Adrien Rovero was one of 40 swiss artists, architects and designers invited to transform 40 year old cable cars into new objects. Created for Mountain Climbers, a Swiss cultural and sustainable project benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Switzerland, Rock is the first of 40 projects to be revealed. Rock was premiered at the opening of Rovero’s solo show, Landscale, at Lausanne’s Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC). For this project he decided to celebrate the rocking movement of the cable car and thus to create a garden rocking chair.
A selection of projects will be revealed at Design Miami in Basel in 2013 and the remaining projects will be revealed in Basel during the fair week in 2014. The exhibiting will be touring in Switzerland in different cities and followed by a Christie’s auction, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Switzerland.
Zoo uses the many nuances of the “Hallingdal 65″ fabric which is made by Kvadrat, in a series of bright, colorful, oversized cuddle toys that appeal to children and adults alike. The zoo includes a toucan, a panda bear and a whale. Each animal has about the same size as a small child (about 1m high), making them extra huggable for all ages and encouraging younger generations to relate to them as a friend. With a highly simplified form, the animal’s character is defined mainly through a series of different ‘masks’ which represent the face.
Zoo Toys, by Ionna Vautrin, for Kvadrat
Thread Family is a set of small hight adaptable furnishings featuring a thread and seat lathed from walnut wood on a welded steel base in many colours. The family consists of three members: Small Stool, Bistro Table & High Stool. Main feature is the lathed upper part, consisting of a 40 mm thread cut from american walnut, connected with the seat by a visible and well crafted wedge-joint in a cross shape. Its surface is finished with hardwood oil to enhance the natural looks and to produce a smooth motion of the thread while adjusting the seat hight. The steel base was welded from precision stainless steel tubes, inspired by high quality bicycle frames. All additional parts like feet and inner thread have been hand crafted from a non dyed technical polymer.
Conceived as objects of high flexibility, the Thread Family works in small spaces and in large places. They rise and adapt to the needs of the user and can become a lifelong companion to a kid or an adult. “Thread” emphasizes the natural qualities of wood and works well as a single piece and in a group.
Thread Family, Small Stool, Bistro Table & High Stool, by Designer, for Coordination
Marc Newson has designed a rocking horse for children; Rocky is a modern take on a traditional object, a pop version taking its character loosely from medieval jousting horses. The parallelogram motion mimics the movement of a traditional rocking horse. It is made from rotationally moulded polyethylene chosen for both its durability and recyclability. Rein in natural hemp rope.
Rocky, by, Marc Newson, for Magis
The classic canopy bed in a modern interpretation, suitable to be positioned mid-room; base frame and headboard in leather or fabric. The bed rests on a platform which is large enough to position a storage element with an open compartment and a drawer at the foot of the bed. One single large size and four different finishes: brushed light and black oak, grey and brown oak. While maintaining the structural characteristics of a canopy bed, another version is now available, Alcova. The new bed is smaller in size with the headboard and mattress box higher than the original version. The protruding base has also been eliminated. The easily removable covers are finished with exquisite needlework. In natural grey, brown, black oak or wengé.
Alcova Canopy Bed, by Maxalto
Button is a side table developed with the purpose to provide versatility in the living space. With the removable table top it can also be used as a serving tray and adapts to the user’s wish. The centered handle makes it easy to move and it also becomes a visual feature in itself.
Button Side Table, by Fredrik Wærnes
During the Salone Del Mobile, De Padova launched the Keel table, FUWL’s first collaboration with the legendary Italian design house. The simple table idea is based on observation of sailboats. The vertical divider inserted in the table is like the centerboard that crosses the keel of a boat. The colored wooden part at the center adds stability and crosses the whole structure, a single piece of curved wood that makes the table balanced and elegant.
Keel Table, by Form Us With Love, for De Padova
Made from anodized aluminium, the Orion Mirror is a cross between a peg and a round mirror, Orion combines two objects through a fluid and continuous language.
Orion Mirror, Dimensions: L 21 x H 26 x D 6 cm, by Sofia designers
Photography © Matthieu Spohn
This porcelain vases collection is a research on aesthetic of industrial archeology. These vases draw attention to the cultural dimension of industrial architecture, highlighting the need for preservation of these buildings. The collection has an evident inspiration, and is a tribute to the work of two internationally renowned artists: Bernd and Hilla Becher.
Industry Porcelain, by Gentle Giants
The name giver of Marionet shows how to do it: only the connections between the (body) parts, joints and threads hold together the marionette; if one of the components is missing it collapses. This principle is equally applicable to the side table, which Simon Busse designed for the Mox Company: Only if all its components interact the table stands firmly. Three flat wooden legs other form the basis and are brought into position by a connective element. A hook on the top side of the connective element holds a coloured elastic band – the marionette’s string. The band runs through the wooden legs towards a tabletop and turns into a carrying handle on the upper side. In order to lock this fragile structure, the tabletop is bevelled downwards, the legs are kept in position and the entire table stands firmly.
Marionet, by Simon Busse, for Mox, Interior Innovation Award, 2012, (German Design Council)