Designed for Spanish brand nanimarquina, the rugs are inspired traditional Persian rugs and are made by craftsmen in Pakistan. Say Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, “We have always been captivated by the traditional Persian rug, especially by the very old kilim savoir-faire which we see as a delicate mix of rusticity and fineness. We have been lucky to see this project carried through by the craftsmen of Northern Pakistan who managed to skillfully combine thirteen colors through the geometrical rhombus shape.”
“As well as being crafted by hand, the Afghan wool is also spun by hand, which allows for some unique color tones to be highlighted. This subtly random technique makes each lozenge slightly different and each rug, a unique piece.”
Charles and Ray Eames brought a sense of play to all their work, including the Hang-It-All. It took the everyday coat rack to a new place that was inventive and fun. More than just a conversation piece, the Hang-It-All holds anything that slips over its colorful hooks.
Originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1953, the Hang-It-All Rack can be seen in the background in archival photos of their own Pacific Palisades home.
Charles & Ray Eames Hang-It-All Rack, for Vitra
Probably the best engineered and most versatile folding bike available today. The Strida Folding Bicycle is designed for effortless transportation with its ability to fold in 5 – 15 seconds, making it the quickest, easiest folders to collapse and put back together. The bike weighs only 22 lbs, and its ability to roll when folded allows it to be carried easily into home or office or store on planes, trains and automobiles. Magnets on each of the wheels hold the two wheels together when folded.
With its unique triangular frame construction, lightweight, rustproof frame, the bike is very low maintenance; by using a Kevlar belt instead of a chain, no oil will get on your clothes. The ride is fine, with direct steering and a very tight turning radius. Best of all, the bike is tall so you can ride upright and get a good overview of traffic.
A clever teapot goes by the name Tse & Tse. The porcelain teapot has a bentwood handle and a lid in stainless steel. The most important detail is probably the unusual shape of the body; the flat side is used for upright storage.
Tse & Tse Teapot, by Tsé & Tsé Associées
Korban/Flaubert is a design and production partnership between Janos Korban, a metal specialist, and Stefanie Flaubert, an architect. Founded in Stuttgart in 1993, the practice specialises in furniture, lighting and architectural installations in metal or plastic.
Array Screen is made from stainless steel and can be produced in custom sizes, cable suspended or wall mounted.
Array Screen, by Korban/Flaubert
Stack is a playful product for the discerning design conscious. Formed of solid cylindrical building blocks in vibrant hues and muted neutral tones. Stack can be assembled and rearranged in a limitless array of combinations to complement any setting and satisfy any mood. Made in Britain from solid machined aluminum. Stack’s reassuring weight speaks a quality. Its smooth, frosted, anodised finish creates a lustrous matte sheen that is pleasingly cool to the touch.
“I wanted to create a luxurious product that allows discriminating consumers to play a part in the design. The accent here is on quality and precision, with pieces that look and feel great and fit together absolutely perfectly, however they are combined.”
– Miranda Watkins
Tower, Conical and Tier, in Tonal Grey and all Black, by Miranda Watkins Design
‘Landscape’ by Thibault Faverie
‘Elastique’ by Joschua Brunn
‘Covers’ by Sarha Duquesne
‘Swiss Soap’ by Max Neustadt
‘Intersection’ by Su Jung-Cheng
‘Zen Tools’ by Giulio Parini (left) and ‘Upgrade’ by Doganberk Demir (right)
‘Basin Basin’ by Charles Mathis
‘Squeeze’ by Rita Botelho (left) and ‘Screens’ by Diane Du Chaxel (right)
‘Kone’ mobile base for bathroom fittings by Felix Klingmüller
On the occasion of the Biennial Event, Designers’ Saturday in Langenthal, Switzerland, Axor – the designer brand from Hansgrohe – has shown the results of a collaborative project by the Bouroullec brothers and students of ECAL University of Art and Design, Lausanne, Switzerland. The young designers were asked to reinterpret and develop objects around the Axor Bourollec bathroom collection, which was serving as a starting point for each participant. The collective body of work aims to illustrate the individual needs of the bathroom space.
Combining the beauty of glass with the practicalities of a flexible design solution, dazzling crystal components fuse together in pre-defined patterns to form an elegant surround that links one space to the next, merging the boundaries between applied art and original art. Designed exclusively for Lasvit by Koncern (Jiří Přibyl and Martin Imrich), the unique concept is inspired by the traditional use of glass in Czech architecture of the 1960s and 1970s. Whilst some projects merely imitate what went before, others have the power to challenge it carving out their own revolutionary path. This is the case with Lasvit Crystal Wall.
Pritzker Prize winning architect Richard Meier is unveiling a limited edition menorah and exclusive series of mezuzahs for The Jewish Museum in New York. The featured Menorah is a reproduction of the “Meier Lamp” originally commissioned by the Israel Museum in 1985; an original is part of the Jewish Museum’s permanent collection. A limited edition of menorahs will be available for $1000 for purchase through The Jewish Museum Shops beginning November 2010. Meier’s Menorah is the first of Design Edition JM, the first curated collection of modern Judaica by contemporary artists and designers.
“In the design of the Hanukkah Menorah I was trying to express the collective memory of the Jewish people,” explains Meier. “Each candleholder is an abstracted representation of an architectural style from significant moments of persecution in the history of Jews. The first being the expulsion of the Jews from Egypt and the last symbolizing the towers of the concentration camps in Germany. These are not intended as literal representations of specific events but rather as reminders of the common past and struggles that Jewish people have suffered and their resilience and strength that is so wonderfully captured by the Hanukkah story.”
The design commemorates 4,000 years of Jewish history. Its pewter architectonic candleholders represent locations of Jewish expulsion, hardship and remarkable perseverance. From left to right, the first five candleholders represent the expulsions from Egypt (the obelisk); Roman Palestine (Hadrian’s victory column); France (1310); England (1290); and Spain (1492). The sixth candleholder represents the emancipation of Jews and expansion of the Jewish population in Vienna circa 1890. The seventh symbolizes the pogroms in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, and the eighth is a reminder of the concentration camps in Germany during WWII. A copy of the menorah resides in Mr. Meier’s home and is still used by the architect during the holidays.
Menorah, by Richard Meier, for The Jewish Museum
Furniture with the tall elegance of a fashion model: the Panton Coatstand. It’s a re-edition of the work of the celebrated danish architect and designer verner panton, dating from 1971. The furniture classics he created still fascinate us today. One of them is this coat stand with a frame of welded, powder-coated wire. It enables garments to be hung up in a variety of ways, and when it’s empty, the column with its waisted effect is like a modern sculpture in the entrance area. Available in powder-coated white, neon orange, yellow, light blue.
Panton Coatstand, by Verner Panton, for Schönbuch