Yii has been created by Taiwan Craft Research Institute and is led by Gijs Bakker, co-founder of Droog Design. The brand, with the ambitious aim to put the “Made in Asia” on the map of contemporary design, has a collection of objects have been created by designers and produced by craftmen of Taiwan.
“In recent years, I intend to incorporate the natural phenomenon and the law of nature into the idea of design and create works, which display my originality. In this collaboration with Mutina, I have pondered in designing ceramic tiles, which express the textures of the material derived from nature. My intention is not to manipulate the appearance of nature, but to create a design, which stirs one’s heart and imagination and remains deep inside one’s memory. “PHENOMENON”, a collection consists of “snow”, “honey-comb”, and “rain” series, integrates small substances and produces both depth and expanse.Various expressions, such as honeycomb, snow crystal, icicle, plant cells evoke one’s memory of the scenery in nature.”
– Tokujin Yoshioka
Czech product designer and goldsmith, Jan Jaroš has designed Ufo, a set of glasses and a carafe for two.
Ufo Beverage Set, by Jan Jaroš, Cohn Studio
At the core of the Minimalux design ethos are the opposite elements of simplicity and splendor, combining to form a unique and enticing identity. Production methods such as electroforming, casting and tube manipulation together with materials including glass, copper, solid silver and brightly coloured anodized aluminium are used to create candleholders, desk accessories, cutlery and vases–all complementary to the precision machined brass and precious metal pots and containers that are prevalent in the first Minimalux Collection. The new collection aims to provide products with wider appeal and accessibility; thus extending the general reach of the brand and nurturing the visibility of Minimalux products within the marketplace.
New Collection, by Mark Holmes, for Minimalux
Nika Zupanc has designed Unfaithful, a multi-purpose feather duster made from real ostrich feathers. This covetable tool comes in high gloss black or skin colour, and a choice of black leather or suede gift box.
“This shiny object noir is ready to offend you with the purity of its ambition. As blunt as a declaration of war and as piercing as beauty can be, it is an announcement of times to come. La Femme et la Maison collection is, first and foremost, turning the last sighs of the patriarchy into the cries of the she-almighty. Her shyness has now been replaced with the naked curves and shapes of lust and desire. Her passivity has been succeeded by the skilfully masked determination to rule your home.”
- La Femme et la Maison
Piilo means “a place of concealment” in Finnish. Inside the Striking organic-shaped box there is a special space for you to put prized possessions such as heirloom cufflinks or your engagement ring. Created by Milan-based Giorgio Vigna, a renowned sculptor and jewellery designer, Piilo protects and honours the treasures you place within it.
Choose from four different sizes of boxes or an amulet you can wear and open at any time.The boxes are made of polished aluminium, while the amulet is made of sterling silver. The smaller boxes come with inner felt cups made from 100% wool.
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.
Iittala Ego Cup and Saucer, by Stefan Lindfors, for Iittala