Javitts Center for a few hours and came across some interesting new items.

Some of my favorite places to stop are the booths containing student work. Cranbrook’s collection was called ‘Innate Gestures’, items that have been designed to interact with the the user through “natural sensory cues” thus enhancing the function and pleasure the object brings.

Above are the ‘Newspaper Table’ and ‘Magazine Hanger’ by Isaac Yu Chen, ‘Symmetrican’ by Saebyul Lim, and ‘Triad’ by Talha Khwaja. With the glut of “stuff” at ICFF, these objects were beautiful in their simplicity.

Daniel Franzen

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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Nice table made from sliced boards of turned pine by Daniel Franzen. He also recently teamed up with Marie-Louise Gustafsson to create the ‘Come Rain or Come Shine lighting series. (via Malo)

Designklub Tweets from ICFF

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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So much stuff to do before ICFF it’s making my head spin, but I’ll be there Friday – covering the off-site shows for MoCo Loco, and all the events for designklub. If you want the play-by-play on everything from how my hotel will (hopefully) be open to the latest designs, follow me around the city on Twitter (name: designklub). Going to have to practice my text to twitter before I go.

Moooi: Brave New World

Monday, May 11th, 2009

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Love the ‘Brave New World’ lamp by Fresh West for Moooi. Made up of pegged and notched wood, reminiscent of old Far Eastern bamboo scaffolding.

Jón Björnsson

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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Stumbled across the work of Icelandic designer, Jón Björnsson, and really enjoyed his portfolio. Above are Björnsson’s ‘Table Rack’, a magazine holder/side table combo and ‘Flower Eruption’, a series of vases he made by casting volcanic sand in paper molds. Mixed with resin, the sand dries and the paper is torn away – leaving a simple and crisp geometric form. He has some other nice projects made from folded paper (a chair and lights) that are worth checking out.

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