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Icon: Essence Glasses by Alfredo Häberli for Iittala

Essence Glass Alfredo Häberli Iittala

Essence Glass Alfredo Häberli Iittala

Essence Glass Alfredo Häberli Iittala

Possibly the most beautiful glassware ever designed–Alfredo Häberli has created supremely elegant modern glassware for Iittala. He suggested a new series of glasses and a carafe with one essential idea: have as few glasses as possible, while still being able to serve a full range of fine wines and other drinks.

Häberli says that he always designs his objects for a specific person. When he designed the Iittala Essence glasses, he kept thinking about a friend who is a wine expert. “I went to dinner with him. I wondered how someone with the latest model mobile phone, an expensive watch, a modern car and clothing, could hold an ugly old wine glass. As I was designing the glasses I thought that this must be something that he will like.”

“My personal heritage was essential for this project. Knowing the gastronomic business well (restaurant & hotel in my family), my aim was to integrate this knowledge in a modern shape. Not losing the scientific functionality of a shape in relation to the liquid. The idea for the glass range was to create a balance between tradition and modernity, between celebration and daily use, a balance with one and different uses. In a way, I tried to find the essence in-between. The shape was a challenge for production. The most difficult detail was the stem going into the completely flat bottom plate. This detail with the trapeze shape of the bowl gives the unusual character of the glasses. The water glass is without a stem and can be used as a shot glass or table wine glass in a daily function.”
- Alfredo Häberli

Iittala Essence Glassware, by Alfredo Häberli

Manymals by Markus Diebel

Manymals are a unique family of jewelry comprised of creatures that hang by nature. This first line is called “Wild Ones” and represents wild animals from around the world. The packaging is molded out of recycled newspaper featuring a story about each manymal. 5% of sales go to WildAid, a organization in San Francisco fighting against illegal wildlife trade.

Manymals by Markus Diebel

Marten Hi-Fi Audio

Swedish hi-fi audio brand Marten, has made it easier to place speakers in a room — something other high-end speaker manufacturers don’t allow for. With the Form series, form really does meet function. Resulting in speakers which combine stunning design with outstanding sound reproduction. Marten encapsulates the Swedish spirit of form meeting function, in beautiful harmony.

Coltrane, Form, M Amp, by Marten, Photography by Ulf Celander

Losanges by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for nanimarquina

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.”

Losanges, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, for nanimarquina
via: mocoloco

Charles & Ray Eames Hang-It-All Rack

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

Strida Folding Bike by Mark Sanders

Strida Folding Bike Areaware Mark Sanders

Strida Folding Bike Areaware Mark Sanders

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.

Strida LT, Strida MAS (Mark Sanders Special), Strida SX (Xtra Speed), by Mark Sanders

Tse & Tse Teapot

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

Array Screen by Korban/Flaubert

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 Candlelights by Miranda Watkins

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

ECAL Designers for Axor Bouroullec

‘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.

ECAL Designers with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for Axor Bouroullec, via: designboom

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