Windworks, the latest project of Merel Karhof, just opened last week on the Dutch National Mill Day at the well-known and typical area of the Zaanse Schans, in the north-west of the Netherlands.
Unique to this project is that the materials (dyes, fabrics and wood) are all created at the Zaanse Schans and all use a free and inexhaustible energy source; the wind. Visit Windworks until 19 May at colour mill ‘De Kat’, and experience how windmills that are working together can turn into a complete production process.
Windworks can be seen as an urban factory, using wind as its main source of energy. According to Merel Karhof there is an important element missing in the discussion around free sources of energy as she explains the idea behind her project as follows: ‘’Everyone is talking about green energy, but nobody knows what that means, how much wind energy do you need to make a scarf? In this project I have visualised the wind, and what it can produce.”
A variety of little colourfull pillows form the upholstery of the stools, chairs and benches. Each size of the pillow represents the amount of time needed by the wind to make it, thus giving insight into length of the production process.
Designer Omer Arbel has designed a new collection for light brand ‘Bocci’ made of recycle glass. The pendant light features spheres of glasses suspended to semi-rigid copper cables forming irregular arcs floating in the air. The orbs comprises between four to six blown glass balls wherein inside three of them LED are inserted. Small plants can be insert in the rest of the cavities to form a harmonious illumination that united greenery, light and ecology.
The Royal Norwegian Consulate in New York will promote Insidenorway at the ICFF (May 18-21) in Booth 922. One of the most exciting features is the return of a special prototype exhibit featuring the work of 21 emerging designers. Curated by Paul Makovsky, who traveled around the country to make the final selection, The Essence of Things: New Designs from Norway will present prototypes of home furnishings that reflect the vibrant design scene in Oslo and beyond. One of the prototypes from last year – blankets designed by Snøhetta – is now being produced by Røros Tweed and will officially launch at the show this year. After the ICFF, the exhibit will travel to LA for Dwell on Design.
“Szklarnia” is the fifth and March (2013) part of the collection called “XII”, entirely designed by Karina Wiciak.
Usually, restaurant owners care about not having their establishment demolished, but here someone has made quite a mess…
At first glance, the “Szklarnia” looks like a demolished establishment. A place where the customers are not too well-behaved and release their gangster inclinations… But this is no “Fight Club”, but another interior in which the author’s fantasy is a pretext for creating an unusual decoration.
Perfectly designed to furnish the dressing room or small space, the’Folding Araga Nomad Closet’ by Ricardo André Pedrini & Freisleben is both, an aesthetic and practical creation. We looking forward to find it on the market.
The hyper-realistic plush soft sculptured pancakes not only look but feel just like the real thing. The non-subtle scale and luxury fabric trims accent a taste for fashion and drama. The result is a sensory and magic experience where they serve up the good design of an ordinary object and flip it to a level of contemporary functional art. Each unique work can be purchased alone or order up a stack.
Toronto based designer John Tong have designed ‘Les Ailes Noires,’ a collection of clothing racks inspired by the simplicity of geometric line drawings which are at he same time trompe l’oeil, minimalist graphic. The collection features 11 different freestanding units that are weighted to lean against a wall or flat surface.
Located in the roof top of Manhattan this rooftop designed Pulltab Design offers amazing views of the surrounding building while maintaining a sense of privacy for the owner. At the center of the design there is a large rough white oak block selected from a lumber mill in Pennsylvania. Designed to gracefully weather over the years, the oak blocks are acting as fountain and bench creating a focal point in the garden.
OBJECT Rotterdam is the fair for contemporary design which takes place during Art Rotterdam. This year, OBJECT will be held for the first time in the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) which is part of The New Institute. The upcoming edition of OBJECT Rotterdam takes place from 7 to 10 February 2013.
Quantum by Jason Philips is a dining table that interprets what the movement or path of subatomic particles might look like. Heavy gauge steel wire is hand-formed, then powder-coated black. This forms a pedestal base for a lacquered orange corian top.
Joe Jin Design Company Ltd, a young creative studio from Toronto has created this interactive grass rug that conceals a YKK® fastening system that allow each artificial flower, equipped with a snap button center, to be added/removed/arranged/rearranged in 84 different locations.
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Renown architecture and design studio, Destilat has recently developed a concept for the corporate architecture Lohmann & Rauscher, an internationally leading provider of future-oriented medical and hygiene products. The interior design concept focuses on representation of the company’s brand as well as its values and internationality and emphasises the company’s status.
Extensive wall-mounted elements that form a lamellar structure are one of the dominant characteristics of this concept. These elements neutralise problematic areas of the existing architecture and are integrated in the overall structure for product and brand presentation.
The concept was developed at company’s offices in Vienna and will now be realised at all other company sites around the world.
At Design Miami / Art Basel, the international design fair held in Miami, 5-9 December, FABRICA, Benetton Group’s communication research centre, presents Tutti Frutti, a new glass collection that celebrates Miami’s designer look, cosmopolitan atmosphere and vibrant lifestyle.
The collection, conceived by Fabrica’s international team of designers, will make its world debut in United Colors of Benetton’s remodeled Miami store (670 Collins Avenue at 7th street) and at New York gallery owner Cristina Grajales’s booth inside the fair (booth n°24).
The world is rapidly changing. New, developing countries are coming into the limelight of industrial production, bringing along with them a new way of conceiving design jointly with likewise unusual organisational models. In emerging countries a new entrepreneurial orientation is slowly but steadily arising, directing the trend of industrial production towards the idea of innovative and actually recognisable products.
FiloSofia is an exposition that stages exactly this kind of continuous evolution under way, telling the genesis of the projects being born within Russian Sofia, one of Europe’s leading firms in doors and sliding systems manufacturing.
With FiloSofia exhibition, La Triennale di Milano and Material ConneXion, provide, for the first time in their history, with an in-depth analysis of the reality of a company originating from a world far from the settled western design establishment, that represents the paradigm of an ever-changing situation in which new Nations and cultures have been facing the scenario of contemporary design as protagonists. Read More…
This Cant Desk by Blu Dot has a minimalist and pure design warmed up by legs made of walnut veneer. with solid and your choice of grey or bright red steel accents. It’s perfect for those who seek simplicity in their work environment with ample to spread out.
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The Signature Collection designed by Sonya Winner are more than just rugs but beneficially piece of art to hang on the walls.
Designed to suit today’s open plan living, these rugs are not only beautiful accents in any home, they are also hardwearing and durable. These contemporary designs transform any space and add warmth, texture and vibrancy.
Designer Xu YAn Xiang reinvented the toaster by redesigning this item that has the same shape for decades. One of the toaster is shaped as a tree and’s got transparent leaves that hold your bread, till they are done. The second one, has transparent design that allows you to see when the bread is toasted to your liking.