In Karelia there was an ancient belief in the Sielulintu or Soul bird. The Sielulintu was thought to deliver the soul to newborn babies and also to transport the soul to the afterlife at the moment of death. It was believed the Sielulintu protected a persons soul at it’s most vulnerable; when dreaming, and it was tradition to keep a carved wooden bird by the bedside to keep the soul safe during sleep.
Wooden Birds, by Sanna Annukka
Offenbach College of Design graduate Sarah Böttger has created a series of containers made of mouth-blown glass with segments connected by plastic rings.
Juuri by Sarah Böttger
Designer Nao Tamura, has won the SaloneSatellite Award, with a serving container made in silica sand. Seasons is an interpretation of functional kitchen and serving ware, inspired by nature and technology, through the cultural lens of Japan. Like a real leaf, each serving dish is flexible and multi-purpose. It rolls up for storage using the benefits of silicone to insure its use in an oven or microware, able to withstand repeated dishwasher cleaning. Each leaf enjoys its own shape, stackable in its open state, and in multiples, creating a sculptural display of serving artware.
Japanese designer Yu Nomura has designed a shot glass that takes its structure from bamboo sticks. With an opening on either side, the glass can be filled on both ends. The fused glasses are intentionally made with one side larger in size than the other, convenient for mixing beverages in different proportions.
Marcel Wanders, a self-professed hedonist of great wines, focuses his talent and humor on wine glasses and carafes which often have little character. Working with an oenologist, he added a Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne glass to the traditional blank, featuring elegantly turned stems engraved with his favorite seal. The famous clown’s nose that pops up in his collections has become a motif for the stem and the stopper, produced in Baccarat red or clear crystal. Two magnificently elegant carafes–including one decanter–complete this sophisticated line geared to all design and wine connoisseurs.
The upcoming Wright Modern Design auction includes this wall clock by George Nelson & Associates. Pleated Star clock was made in 1955 from lacquered wood and enameled aluminum by the Howard Miller Clock Company, Zeeland, Michigan.
Pleated Star Wall Clock, Estimate: $2,000–3,000, by George Nelson & Associates,
at Wright Modern Design Auction, 23 March.
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Brushed anodized aluminium taps available in grey or black finish, with autonomous controls, to match accessories in the range by the same name. The Sen system includes wall-mounted taps, a flexible hand shower, a shower column, surface-mounted taps and floor-mounted spouts. The accessories include holders for small objects in various sizes, a soap dispenser and towel holder. Suitable for use with the bathtub, washbasin or sanitary fittings, Sen stamps its distinctive mark on any space in which it is fitted.
Sen, by Nicolas Gwenael, Curiosity, for Agape
Different types of scrap wood turned into a forest.
Forest of Woods, by Mark Giglio, Pen Pencil Stencil
Soichiro Nomiyama & Hiroki Tsuji have designed a set of stackable vessels made from very thin porcelain. Tsu Tsu is made in Arita, the traditional center pottery-making in Japan.
Tsu Tsu, by Soichiro Nomiyama & Hiroki Tsuji
Watanabe Kyogu makes high-spec, hand-applied globes at their educational products firm in Soka, Saitama Prefecture outside of Tokyo. Nendo wanted to take full advantage of Watanabe Kyogu’s high level of craftsmanship. They were also interested in creating a new kind of globe that would be more emotional, rather than simply presenting information. By reducing the amount of information, and rendering the oceans in white and land masses in black, the corona globe highlights the reliefs of islands and coastlines.
Corona Globes, by Nendo