Hong Kong based homewares brand Puzhen has acquired several ancient pottery factories in China, including one which specializes in Zisha pottery production. Zisha pottery is made from special clay gathered on site; it is distinguished by its exceptional hardness and ability to be formed very precisely. The Sha diffuser uses this precision to marry the traditional pottery to modern electronic components used to diffuse essential oil vapor, housing it in a perforated metal mesh lid.
Simple yet clever, the bread bin’s circular shape was inspired by existing bent wood remnants and the three holes in the top are reminiscent of those found in bowling balls and function as ‘handles’ with which to lift the lid. Made of natural beech wood.
Loaf Bread Bin, from Established & Sons
“While most Iittala dinnerware embraces form over ornamentation, Taika breaks the mold. True, the forms are clean and simple, but the surfaces are wildly decorated with imaginative owls, foxes, and trees in a rich Nordic tradition. Taika means magic in Finnish, and the enchanted forest theme is apt. The designer of these fanciful scenes is Finnish illustrator and artist Klaus Haapaniemi, a rising star in the international design world. Each porcelain mug, bowl, or plate comes in either a white or midnight-blue background, which allows for individualized expression in mixing together or with Iittala’s all-white Aika dinnerware.”
Iittala Taika Dinnerware by Klaus Haapaniemi
Image via: Skona Hem
“There I was, glass in hand, hunting after stray ideas when simple solutions with subtle inventive details based on the theme of the bar came into my head.”
- Alfredo Häberli
Includes 2 trays plus an optional 3rd one in Inox stainless steel. Chromed steel structure. Trays in thermally-formed plastic. Available in white or black.
Metropolis is a collection with a huge evocative power, consisting of a series of functional objects such as vases, lamps, mirrors and boxes in the shape of buildings. As a whole, the structures make together a very original city, not realistic but suggestive of an imaginary or futuristic setting. In Metropolis, the refined forms of these avant-garde buildings are well combined with the meticulousness and detail with which their textures are recreated, painstakingly ornamented like miniature embroidery, a hallmark of handcrafted work at Lladró.
Each piece in the collection is available in eight different colors that go from a clean white to anthracite, including, light grey, dark grey, light green, dark green, light yellow, dark yellow.
Lladró Atelier is a new creative department within Lladró, set up under the creative guidance of designer Jaime Hayón. It’s a laboratory of ideas which welcomes projects proposed by the company’s in-house designers as well as by external designers.
Metropolis Collection: Vase I, Vase IV, Vase II, Vanity Mirror, Vase III, Lamp, from Lladró
The Kami collection of pots/vases/home lighting encourage a new way of thinking in eco-friendly lifestyle products. Made from 100% biodegradable cellulose, an enormously solid and light material, Kami transforms this most abundant natural raw material into objects for daily use by simple air drying.
Kami Pots, by Ett La Benn
Dutch designer Aldo Bakker has created the Tonus Stool handmade out of a solid block of oak wood.
Tonus Stool, by Aldo Bakker, Executed by Rutger Graas, Distributed by Particles, Photography by Erik and Petra Hesmerg
The upcoming Scandinavian Design auction at Wright includes this mold-blown glass decanter by Kaj Franck who was appointed chief designer for Nuutajärvi in 1950. Nuutajärvi was marketed under trade name Arabia from 1971 to 1977.
Decanter, by Kaj Franck, for Nuutajärvi Notsjö, Finland, 1955/1959, Estimate: $2,000 – 3,000, Auction at Wright
With its distinctive design and balanced proportions of the Citterio 98 cutlery collection have earned it the status of a modern design classic. In designing the range, Antonio Citterio and Oliver Löw took the traditional cutlery of French cafés as their source of inspiration and updated it to meet the demands of contemporary functionalism. The matt brushed stainless steel design feels equally at home in both a formal dinner setting and at a relaxed get-together with friends. Available as a 16 piece and 24 piece set, or sold by the piece.
“From the cook’s knife to the teaspoon, every item in Iittala’s Citterio 98 range of flatware displays the same perfectly balanced proportions.”
- Phaidon Design Classics
Iittala Citterio 98 Flatware, by Antonio Citterio and Oliver Löw
“To trust and to be trusted, to support and to be supported, creating a seemingly fragile but yet viable state of equilibrium.”
The coat hanger Game of Trust consists of three identical Y-shaped elements. Each one supports and at the same time is supported by one of the others, resulting in an embrace that transforms the units into a unity. The Game of Trust demands accuracy of construction, excellent quality of materials and the right people that can deal with both. The idea is to be made of solid wood, to be modular, easy to assemble and disassemble, easy to pack, to fit in a small package and easy to carry.
Game of Trust, by Yiannis Ghikas