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10 Beautiful Designs - October

10 Beautiful Designs - October

It’s Autumn now, right? Or at least it’s close. So close that I can already feel the cosy open fires, smell the chestnuts roasting and feel the crunch of the fallen leaves.

This month will feature designs from all manner of design routes, a bit like the miscellaneous blog from August, enjoy.

Horiz-ontal

First up is the Casa Italia project. Invited to create artwork for the Italian sports team headquarters, Davide D’Elia presents ‘Horiz-ontal’. This winding path of blue and white walls feature 17 installations of various objects painted in sync with the dividing lines. The corridor is surreal but yet immersive and inviting. You are guided down the path, led by the flow of the lines, the lighting and the bold colours.

 

A+Z Loft House

I just love it when old buildings get repurposed into beautiful living spaces and this is such a great example. Factories are always my favorite conversion projects, closely followed by barns and old unused churches. This ex-weapons factory in Budapest has become a wonderful home. Undertaken by a husband and wife who run A+Z Design Studio, decided to become their own clients and convert this industrial building into a living space. In total, they have spent two years on this project and the result is a combination of retro with contemporary. The space has four floors, plenty of natural light and lots of painted details. I absolutely adore the living and dining area.

 

WTF Lamp

These ‘WTF’ bare lamps come from Sergey Lvov of Ukranian Levantin Design. I’ll admit, I’m a bit smitten with these lamps, aren’t they lovely! Nothing is hidden, all the fittings are on show, the bulb is proudly sitting in the geometric wire shade and the exposed power cable trails down the structure. 

 

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Kenzo/Spike Jonze

Not product design, not architecture, not even interior design...though actually it kind of is all three. The new collaboration between Kenzo and Spike Jonze is probably the best advert i've ever seen. I absolutely love it. It takes everything you'd expect from a perfume advert and turns it on it's head. It's fun, bold and breaks from stereotypes. The setting is a beautiful grand building with wide open staircases, mirrored walls and beautiful chandeliers. Complete with elegant furnishings, beautiful interiors, amazing choreography and strong direction, it was impossible to leave this off the list. 

 

Impossible I Type

This beauty from The Impossible Project marries modern day tech with nostalgia. This striking industrial design screams modernity, from the matte black finish to the typography. There are few buttons or dials on this camera, the ring of LED lights at the front are controllable from the camera and there is also a switch for exposure compensation control. In manual mode, the camera takes it’s lead from an app, offering remote shutter control, artistic shooting modes and shutter and exposure control.

 

Mido

From the mind of designer Rasmus Warberg, comes the MIDO sideboard. The industrial pipes pair beautifully with the wooden case. This thoughtful construction is evidence of his fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. I love the black pipes, and how they enhance the brightness of the wood.

 

Turning Boxes

Hans Sandgren Jakobsen designed these turning boxes for the 2015 Cabinetmakers’ autumn exhibition. There will be 50 limited edition cabinets available, all of which are already pre-ordered. The single, interconnected drawers are connected by one single bolt allowing them to easily slide in and out of their location. The contrast between the American walnut and European maple is just beautiful and the tower is both a functional item and a focal point. ­­­­

 

Solight

This wonderful light is not only a great design, but it has practical and environmental purpose too. Designer Alice Chun has designed this packable, collapsible and floatable solar lantern as a lighting alternative to reduce pollution and give light to those in need. Made from recyclable sailcloth material and 10 LEDs, which re-charge in the sun, this eco-friendly product provides 8-12 hours of light. Withstanding most climates makes this a versatile design, very beneficial for those in areas with no electricity.

 

Monoliths

I really love these tables. Probably because they’re made of concrete… in fact, there’s no probably about it, it’s definitely because they’re made of concrete. Architect Murray Barker and artist Laith McGregor designed these outdoor table tennis tables for the University Museum of Art in Melbourne. With copper detailing and steel nets, these tables look heavy and yet sleek.

 

Austin Seven Boulogne

This gorgeous go-kart has been designed and created by Douglas Varey who started building them as a family project with his 11-year-old daughter. Using re-purposed and eco-friendly materials, Varey designs and builds vintage inspired go-karts and this is a truly beautiful example of his work. This Austin Seven Boulogne took two years to complete and illustrates how different elements come together to create truly fantastic design.

Written by

Katherine Thomson

 

10 Beautiful Designs - September

10 Beautiful Designs - September

Hi there folks, the top ten design blog is here for September! Hopefully you'll love all of the designs, but let us know your favourite!

Alato Cabinet

Created by two students for their final project, this beautiful piece is both striking and creative. The paint finish creates a scaly effect, with the unfinished ash veneer at the top of the cabinet, down to the light grey and cool blue. Currently, the Alato cabinet is only a prototype but the future looks bright for it’s creators.

 

 

Coffee table number three

This table challenges your perception of a standard coffee table. Aesthetically pleasing and sculptural as well as practical. The wood contrasts with the minimalist alabaster and looks both rustic and elegant. Designed to fit into any interior, this is a versatile and beautiful design.

 

 

Billy BL floor lamp

This lovely brass footed lamp has been designed by Ilse Crawford for Australian design company, Kalmar Werkstätten. The lamp is supported by a rosewood stem and features an elegant matt black lampshade with a contrasting brass interior. The London based designer has completed several projects for brands and this is another example of her well executed work.

 

 

Earth table

Designer Renzo Piano has created the Earth table to symbolise the Twin Towers. The iron legs reference the tangle of reinforced bars left behind in the rubble and the wooden top is representative of a world map. The pieces of wood are suspended in clear resin and sourced from ancient trees preserved in New Zealand swamps.

 

 

Moooi Horse lamp

These lamps are a bit out of the ordinary and I love them. The collection for Moooi consists of full scale models of a horse and a rabbit with lamps on their heads and a pig side table. Initially unsure of how people would react to their new range, the feedback has been very positive, with the horse lamp in particular featuring in design magazines around the world.

 

 

Blubel

Urban dwellers rejoice, the Blubel is designed to make cycling around the city a lot easier and safer. Designed to work with your phone, the Blubel offers much more than a GPS device. This little bit of tech can be used to alert other cyclists to potential dangers on the road, in real time. The directions are displayed to you using a circle of LED lights and alerts are incorporated to warn you of hazards.

 

Stamp Pendent

Outofstock have designed this lamp for Danish brand Bolia, and have mixed soft and hard materials to create this beautiful pendant lamp. The body is made of two parts, blown white glass and industrial felt. The marriage of the materials and the shapes, creates a beautiful and striking design.

 

 

Maburu

Mob, a Mexican design studio, have created these two new table designs to rethink how marble can be used. Paired with either brass or wood, the marble is cut into geometric shapes. I really love the use of a contrasting material to provide an accent material.

 

 

Loft Hrebenky

I had to include this example of gorgeous interior design. This stunning flat in Prague is a great example of how a design can work in a difficult setting. 44 pieces of furniture had to be made to fit into the unconventional layout. Other furnishings were added, most of which were 1950’s items to complete the look. I really love this design, the use of materials and the muted colour scheme.

 

 

Dartmouth sofa convertible & table

This practical and clever design comes from Brandon Kershner who explored how to make the most of space in home furnishings. Not only does this sofa hide a very practical table in the back of the seat, but it also folds down into a double bed.

 

Written by 

Katherine Thomson

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Top 10 Beautiful Designs - August

Top 10 Beautiful Designs - August

This month we’re doing things a little differently. It's nice to mix things up sometimes, and instead of just ten beautiful designs, here is a complete mix of product design, architecture and installations (all beautiful of course). I wanted to look at a variety of different designs with how they transform a space, so that’s what I’ve done. Welcome to the miscellaneous collection, I hope you like it!

Normal service will resume next month. 🙌🏻

The Floor Do Ho Suh

An installation in the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York, this flooring looks pretty regular until you get up close to it. Holding up the sheet of glass flooring are thousands of miniature plastic figures with their heads and arms upwards. Together the tiny plastic people hold up whoever is standing on the floor, this is a symbolic and thought-provoking piece

 

Rocket Coffee Table

This incredibly fun design comes from Stelious Mousarris. I am 100% in love with this table, it’s just so well executed. The five unattached legs represent rockets taking off, with the middle rocket taking off through the glass too, the table blasts you off into a sense of nostalgia as you are reminded of childhood toys. It’s such a fantastic idea and completely unlike any other design I’ve seen. Mousarris is known for his unique style, just take a look at his incredible ‘wave city dining table’ and you’ll see what I mean!

 

Ox & Monkey Hot Tub

Hot tubs are great, but they’re not known for being kind to the environment. This outdoor hot tub from Canadian studio, Ox and Monkey addresses this problem. Designed to be eco-friendly, the hot tub is durable and made from high quality, locally sourced materials. Handcrafted, each hot tub takes between 6-10 weeks to produce.

 

Iceberg

I never rank the designs on this blog by order of favourites, but if I had to pick, this would be a strong contender for the top spot. French design studio, Harow, has created this seamless blend of art and design. Each box is handcrafted to create a unique finish. The pieces encapsulate the arctic landscape, representing the beauty of the ice giants which lie mostly under the surface of the sea. Crafted from fiber glass and epoxy resin, each ‘iceberg’ box takes a minimum of one month to craft.

 

Umbrella Table & Stool

Tadeas Podracky, a young Czech creative, researches different techniques from around the world. The beautiful design from Podracky is the ‘umbrella table & stool’. He explored traditional crafts from the Yuhang region of China, famous for it’s bamboo and bronze items. Using Bronze and an oil-paper umbrella, which was disassembled and reconstructed to create the table and stool.

 

Meier Road

Norwegian firm, Mork-ulnes architects have transformed this barn in California into a gorgeous residence/artist studio. The design perfectly marries together the indoors and outdoors by part filling the floor with compost and adding exotic plants, aloes and bamboo. I’m completely in love with the variety of ceiling heights in this barn. Each room is a different shape to the last. Click the link to view the barn in all it’s glory!

Secret Wood - Wooden Rings

Vancouver-based Secret Wood have crafted the most enchanting rings possible. These wooden rings hold forests, waterfalls and lagoons within their transparent resin. Once set, the resin is formed into angular shapes to give different perspectives depending on the viewing angle. Each ring is handmade, and takes around 5-6 weeks to be completed, meaning that each ring is completely unique. 

 

Ligomancer

The Ligomancer - where art meets functional design. Italian-Greek studio CTRLZAK, is the creative genius behind this wonderful design. The lattice of elastic bands wrap around the stainless steel tubular framework in an overlapping pattern, providing a surprisingly comfortable seating solution. This sofa has a seriously big visual impact and is like no sofa I’ve ever seen before. 

Versailles Installation

Olafur Eliasson transforms the Palace of Versailles into a surreal experience for visitors. The indoor and outdoor installations engulf the famous landmark and give it fame for a different reason other than its history. The outdoor ‘Waterfall’ is arguably the most impressive and most beautiful of all the installations. Suspended in mid-air, it really steals the show when looking out across the palace gardens. Other installations featured include a ‘Fog Assembly’ mist garden, ‘Glacial Rock Flour Garden’, ‘The Gaze of Versailles’ and ‘The Curious Museum’. The exhibition is running until October 30th 2016, incase you’re heading to Versailles anytime soon! 

The Grand Beedapest Hotel

Ahh, my two favourite things, combined into one design. Wes Anderson and Bees. Inspired by Andersons ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’, this Bee hotel has been modeled in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of Bees. Taylors of Harrogate tea company specifically want to highlight the role bees play in delivering the flavours found in their fruity and herbal blends. The hotel rooms are themed with different flavours, including a sour cherry bedroom, a peppermint leaf swimming pool and a lemongrass and ginger bar. I know I’ve said this already, but this is probably my most favourite design on the list, I just think it’s perfect. 

...Bonus design, because i'm nice like that.

Canal St Martin

I’m in love with the eye tiles, so I’ve added a bonus design for the list. This apartment is too stunning not to feature in this list of miscellaneous designs. Clean, crisp and yet bold, this apartment has statement pieces, muted colours and carefully considered touches (see the hand flush chain in the bathroom). I’m completely obsessed with this series of images. I adore the composition in each and every room, it’s just so well executed and could easily be the perfect setting for a film. Don’t even get me started on the colour coordinated books or the variety of flooring materials, I won’t be able to stop writing.

Written by

Katherine Thomson

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Top 10 Glass Designs

Top 10 Glass Designs

This originally started out as a top 5, but once I started narrowing it down, I just couldn’t only choose 5…you’ll see why.

 

Limpid Lights

Hailing from Eindhoven, Sam Van Gurp and Esther Jongsma, partner together to create product design studio VANTOT. The latest work to come from this duo is a collection called Limpid Lights. The shades are hand blown, and treated to create a hazy hue from the LED inside. This beautiful collection comes in a variety of shapes and three different colours.

 

 

OP-Vase

This beautiful collection of vases comes from designer, Bilge Nur Saltik. The faceted glass creates the illusion of a bouquet from just a single flower, multiplying and magnifying the flower. The collection features thee different vases in different shades and sizes, each crafted from hand blown glass. I really love this idea, and how effective they are at achieving the look of a bouquet.

 

 

Well

Aptly named as it draws inspiration from traditional water wells, this table lamp from Medj Studio takes a fresh look at mood lighting. A wooden handle mechanism winds and unwinds the cord which changes the height of the bulb. The higher the bulb, the brighter the light as the glass is frosted at the bottom creating a gentle hue. The glass is blown into wooden molds and drilled to allow for maple handles and brass details. The bulb socket hangs properly due to the weight of the brass bulb socket and a textile cable holds the socket.

 

 

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Glass Tea House

Okay, so less product design, more architecture, but an incredibly beautiful design which I had to include.

Tea ceremonies are a deeply rooted tradition in Japanese culture. This stunning creation comes from Tokujin Yoshioka to allow people to appreciate the surroundings whilst taking part in a tea ceremony, bringing people closer nature.

 

 

 

Holy Tristan

These tables marry together my favorite material (concrete) with glass. Concrete is a minimalist material and allows the focus to be placed on the lit glass table top. Designed by Michael Neubauer, these tables look futuristic and sleek. The patent pending lighting system has a special touch dimmer, giving ‘table lamp’ a whole new meaning.

 

 

Glass Shoal

This incredibly beautiful design comes from Scabetti. Resembling a school of fish swimming together in formation, this three hundred and eighty-six fish lighting fixture has quite an incredible presence. Created using clear, kiln-formed glass, the light reflects off the glass almost resembling sunlight through water. Truly beautiful.

 

 

 

Uki

Mjölk, a Toronto based shop and gallery which focusses on Japanese and Scandinavian goods has released this lovely candle lamp which comes from Nichetto Studio. The Uki tea light lamp has a Murano blown-glass diffuser to create subtle angles and the two shade options of either white or grey sit on top of a brass or copper base creating a soft hue.

 

 

Quido

This wonderful glass orb has one purpose, to allow you to enjoy a drink in the sun, with your friends without attracting lots of little bugs along to the party too. This contemporary design, takes modern mixology to a gorgeous new level, combining a bulky black lid with delicate glass straws. This is both beautiful, and practical.

 

 

Bottle up

Glass waste is a big problem in Zanzibar, as tourism proves to be both a vital source of income for the island, but also a large driver of waste. The glass has begun to overtake the natural surroundings, and as a solution, six Dutch designers have turned their attentions to creating ‘Bottle Up’ by teaming up with local craftsmen to transform glass waste into beautiful, functional products.

 

Credenza

I’ve saved my favourite until last because I think this collection is a truly beautiful example of glass design. This modern stained glass, inspired by the stained glass windows found at holy sites marries perfectly the traditional beauty of a thousand-year-old art with contemporary design. The highly skilled Italian artists that product these pieces, still use an old manual technique.

 

 

Written by 

Katherine Thomson

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10 beautiful designs - July

10 beautiful designs - July

There’s a lot of clocks this month...though that's no bad thing! 

Enjoy! 

Life in Progress Concrete Clock

I couldn’t keep concrete out of the blog could I? This gorgeous and simplistic design comes from Bertrand Jayr for Lyon Béton. The French manufacturer has a growing family of concrete products and I love it! The clean design is created by the absence of numbers and the clean white clock hands. Small enough to be a desk clock yet big enough to be a wall clock too, this is a versatile design with a big impact.

 

The Bradley Element

The Bradley Element by Eone is an innovative and practical design. Stylish and intriguing, this watch strips away traditional elements and instead replaces the hands with a dial ball bearing system powered by magnets. The Bradley line of watches were designed with the visually impaired in mind, able to match the position of the ball bearing to the raised marker on the watch face. This eye-catching design is made of tough materials making it not only a great design, but also a practical one.

 

Anima Table Lamp

Art Deco will never go out of style. The streamlined accents and pastel colours shine through to modern day designs, and this Anima table lamp from Atelier Sauvage is a key example of this. Composed of two contrasting woods, solid sycamore and French pear, this simple form is defined by its smooth curves, stacked structure and bulb placement. Delicate but bold, this piece is both a lamp and a sculpture.

 

 

ONEclassic

This beautifully designed speaker is constructed from acrylic plastic.  The clear casing isn’t just aesthetically pleasing; it has a practical reason too. The acrylic is perfect for damping which stops the sound from reflecting inside the speaker. Of course, this material comes at a higher price and it is 5x more expensive than wood. There’s no denying that this speaker comes with a hefty price tag, but the transparent design and uncompromising performance makes this a unique design on this months blog.

 

Tarxia Collection

These handcrafted wooden phone cases from Adrián Rosales and Rafael Ruiz Casares are influenced by Andalusian art mosaics. The Tarxia collection are crafted using a seven centuries old technique which involves creating geometric patterns out of inlaid wood. Each of the nine designs are finished using natural materials making them ecological and hypoallergenic.

 

 

Today

Another clock, I did warn you that it would be clock heavy this month. This one though, is truly beautiful, and comes from Scott Thrift. Instead of focusing on the passage of time through hours and minutes ‘Today’ makes a full clock rotation through 24 hours to represent dawn, noon, dusk and midnight in corresponding hues. This clock stretches the user’s perception of time and provides a reminder to live in the present.  

 

Time Pattern

Layered triangular components form the basis of this clock. ‘Time pattern’ is a wall clock which again, looks at time differently. Designer Jorrit Taekema uses the layered elements to represent the passage of time and how it is constantly changing. The triangles look striking against the black clock front and although you might not have this for practical uses, this is a lovely item in its own right.

 

Concreto

Probably my favorite design on the list and can you blame me? Look at it, it’s beautiful! Designer Daniele Ragazzo was inspired by the walls found in Liguria which feature glass frozen in cement. This gorgeous design might look frail, but composed of fibre-reinforced concrete, coloured glass, amber and brass, this delicate looking table is much more solid than it looks. I just absolutely love it!

 

Wooden Turntable Collection

Creative and beautifully designed, these turntables from Joel Scilley are created from old pieces of wood. Available for purchase through his website, each turntable is beautifully individual and ranges from the classic looking ‘Chirp’ to the elaborate ‘El Diablo’.

 

Connesso Chair

Take a look at this, isn’t it lovely. It’s so simple and yet bold. This striking armchair comes from recent design graduate, Caroline Eriksson. The sweeping arm, in contrast to the solid form of the legs and seat, making the design look both delicate and tough. I love the simplicity of this design and that it capable of making such a big visual impact.

 

Written by

Katherine Thomson

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10 beautiful designs - June

10 beautiful designs - June

Hi!!! 🙌🏻 It's that time again, enjoy! My personal fave is the TWELVE lamp series! Tweet us your faves @g2innovation 

Elmer

Designed by Guillaume Delvigne, in partnership with French design studio Bellila, this lovely lamp, Elmer, is inspired by Elephant ears. The metal ears, combined with a sturdy oak base make for a soft and soothing design, which looks great in an array of playful colours. This clever and contemporary design means that the lamp can sit on it’s own, or be grafted to a shelf. I absolutely love the orange one!

 

Lagoon

Customizable and fun, this outdoors chair from Baldessari e Baldessari for Lagoon is inspired by lagoon colours from all around the world. Polypropylene-molded to give the impression that it’s comprised of two pieces, although the stitching doesn’t hold the chair together, it does fasten the cover into place which is removable and available in different fabrics, allowing you to customize the look.

 

Woolsey Ping Pong table

Designed by Sean Woolsey, this sleek and multifunctional Ping Pong table is perfect for design enthusiasts. Featuring a solid black walnut top sitting on solid walnut legs and paddles made from walnut and maple, this table is one that screams to be shown off. Perfect for an office environment, the powder-coated steel net can be easily removed, effortlessly turning this gorgeous table into a dining or conference table.

 

Mushroom Lamp

Versatile and functional, this fungus shaped LED lamp also acts as a charger and stand for your phone. A nod towards nature, particularly the varieties of mushroom that illuminate at night using bioluminescence, this lovely little glass lamp emits a soft and welcoming glow. When flipped over to reveal the maple base, this lamp is able to charge your phone at the same time as working as a lamp. Able either to illuminate a space for 8 hours or to charge an iPhone twice over before needing a little recharge itself.

 

Lift-Bit

The world’s first internet-of-things sofa has been unveiled and it looks lovely! The ‘Lift-bit’ designed by Carlo Ratti Associati with help from Vitra is a modular furniture system which can transform from sofa to bed to chair through gestures or a mobile app. Consisting of a cluster of upholstered stools, motorized using a linear actuator, the user has complete control over the form they want their seating to take, though the shape-shifting configuration will re-adjust when it gets ‘bored’ to keep users on their toes.

 

Solid wool

Solidwool is a British company that has joined the green revolution. The material, Solidwood, is made from two components- bio-resin and wool. Bio-resin is eco-friendly and without harmful chemicals, and wool is sustainable, renewable and natural and forms the base of this design. The sustainable ash wood legs offset the black powder coasted steel frame and would fit beautifully into any contemporary setting.

 

TWELVE

This lovely lighting system from Plato design is fully customizable thanks to its magnetic connections and modular design. The TWELVE collection consists of three different models, each with different finishes, and made from different materials. My personal favorite is the Basic TWELVE because it’s made from concrete and I’m sure my love of concrete is no shock to anyone who reads this blog regularly! The dodecahedrons with built in magnets let you join together up to seven lamps with only the need for one to be plugged in.

 

Concretus

Designed by second year product design student, Gražina Bočkutė, this gorgeous speaker is striking. Clean crisp lines, highlighted by the rough texture of the concrete and complimented by the metal accents, this contrast of materials makes it both contemporary and industrial. With Bluetooth integration and four control buttons on the side, this speaker turns traditional speakers on their heads. 

 

Molekule

Air pollution is a big problem, and indoor air is 5 times more polluted than outdoor as chemicals and pollutants accumulate and multiply over time. Designed by Dr Yogi Goswami, a scientist who has developed the Molekule, a system, which doesn’t just capture harmful bacteria, mold and viruses, but converts them into clean air. The contemporary design and clean cylindrical shape make this an elegant piece, which wouldn’t look, out of place in the home.

 

Louis

Sometimes you just can’t beat the grainy retro warmth of a vinyl record. The problems occur when you want that sound, but don’t want the heap of records stacked up next to your deck.  This beautiful little speaker, inspired by the iconic gramophone shape, is the answer to all of life’s vinyl problems. Designed by Paolo Cappello, this wooden analogue speaker mimics the sound of records when playing music off your smartphone. Available in neutral, graphite and yellow, what’s not to love? 

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Written by

Katherine Thomson

10 beautiful designs - May

10 beautiful designs - May

Hello! 

I can promise you, there's some really great designs in this months blog! My personal favourites are the Gemma sofa and the Helix lamp, but you'll have to scroll down to get a peek at those! Tweet us your favourites! Happy reading! 🙌🏻

Lampo

Designed by Kasia Oźmin and Lindsay Richardson, Lampo is easy to assemble, elegant and creative all in one. The innovative design inspired by origami, features clean geometric shapes which work beautifully with the warmth of the maple wood contrasting with the colourful twisted cloth cable. Lampo shades are carefully folded by hand using Japanese washi paper, which is tough, durable and flexible. The lamp arrives in a tube, and takes about 5 minutes to assemble.

 

 

Gemma Collection

The Gemma collection from Daniel Libeskind is technically a collection of designs and not just one beautiful design, but I wanted to focus on the grey and white ombre sofa, which really caught my eye. Known for complex building design using complex geometries, this sofa uses signature Libeskind design but on a much smaller scale. The ombre knitted fabric highlights the geometric shapes within the sofa and looks much softer than the solid colour leather upholstery option.

 

Circuit

Oh come on, it wouldn’t be the beautiful design blog without some lighting… so here it is! Circuit comes from New York based studio, Apparatus and the lighting is repeated to create larger fixtures by either stacking or alternating. Oval shapes made of aged brass house Glass capsules and the results look simple and lovely.

 

Femton 

Femton, from industrial design student Ali Safa A, is a collection of workout gear that consists of four devices each made of natural materials. The collection consists of an adjustable dumbbell, a core wheel, two push up barrels and a hemp skipping rope. Designed to become part of your homes décor, this collection makes workout gear stylish and contemporary, a complete departure from the typical and often unsightly metal and plastic equipment.

 

Lee

Lee, from designer Glen Lewis-Steele is a hanging cube light. Cleverly designed, this curious asymmetric form unveils structural secrets, as the viewer is encouraged to move around the light. Handcrafted by Lewis-Steele and available in three sizes, this lamp is a beautiful example of clever design. 

 

Helix Lamp

The Helix lamp from Michael Samoriz pays homage to the lighting coil, which is an element in every incandescent bulb. Samoriz’s work ranges from 3D graphics to industrial design to visualizations. The lamp emits light only from the bottom curvatures and the versatility of the design means it can be contracted or stretched out, depending on the use. I really love this lamp and I love how it changes depending on which side it’s viewed from!

 

BIRK

You know how miscellaneous things, like paperwork, keys, pens etc. seem to accumulate on top of the coffee table? Well, designer Iselin Lindmark Dubland noticed that too and created BIRK, a coffee table made up of half circles to conceal storage space within. The inside is lined with 100% wool to protect items from getting scratched. The tabletop and legs are crafted from birch veneer and made by Dubland in her schools workshop.

 

GIANT Anglepoise

Iconic, Anglepoise has been around since the 1930’s designing gorgeous and functional desk lamps. They’ve always stayed very true to form, or at least until a request by the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre asking for a lamp, which was triple scale to match with one of Dahl’s loved characters. The giant lamp proved so popular, that they launched it as a floor lamp. There is now a re-engineered outdoor version, which just looks fantastic and makes a massive statement.

 

Paperscapes

Dear Human, a Montreal-based creative studio, has come up with a way to turn recycled paper into functional objects called, Paperscapes. The studio prides itself on being able to take a second look at things, to uncover hidden potential and make things fresh again. Paperscapes uses recycled paper sourced from an industry waste site, which is manipulated into a clay-like material.

 

Knot Studio

Inspired by the sea and the city, these funky-knotted cushions and stools from Knots studio are bold and beautiful. The knots are formed by a unique tying technique that is filled with stiff foam filling and upholstery that improves their longevity.  

 

 

Written by 

Katherine Thomson

Last months design blog can be viewed here

10 Beautiful Designs - April

10 Beautiful Designs - April

 

Hello!  

I've got a lovely new list of beautiful designs, just for you! 

Enjoy 🙌🏻

Why not tweet us and let us know which you really love! 

LA table – Lagoon

I’m in love with this design, it’s such a fun concept and ties in nicely with the upcoming ‘Top 5 Marble Designs’ blog, as it is made from marble and resin. The design, aptly named ‘Lagoon’ resembles the coast and likely influenced by the Caribbean island of St Martin where designer Alexandre Chapelins studio is based.

 

Metamorphosis Shelf

Created in collaboration with Horm, this hand carved wood design from Sebastian Errazuriz is simple and beautiful. Using only panes of glass to add functionality to his work, this shelf focuses on the natural beauty of the tree shape. Sourced from fallen branches in forests in South America, the shelves keep the trees’ original shapes. This shelf is part of a series that includes coffee tables, which are equally as stunning.

 

Matter of Motion

These beautiful stools come from Israel based designer, Maor Aharon, who has explored materials, motion and shape to achieve this design. Focussing on centrifugal motion, Aharon looked at how velocity, acceleration and radius of rotation have an affect on different materials, the results are beautiful.

 

Atmo Sfera PlatterLess Design Turntable

The iconic design of the turntable has remained largely unchanged for almost a century. Atmo Sfera has constructed a design that changes more than just the aesthetics. Eliminating reverberations allows a superior sound to shine through without any distortion. The built in RIAA phono preamplifier and built in Bluetooth connectivity allow for ease of access to your music and the contemporary design is a welcoming addition to modern living spaces.

 

Omata One Analog Speedometer

Omata has created an analog speedometer, designed specifically for cyclists. The company believes that “great design and meaningful products come more from what you leave out, rather than what you add in” and this is certainly true in this case. Omata have stripped this design down to the very basics; speed, distance, ascent and time. Beautifully simple, the Omata One records a vast amount of data, which can be transferred to your digital device for you to view. Currently on Kickstarter and will be available in grey or white.

X Diamond 3/60

By joining 60 three-foot maple wood bulbs together using cast brass joints, the X diamond 3/60 is born. This celebration of hexagonal and octahedral forms in nature looks spectacular and encourages viewing from different perspectives to reveal the multiple layers and hidden shapes.

 

Mygdal Planter

A fresh and innovative take on modern lighting design, the Mygdal planter is a self-sustaining eco system designed to never require maintenance from the owner. The glass vessel features LED light which replicates sunlight, creating an environment where plants can perform photosynthesis. This minimalist design effortlessly transforms spaces otherwise unable to sustain plant life, into beautiful green areas.

 

Jarvis Boards

Designed by Tony Smith, founder of Austin-based Jarvis, these beautifully crafted boards are as environmentally friendly as possible. Born of the simple idea of creating the best boards possible whilst living consciously, these boards are made from recycled foam core, sustainably sourced wood, reclaimed lumber and natural resins from recycled bio-waste. Light weight, but strong, the boards emphasise the careful craftsmanship and care which bought them to life.

 

The Mashrabeya Cabinet

The Mashrabeya cabinet, a name derived from the Arabic term Maschrabiyya, which refers to decorative wooden frames seen in traditional Arabic architecture. This design comes from Nina Mair Architecture + Design. The punctured panels keep the cabinets contents partially hidden and, if need be, ventilated. Available in different colour combinations, there is a choice of two wood effects and panel colours.

 

MOON

Humanity has been fascinated by the Moon thoughout history. Using NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter topographic data and modern 3D printing techniques, Oscar Lhermitte and Kudu have created the most accurate and detailed lunar globe to date. Their Kickstarter campaign has already exceeded their target and so we can expect to see this project come to life soon. The detail in the globe is very beautiful and I can’t wait to see this in production! 

Written by

Katherine Thomson

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Top 5 Concrete Designs

Top 5 Concrete Designs

Finally. 👌🏻

I’ve been dropping concrete items into the monthly design blog now pretty consistently, it’s about time I dedicated a whole blog post to my favorite material.

Renate Vos Concrete Table Lamp

...and so the obsession continues, concrete and lamps! The best of both worlds!

I’m a huge fan of this lamp! The tough concrete and soft silicone work in harmony to create an industrial lamp with a soft glow. The line where these materials meet is jagged, showcasing the contrasting materials.  Dutch designer, Renate Vos, has created this beautiful lighting collection.

Concrete Chair

It’s exactly as it sounds and it’s fantastic. Swiss designer Stefan Zwicky has taken on recreating the iconic LC2 armchair by Le Corbusier.  We associate armchairs with comfort and relaxing, and in contrast the concrete armchair, emphasises the cold nature of the material. The armchair looks visually heavy with stacked concrete and wrapped in reinforced steel.

Falt Lamp

The Falt lamp, part of the FALT series comes from German designer Tim Macherodt. The lamp is made from fibre reinforced concrete, which is rolled out and formed over molds to create shapes that are not achievable using conventional concrete casting methods.  The lamp itself has a material thickness of only 2.7mm and weighs less than 1.400 grams. The contrasting yellow cable looks great with the dark grey concrete and could not be left out of this list!

Hocker Heinrich Concrete Stool

By combining a sealed concrete exterior with a steel and fiber frame, this stool is lighter weight than similar fully concrete pieces, making it a more practical item. Saying that, it’s still a pretty hefty 79 pounds, but lighter than most similar designs and enables the user to move this between rooms and change the position of it with more ease. The sealed geometric surfaces completely hide the reinforced interior structure. Available in two colours, light grey or anthracite and a dark grey wool stool cover is available to add extra comfort.

Delatour Design Béton 1

Possibly my favorite design in the list! I love the fact that this design has a built in book holder, it’s such a nice feature. This whole collection gives a nod to Art Deco whilst staying modern and minimalist. Often a harsh material, the concrete is softened by the pale pink and black doors. I really love this piece! 

 

Written by 

Katherine Thomson

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10 Beautiful Designs - March

10 Beautiful Designs - March

HI! 🙌🏻

It's that time again, and hey, guess what, this might be the first one which (regrettably) doesn’t include something made of concrete, but there's so many other amazing materials out there… 

Pssssst, there's a whole concrete top 5 blog now! 🎉

1.  Cactus Tongue Bike Holders

The Cactus tongue aims to reinvent bike storage as we know it. Bikes are being recognised more and more as the beautiful machines that they are. This design only reiterates that bikes look lovely on display and are as of late, becoming as much as an ornament as they are a practical mode of transport. The Cactus tongue attaches to any wall with only two fixing screws which can support a weight of up to 20kg. 

2.  The Otaku Bathtub

Designed by Tal Engel, the Okatu bathtub is inspired by boats floating at sea. Inspired by Vietnamese weaving techniques expertly woven using light brown bamboo, the tub is then waterproofed with coconut oil and resin. The design combines traditional and modern manufacturing methods to create an elegant and surprisingly practical bathtub with natural beauty. 

3. OMA Imperia Horn Series

Drawing inspiration from the conical horns of gramophone players, the Imperia Horm Series designed by David D’imperil are both aesthetically pleasing and practical. The horns come in a beautiful array of wood options which are then finished with a hand rubbed oil to enhance the woods natural colours. The four-way horn system covers all sound bases, with the system covering an impressive 100 to 20kHz and the rear subwoofers handling 20-100kHz. 

4.  Michael Jantzen Folding Light

I absolutely LOVE this light, it’s such a clever design, and is so versatile, that it can change so fluidly. The cubed structure folds out in various shapes, revealing a single energy efficient bulb housed in a wooden light diffuser. Depending on how many sections you open up, and how you position the light, the glow interacts differently with it’s surroundings. Jantzen has created a really fun design which is intriguing and beautiful. 

5. Safe + Sound

This is a truly unique design! It’s so clever! 

Biking with your headphones in, is dangerous. Cyclists, rely heavily on their senses to navigate the roads and listen out for danger, and headphones compromise this ability. Gemma Roper, has come up with an innovative new solution. Instead of playing music through your ears, the Safe + Sound headphones use bone conduction to play the audio through your cheekbones! This is a versatile design as the modules can be attached to ear pads for a more conventional listening experience. This is a very clever design! 

6. The Landscape Series

The Landscape series is a lovely set of boxes, with an edge. The lids of these boxes are inspired by natural terrain, which have been viewed through a reductive lens, and simplified into geometric patterns. Five styles are available, including waterfall and volcano. The designs have multiple uses and have silver, grey, white and sand finishes. 

7. Tourer Backpack

Harvest Label have designed a backpack which is both minimalist and functional. Depending on how many belongings you want to fit can be transformed from a spacious rectangular shape, into a compact triangular form. This is such a practical item, and even includes a padded sleeve to protect tablets/laptops, and the Corder fabric keeps all of your belongings dry, even in heavy rain! Available in several colours! 

8. The Suspended Collection

This sleek collection by Moreno Ratti is more than just aesthetically pleasing. The pieces have been created with the production process in mind. The demand for Marble ultimately produces vast amounts of waste, and Ratti has put the spotlight on the modern manufacturing process in his work. Ratios pieces are created using discarded pieces of marble or are created without producing any waste. This work really highlights how which would typically be discarded as waste marble, can create elegant and beautiful designs.

9.  The Hole Chair

Aptly named, as the legs of the chair pierce through the upholstery. I really love this! This is a carefully thought-out design which draws you in to notice the quality of the craft. Upholstering around the holes left by the legs is no mean feat and is a sign of true dedication to good design. Built with strong European oak and upholstered with 100% Danish wool, this design is both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for use. 

10. The Humphrey Chair

Another chair, I hear you cry! This one really is something to behold! Founder of the Texas Rover Company, John Humphreys aimed to create products which were inspired by the past, for the adventures of the future. Fascinated by the explorers who discovered new lands, the company designed the Humphrey chair with South African explorers in mind. The collapsable base is crafted from reclaimed native pecan wood which has been hand-sanded and hand-finished, and the seat is made from a full-grain oiled leather which is designed to withstand the elements whilst being comfortable and stylish. This chair fits effortlessly with so many different styles, making it a design which is both sleek, and rugged. 

Written by

Katherine Thomson

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10 beautiful designs - February

10 beautiful designs - February

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1. Antek Light

The Antek light comes from Otoprojekt design studio based in Krakow. Their focus is on industrial and product design and they work to create an array of sleek and sophisticated products. Previous undertakings have included modular hospital furniture, and specifically designed office furniture. “We like to design functional and beautiful objects” state the designers at Otoprojeckt.  The Antek light is handmade using ash wood and merges the traditional manufacturing methods with minimalist design. These lamps would fit with a variety of styles, making them a versatile and clever design!

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2. The Carati Collection

Carati (Italian for “carats”) takes the inspiration for the collection from the mounting of diamonds onto rings. As a diamond is held in place by opposing horizontal forces, so too are the tabletops in the collection. This clever design is really rather beautiful. The collection looks effortless, when it is actually very carefully considered and that is what makes it so special.

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3. Bolt Lightening protection Tent

96% of people, who are struck by lightening, are done so in an open environment, including those who are hiking, climbing or camping. Even though it’s a rare occurrence, it’s a very serious problem, and designer Kama Jania has created the ‘Bolt’ tent, which addresses this. Regardless of whether it is rare or not to be struck by lightning, this tent removes all risk. This tent is not only safe and practical, but it also easy to set up and is lightweight to transport.

4. Kaaja Collection

Spanish designer Carlos Jiménez, has created his debut furniture collection for Swedish firm, By.Enströms. Jiménez has taken influences from Scandanavian and Japanese design for this collection, each piece has been finishing and assembled by hand in a small factory in Sweden, resulting in a truly unique set.

5. The Caruso Wireless Gramophone

Paolo Cappello has reimagined the iconic phonograph for Italian company, Miniforms. Handmade in Venice, this design is both stylish and functional. The Bluetooth speaker with a ceramic horn, creates a unique listening experience. I really love this design, because it conceals the speaker functionality within what could be mistaken for a cabinet. Though the design of it, does enable internal storage, so this design has dual function. 

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6.  Wireless Omnidirectional Speaker

Industrial designer, Joey Roth, has constructed this gorgeous speaker from steel, aluminum and maple. The omnidirectional speaker amplifies sound through geometry. At the bottom of the enclosure, is a hardwood ball, which acts as a natural diffuser compared to the upper port, which has been designed to enhance the bass. This is such a minimalist design, yet looks bold thanks to the tower of steel.

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7.  COSMOS

Huzi design has created COSMOS with the intention of letting people of all ages play and create. This series of wooden pieces with magnetic connections, form a shuttle, rocket, satellite, lander and planet. Made from beech wood, some exposed and sanded, some given a smooth matte white finish and some finished with black. This is a fantastic set with multiple construction possibilities, fun for adults and children.

8.  Moss Clock

Entirely handmade from Baltic birch plywood, this clock looks as sleek as it does rustic. Completely handmade, this item demonstrates an appreciation for traditional craftsmanship.  The circular frame contains a selection of reindeer moss, which brings the outdoors, inside. This charming clock is enhanced by the presence of orange hands, which contrast perfectly with the green moss.

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9. Modular Marble Bookshelf

This design by Archea Associato for Luce di Carrara made its debut at the Marmomacc International Trade Fair. The subtle angles are playful, and due to it’s modular assembly, enables the user to have multiple structural possibilities. Made from solid marble, and available in an array of colours, it is possible to make this truly your own and they even made one from terracotta. A truly beautiful design, cleverly constructed and considered. 

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10.  D’Hauteville Concrete Chair

Oh come on, you didn’t expect I could make it through a whole list without at least one concrete item did you? Well, here it is, and I love it! I’m a big fan of concrete designs, especially when they are designs for practical uses and this chair by Lyon Beton does not disappoint. The reinforced steel legs, give this smooth concrete chair an industrial look. Able to fit with a range of interiors, this chair is versatile and is sure to stand out in its surroundings.

 

Written By

Katherine Thomson 

10 beautiful designs - January

10 beautiful designs - January

Spurcycle

Redesigning the classic bike bell might seem like an impossible challenge, how much improvement can be made on a design, which has always seemed so effective and practical? Well, until now, I had thought very little, and then I saw this design. Biking is increasingly popular in urban areas and it is a popular commuter choice. The bike bell is necessary for alerting pedestrians and other cyclists that you’re there, however they are usually clunky, ineffective and either too loud or not loud enough. The Spurcycle bell is small and sleek and is made of a stainless steel casing with a brass clapper, which produces a ring 3x longer than other models and can be heard from further away. 

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Well Rounded Sound

If you’re listening to your favorite album, you want it to sound good; otherwise what’s the point of listening to it? Jerry Cmehil, founder of ‘Well rounded sound’, has a very aesthetically pleasing and eco friendly answer to perfect sound quality. Each element of the design has been designed with a purpose. For example, the solid wood stand found on the ‘Boxer’ (the speakers are named after dog breeds) helps to reduce bass energy transfer and provides a perfect near listening angle.

Shark Diver Kit

Brooklyn based designer Matt Cavanaugh has a fresh approach to bridging the gap between children and adults. Cavanaugh has created minimalist designs of a scuba diver and a shark, which requires origami style assembly. The puppet-like objects are both lovely toys and also a lesson in creative thinking, which is sometimes lost on more ‘serious’ adults.

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The Brink

Simple yet bold is how I would describe ‘The Brink’.  This is the smallest object in the Perimeter series designed by Jake Wright of Stockpile Designs. Each design in the series follows the same style, but in different shapes and sizes. Handmade in New York from white oak and steel, the single steel leg is adorned with a pale exposed wooden top, creating a fierce contrast. Sometimes less is more, and this table is evidence to that.

 

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Pipeline

Pipeline, designed by Bertrand Jayr brings outdoor architecture to the indoors. The delicate flowers offset the strength of the concrete and create a beautiful product. This is a very versatile design, which would fit in with both a modern or industrial style. Part of Lyon Betons Green Collection, this piece features with other products which make you ‘reconsider the place of nature in your home’. Other items in the collection include the ‘Nuclear Plant’ and a selection of Coffee tables, flower stands and a bench, which are all worth exploring as they are equally beautiful.

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EGO Armchair

Designed by Alegre Design in Valencia, Spain, the EGO armchair is one, which encourages users to sit how they please. When sitting on a comfortable chair, the need to readjust is lessened, as the user is more at ease. With the EGO chair, the design is comfortable and more relaxed and gives the user the options of slouching and lying down as though on a chaise lounge or sitting upright. This modern minimalist design has carefully considered both the practicality of this design, as well as the beauty.

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Meze Wooden Headphones

Both elegant and practical, the Meze wooden headphones are a well-designed product aiming to change the perception of headphones being a plastic throwaway item, to one that is a stylish piece for life. Each detail has been carefully considered. The ear-cups are made from walnut and finished with satin wood grain, the ear pads are made from memory foam for the ultimate comfortable fit. Besides the beautiful design, and high quality features, these headphones are unique in the fact that they offer unlimited warranty and are endlessly serviceable. With no plastic elements or glue, every replaceable piece is either a nut or bolt.

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Zung Ride Collection

Designed in house at Studio Zung in NYC, these surfboards make part of the Zung ride collection, which features both skateboards and surfboards. The boards are hand shaped in Southern California and made from polyurethane foam and fiberglass finished with either paint or resin tint. These boards look minimalist but distinctive and are designed to make surfing even better.

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The Mormor ceramics series

Textiles inspire the Mormor series by designer Gry Faber. The design incorporates the traditional character of older kitchens. ‘Mormor’ in Danish translates to ‘Grandmother’, which highlights the inspiration taken from revisited tradition. The collection comes in three different motifs each following the same style.

METIS Desk

This desk is named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, cunning and prudence. The compact desk complete with three doors and two lidded compartments helps you to utilise storage and minimize clutter. The amount of stoage is deceptive for such a sleek reduced form yet the cleverness is all down to the design.  Gonçalo Campos designed this piece for Wewood to maintain both mess and style, and that has certainly been achieved. This design is considered, smart and stylish!

Written by 

Katherine Thomson 

10 Beautiful Designs - December

10 Beautiful Designs - December

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1 – Grovemade Tabletop Collection

Kevin Do, Grovemade industrial designer describes the tabletop as a ‘vehicle to enjoyment’. This collection is an example of sleek yet practical items, which are aesthetically pleasing and minimalist. This perfectly weighted dishware, is crafted from porcelain and looks beautiful sitting on the collection of wooden placemats which are not a traditional rectangle shape and feature a subtle geometric pattern. All products are made in house, and attention has been paid to all of their pieces, from the curved edged plates to the salt and peppershakers. This is a full and beautiful collection of tableware.

2 – Sennheiser Orpheus System

Sennheiser are known for their beautiful design and perfect sound quality, but this time, they’ve really gone an extra mile and achieved a design, which looks sleek and if I’m honest, I think is absolutely perfect. The Orpheus headphone system is housed in an Italian marble body, which is offered in a range of colours, and offers a new concept of amplification, which combines elements of both the transistor and tube amplifier. No expense has been spared in choosing components fit for this gorgeous design and as a result, not only does the Orpheus offer stunning audio quality, it provides visual quality too!

3 – The Aron Chair

This is a subtle yet beautiful piece of furniture from Mexican artist, Luis Luna of Namuh Studio. Handmade from walnut, this is a gentle construction with sweeping contours and fluid connections. The short back provides the unobtrusive support that you would expect from a chair yet the long legs are typical of stool.

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4 – ELMA

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without a lamp! Designed by Tommaso Caldera, this beautiful lamp features a metal diffuser to radiate a gentle glow in the surrounding space. The design draws inspiration from traditional nomadic lamps, creating a simple form. The milled plywood creates support for the lamp in a contrasting natural wood. Available in a selection of colours including dark red and sea blue, this is a gorgeous piece of design.

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5 – ODO

This clever piece of design comes from Brussels based design studio, NAB. Constructed from powder coated steel and solid ash, this interesting design resembles a dragonfly face. The rolling steel tabletop curves under to resemble eyes and the solid ash joins the curves together and completes the face.

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6 - Giàcolu

This is more than just a lamp.  This design comes from Italian Studio, Delaneo Design and encourages interaction and engagement. The user has complete control of the form they wish their lamp to take, and can be adjusted to suit almost any function or aesthetic. I think the beauty in this design, lies within the fact that it compromises of so few elements, that the range of possible shapes are even more impressive.

7 – Hummingbird Bike

Imagine a bike which weighs less that 15 pounds but yet is 5X stronger than steel. Designed by Peter Craciun, this bike is both practical and beautifully designed. Being light weight and foldable means that is ideal for taking on the bus, the train or the trams so is ideal for urban commuters and people living in smaller spaces. The chain tensioner can be removed to make it safer and cleaner so that it won't fall catching on the bikers leg and getting chain dirt on you. The hummingbird bike is a carbon fibre frame which makes it shock absorbent for a smoother ride. Available in four colours and two wheel sizes, this is a practical design, which is also stylish.

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8 – Stop the Time Watch

Swiss company, ‘What?’ recently stopped to think why we keep track of time in the first place. Launched in Brooklyn, their collection has re-conceptualised the purpose of a watch and allows the wearer to ‘stop time’. By stop time, I don't mean in some sort of superhero way, the stopping time feature allows you to send a ‘timestamp’ to a supporting app whenever a noteworthy moment had occurred. Pressing the red button on the watch lets you expand upon the moment which you've deemed noteworthy and let's you add photos or notes etc. This company are essentially reinventing the wheel when it comes to watches. You are allowed five noteworthy moments a month which may not seem like a lot but when you consider how new technology is being integrated into classic designs like the watch, this is a clever new play on an old technology and its exciting to see where it could lead.

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9 – Beeline, Intuitive Navigation

For all the cyclists out here, I'm featuring this simplistic yet beautifully designed navigation system which strips back the tech and makes a design which leaves only the essentials. Based on a compass’ naturally occurring movement, this piece of design lets you find your way to your destination and tells you the distance to go. With an accelerometer, digital compass and gyroscope, this smart little device gives you just the right amount of information for you to find your way home. Waterproof and with a battery which lasts for months, this is such a versatile design which has thought of lots of practical features. Currently funded on Kickstarter!

10 – Pewter Cast Desk

This Pewter desk from Max Lamb is his largest cast to date, and he molded it on a Cornish beach using only a kitchen knife and a metal rod. At 4.30am, Lamb began carving his mold to coincide with the tide, as he knew he needed at least 6 hours to complete his work.  By 10.30am, the Pewter was ready to be melted (which took 30 camp stoves and several assistants). Lamb poured the Pewter into the sand mold and an hour later, revealed this stunning piece of geometric design which is decorated by the raw texture of the sand. 

 

Written by

Katherine Thomson

10 Beautiful Designs - November

10 Beautiful Designs - November

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1- Frame Chair

This gorgeous chair has been designed and made by Dublin based studio, Notion in collaboration with Mourne Textiles. Made from naturally finished, CNC machined ash wood and handwoven upholstery, this design blends contemporary and traditional techniques. I love the curved shape of this chair, and the black legs work beautifully with the outer yellow fabric.

2- Mobi Customisable lamp

I love lamps; though I’m sure you know that from previous months design blogs. The thing I love most about this one is that it’s customisable. Designed by James Dieter, this design explores different dimensions and form. I love the fact it can be reconfigured without tools because it enables the user complete freedom to restyle it whenever they please. 

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3- Ecocapsule

The Ecocapsule is an innovative new approach to living arrangements. With the surge of interest in Glamping, this design addresses peoples desire to travel with their creature comforts. Highly portable this capsule is only 4.5 metres long by 2.25 metres wide and a mere 2.5 metres tall. Perfect for the eco friendly traveller this ecocapsule is more than just a tiny home. The retractable wind turbine and integrated solar panels mean that the pod is designed to withstand adverse weather conditions. I think this is a fantastic design and is the perfect solution for wanderlust travellers and it also has scope to be used as temporary housing in disaster areas.

4- Bender Chair

Aesthetically pleasing and simplistic, this chair almost looks like a doodle with it’s curved corners and single outline. I absolutely love it; I love its reduced form and modern design. Unlike modern office chairs with complex mechanisms for comfort, this chair is designed to support you by bending and flexing to prevent rigid sitting.

5- Thousand Bike Helmet

This is such a sleek looking design. The idea behind this helmet was to design a product that people would actually want to wear, and I think they’ve done exactly that! The Thousand helmets boast rubberized matte finishes in three colours (with a limited edition gold version) and include a magnetic buckle on reinforced vegan leather straps. Through innovative PopLock technology, the Thousand helmet secures effortlessly to the bike providing an anti-theft system. In fact, they’re so confident with their new technology, that if it is stolen, they’ll replace the helmet for free! Available to pre-order now on Kickstarter!

6- Calcarenite Concrete Furniture

You’ll have noticed in precious months top ten design blogs that I’m a bit obsessed with concrete, whether it’s concrete furniture or lighting, I think concrete is pretty versatile and looks great when done well. ‘Calcarenite’ from Italian designer, Cosma Frascina takes on minimal design inspired by Frascina’s hometown of Salento where there is an abundance of stone and mineral deposits. Each piece is completely unique and explores concrete in it's raw form as everyday furnishings.

7- Polite Table Tennis Co

This Ping Pong table is just a bit lovely! Handmade from natural materials such as wood and steel, they are rustic and neutral in colour resulting in a versatile and durable table. Designed by California brand, Polite Table Tennis Co, they offer two models as well as custom options. 

8- Bubble sofas

These fantastic bubble sofas look incredibly comfy. Resembling childlike drawings of clouds, this collection looks both modern and cosy. The colours available are bold and available in grey, yellow and red. From a distance, the upholstery looks like a solid soft layer, but upon closer inspection, it is revealed that there is a mesh layer, which adds even more interest to the design.

9- Fire Vase

The Fire vase from designer Martín Azúa and ceramist Marc Vidal is a beautiful example of a tabletop fireplace. Designed to burn twigs, it is super easy and convenient to use! This fire vase kicks out some serious heat and light - perfect for dining outdoors. Available online in two sizes.

10- Spun Birdfeeder

This birdfeeder is both practical and beautiful. Designed by the sustainable Canadian studio, Urbanproduct, the birdfeeder is handcrafted from hardwoods such as Maple. The design features a top dish for water and a covered dish for seed. The feeder is both weather resistant and safe for birds after being finished with a VOC-free rub.

Written by

Katherine Thomson

10 Beautiful Designs - October

10 Beautiful Designs - October

1. Times 4

Inspired by a pie chart, this piece designed by Gonçalo Campos for French brand Polit, is a highly organised piece of furniture. The table is divided into four colour coded interior sections, which are exposed by rotation. The tabletop and legs are made from natural finished beech wood, and the quarters and frame from white metal.

2. YC1 Chair

Japanese designer, Mikiya Kobayashi has designed a chair that is both sleek and functional. This aesthetically pleasing piece is made from rope and leather woven into a wooden frame, making it entirely unique. This is a beautiful piece, which is functional and still offers a balance between comfort and modern design.

3. Winnie

Winnie, a lighting concept by Finland based Nikolo Kerimov, is a lovely design inspired by honey pots in Winnie the Pooh.  This clever collection has several different sized pieces, each with different cork sizes and one with a cork light fixing too. 

 

4. Reverb Lamps

Crafted entirely from metal except the cord, Alessandro Zambelli draws inspiration from carbide lamps. Available in red, beige and turquoise, they are a contemporary take on an antique lamp.

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5. Aeris Air Purifier and Planter

This dual function air purifier and planter from Lab Fabrici purifies the rooms atmosphere with a high speed fan and a terracotta-coloured substrate of expanded clay and activate carbon. This piece is in two parts and the aerated planter sits perfectly in the base. Stylish and practical, I’m a big fan of this!

6.  Gabbia Lamps

Portuguese designer, Rui Pereeira and Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada envisioned these ‘inverted basket’ shaped lamps. Perfect for both ceiling and table, these lamps are designed to be used with LEDs. Handcrafted in Kyoto by a studio that works predominantly with bamboo, these lamps combine bamboo weaves and colourful acetate.

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7. Toon Chair

This chair combines characteristics of other projects from Redo Design Studio. Created by Polish designer Radek Nowkowski, this chair continues the brands style in a beautiful way. Joined together with metal fittings where the legs meet the bent wooden back, the result is a very light piece, both physically and visually.

8. Buster Bulb

The Buster bulb by Buster + Punch is the worlds first designer LED bulb. I’m a big fan of this new collection and love how eco friendly it is. This bulb uses just 5% of the energy burned by a conventional bulb and promises 10,000 hours of life, which means it could last around 5 years.

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9. Skurniture

Skateboard inspired furniture by California based studio, Swenyo. I’m a really big fan of this design! It’s so simplistic yet looks so good and I especially love the black skateboard with white legs combination. This is a fantastic design because you can buy the legs separately and play around creating your own designs perhaps upcycling an old deck of your own.

10. Stick Modular Shelving

This entirely customizable shelving creates storage for whatever you need it for. Whether it’s clothing storage or for displaying your items and ornaments on, this shelving creates a sleek solution. Designed by eco conscious, Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus, the construction is completely organic which they classify as “Soft Minimalism”.

Written by

Katherine Thomson

 

Designs in the Developing World

Designs in the Developing World

1. D-Rev Brilliance

Newborns are often born with jaundice, as the various systems designed to remove bilirubin from the body are not yet developed. There is often no cause for concern and often resolves itself naturally. However, over 6 million babies require treatment for severe jaundice each year, particularly in the developing world. Without receiving the treatment they need, resulting consequences can include disability or death. D-Rev’s ‘brilliance’ range are all low cost, high quality phototherapy devices, using UV light for treatment. So far, 1,168 units have been installed in 15 countries, 83,388 babies have been treated and 70,288 of those would have otherwise not received effective treatment. It is hoped that these machines will provide accessible treatments, significantly reducing the number of deaths and disabilities resulting from untreated jaundice.

2. Mazzi

Global Good – collaboration between Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures have created Mazzi to help smallholder dairy farmers and other low-income stakeholders in the dairy business to maximize their yield by reducing spillage and spoilage. The container is durable, and is made of food-grade plastic which can be dropped without breaking. The milking funnel attaches to the top of the container to help farmers capture the milk, identify signs of udder infection and reduce contaminants. Thanks to the sieve-like opening on the funnel, spills are limited if the container is kicked over or dropped.

3. Arktek

Vaccines are sensitive and can easily spoil if not kept at a precise temperature from manufacture to use. Preventable deaths are due to life-saving vaccines being hard to come by. Rural areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa are the most difficult to reach with vaccination due to poor infrastructure and unreliable power. Working with Intellectual Ventures Global Good program, scientists and engineers at IV lab have developed a device, which can keep vaccines cold with no need for external energy. The device, Arktek, can keep the vaccine at the appropriate temperature for a month or more by using insulation techniques similar to those used to store cryogenic fluids.

4. Pelican - Newborn Pulse Oximeter

In 2014, a campaign on Indiegogo raised over $20,000 to launch the creation of Pelicans pocket pulse oximeter, a tool to diagnose babies with pneumonia. In 2013, a UNICEF report revealed that the leading cause of child death worldwide is pneumonia. 1 in 4 childhood pneumonia deaths are newborns and newborn technology has been overlooked. A pulse oximeter is the best way to identify newborns in need of oxygen but most pulse oximeters are unsuitable for tiny newborns. Currently in design, here is an opportunity for a durable, affordable pulse oximeter capable of saving many, many newborn lives.

5. SALt – Sustainable Alternative Lighting

The majority of the 7000 islands in the Philippines don’t have access to electricity. SALt wants to eliminate the cost in areas that rely on kerosene/battery lamps and candles as their main sources of light. Powered by 1 glass of water and 2 tablespoons of salt, this product is environmentally friendly and safe to use, as there are no components that risk fire safety. Easy to use and if being used near the coastline, ocean water can also be used to power the lamp. This cost effective light source used for 8 hours a day with give a product life of 6 months, and using this as an alternative light source will increase product lifespan to 12 months or more.

6. Evaptainers

Electricity free mobile refrigeration technology to keep food fresher for longer, using only the sun and water. 45% of produce grown in Africa spoils before it reaches the consumer; the purpose of this product is to provide affordable refrigeration solutions to address the needs in developing markets. As this refrigeration runs only on sun and water, it is dependable without relying on costly infrastructure. The benefit of this product is that it will help small rural farmers to increase the percentage of their crops that get to market, thus improving their living standards.

7. Lifestraw

Using water filters and purifiers, Lifestraw makes contaminated water safe. Ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking and camping, this product requires no electricity or batteries. For every Lifestraw product purchased, one school child in a developing community receives safe drinking water for a school year. The ‘follow the liters’ program began in October 2014 in Kenya and provides students with safe drinking water in their schools by using Lifestraw purifiers.

8. SunSaluter

The SunSaluter is a solar panel, which rotates throughout the day to follow the sun. This method boosts efficiency by 30% and is 30% less expensive than conventional motorized solar panel rotators as well as being more reliable and consumes no electricity. Families without electricity often spend 10-20% of their income just on kerosene gas for light at night, which is both dangerous and inadequate and over 750 million individuals lack access to clean water. Combining solar energy with water purification makes perfect sense. The water acts as weight slowly draining through a filter all day, and collecting as clean, drinkable water in a sealed container. As the bottles get lighter, the solar panel rotates, following the sun and increasing efficiency.

 

Written by

Katherine Thomson