The Modulor is regarded as the most important modern attempt to develop a mathematically coherent measurement system based on the proportions of the human body. Le Corbusier’s corresponding book on the subject, Le Modulor, is still valued as an essential work in the field of modern architectural history. During the architect’s lifetime only a few samples of this measuring tape were created – for his personal use in the design of building projects. An original artefact in the holdings of the Fondation Le Corbusier served as the model for this new edition by the Vitra Design Museum.
The garden consists of four delightful trees: Lemon, Pomegranate, Rose and Palm. Each is laser-cut from a single 2mm thick sheet of protected raw metal.
The Garden, by Michele De Lucchi with Alberto Nason and Silvia Suardi, for Produzione Privata
Since the introduction of CAD drawings everything has been easier and more precise, but simultaneously more rigorous and rigid. What could never have been possible by hand can now be done with digital drawings. Even the most complicated forms and daring joints have become simple.
These are the More than good errors, sought not to make mistakes but to stimulate the search for fresh forms and slight distortions, minute misalignments, missing symmetries and so on. Because making mistakes also means searching when the answer is not clear; it means wandering in order to arrive. Error as the spring of composition can give rise to more surprising, sensitive and exciting objects.
The technique, dating from Etruscan times, is called bucchero. Using dark grayish clay, it is done in three exclusively manual phases. The piece is worked on the lathe, smoothed with boxwood sticks to polish its surface and baked at a high temperature.
The evident imprecision’s in the showcases are not only deliberate in their structure, but actually pursued with great effort, for they are very difficult to achieve. The attainment of slight obliquities entailed the use of advanced manufacturing technologies such as laser cutting and other numeric control systems normally adopted to get straight and absolutely regular lines. We had to examine them so carefully and to understand them so thoroughly that we could bend them to the accomplishment of our own more than good errors.
More Than Good Errors, Limited Editions, by Michele De Lucchi, for Design Gallery Milano
Piet Hein Eek is well known for his beautiful furniture made from scrapwood, but this Dutch designer has also created a intriguing collection of ceramic objects.
Tableware Jug, by Piet Hein Eek, available at Cibone
Now! Design a Vivre at Maison & Objet, Paris Gaia & Gino will be exhibiting the latest additions to Jaime Hayon’s Grid vase collection which are now available in a range of new metallic finishes.
“The Tree is like many other products I have designed – part functional object, part sculpture. It functions as a space divider and a decoration, of course, but clever users will surely find other uses for it, such as a coat rack”.
- Eero Aarnio
We think the dogs will like it too!
The Tree, by Eero Aarnio, for Martela
Georg Jensen silver from Denmark has a tactile quality all its own, probably because it is handmade. It gets only better with age, and the prices fetched at auction are also improving with age. Time to take a closer look of that Scandinavian silver tucked away in your closet.
Eel dish, model 1054, sterling silver, 1957, by Henning Koppel, sold at Objects D’affection auction for $102,000, at Wright