Beautiful installation by design firm Edhv and Wendy Plomp. The team set-up a cave of paper cones in the Verger shop for Milan fashion week.
Archive for March, 2010
Eco-adventurer David de Rothschild set off from San Fransisco for Australia with a crew of five people on a specially built boat called the Plastiki. The entire vessel is made out of re-purposed plastics, from PET boards to a hull composed of 12, 500 carbon dioxide filled soda bottles. In addition to showcasing the design possibilities of plastic, the voyagers are hoping to focus attention on the health of the world’s oceans. Their website has a journey tracker, videos and sketches, including boats inspired by the Palstiki made by schoolchildren (bottom).
Industrial lamps re-interpreted in leather forms by Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop. Each light is handmade, foldable and available in a variety of colors.
Stopped by the pop-up Danish Modern Warehouse on Brompton Road today. Housed in a former garage, this temporary shop is filled with mid-century modern furniture through the end of March. It was a pleasant surprise to see the work of a contemporary Danish designer, Nina Tolstrup, also on display. Above are her ‘Reveal Cabinet’ and chandelier. Outside the space, the organizers have set-up a bar, which occasionally houses a Danish hot dog stand – must have to stop by on sunny day to see that in action (Nina’s pallet project chair is in the foreground).
During the upcoming Milan furniture fair Tokujin Yoshioka will be presenting his new ‘Invisibles’ collection of transparent polycarbonate furniture for Kartell. Yoshiaka says, “the presence of the object is eradicated and it will create a scenery of a sitter floating in the air.”
It’s rare that I use this site for personal announcements, but I finally convinced my boyfriend to start selling the cool silver necklaces he makes on etsy. They are just so stylish – especially the retro, folklore bird!
Tomas Alonso is Spanish designer whose work is focused on elegant yet simple forms. His collection of seating is particularly nice; from the minimalist ‘5 Degree Stool’ made from beech and sailing rope to his mis-matched ‘V&A chairs’ designed for an event at the Somerset House. The combination of powder coated steel, ash and reclaimed Victorian ceiling boards give the chairs a “slightly umbalanced appearance” which is very charming.
At this year’s Milan furniture fair, the iconic collective Droog will be presenting Everything Must Go, a showcase of 5074 items that had been lost in bankruptcies. Each piece has been ‘revived’ by one of 15 participating designers. The display will include everything from dog baskets to salt shakers – folding chairs to wallets. This will definitely be a stop for me – designers transforming existing products instead of churning out needless new ones is very appropriate given the times.
For her new collection, Cut & Paste, Kiki van Eijk created, “an imaginary world in which everything is mixed, combined and questioned.” Her ‘Machine Box’ (right) stands out for its visible blend of the handmade – from sewn felt to gold twisted rope. Each hybrid creation reflects a personal touch.