Contemporary design

The Lip Balm – Finnish style

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Mona Isotupa’s Pine Lip Balm concept has won the FDS Award design competition, organised by online store Finnish Design Shop.

The winning design is an ethically and ecologically produced pine lip balm, where the product and packaging form a natural unity: the container is crafted of Finnish pinewood and one of the key ingredients of the balm is organic pine essential oil.

 

 

 

Rabbit chair by Stefano Giovannoni

Giovannoni and a group of designers have launched a design brand QEEBOO that aims at producing affordable, injection moulded plastic furniture & objects. Stefano Giovannoni and well-known creatives Andrea Branzi, Gabriele Chiave, Richard Hutten, Nika Zupanc contribute with their designs. source : designboom.com

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Dash, Turin – the latest lounge bar experience

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In the heart of Turin, a new restaurant has opened its doors in an abandoned printing house. A 70es style inspired space  where steel meets concrete, architect Fabio Fantolino has succeeded in mixing these different materials and combining intimate areas with larger busier surfaces. source : yellowtrace.com

 

 

 

 

DESIGN MUSEUM – LONDON

The Design Museum has opened its first ever standalone retail space, moments away from the museum’s new west London site.
Located on Kensington High Street, the Design Museum Shop presents a curated edit of design classics, collections based on current exhibitions and an ever-changing array of design-focused objects from around the world. source : Dezeen

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Popham Design-Marrakech

When Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes bought a 1950s house in Gueliz, a neighborhood in the heart of modern Marrakech, they painted it in shades of inky blue, clear azure, and cool gray, animated by similar colors in the vividly patterned tiles they produce in their small factory in town. The couple came to Marrakech nine years ago, with the idea of taking a year off from their busy Los Angeles–based lives.  Two months after arriving, they started a bespoke tile company, Popham Design, with a factory that grew to employ some 60 locals. source : Elle Decor

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The Spirit of the Algarve – farmhouse chic

Located in Portugal’s stunning coastal Algarve region, Vila Monte is a boho-chic 55-room farmhouse-style hotel spread across nine hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens.

Vila Monte’s Vera Iachia-designed interiors use fresh whites and natural woods to create bright, airy spaces that are as welcoming as they are contemporary.

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Nendo’s Manga Chairs

Japanese design studio Nendo has created a series of 50 chairs, which are each based on the abstract lines and grids used in graphics for manga-style comic books. Each chair in the Manga collection is made from polished stainless steel, and is intended to emulate a design element used to illustrate emotions or actions in stories.

The 50 Manga chairs were presented as an installation for Friedman Benda gallery, New York at the Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Settentrionale during Milan design week.

source : dezeen

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Passion Flower Sue

 

Passionflower is a floral design studio specializing in floral fashion and jewelry, floral styling and weddings. Created by designer Susan McLeary, and based in Ann Arbor, Michigan Passionflower and is available for editorial styling, workshop instruction and destination events worldwide. Considered one of the country’s top designers of floral wearables and living jewelry, Susan received one gold and three silver medals and placed second overall in the 2014 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year competition.

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She creates some beautiful floral and succulent jewelry.

Here are some of her amazing creations :

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EVENT : Koku Concept comes to Geneva

 

Exclusively for Switzerland’s finest luxury department store, the delightful designer sisters Ilena & Maria of KOKU CONCEPT, Athens will be present on

Friday April 15th at Bongénie LAUSANNE from 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm

Saturday April 16th  at Bongénie GENEVA from 11.30 to 5.00 pm

Come meet Ilena & Maria and customize with their help your choice of trays !

 

See you soon !
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Casa Fayette, Guadalajara

Seated comfortably in the Lafayette neighborhood, Casa Fayette is known as Guadalajara’s first design-led hotel. Casa Fayette is a meeting point for art, design, fashion and architecture. Conceptualized and created by design studios, DIMORE STUDIO, in partnership with Grupo Habita, the hotel carries a distinct blend of tradition and modernism, Jalisco design and European style. source : Trendland

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Funky Optical Illusion with 3D Magic

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The new lamps are inspired by classic and vintage-style desk lamps with a modern twist.  Each flat LED “ by BULBING ” lamp is made from a thick and strong sheet of acrylic glass that has been etched with dozens of intricate lines. Which enables to create a sense of dimensionality, as LED light travels through the lines illuminating the design and creating a powerful optical illusion. Features include bright LED light with a lifespan of 50,000 hours, a warm glow, and dimmer.

 

 

 

 

 

Stylish Handrail

Architect Ammar Eloueini worked with architect Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY™ to complete this Corian screen/handrial that spans the side of this wooden block staircase in Paris. The computer generated pattern is fairly open at the bottom and gradually becomes more opaque towards to the top, while the wooden treads become thicker.  source : designmilk

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Shang Xia opens space by Kego Kuma, Shanghai

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has completed a space combining retail, culture and the arts for the contemporary chinese brand Shang Xia. Embodying Asian, high-quality craftsmanship in their opulent products, the store is located in a classical french villa within the historical and prominent district of Xintiandi in Shanghai. Inside the boutique, furniture, tea ware, clothing and jewelry are amongst some products that are elegantly displayed meanwhile a distinct and delicate canopy characterizes the space. The subtle and sculptural feature is the combination of natural wood and sandstone- instilling a sophisticated and refined look. source : designboom

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A new take on the Chesterfield

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Grandly proportioned, with a low seat, plush padding and allover button tufting, our Soho sofa is comfort writ large. Its lavish styling recalls the classic Chesterfield – plush seating for London’s turn-of-the-century gentlemen’s clubs – but squared-off arms and a rakishly low profile imbue it with contemporary, of-the-moment style. source : design walker

Dripping Chocolate or a Picture Frame ? by Bonsoir Paris

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The Paris, France-based design team of Bonsoir Paris is made up of graphic designers, Rémy Clémente & Morgan Maccari. Along with their team they created Duramen, a series of sculptures, which began as wooden frames that are then reimagined into something indistinguishable. The sculptures create juxtaposition between the distorted nature of the designs themselves and their use of fine woods such as oak, fir, wenge, pear, and linden. Source : designmilk

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Poetic Rain Bottle Installation by Nendo for Maison & Objet Paris September 5th – 9th 2014

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Created for the 2014 Fall edition of Maison & Objet in Paris, who asked designers to consider the relationship between language and design, the word rain was chosen for its many nuances in Japanese, a language that has dozens of words for rain depending on the condition and time of day.

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The exhibit consists of 20 clear acrylic bottles lined-up, each containing a different kind of ‘rain’. ‘Kirisame’, ‘biu’ and ‘kosame’ refer to different degrees of fine drizzle, while ‘niwaka-ame’ is a sudden downpour.

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‘Mizore’ is sleet, and a ‘yudachi’ falls in the evening. ‘Kisame’ is rain that drips from the ends of tree branches, and ‘kaiu’ is rain that falls mixed with dust and pollen

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Seasonal rains were also included, from the ‘samidare’ that falls in the spring, to ‘shigure’, rain specific to autumn and winter.

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“By exhibiting twenty different kinds of ‘rain’, we hoped to express Japanese culture’s unique relationship to nature and the depth of this relationship.” says Nendo.

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The Amazing Sand-Gift Box by Alien & Monkey

Barcelona-based design workshop Alien and Monkey has created an intriguing, eco-friendly packaging that is made using “one of earth’s most abundant natural resources, sand”—to get to what is inside, one would have to destroy the packaging completely.

By using traditional ceramic technique, ordinary sand is mixed with other natural minerals, pressed tightly together and dried—no glue or resin is used to hold the sand packaging together.

A gift can be sealed within this packaging, and the recipient crumbles it to reveal what it holds—according to its creators, “Destroying the packaging during its opening provides a unique sensory experience and creates a long-lasting memory for the person who discovers the gift.”  via design taxi.com

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