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Archive for July, 2008

Hexagonal Structure at the Sinosteel International Plaza

Sinosteel International Plaza, Tinajin, China, by MAD
via: dezeen

Athos—Flexiblity from B&B Italia

Athos started as an adjustable table, now the range is extended with a storage solution. Different large shelf units and cabinet elements can be combined and re-sized within one another.

Athos, by Paolo Piva, for B&B Italia

Domino Family by Zanotta

Domino, by Emaf Progetti, for Zanotta

A Way of Seeing at an Exhibit in London

Design for Exhibition, London, United Kingdom, by Alex Mc Dowell Tino Schaedler

Sina Armchair from B&B Italia

Available in two heights, the Sina Armchair has two curved shapes that converge to create a small armchair with a strong personality. Sina perfectly blends well with other furnishings or even as a stand alone both at home or in public areas, a matching side or cafe table is also available in this collection.

Sina Armchair, by Uwe Fischer, for B&B Italia

Log, a Writing Desk from Martinez Otero

Log, by Miguel Angel Ciganda, for Martinez Otero

Icon: Nanna Ditzel

Nanna Ditzel’s career has spanned five decades, Born in Copenhagen in 1923, she would later become an apprentice cabinetmaker at the Richards School before completing her education at the School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. In the same year that she graduated from the Academy she and her first husband, Jorgen Ditzel, established a design studio in order to continue their already fruitful collaboration.
During this period of her career she designed several signature pieces like the “Hanging” or “Basket” chair that could be suspended from the ceiling and serves as a remarkable example of the Ditzel’s experiments with wicker. In 1954 Nanna and Jorgen began creating jewelry for Georg Jensen. These designs would win them both gold and silver medals at the Milan Trienalle. Using the rippling of little waves across the surface of water as an important source of inspiration Nanna Ditzel created, throughout her career, jewelry that communicates an elegant interpretation of simple organic form. Collaboration with her husband also produced a series of children’s furniture the most notable of which is the “Toadstool” which was a stackable piece that could serve as either stool or table.

Official site: Nanna Ditzel

Kirchschlag—Mysterious Light from Atelier Areti

Within the frame of two recent architectural projects, the pendant range Kirchschlag was developed as a light that is both decorative and highly functional – a combination that is rare, with most lights falling into either one or the other cathegory. It was made in close relationship with highly skilled glass blowers and engravers as well as lighting professionals, to create a light that unites the beauty of expert workmanship and advances in new technology.

Kirchschlag by Atelier Areti

Over the Moon with Jasper Morrison

Jasper Morrison, the reigning master of reduced form, has designed a tea service for Rosenthal. The simple elegance of this set, made of porcelain, has now earned a Red Dot and iF design award.

Moon, by Jasper Morrison, for Rosenthal

Editor's Picks

Bell Side Table
Hand-blown in the traditional manner using a wooden mould, the transparent tinted glass base asserts a sculptural presence in space, contrasting intriguingly with the solid brass frame on top while also forming with it a harmonious unit recalling the elegant curving silhouette of a bell. [more...]

Suggested Reading

The Story of Eames Furniture
Brimming with images and insightful text, this unique book is the benchmark reference on what is arguably the most influential and important furniture brand of our time. [more...]
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The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum
First-ever book to explore the process behind one of the greatest modern buildings in America. [more...]
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MoonFire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11
A unique tribute to the defining scientific mission of our time, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. [more...]
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Cars Freedom Style Sex Power Motion Colour Everything

Cars
Freedom Style Sex Power Motion Colour Everything. This lavish and beautifully designed book is the gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados. [more...]
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Design Icons

Fjordfiesta Scandia Senior
by Hans Brattrud

A Norwegian furniture design classic from 1957, Scandia Senior is a comfortable high-back easy chair with a leather head cushion, on a satin swivel base. [more...]

Resources

More Books

Case Study Houses
“It’s a huge coffee-table book, which analyses each of the houses in chronological order, with plans, sketches and glorious photographs.” [more...]
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The Eames Lounge Chair
The book examines the evolution of a design icon and places it in its cultural, historical and social context. [more...]
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The U.N. Building
Symbol of world humanitarianism, a beacon of unity after the Second World War. More than 50 years on, the 39-story building is regarded as one of the pinnacles of mid-century modernism. [more...]
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Loblolly House
Including a DVD of the film "A House in the Trees", a real-time documentary of the design, fabrication, and assembly of this amazing house. [more...]
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Desire
The Shape of Things to Come. An up-to-date comprehensive survey on furniture and object design today, showcasing the crème de la crème of designers. [more...]
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Marcel Wanders
Behind the Ceiling is the first monograph on one of the most influential, prolific and celebrated international designers today. [more...]
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How to Wrap Five Eggs
A mid-60s classic of Japanese design. Stunningly laid-out paean to traditional Japanese packaging is rife with sumptuous black and white photos of all manner of boxes, wrappers and containers that appear at once homely and sophisticated, ingeniously utilitarian yet fine and rare. [more...]
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