After studying interior design at the Sint-Lukas School for Architecture in Brussels, Anna Torfs moved to the Czech Republic where she specialised in stage design and worked as a freelance furniture and glass designer. She began designing her own glass collections in 2002. The ability of glass to capture, reflect and absorb light is the central theme in Anna’s work. Transparency and translucency are not always identical. Colour is critical, evoking strong emotions; colours should be “true”. Cutting through the object like an anatomist, Anna reveals layer after layer to show how an object is built. These unconventional cutting techniques also reveal the contrast between the vibrant centre and the sober “skin” of her objects.
Sinope, by Anna Torfs
The French Brothers have designed a table set in stoneware, crystalline glass and stainless steel. This is how Ronan described their project: “The “Ovale” collection strives to be original, but it also wants to be rustic and traditional. We set out in pursuit of delicate expression. This composition speaks about every day life, about breakfast, lunch, about everyone getting together for dinner.
George Lee has designed a wine stopper with a twist. In trying to keep his design modern with a bit of an industrial look, the stopper is made from a food-grade stainless steel and silicone. The main feature of this device is that it comes with adjustable date rings which help users remember when they have opened their bottles of wine, allowing them to decide whether or not their wine is still drinkable.
A Date With Wine, by George Lee, via: designboom
Ego’s original design is striking. The cups are designed for every type of tea and coffee drink. Available in three sizes from espresso to coffee mug to a large breakfast cup. The saucers have no rim so they can also be used as plates. The generous size of the handle fits every hand, and the cup is ergonomically designed so that fits the natural shape of the hand.
Frederik Roijé has created a series of wall-mounted magazine holders. Made from folded metal with lacquer coating, the lines find their function by crossing paths.
Guidelines, by Frederik Roijé
Made from stainless steel and heat-resistant glass, Fireplace is a modern take on an open fire. Finnish designer Ilkka Suppanen has taken the age-old idea of an open fire in the wilds, tamed it, and brought it inside, to create an environment where people can gather to chat and enjoy an evening together or where somebody can relax alone and put the worries of the day behind them. The design very much reflects Suppanen’s architectural leanings.
“Today’s televisions often play a similar role to that of the fires of the past, bringing people together to tell their stories and listen to those of others. I took this idea of the fire as an archetypical phenomenon as my startingpoint – and ended up designing something with a very minimalist form of its own,” Suppanen explains, “The piece is very neutral until the flame is lit, only then does it come alive and take its place in a space and capture people’s attention.”
Unlike your ordinary built-in fireplace this gem is portable, just as easy to use in any room or even outside in the garden or terrace on a long summer evening.
Iittala Fireplace, by Ilkka Suppanen
Japanese forge Suwada, makes specialized Bonsai tools, using manufacturing techniques and forms that have developed slowly over time.
Bonsai Tools, by Suwada Blacksmith Works, Japan, Bonsai by Steve Tolley
George Nelson originally designed a wide range of wall clocks in the 1950′s and 1960′s for the Howard Miller Company. Three wall clocks have been re-issued by Vitra, (from the top) Polygon Clock is all angles and is made of solid walnut and lacquered, Flock of Butterflies is made of metal and with a large diameter of 24″ (610mm), and Wheel Clock with spindles in solid walnut and aluminium tips. All Vitra clocks are built with a high-grade quartz clock movement.
Polygon Clock 1961, Flock of Butterflies Clock 1955, Wheel Clock 1961,
by George Nelson, for Vitra
“VANMOOF was inspired by the good old-fashion Dutch bike”, explains the designer Sjoerd Smit, “we stripped the bike from whims that can only break or cause frustration and added innovation and style”. The VANMOOF is built from the day-to-day experience of cycling in Amsterdam, it has a striking aluminum rust-free frame with a highly advanced solar powered LED light system built inside the frame. Gone are the dynamo’s that add friction to the wheel, no more cables, and best of all for the urban rider, no more lights stolen off your bike!
VANMOOF Bicycles, by Sjoerd Smit, for VANMOOF
Both a sculptural object and a functional vase, Polyvase.MGX is made by using rapid prototyping technology, a 3D printing process. Available in three sizes and colors havana brown, black or green.
Polyvase.MGX by Dan Yeffet, for MGX by Materialise,
Photography by Frank Gielen for Hooked on Walls