What does Design mean to you ? This crowdsourced wall offers a selection of items that have a special meaning. Some things are here because they do their job well. Some have been nominated because they are beautiful, and others because they carry special memories. Any piece of design that matters needs to offer at least one of these qualities.
The Cobra Lamp is one of the beautiful Italian design classics. Elio Martinelli’s Cobra Lamp was designed for Martinelli Luce Italy in 1968. Elio Martinelli was one of the forerunners of Italy’s space age design movement with a real futuristic style characterized by organic free-flowing lines and a timeless look. It is a very functional table lamp with a swiveling upper arm which allows for 360 degree rotation.
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.
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
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
Azucar Hotel in Monte Gordo, Veracruz is an assemblage of 20 whitewashed bungalows with small, private terraces overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Inspired by the local sugarcane industry, each bungalow is named after one of the mills in the area. This is a slow-life experience a visitor can find in Azucar, with an access to hotel’s open-air ‘biblioteca’ or outdoor spa. Designed by Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha of Grupo Habita, they kept the surrounding landscape in mind when working on the site. source : trendland.com
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
Haruka Misawa (@misawadesigninstitute) is redefining aquascaping, introducing 3Dprinted sculptural forms as compositional elements for fish, turtles, shrimp and aquatic plants to interact with: miniature landscapes inspired by the natural, but displaying the modern and artificial output of a 3D printer. source: designmilk
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.
She creates some beautiful floral and succulent jewelry.
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.
A former chef at Toronto’s Bar Isabel, Brandon Olsen has since moved on to launch his own chocolate confectionary, slated to open on College Street in March. In the meantime, his CXBO chocolates – beautiful half marbles that you can’t stop staring at – are being sold online. The unique flavour combinations include raspberry, rose and fennel; lime, ginger and black pepper; and classic salted caramel. source : azuremagazine.com
These three package designs were created by Japanese Design Guru Kenya Hara. Characterized by joint-free, smooth curves and delicate white texture, are for the most well-known Pierre Hermé pastry, Ispahan. source : trendland
Japanese designer Nendo has produced a collection of candles which slowly reveal color and scent as it burns. Called ‘Sunset’ candles, each appear white at first, but once lit, the heat reacts to the center and begins changing to yellow then orange, red, purple, and finally to blue. The idea was influenced by the shifting shades of light during sunset; reflecting the soft transitioning of hues. Each color is accompanied by a scent: bergamot, lemongrass, sweet marjoram, lavender, and geranium. By combining scent and sight, the candle not only provides illumination, but represents the passage of time.
Charles and Ray Eames are among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Enthusiastic and tireless experimenters, this husband and wife duo moved fluidly between the fields of photography, film, architecture, exhibition-making, and furniture and product design.
The Eames Office was a hub of activity where the Eameses and their collaborators produced an array of pioneering designs, communicating their ideas with a boundless creativity that defined their careers. The Eameses embraced the joy of trial and error and approached design as a way of life.
From personal letters, photographs, drawings and artwork, to their products, models, multi-media installations and furniture, The World of Charles and Ray Eames includes not only the designs for which they are best known, but provides an insight into the lives of the Eameses, the Eames Office and the breadth of their pioneering work, bringing their ideas and playful spirit to life.
Chinese restaurants worldwide all seem to have a fish tank – a token of good luck and prosperity. Amsterdam’s ever-puckish Droog decided to invert the paradigm by placing a 3D-printed Chinese restaurant inside a fishbowl, complete with miniature vases, paper lampion and dim sum service for six ! just love it….
Over the next year, the turquoise fiberglass structure—designed by Finnish architect Marri Suuronen in the 1960s and recently restored by artist Craig Barnes—will be open up to the public for performances, talks and events on the roof of the Central St. Martins Campus in London.
When Suuronen designed the Futuro House in 1968, it was originally conceived as a mountainside cottage ideal for its simple transport, with low maintenance needs and sloped sides that could shed snow easily. source : fastcodesign.com
Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf transformed broken picture frames filled with fabric into haute-couture gowns during their latest catwalk show, by taking them off a wall and draping them over models. via dezeen
Amusing Images Of A Peanut Living In A Gorgeous Mid-Century Designer Home :
Meet Pete Peanut, the star of a new book titled Pete Peanut and the Trouble with Birthdays by designers Sean Hewens and Mimi O Chun—inspired by a visit to Palms Springs Modernism Week, the duo decided to create perfectly made miniature versions of beautiful mid-century furniture.
Featuring the well-known creations of legendary designers such as George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Finn Juhl and Florence Knoll, the book actually tells a very amusing fictional story about Pete—who lives in a fabulous home filled with designer furniture—and his peanut friends.
Currently sourcing for funding on Kickstarter—“the world’s smallest Kickstarter campaign”—this adorable and unusual photo book would definitely “look nice on your mid-century modern coffee table”. You can receive a copy by pledging US$25 over here.
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
Presented at Salone del Mobile 2014 in Milan is this unusual and beautiful new collection of water faucets for the bath or kitchen. A collaboration between Axor and designer Philippe Starck for Hansgrohe, the Axor Starck V collection serves the technical function of a faucet and combines it with the visual experience of watching water form a swirling vortex and “free-fall” into the washbasin.
A project by Danish design company Vipp, this revolutionary 55 sqm steel and glass construction includes a living area, a bed loft and a fully-equipped kitchen to be placed anywhere. The traditional log cabin has been revolutionized. love it !
A collaborative team comprising architecture studio Bona-Lemercier, artist Xavier Veilhan and set designer Alexis Bertrand has transformed a 1960s country house into a gallery designed to showcase contemporary artwork. Located 30 kilometers east of Paris, ‘le Château de Rentilly’ forms the second permanent venue for FRAC Ile-de-France – (the region’s contemporary art fund) – with the other location existing in the center of the french capital. source : designboom
The most outrageous and exuberant lingerie in the world comes from a place youd probably never expect: Syria. Adorned with everything from faux fur, artificial flowers, and feathered birds to plastic toy cell phones, these intimates flash lights, play music, even vibrate. Well known across the Middle Eastin Syria the lingerie forms an important part of the folk tradition around trousseaus and weddingsit is openly displayed in the markets and souks. Authors Malu Halasa and Rana Salam have brought together a diverse and dramatic collection of photography and writing, including the voices of Syrian women, celebrating this little-known niche of fashion design in all its playful glory.