Encapsulated in a glass drop, the imprisoned water freezes after a few hours in the freezer then spreads its coolness through the glass by finding its liquid state. Beyond its sustainable and reusable aspect, this object has a not unimportant consequence over the moment of the tasting of a good Cognac. Certain consumers, if they like the effect cooling some ice cube on their drink, do not like that by melting ice cubes alter the taste of this one, by dilution. Furthermore, the action of the cold tends to break certain aromas of the Cognac. This mode of cooling, lighter than a traditional ice cube, represents then an ideal solution to lead the cognac to the good temperature of tasting.
Eternal Ice Drop, by 5.5 Designers, for Hennessy
Designed by Helen von Boch in the early 1970s, Avant Garde is a set of stacking tableware for four persons that becomes a centerpiece for the the dining room, by forming a ball in different colors (brown, white, red brown). 19 pieces in total, including plates, side dishes and bowls in different sizes.
Avant Garde, 1971, by Helen von Boch, for Villeroy & Boch, Germany.
Available at Furniture Love (sold out)
By creating cutlery inspired by gardening tools, London-based Vladimir Rachev wants to remind us of the origins of our food. Rachev’s fear is that soon we will be unable to associate our food with the earth.
A proper table setting for the Japanese diner includes a rest for the chopsticks, Mikiya Kobayashi has reduced this requirement by creating a pair of chopsticks that have a tapered tip that allows one to place them on the table without the tips touching the surface.
Uki Hashi, design by Mikiya Kobayashi for h concept
Dutch designer Aldo Bakker has designed a range of tableware made from silver and porcelain.
Tableware, by Aldo Bakker
Vessel Gallery introduces a collection of hand-blown vases by London designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Called Lantern Marine the vases took inspiration when the pair were travelling through the lagoon in Venice, they observed how metal frames or cages were used in different types of nautical objects: not just for protecting the hanging lamps on boats, but also in the construction of the buoys, and around the timber posts bricole that mark the traffic lanes through the lagoon. In parallel with this observation, they were experimenting with combinations of glass forms, designing pieces which could interlock and stack together, creating new colours through layering.
Lantern Marine by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Venini, Launches November 5th at Vessel Gallery, London, UK
Junpei Tatsuno had designed cushions made out of carved wood native to Japan. The cushions are called Zabuton and resemble pebbles, strewn on the ground.
Zabuton Cushions, by Junpei Tatsuno, Honourable Mention at Takaoka Crafts Competition
FlexVaas is a basic form with three different inserts which are interchangeable. Each variable is appropriate for certain flower types and arrangement that are placed in the vase.
FlexVaas, by Arjan van Raadshooven & Anieke Branderhorst, for Vij5
By fusing of porcelain and glass, Misa Tanaka has created some vessels called, Shizukana Sora (Quiet Sky), taking second place in this years Takaoka Crafts Competition in Japan.
Shizukana Sora by Misa Tanaka, Second Prize at Takaoka Crafts Competition
Grouped together as interrelated sculptural forms, Spin candlesticks are part of the larger Gleam collection, a series of vessels made of pewter with a highly reflective finish.
Gleam Pewter Collection (from top to bottom): ‘Spin’ candlesticks and ‘Spin’ round candlesticks, by Miranda Watkins, in collaboration with A.R Wentworth