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Gardenias by Jaime Hayon for BD Barcelona Design

Gardenias is a collection of furniture for the garden. That’s not a real genre, but it does differentiate Gardenias from other exterior furniture collections. Subtlety, beauty and memory are omnipresent in its design, along with a determination to make the collection broad, varied, multipurpose and open. Further pieces will be added in the future. There will be room for sculptural vases and planters of surprisingly fine terracotta, chairs with or without a pergola, benches and even an attractive watering can.

One of the most outstanding characteristics of the collection is the way its translated the generally rigid and square-shaped image of outdoor metallic furniture to a language that is more romantic in form and also suitable for indoor use. It carries the unmistakable mark of Hayon in the svelte, subtle and feminine forms. It is almost Gaudí-sque (or should we say Gardenia-esque) in so much as it renders metal with organic, almost natural shapes – ones that are more generally seen in furniture made of wood.

Gardenias, by Jaime Hayon, for BD Barcelona Design

Exhibition: Droog Lab: The New Original

Aiming to raise discourse on the future of design, Droog Lab went to Shenzhen, China, the epicentre of copycat culture, with the intent of copying China. The result is a collection of 26 works by Studio Droog, Richard Hutten, Ed Annink, Stanley Wong and Urbanus each taking copying as a starting point. From a classic Chinese teapot with an added robust handle by Richard Hutten, to an inverted Chinese restaurant that features a miniature table setting inside a fish tank by Studio Droog-each piece translates an essence of the original in a literal way.

Chinese companies and the government are working hard to shed their copycat reputation. But copying does not only produce exact replicas. Chinese imitation and pirated brands and goods often introduce novelty by adding something, upgrading, or adapting for another market. By linking copying to creativity, The New Original demonstrates that the process of copying is clearly more than just mere replication-it can be a real driver in innovation.

“We have reached a level of saturation in design and in the market, that it’s time to think more intelligently about what to do with the surplus, and use it in the design process. We should take better advantage of our collective intelligence,” states Renny Ramakers, co-founder and director of Droog. “Imitation can also be inspiration.”

Droog Lab: The New Original, March 9th – April 9th, 2013, at Hi space, zhen Jia shopping mall, 4th floor, No. 228 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China

The Woods by StokkeAustad & Andreas Engesvik

The Woods is the second collaboration between the Norwegian design studios StokkeAustad and Andreas Engesvik, Oslo. The inspiration was found in the forests and the lights of the North. A tree changing colours and transparency through the seasons is a fascinating process which was captured in this glass object.

Our ambition was to work sculpturally — without any specific function other than the purely decorative. A renewed interest in the field of craftsmanship, tradition and new categories – has brought us into an area and expressions that we wanted to explore further. Thus, reducing the gap between industrial design and what we know as arts and crafts.

The unique, free standing glass sculpture The Woods, is a made out of hand blown glass. Each sculpture consists of seven trees — joined in two separate sections.

The Woods, by StokkeAustad and Andreas Engesvik

Eclipse Clock by Constance Guisset for Petite Friture

Eclipse is a clock where the face transforms as time changes. The hands mark a visual rhythm, an optical illusion made from the black circles which overlap and move. The time is always visible whilst the clock is transforming.

Eclipse Clock, by Constance Guisset, for Petite Friture

Bank in the Form of a Pig by Harry Allen for Areaware

Bank in the Form of a Pig Harry Allen

Bank in the Form of a Pig Harry Allen

Bank in the Form of a Pig Harry Allen

Harry Allen has designed the Reality series of products whose forms are “sampled” from existing sources. Using a technique that involves casting polyester resin in highly detailed silicone, Allen has moulded a pig with great precision (no animals were harmed in the making of this product, 5% of the proceeds from the sale of the Bank in the Form of a Pig are donated to The Humane Society “Our pig lost its life from natural causes and we are hoping that his likeness will live on to help prevent cruelty to animals everywhere”).

Part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Available in white, black, hot pink and metallic finishes of chrome, gold and a limited edition copper.

Bank in the Form of a Pig, by Harry Allen for Areaware

Edvard Mirror Collection by Jean-Francois d’Or for Reflect+

Starting from a simple geometrical shape, this truncated conical mirror allows different positions for different kind of functions. Thanks to this shape, this mirror concept integrates interiors in many ways: the object fits perfectly on the wall but can also be placed on its side or rest on its base. Depending on its position, it gives an unusual way of looking at mirrors and at its reflections; versatile perspectives as complementary visions of architecture. Fixing on wall, the mirror is a sort of megaphone that makes the wall scream for reflection. Hence the name Edvard, after the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, the man behind the painting ‘The Scream’.

Edvard Mirror Collection, by Jean-Francois d’Or, for Reflect+

Renzo Piano Flatware & Cutlery Set for Iittala

Designed by Renzo Piano, one of the most important architects of the 20th century, behind projects like the Centre Pompidou in Paris, San Nicaola Stadium in Bari and Kansai International Airport in Osaka. He is responsible for the main layout of the Potsdamer Platz and eight of its buildings in Berlin. Over the years, he has received a range of prestigious prizes and awards such as the Compasso d’Oro and the Pritzker Prize. He collaborated with Iittala to produce designs on a smaller scale. His stainless steel cutlery service is like an extension of the hand, fitting naturally into the diner’s grip. With extreme attention to detail, Piano has soft, rounded and balanced handles, appropriate proportions, and thoughtfully considered shapes. The Piano cutlery service is made of highly-polished 18/10 stainless steel, and the salad servers come dressed with wooden handles.

Piano Cutlery, by Piano Design

Pétrifications by Krzysztof J. Lukasik

“Pétrifications is a project which has been on my mind for some years and which allows me to reconcile my interest in design with the one for literature I had the opportunity to develop while studying it at university. It was inspired by my own experience as a reader who, when interrupted in his reading, too often left his book opened at the page he was reading, on a table or on the floor. It is a collection of five triangular geometrical forms of several different dimensions, made of various kinds of stones, and destined to be used as bookmarks.”
- Krzysztof J. Lukasik

Pétrifications”, ECAL/Krzysztof J. Lukasik

Critical Blocks by Maykel Roovers

My Flat, Mega Farm, Power Plant and Highway are designs that came from my research into public space and architecture and the idealized version of both in toy modelling. On the basis of my research I selected a number of buildings that epitomize today’s zeitgeist. I transformed these architectural types into toy blocks. In doing so I have two objectives. The first is to shed a light on the excessive nature of contemporary large scale architecture — the mega factory — by using the poor and abstract form language of toy blocks. My second objective is to make full use of the contrast between the harshness of contemporary architecture and the illusory children’s world of friendliness and unlimited possibilities cultivated by adults.”
- Maykel Roovers

Critical Blocks by Maykel Roovers

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