The northern island of Hokkaido is not only famous for its cows, rolling hills, excellent seafood and ice festival. It is also home to a burgeoning community of artists and artisans who get their inspiration from the aforementioned elements.
Take Kouta Fukunaga for example. He creates carved vessels out of birch tree trunks and fashions them into exquisite wine chillers and sake bottles. The birch sake bottle recently won first place in the 2008 Takaoka Craft Competition.
Portable eight-inch television for Plus Minus Zero has a flat LCD screen, designed in the shape of a traditional cathode-ray-tube set.
“It’s not about making things thin just because you can.”
- Naoto Fukasawa
“While moving to a new house our clock was damaged severely in transport, to a point where it’s minutes- and seconds pointer fell of the central axis, and where just laying in the transparent bubble cover.” Witnessing the random patterns that occurred with the hour pointer still rotating, the first concept for the Continue Time clock was born. The resulting kinetic artwork is continuously changing its shape during a full rotation of twelve hours. While creating mesmerizing patterns on your wall the pointers are still read as with any traditional clock.
Designed in the 1960′s–the form is both traditional and modern. Made from lacquered wood and plastic.
Pipe by George Jensen, Denmark, ca. 1965, $125, Sold at Auction, Wright
Library is an extension of FBJ’s core product line furniture for receptions, offices and banks. A room divider, a cosy nook, a shot of homeliness with a sloping ceiling that can be tiled with books or magazines. The book ends offer storage space for magazines, a graphic deviation in the room, which can be used to create order or chaos. Library is made in classic ash to give the storage a warm glow.
Library, by Thomas Bentzen
The Modella set comes from the shape of a cylinder which is tapered in the middle to lighten the cylinder’s strict geometrical shape. The fragility and simplicity of the form is further enhanced by a thin stem with a length that changes according to glass type. The stem is missing from the glasses for whiskey and water, and the bottom is thickened to balance the proportions of the form.
Modella, by Boa Design Studio, for Květná Glassworks
Since it won the prestigious Compasso d’Oro award assigned in 1960 no table clock has ever equalled its originality and functionality. With its ingenious design, which was created by the then very young designer Richard Sapper, Static always finds the correct angle however it is placed. The barely visible support area also creates the impression that the clock is somehow suspended.
Static Table Clock, by Richard Sapper, for Lorenz
A series of vases and pots designed for public or private gardens as well as restaurants or commercial spaces. Made by rotational molding, the series includes flowerpots, furniture and lighting which are inspired by the shape of diamonds.
Vases, Vases Isla, by JM Ferrero, for Vondom
With these solid crystal clutches, glass maker Orrefors has created a new range of fine accessories. The handbags are currently on display at the Vessel Gallery in London. Designed by Lena Bergström she has created the four crystal handbags that are for show only, since they do not function as a carrier—Cinderella is now ready for the ball.
The Tate Otama, which we can ascribe the simple translation of “stand-up ladel” to, is precisely that. The designer flattened the bottom, allowing for it to be easily stored, as well as easily accessible while in use. And yes, the inside remains rounded.