Ok perhaps chair wasn't quite the right word for the Slacker... its really Fredrik Olsson and and Sam Sihvonen's Slacker 'throne'... part throwback to viking times... part wide comfy lounger... and part gamer etchings? With wooden engraved skulls and "Game Over" messaging along the side, there's no mistaking this for an ancient relic. Fredrik Olsson and Sam Sihvonen are currently attending the master program at the School of Design and Crafts at Göteborg University in Sweden, and this piece was just exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture Fair... "Our aim was to try pushing the usual design furniture aesthetics to a more personalized look and load it with sentimental value. We have based the design on how we as teenagers sat while playing video games or acting as slackers. The chair is low with a stretched out upholstered seat. The design mix the styles of Scandinavian crafted woodwork with video games aesthetics resembling an Egyptian pharaoh throne." Only thing i think is missing? Perhaps some fabric options and a side table with engraved cheat codes and holsters for your various controllers (and your beer?). See close ups after the jump!
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&Larry is a Singaporean designer whose work very much references the local culture. We've all heard about the more infamous rules and regulations (no chewing gum other than therapeutic kinds), and &Larry's Anything but Red project is a direct response to what he calls "the stifling creative atmosphere that leads to the easy dismissal of potentially great ideas". The lamp base is made of stacked rolls of tapes of all kind - with the exclusion of red tape.
Another great project after the jump!
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Anon Pairot is a young furniture and product designer from Thailand with a body of work that reflects an innovative use of both material and function.
The Lampin Block (above) highlights the iconic shape of a lamp by illuminating the negative space of the concrete block. After the jump, check out the Vash Tray which has an ironic dual function - it serves both as an ash tray, and as a vase for freshly cut flowers. Also see the Pare Lounge Chair, Eng-Gu two seater, and Nature Hanger!
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Four Design is a Danish furniture design company run by architects Christina Strand and Niels Hvass. I love the clean lines of their work but I think what attracts me most is the way the chairs look when they are stacked. There's just something about the skewed geometries that is amazing. From the Four Cast line, I love the thinness of the chair's back, and how it is creased for your body. These chairs would be amazing in an auditorium or in an office conference room...
It's incredible what can be done with raw silkworm chrysalises. While at FORDBRADY last week for Dwell's cocktail party, i was immediately drawn to the work of Angus Hutcheson. He creates some breathtaking lighting pieces by wiring up hundreds of silk worm cocoons for wall, floor, ceiling, and table lamps, which come in both white and black, and the natural variation in the cocoons creates such a mesmerizing effect, particularly when casting fabulously dramatic shadows. The only thing that i couldn't help feeling was... what if they missed one! What if one of the moths was waiting to emerge... and found myself peering into all of the tiny chrysalises. Images below of the lamps, as well as a roundup of from Angus' collection.
On Thursday night i stopped by FORDBRADY's cocktail party for Dwell Magazine, "Los Angeles meet Dwell" where they announced the Dwell on Design Los Angeles Conference and Exhibition event in Los Angeles as well as launch the new look, "environmentally friendlier" Dwell magazine. On June 5th and 6th, it looks like Dwell is looking to start some friendly competition with CA Boom.
What was truly fascinating about the event was the incredible space that FORDBRADY occupies. Their downtown showroom (and home to Willard Ford, his fashion designer wife, Michelle Yu, and teenage son) is set in the historical Chinatown Kim Sing Theatre ~ which was built in 1926 as a vaudeville house, and served as a cinema from the 40's until '86 when it was abandoned... only over years of work, and with the help of Xten Architecture, they've turned it into an incredible loft/gallery space, with a gorgeous courtyard... really an unexpected modern oasis in Chinatown once you step under the original marquee and through the brilliantly orange entry tunnel. Check out their Interior Design Magazine feature for more details and images.
After the jump see many pictures of the incredible space as i viewed it at the party!
Lobster Chair! Designed by Lund & Paarmann for the Verikon Furniture. Fun how this chair feel part egg shaped coziness, protected by a woody exoskeleton with the plush leather within. "The shell is laminated, bend wood with a walnut veneer at the back. Inside the shell we have used Pantera foam, as it is very durable and probably the least damaging foam regarding our environment. The swivel base is chrome-plated steel. The fabrics and the leather we are using for Lobster are of the very best quality."
In getting ready for another new year (Yay! 2008! I have no idea why i'm so excited for this one.) ~ just rediscovered this party popper chandelier by Stuart Haygarth, who collected up 1000 exploded party poppers on 01.01.00 after the MIllenium celebrations in London. Each popper is individually hung, and apparently create quite the organic swarm when hit (be it by a breeze or a bat). If he seems familiar, perhaps you've also seen some of his other found object chandeliers... like the one out of sun glasses? (images below!)
I just got the sweetest email from Claire Sambrook, a senior lecturer of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth, and i'm not sure why, but i think its refreshing to have someone sharing their student's work! I've had so many conversations recently about how there must be so many great student projects going unshown simply because they don't know how to market themselves, or are shy and maybe don't have much of an internet presence. Anyhow, she's shared this interesting "Perfect Perch" by 22 year old James Chu, a third year student in product design. His goal is to fill a need for "portable, cheap, lightweight and eco-friendly furniture" and he's thinking ahead already to all of the branding opportunities for these “Somewhere like Goodwood Racecourse could commission 1,000 carrying their name or a sponsor’s message and people could use them at the racecourse and then take them home afterwards. They would make excellent souvenirs.” The chairs have gone into production thanks to Hemingway Design and the South Coast Design Forum.
Bleu Nature's product line feels like what a five star lodge/igloo/boutique hotel in the woods in the flintstones would be furnished with... Something so natural with their use of found driftwood mixed with lush furs, and leathers... or as they say "Streamlined, sharp silhouettes, strikingly, contrasting materials, this winter, bases are ultra-flat, curves are more pronounced and furniture oscillates between trendy inspirations and Arctic breezes. Bleu Nature explores the nuances of polar white and revisits the concept of the modern igloo. Outside-blizzards and snow, inside, the warmth of driftwood, the softness of fur and the dazzling brilliance of enameled metal…" Beyond these globe like stools are some luscious day beds, couches, bookshelves and stools... remember that bed Odysseus made for Penelope? Carved out of the living tree that was rooted into the ground? Somehow these pieces feel like the perfect furnishings to have alongside it.
"Big Dipper is a machine that mechanically creates twenty-four candle wax chandeliers by dipping. The principle is inspired on the technique of candle making, where straight strings of wick are dipped a number of times to become candles. Suspended from the ceiling, the machine itself looks like a chandelier with two ring tiers that are counter balanced to move up and down using a pulley system. On each of the two big rings, twelve smaller rings are suspended. They are the frameworks for strings of wick, hanging down in loops. Whenever one of the big rings moves down, the wick hanging from one of the smaller rings is dipped in a drum of melted wax standing below. A layer of wax attaches to the wick and slowly grows a chandelier with eight arms and eight candles. After moving up and down, the machine revolves 30 degrees and repeats the process. In twelve full cycles, twenty-four chandeliers are finished and ready to be unclipped. New ones will now be stringed up again. Each individual chandelier burns four hours before it’s gone. The remains can be thrown back into the drums where they melt down to become the material for a new cycle of chandeliers." this is the Big Dipper by Sarah Van Gameren, and its such a fun idea, i especially like the life cycle of the wax looping around from vat to chandelier to its deconstructed shape back to the vat... and around we go again.
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UPDATE: The ladies at Polka got back to me about purchasing your own TattooFurniture. Each piece is a one-off and is produced on demand. Prices vary based on which piece of Polka's furniture you want tattooed, but to give you an idea, the bench shown above costs 3000 Euro. If you have a special tattoo in mind, you can email them your design, so that they can discuss it with Gert. Contact Polka for more details.
I must confess that recently I've gotten into watching L.A. Ink. I most likely will never get a tattoo myself, but I certainly appreciate the artistry that goes in to designing and making a great tattoo. Design duo Marie Rahm and Monica Singer of Polka teamed up with tattoo artist Gert Kowarzik to make a series of tattooed leather furniture. For someone commitment-phobic like me (I'm speaking about tattoos here, not my newly-wedded husband), the tattooed furniture series hits the spot. I love the texture of the tattoo on the leather, and the dark smudges that are traces of the intense areas of work by Gert.
Daedalus & Icarus, one of those classic myths that always ended in being told "and that's why you should listen to your parents"... Can you blame the kid for flying too near the sun? Having his wings melt? Well how appropriate to have Tord Boontje, whose designs turn any space into tranquil fantasy world, reinterpret this father soon duo?
As you can guess the Icarus is the pair of wings suspended from above... and the newly released Daedalus is the brilliant inventor as the down to earth desk lamp. These beautiful pieces by Artecnica are made of polyester, and will certainly transform any room you place them in. Close up of the Daedalus below... [And for those of you who need to brush up on your ancient mythology - the Icarus page will catch you up]
These Eames Hacks cracked me up as soon as i saw the images over at Core77. This project is by Department of Industrial Design at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia's students: Jared Delorenzo, Tim Peet, Alexandra Temple Powell, Tom Reynolds, Alie Thomer, and Andrew McCandlish. "These two pieces, the Eames toilet chair and the Eames child seat, are about breaking the status surrounding high design objects. Through physically invasive alterations, these once iconic, elite, forms are liberated from their old, restrained image. The project is not a critique of the Eames, but rather a fulfillment of their original ideals."
How appropriate for this Eames 100th Anniversary. Also loving the way they cut the high chair leg holes... and that toilet is hilarious. More below!
Weeks ago I ordered the Paperclip desk by Blu Dot. It has everything I want.. simple and clean design, that plywood and steel wire aesthetic, and a keyboard tray. I finally received the desk and well... I wish this post could be about me enthusiastically gushing about the desk, but sadly it's not. And before I go any further, I just want to say that this is not something we really do on NOTCOT. As you know by now, we're all about talking about the things we love. But it didn't sit well with us that we had given Blu Dot's Bonnie and Clyde sofa such a nice posting, and yet I have this pretty terrible experience with their desk... or rather, their packing methods. So I just have to share.
Full story after the jump...
It's the 100th anniversary of the Eames' birth, and their grandson Eames Demetrios has made a tribute to them. "This is a double celebration of the Charles Eames centennial (go to the Eames Office site to learn more). The Elephants were designed in 1945 but never went into production. This year, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Charles’ birth, the Vitra Design Museum in association with the Eames Office, has brought them out in a limited edition."
To watch the film.
To watch the film and making of with introduction by Eames Demetrios, which is on Eames Demetrios' DASFilmFest.com (Fortnightly movies on Design, Architecture, and Sustainability plus a blog and a bit more...)
And some of my favorite screenshots are below! And i love that it is shot all over LA ~ lots of LA icons from randy's donuts, the gehry music hall, santa monica pier and looking down at PCH, the tar pits.... ahhhh, home. And its great they even went guerrilla street art on the crossing signals to make them elephants!
Piegato by MRDO Products is the bookshelf both my future studio and past dorm room need. As a "sheet steel rack with a surprisingly high load capacity, this laser cut and powder coated sheet steel" has been kept as simple as possible, allowing for YOU to choose which you use as shelves and which as magnetic boards. All you need are two screws to hold it up - it bends easily by hand - and comes in one flat sheet! It weighs in at a light 8kg, and is 100cm x 66cm x 2cm. Comes in black, white, and gold. I even love that they have a little video of it from unboxing to filling the shelves. We've seen quite a few sheet steel bending products coming through, but so far this one is the first i actually would love a few of.
Noticed this Contraforma MW Collection over at Pan Dan. Designed by Nauris Kalinauskas, 2007. "Old within new. A unique piece, even the oldest house can be revived with contemporary design- gives a new breath of life to an old favorite space. The product distinguishes with combined innovative and traditional materials: the frame is made of powder coated, laser-cut metal combined with the natural old solid wood - a touch of purest nature. None the less interesting is the shape - a stylistic mix of decades. An eclectic is brought to a delicate purity. MW is an allusion to antiquity and at the same time it is obviously an object of contemporary design. It comes with a real story of one hundred years original solid wood which at those times was a part of a wooden Lithuanian house." And isn't it funny how they use the VHS in the product shot?
Some people have late night food cravings. Me? I apparently have furniture cravings at 3am. Was about to fall asleep, then noticed the latest Design Public email in my inbox, and suddenly i'm wide awake lusting after these new pieces from Blu Dot. Above is the Bonnie and Clyde sectional. As if they didn't have me at the name, i just love the clean simplicity and lack of cushion cracks to fall into (i spent the last two nights on a sectional, and i'm hurting all over!). You can also get Bonnie solo (but what fun is that? and she's also featured below in 'dark roast')... she's the one with the two arms. Clyde apparently doesn't have any arms... interpret that as you will. Ok, i feel a bit silly rereading what i just typed and realizing that i'm referring to the sectional pieces by name. Incredible what a great name can do for a COUCH... suddenly these simple pieces have character and backstories! Also, i'd love to be curling up in the Nook Bed, it looks so sleek yet cozy (and matches the couch nicely) - also featured below!
Shade Elaine and i popped by the Dwell on Design exhibition yesterday... and honestly it didn't feel worth the 20$ it would have been each (had Zinc Details not been nice enough to send over a comp code). But this was the highlight of the whole thing. DUTCH TUB! We've loved this one since both .org 1190 and .org... and were absolutely giddy to get to see one in person... unfortunately it wasn't filled, and no fire was warming it... But we did force our way through the crowds to get you some close up shots below.
For those of you unfamiliar with this incredible tub ~ it's relatively portable... holds about 200 gallons of water that you can fill with a garden hose... and its wood burning! (you fill through the bottom of the coil, and burn wood within it to heat it). AND you can even use a wok on top of that coil ~ talk about getting the most out of your fire. For those interested in what else they didn't really miss at the Dwell on Design Exhibition, check out the gallery of images we took... it really felt like an even smaller CA|Boom.
On fun mysterious emails i get with great design pics, this one just showed up. I grew up being shown images of how you shouldn't throw away these plastic rings that hold 6 packs of cans together without cutting them up because dolphins and seagulls would die in them, etc... Well it looks like Adam Johnston has found a great use for them! (Although it doesn't look like you should sit on this one naked, or in short shorts, b/c this would leave quite an impression)
Kate Van Zele "Visited a design student friend of mine this weekend at the University of Cincinnati and was introduced to his newly designed chair. I’m convinced the underlying reason was for the beer, he holds tight to the environmental and sustainability story. Made of 6 pack rings that decompose after 3 months in direct sunlight, and the frame can be deconstructed to apply another layer of rings when needed. Seems like a good use of reinventing a common object with a new application."
UPDATE: check out the Hammock!
If you recall, i was hunting for coat hooks a few months back for a skinny hallway i didn't know what else to do with... and since then have found even more options than the initial collage of links (as well as these)... and it seems that Delta Design made a similar collage for their "competing products" section (see image below).
Well to add to that list, check out the new Bach Coat Hooks from Delta Design - The Art of Storage. They are minimalist - modern - and they even have customizable covers for the screws... but MOST importantly, they are designed not to stretch what you hang on them. They've also been kind enough to give you guys some coupon codes if you feel like shopping. notcot5 gives $5 off any order over $29 and notcot10 gives $10 off any order over $49 - ok, and i usually try to refrain from such comments, but i can't help it! Please tell me its not just me, my only draw back from this design is that looking straight on, its kind of phallic? More images below...
I just lost a huge chunk of my day doing the annual browse through the new IKEA catalog - come on, everyone does it - designers especially... can you help it? Even if you aren't into IKEA, its just one of those necessary rituals to know what they are up to. And since this year i saw the digital before physical, instead of dog earring pages i screen shotted away and decided to share some things that stood out to me. Some are nostalgic, some are just fun. That above is the new extended Klippan that everyone and their mother has/had - now double in length! See more below.
While Joom's current collection is limited to just a few pieces, what they lack in quantity they more than make up for in quality. Joom offers a playful, South African-inspired take on children's furniture and accessories. I would love to see them expand on the Mooj Cowcase so that I could have a whole zoo of animal bookshelves.
Furnitosis [fur-ni-toh-sis] "A condition born from ill-fitting, unsightly office furniture. Symptoms include curvature of the spine hunching, fatigue, dementia, disillusionment, headache, shame, sagging and unplanned guttural noises."
Ewww. Good thing this so called furnitosis is so easy to cure. Bad posture from a not so ergonomic chair has never sounded quite so bad to me before, but these images over at Steelcase certainly make their painfully exaggerated point. See their solutions for these cases below. Thank goodness my Think which i reviewed earlier keeps me from having that crazy twisty neck!