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Archive for October, 2008

La Cage Lamp by Stefan Schöning for Dark

Stefan Schöning attempts to save the bulb from extinction. La Cage is made from bended steel wire, in which the bulb is centralised, serving as the reserve for an endangered species. La Cage is a basic version, to which a series of accessoires, such as a door, a real lace skirt, a bag, can be added on.

La Cage, by Stefan Schöning, for Dark

Tapio Wirkkala Bowl

Our eyes are on this 1954 Bowl by the Finnish designer, Tapio Wirkkala. It has appeared in the book, Eye, Hand, Thought.

Bowl, $3,800, by Tapio Wirkkala, at Wright

Travel: Night at the Overlook Hotel in Kubrick’s The Shining

In 1980, Stanley Kubrick came to the Timberline Lodge to film one of the all-time great horror classics, The Shining. In the film, Jack Torrance (Nicholson) gets a job as the custodian of the Overlook Hotel, in the mountains of Colorado. The place is closed down during winter, Torrance and his family will be the only occupants of the hotel for a long while. When the snow storms block the Torrance family in the hotel, Jack’s son Danny, who has some clairvoyance and telepathy powers, discovers that the hotel is haunted and that the spirits are slowly driving Jack crazy. When Jack meets the ghost of Mr. Grady, the former custodian of the hotel who murdered his wife and his two daughters, things begin to get really nasty.
The hotel in the film is actually called the Timberline Lodge and is located near Mt. Hood in Oregon, USA. For one night only, the hotel is hosting a 1920s era ball, in honour of the scene in the movie.

A Celebration of The Shining at the Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon, USA, October 31, 2008, at Come Play With Us

Spaces and Storytelling in Kubrick’s The Shining

Silver Sunday Easy Chair by Interstuhl

Hadi Teherani has extended the Silver range. Those who work hard also need rest and relaxation, so it was logical to develop an armchair offering users supreme comfort and top class design for waiting, relaxing of an evening or simply everyday sitting. And so an easy chair was born, soon to be available in the “Silver” design and either low or high-backed. The swivel armchair is beautifully sprung and rests on an elegant three-legged stand. The aluminium frame and upholstery draw on the characteristic design features of previous Silver models. A u-shaped stool complements the armchair, and can also be used as a small side table.

Silver Sunday, High and Low, by Hadi Teherani, for Interstuhl

Jimlar Showroom by Pentagram Architects

Pentagram Architect’s Lorenzo Apicella has designed a showroom for the footwear company Jimlar. Situated on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 56th Street, the showroom is ideally placed in the heart of New York’s luxury retail district. Apicella was able to overcome the challenges of a low ceiling and deep footprint to create a sophisticated showroom of seven private view galleries held together by a large central space that contains a reception area, a lounge and an island meeting room.

“The arced and canted walls and the subtle curves of the island meeting room were inspired by the spare lines of classic shoe designs”.
- Lorenzo Apicella

Jimlar Showroom, by Lorenzo Apicella, Team: James Biber (Partner), Matthew Clare (Associate), Michael Zweck Bronner (Associate), Anders Carpenter, Dan Maxfield at Pentagram Architects

Garden and Sea House in Japan by Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

The site faces the sea and has deep depth, it slopes toward the sea by around 2 meters. The architects arranged the house in the center of the site. The shape of the house is like a wedge spread towards the sea. The white gravel acts as an interior space, bringing the outdoors inside.

Garden and Sea, by Takao Shiotsuka Atelier

Books: House of Concepts: Design Academy Eindhoven

House of Concepts presents the legendary Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands’ leading institution for developing design talent that has produced a veritable who’s who of the country’s creative scene. The book not only features the school’s graduates and their work, but also gives insight into the conceptual design for which the Netherlands is famous. The exciting visual content is complemented by extensive interviews with renowned alumni such as Jurgen Bey, Richard Hutten, Joris Laarman and Judith de Grauw as well as Jeroen and Joep Verhoeven.

House of Concepts: Design Academy Eindhoven, Edited by Louise Schouwenberg, Gert Staal, Joost Grootens
Buy it here: Amazon

LED Glass Brick Picks up Red Dot Design Award

The glass brick is back. The new shape includes LED’s and mirror reflections stretching into infinity and colors changing in computerized configurations and patterns. Named “best of the best” at the Red Dot Awards.

LED Glass Brick, by Lei Yueh Enterprise Co., Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan

platten_bau Shelving by Möbelbau Kaether & Weise

platten_bau is a complete assembly shelving system. The separate components are simply put together, without the use of tools. The shelves are made out of 4mm thick hpl-boards. The final construction gives the unit structure and end up with a high weight-bearing capacity.

platten_bau, by Florian Petri, for Möbelbau Kaether & Weise

Loop Lamp from Dark

The Norwegian designer Petter Knudsen has given a new boost to the office lamp. A very minimalistic design, finish in chrome, glossy white or black. By using the LED technology it effects the general look and gives the Loop the purity of a sculpture.

Loop, by Peter Knudsen, for Dark

Editor's Picks

Studioilse w084t Task Lamp
A dimmable table lamp constructed of iron for its feelings of stability, reliability, trust; wood with its warmth and life, and porcelain for its intimate glow. [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

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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

Karuselli Lounge Chair
“Without question my favourite piece of interior design, and undoubtedly the most comfortable chair I’ve ever sat in. I like to retire to one with a cigar and a stiff drink as frequently as possible." - Sir Terence Conran. [more...]

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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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