Vienna-based design studio Vandasye has a nice approach to portfolio presentation on their website. Alongside the products, the designers also share the inspirations behind each of the pieces. Their expandable pine coat rack (right) was influenced by items such as the “adjustable music stand” and the Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi “Sciangai” folding clothes stand (1973-4).
Archive for February, 2010
I am deep into Olympics mania right now, partly because the weather in London continues to be rotten. In addition to the sports, some design highlights of the games have included: the Maple leaf mittens – I love the hidden design that pops up when you wave; the Swedish team’s crocheted hats (photos of these were particularly tough to track down, apparently you get one if you open up a bank account in Sweden or make your own via this handy video) and finally the stunning podiums made by James Lee and Leo Obstbaum – each one crafted from 200 pieces of Canadian wood.
British designer Joe Wentworth created these folding handle bars with the urban bike rider in mind. The handle bars, which can be attached to new and existing bikes, are useful for more than just storage – the folded handles can be locked for extra security.
Crudo is a new series of ceramic and glass tableware by Atipico. Crudo, which means ‘raw’ is made with, “simple finishes, completed only once the food is presented on it.”
Elisa Storzyk’s ‘Wooden Carpet’ is a beautiful cross between furniture and textiles. The German designer attaches geometric veneer pieces to a fabric backing – giving the product both flexibility and form, smoothness and rigidity.
Sjoerd Jonkers ‘Neolastic tableware’ is a mix between stone age craft and modern materialism. Jonkers makes sand molds of common household objects and covers them with plastic; creating rough edged vessels that have eternal life.
The Amsterdam Metrobowl by Frederick Roije is part of the designer’s new series of city-scape containers. Up next is NYC.
My last stop at the Designer’s Fair was at the display of the Cologne-based Grassland studio and of course this is where my battery died. Thankfully, Grassland had their new products on their website already. In addition to wall hangings and orbs, the company just released these grass-covered letters and lamp shades. All of their products are made with real grass that will naturally fade and change color over time. No watering or trimming required.