Myto Cantilever Chair for Plank designed by Konstantin Grcic. There are some chairs that while look interesting in images, they just don’t grab you until you sit in them. Clearly the folks at Plank knew this when they set up their ICFF booth, and it was fascinating to watch everyone from little kids to grannies jump up on the platform, and sit, lean, bounce on these colorful plastic stackables. After a bit of watching, i couldn’t resist either, and they were REALLY quite nice to sit in! Not to mention light and easy to store and not too hard on the eyes! Check out more images of the chairs in all its colors as well as the ICFF booth on the next page!
In case you haven’t noticed, i seem to be fascinated with edgy/twisted porcelain incarnations lately… Catching my eye - then sucking in all my attention - at ICFF was the Lladró booth - while i’ve long loved their work, their hiring of Jaime Hayon (i actually met him at the show! and he was incredibly nice… and i was a bit in awe and rather tongue tied) as creative director, and their Re-Cyclos Magical Forest Collection really had me paying special attention to them the last few years…
At their booth, the first thing to pull you in is the new fiberoptic/porcelain chandelier with leaves (much like the Niagara Chandelier with the fairies), and seeing how the fiberoptic strands were attached to the porcelain leaves was fascinating (as was the lighting itself). Next the Re-Cyclos tea set where the legs of a bowl were all porcelain horse heads, the napkin ring made of horse legs, the handles on the cups and mugs were horse legs as well! Really in description it sounds far more bizarre than the result, the juxtaposition was really quite beautiful (see the pics on the next page). Also fascinating were the porcelain boxes that have what look like barbie and ken faces pressed into them (complete with makeup for that dash of color), they actually turned the molds used to create the figured into the boxes themselves, in a stark matte porcelain and a gold interior. As you can see, its really not the usual collection of porcelain collectibles you’d expect, and really they seem like a fun match for some pieces over at the Designboom Mart, like the Blaue Blume Tea Set.
Lladró ~ for a company that i grew up knowing for beautiful traditional porcelain pieces, you fascinate me with every part of your evolution. I never expected a bizarre and edgy collection quite like this from the 50+ year old company, and love it! More pictures from the booth on the next page!
Finally, an alternative to paint chips and paint swatches to help you decide what paint to go with… at the Hardcore: New Finnish Design Exhibition in the Meatpacking District (i think this was the best exhibition i saw this trip), i was introduced to the work of Finnish group, Pentagon Design, and their great “Touching” Exhibition concept for presenting paint textures for Tikkurila Paints. It was hard not to go straight over to the large farm animals in various colors/glosses/etc… and impossible not to play with the magnets on the magnetically painted horse!
From the Pentagon Design press release: “Who can resist the urge to touch these near-life-size domestic animals, reined into modeling the diverse selection of Tikkurila paint coatings? Horses, pigs, cows, and calves have been given makeovers with surfaces to match their natures. You can feel the character of the coatings in your fingertips as you pet and stroke the nostalgic mammalian models. Beneath the feeling lie hard facts: the various options for covering a resin surface not only look different, they feel different. There’s magnetic paint, textured coating, tinted light putty and chalkboard paint, oil putty, alkyd paint. There are pearl and silver glazes, done in a lace pattern. This urban petting zoo for the design world is amazingly illustrative, both tactilely and visually.”
More images on the next page! (From both the Hardcore exhibition as well as their press images.)
Hey kids ~ i have one foot out the door, but just got an im giving me an sneak preview to tip you off on StrangeCo/Friends With You’s Wish Come True’s (isn’t that a mouthful) contest that is launching… a contest involving stickers in the various blind box toys that are launching… and there’s a Secret Map! The map graphic was so awesome, i stopped, postponed lunch, and had to throw this quick post up to share it with you… isn’t it sweet? Anyhow, read more about how it works at the secret link here. Ok, i’m out… back in a bit perhaps…
Not much to say on this post other than, after a long day/night, i was wandering through SoHo, saw the Kartell window, and had to run across the street and take a few quick pics. The Mr Impossible Phillipe Starck cardboard cutouts were far too funny, and reminded me of asian Kit Kats (is it the K and the red on white?). I have a feeling these were more amusing in the dark when the showroom wasn’t open, and they were left looking lonely, posed, and ready for action protecting the chairs in the tiny mirrored space. An exterior shot on the next page…
I know we all fell for Kaiju Studio’s I/O Desk Organizer, and were heartbroken to find out that they were still hunting for a manufacturer… well we met up with our new friends, Cutter Hutton, Ayako Takase, and Chris Specce of Kaiju Studios, at ICFF, and were giddy to see the desk and cabinet that it was practically made for! (And these you CAN buy, thanks to Herman Miller.) I think we can all agree that Kaiju Studios will be worth following over the next few years…
So here is their latest project, Airia desk and media cabinet for Herman Miller. And its gorgeous down to the tiniest details… when you see this in person, be sure to check out the perfect wood pieces with rubber feet to keep your cables hidden and the cork lined trays that make organizing your drawers easier than ever. It really is nice to see a desk that goes out of its way to not only look good, but help make hiding the inevitable cable clutter during use.
See both press images and ICFF show floor shots on the next page ~ as well as a really nice little profile on the company.
It’s all the fun little details that make design week fun… at so many parties, people were grumbling that designers were too conservative this year, too many old products, not enough crazy innovation, such a disappointment, etc etc… well maybe they just weren’t looking in the right places. I for one, found much amusement at the Housewarming party on friday night in the 10 Cane Rum Monkey Stirrers, the incredible view, and the fact that they rented out the 34th floor of an unfinished condominium in the making! (it was under construction - so much scaffolding i couldn’t even find it at first!) As lovely as the works of Tom Dixon, Thorsten van Elten, and Established & Sons are… it was the nearly bare apartments with gorgeous kitchens and to die for balconies, and those stirrers that really stayed with me. Aren’t they adorable? More images on the next page of stirrers, party, views, and more…
I couldn’t help sharing… so i’ve spent the whole day in my room in a sea of press kits on my bed… trying to sort through all my notes and photos, trying to catch up… then i wandered into the bathroom, and the view out the window took my breath away. Silly ipod ad matching the sunset is a bit annoying though… but how gorgeous out is it? Click the pic for the full sized image… unphotoshopped, because i was too lazy (and saving photoshopping energy for the rest of the posts!)
In addition to my growing porcelain fascination this ICFF, i have also been noticing a lot of Foosball Tables going more high design. During the Conran Shop’s Rojo opening (incredible! Definitely worth how wet i got in the rain to get there)… i came across the bright red metal RS Barcelona RS #2 foosball table designed by Rafael Rodriguez… and then saw the white one downstairs in the shop… the silver one at ICFF… and the coat rack versions in both the Conran Shop and ICFF. Really what stands out about this one is the bright metal frames and the arms and expressions on the player! Their faces scream “pass it to me! pass it to me!” with that excited/alert look… and their arms make them look like they are always on the go… which is admittedly, even funnier on a coat rack. There is also a hilarious stumpy super-buff silver and black set of players on another table i found at the Conran Shop that you’ve got to check out on the next page (and maybe one of you knows who made that one?)… see all the pics on the next page!
There is nothing like a yellow box with a ball on a string hanging off of it and the hint of a secret door… it might as well have screamed “PULL ME”. So we did. And i couldn’t stop laughing when out popped a porcelain cuckoo bird offering me a condom in its beak. So i let go, then pulled it again. Perhaps i’m still a 5 year old, but it was amusing! Susanne Hangaard’s Cucoon ~ silly play on words, craziest, yet most adorable condom dispenser i’ve seen.
Now just imagine being right in the moment, and as your partner goes to reach for a condom, instead they pull a string and out *pops* a porcelain cuckoo? Would it kill the mood? Help you fall faster for the playful design geek? Personally, i’m not sure how i’d react… other than a fit of giggles. My only complaint, why can’t it refill itself? Teach the bird to get its own condoms… its a bit high maintenance to have to refill it one by one… also, it could make for a fun business card dispenser (if only it could refill itself!). More pics on the next page!
Ran into blogfamous Sorapot designer, Joey Roth, a few times this weekend (yes, the first NOTCOT reader i ever met)… and after posting about his Garden Geta project over 3 years ago, i FINALLY got to see them in person!!!
At the Rubin Chapelle and IDSA New York Opening reception for Equilateral 08:01, they had Joey’s Sorapot, Garden Geta, and Shika literally on pedastals, spotlighted for all to see, and being slightly early, but spotted walking past the window while they were setting up, Joey snuck me in early and i got some nice clean shots of the woodiest flip flops i’ve been dying to try on since ‘05. I am still in love with the fact that the pair are cut from the same slice of tree stump… and there must be some correlation to be drawn if he made kids pairs that were from younger trees… something about rings in the tree measuring your geta/shoe size? So check out more pics on the next page…
With a billion things/people/places to see, and a seemingly endless events to attend… its been super fun, in that crazed hectic way, and now i’ve taken the day to enjoy my bed - that is literally COVERED in press kits and a desktop filled with hundreds of photos… its a work day! To catch up on some posts… and today, we’ll start with the incredible Artek installation in Gansevoort Square.
The simple Artek Stool 60 has been an omnipresent design icon… from schools, jails, kids rooms, restaurants, you’ll see them everywhere… but no where is it as amazing as walking into Gansevoort Square and seeing what from afar appeared to be a coliseum of them.
As the press release says… “The innovative and strong L-leg construction is based on the technique of bending solid wood that was invented and refined by Alvar Aalto and Artek from the 1930s onwards. The famous Stool 60 designed in 1933 is the archetype of functional furniture. In Gansevoort Square, New York, Artek celebrates the anniversary of the stool 60 by building an installation of hundreds of stools. The round tower invites people to use all their senses to experience the installation. The stools made of untreated birch bring the scent of pure forest in the middle of New York and people are free to feel the natural, refined surface and structure of the stools.” Check out my pics on the next page for the full experience!
More designer pieces to fall in love with… Tina Tsang of Undergrowth Design’s Blaue Blume Tea Set, they certainly make you look twice… in a good way! Handmade in England, these earthenware pieces are beautiful and extremely detailed, and you can’t help but giggle when you see the gold shoes on the legs coming off of the tea cup, milk, and sugar bowl, especially when you have to grab the legs to pick them up! They are available in pure white or pure flesh tones, as well as with gold/silver/red shoes. In fact, if you order at least 10 of a particular piece, she will even paint the shoes the color of your choice… can’t you imagine a Louboutin set with black shoes, and red soles? Perfectly dainty, with just enough edginess, if i had to throw a tea party, you know it would have to be in these.
Also, on a slight sidetrack, i ended up at The Back Room in the Lower East Side last night… you know the type… hidden back entrance, after you get past the bouncer at the gate, wander through a dark alley/staircase, and pop into an unmarked door… you’re thrown into the 20’s when you step into a dark space with flocked wallpaper, padded walls, chandeliers and ornate ceilings… and in speakeasy style, everyone is drinking cocktails out of teacups (with saucers or course) and beer in paper bags… Is it bad i found myself wishing i had my scotch in a Blaue Blume tea cup? See more pictures of the collection and from the designboom mart on the next page!
Finally! At the Designboom Mart, i had the pleasure of meeting Reiko Kaneko of the Egg Soldiers i had posted back as .org #7028! Fun thing was to finally get to poke at these in person, and check out the playful packaging!
“Egg Soldier Eggcup - Battle on the breakfast table: It’s early in the morning….. Having been for a dip, the EGG quietly prepares for another day. Suddenly, from the end of the table, an army of BREAD SOLDIERS starts to approach. The MODEL SOLDIERS, fearing for the safety of their EGG, close in. They work hard to protect the EGG but one after another, the BREAD SOLDIERS just keep coming….” Images from the designboom mart at icff on the next page!
Um. Ok, i honestly don’t know where to start, i did sit in a diner and scribble out a “list of things i *need* to post about” and its getting a bit lengthy. Covered all of ICFF show floor yesterday, parties and openings friday/saturday night… and design week/end isn’t even over yet… i have that nagging feeling that i’m getting quite behind!!! SO, where to start?
Well for designs/designers i finally met in person, i’m in love with the brooklyn based Design Glut’s collection of pieces, so cheeky, and they feel/look awesome in person!!! If you were ever on the border about buying some, they have just made my list of perfectly gift worthy. I basically need the Crude Ring, the weight and feel of it was much nicer in person! And the Hookmaker tiles would be perfect to swap into bathrooms/kitchens… to have that kind of space to hang and store those little make up brushes, hair things, and other randomness would be so nice. Their new little Smoking Guns are too funny, i want to pick one up for all my smokers, although it might back fire, sticking the barrel of that gun into your mouth might start to look too cool and become a trend of its own. Anyhow, take a look at the pics from the show on the next page… i will have far more to come throughout the next week, looks like posting will be my new excuse to slow down from the running around!