February 6, 2012

Crystallized project – Tokujin Yoshioka @ Maison&Objet


Tokujin Yoshioka

Tokujin Yoshioka`s designs have always been positioned somewhere in the undefined region between poetry and materialism. Indeed, he begins his design exploration by working with materials in the strangest forms and techniques, and so he ends up with most unexpected results.

To no surprise, this year Tokujin is one of the chosen designers of the year (créateur now! design à vivre 2012) at Maison&Objet in Paris.

He presents his explorations into the realm of the frozen water, named “Crystallized project” – the crystallized painting series grown by the vibration of music by Frederic Chopin and also the crystallized chair “VENUS – Natural crystal chair” and the crystallized painting in aquariums.

February 5, 2012

Hard choice – a carpet or a pouf?

The Belgian brand Casalis has launched a line of poufs as an addition to their exceptional collection of carpets. The poufs are made in a three-dimensional elastic fabric, composed of the very best of materials: kid mohair and merino wool. It is so hard to choose which are better – the carpets or the poufs, so my vote goes to both!
See more at Casalis site. The designer of the poufs is Aleksandra Gaca

February 5, 2012

A carpet to call your own – Nodus

Based on the notion that the middle class of design product consumers will soon disappear, italian brand NODUS offers some high-end, customizable carpets. They have invited famous designers – Matali Crasset, the Campana brothers and the like, to create some innovative carpets.

The array of different styles and notions is astounding, as is the choice of designer names.

Never the less, some designs prove to be particularly effective – see the work of Nika Zupanc (Black tie carpet), Giulio Iacchetti and many more at Nodus site.

February 5, 2012

A couch potato from Sweden

Carina Karlsson from Sweden makes interesting and useful items with a childish twist – her “couch potato” (soffpotatis) can be used as a cushion or a toy. What`s even more interesting is the way she uses that image of a large-headed monster to create colorful two-dimensional decorations, which are then applied to trays, cutting boards and more. See all her work at her blog  carinaa.com

February 5, 2012

My modern tidy home – note #1

Can modern homes be tidy? Judging by all professional photos it`s an imperative for a modern home to be tidy in order to be presentable.

But what to do if you don`t live in hundreds of square meters?

Here`s an idea from Japanese architect Tomohiro Hata – in his Complex house he uses raised levels in some rooms, underneath which you can store lots of things.

More ideas to come!

February 4, 2012

Bravo for Patkau!


plywood forms grouped in the snow make shelter for skaters in Montreal

A flock of plywood forms in the middle of a frozen river? It is not a beginning of some fiction novel, but a real architectural addition to the Canadian winter. The team at Patkau Architects have given form to a long lasting need of people in Winnipeg to find shelter in the freezing -30 degrees and sweeping Arctic winds. Grouped together like a herd of buffaloes and turning their back to the wind, these leightweight shelters can be moved in the speing and reused come next winter.

Well done Patkau team!


February 3, 2012

Random stripes in Sweden – Erika Tubin design

Some of Erica`s work connects to Swedish roots

Erika Tubin`s work shows how far one`s artistic expression can reach by using very limited means – in her case it`s the old red play-horse and intertwined branches under snow. Loads of inspiration and utmost simplicity! You can check her work on her site, or see her items in the online shop signerat.

January 31, 2012

Sumo pouf – Norman Copenhagen

Designer of Sumo pouf, Simon Legald says: “I enjoy working with techniques which are necessary for the design and I like including – instead of hiding – them as part of the design"

A new product coming from design company Norman Copenhagen – “Sumo” pouf is a multifunctional piece of furniture and can be used as an extension to the sofa, a feature in the bedroom or a stool in the entrance hall. It comes in five classic colors: black, grey, beige, purple and turquoise.

The designer Simon Legald has combined several types of upholstery, wood, buttons and stitching for a most simple, yet charming effect.

See more at Norman Copenhagen design blog “Spotted by”.