by peter kostelov in moscow has something very attractive about it. even though it’s black and white, stark, sharp – there is warmth about it.
more on dezeen’s website here
images by zinon razudtinov
i have always been a japan fan. a massive one – especially as i have never visited the country. and among all things japanese, i very much respect and admire japanese architects. they have a particular flair for airy, light, clean spaces because the country is an island, land is scarce and therefore space is a luxury.
their residential projects are something that instantly gets me daydreaming – a day when i get to build my own house. japanese simple clean aesthetic in combination with rugged coastal croatian landscape influence.
one practice in particular moves me – it is suppose design office. the imagination with which they turn the smallest of spaces into an interesting, natural light filled habitats is absolutely amazing. the wittiness and playfulness of the spaces reminds us of the more important aspects of our lives. to me they look like a perfect invitation away from the daily grind and stress with a handful of humour thrown into its shapes, walls and windows. closed to the outside and open to the inside. a shelter and a home.
we could all learn something from it.
image taken from dezeen’s profile on the practice – you can see it here
i have been following/ reading a brilliant new online magazine called disegno. best described by its author ‘Disegno is a magazine, website and salon dedicated to international architecture, design and fashion. it’s a unique concept that aims to encourage debate and acknowledge the interplay and cross-pollination of these disciplines.’
conceived and founded by johanna agermann ross, a former icon magazine journalist, it has launched in december and is full of delights taking you to some very interesting people, stories, events and a diary suggestions for your cultural education from the field of design.
‘twice a year, disegno releases a printed magazine. this biannual tome is dedicated to key events in architecture, design and fashion over the last six months. it is an essential read and flick for both laymen and professionals and gives a flavour of the current stylistic and intellectual preoccupations of architects, product and fashion designers. disegno employs the best writers and photographers to give in-depth reflections on new buildings, products and garments. the emphasis is on creating a well-crafted and well-researched product that is informative and inspiring. the first issue launched in december 2011.’
one interesting thing that disegno has introduced is ‘salon’ – a series of events that bring further insight into the workings of the industry. the first one organized was hosted at vitra showroom and it had an overview of the new designs for 2011.
the second one was a visit to sunbury workshops – a home to a community of product, furniture and graphic designers, jewelers, an illustrator and a shoe maker as per below:
more info here.
from time to time you see something that really appeals to you and – when speaking of objects – you just want it. well i just want this ‘home’
“dutch design week 2011 saw philips design in eindhoven present a conceptual self-sufficient home that converts sewage and rubbish into power. he microbial home would function as a biological machine, using the waste from one area of the home to power another and creating a cyclical ecosystem. a bio-digester kitchen island would break down solid bathroom waste and vegetable peelings into methane, while plastic packaging would be broken down by fungus. Fresh food would be stored in an evaporative cooler and part of the dining table, while honey could be harvested from an urban beehive.”
one of this year’s rca graduates show projects was called “PhotoGraphy” by shikai tseng. this is what tseng says: ‘the project is the creation of a process in which the environment, time and light react to each other and generate images on three-dimensional objects. The 1st series is about coating objects – in this case vases – with a “light-sensitive” layer, put in a black box with strategically placed pinholes, and exposed for 5 to 50 minutes depending on the brightness of the environment. It is a new way to capture a moment in time, no matter whether the image on the object is focused or losing focus – the object will carry the trace of its first moments of experience, its first exposure.’
the result in my opinion is the most exquisite object!
you can see more from the creator here
since my last post, lots have happened and xmas has been and gone.
one of the big news is the royal wedding coming up this spring – horray as this means another bank holiday! i love this country! i will make sure i buy some memorabilia and my choice will be KK Outlet’s chinaware – see here
i like phillips de pury’s pop-up contemporary arts shop at saatchi’s. if you want a quick glimpse of what’s around in terms of young design blood, this is a good starting point.
here are only a few things…
blown colour by nendo
inspired by traditional japanese paper lanterns and glass blowing techniques. the thermoplastic, non-woven textile smash can be blown with air and hot water into three-dimensional forms. It also responds extremely well to printing and dyeing. ‘blown-color’ adds dye to the hot water used to create the fixtures’ shapes. the process allows working with form and color at the same time, creating a watercolor-like light field and making variations easy, while barely changing the production process
baum by study-o-portable
baum is a stack of bangles made by layering coloured ceramic resin onto a rotating spit. the process takes hours of labour to complete a trunk which is then cut into slices and polished to become bangles. all the trunks are unique in colour and size and all bangles varying in thickness.
coiling bar stool by raw edges
rolled wool felt strips are coiled and strengthened with an acrylic resin covering whereby the felt becomes both structure and upholstery
unlimited edition by pieke bergmans
‘not two people are the same and neither are two of the hairs that grow on your head. i wish our products were a bit more like this as well. the next step in mass production could be controlled imperfect production, for interesting personal objects.’