Winner of the IF Design Award, Origo dinnerware collection features bold, modern color combinations allowing for unlimited combinability of the cups, bowls, and plates. Origo is made to combine with other Iittala collections including Teema, classic Scandinavian dinnerware, designed by Kaj Franck in 1952 and Bottna with its strong lines and a botanical-inspired pattern by Anna Danielsson, a well known Swedish textile designer who works with Marimekko of Finland. Durable as it is attractive, Alfredo Häberli designed Origo to stand the test of everyday use over a long period of time.
Iittala Origo Dinnerware, by Alfredo Häberli
“Little Ben is inspired by the shape of an old English tea table. During our research we had noticed that because of its size, small side tables for living rooms allow either place for coffee and tea, or serve as a repository for the daily newspaper and books. Our aim was to accommodate both possibilities in a occasional table and also maintain the classic elegant shape of a traditional coffee table. It was resolved by taking a recess in the table leg, that allows to collect upright or rolled magazines. The occasional table is made out of beech wood with small construction tricks by classic wood turner crafts.”
Little Ben Table, by Designer, for Studio Dreimann
Dom has been designed to recognize those areas that need to be endowed with a unique and unrepeatable piece. You will be seduced into its inner magic. Made from 4mm aluminium sheet, white lacquered Interior.
Dom, by Domo Product Design
The Scatter Shelf is composed of 5mm black acrylic shelves in a grid form, stacked in three layers and slightly displaced. The resulting shelving unit is not only structurally strong but creates a visual effect in which objects placed on the shelves appear as though caught in a spider’s web when viewed from the front. When viewed on an angle, the glossy acrylic face creates a series of reflections within the shelves, making the ‘opaque’ acrylic appear to be transparent. The diffused reflections caused by the surfaces’ shine and form also separates and scatters the view behind the shelving unit, creating a completely kaleidoscopic effect.
Scatter Shelf, by Nendo
Photos by: Masayuki Hayashi
This trio of outdoor furniture is designed for the garden, terrace or the swimming pool – either at home, at the restaurant or at a hotel. Part of the larger BD Showtime Collection designed by Jaime Hayon, which takes its inspiration from MGM musicals.
The Showtime armchairs have an optional cover, to take shelter from the sun or for reading or listening to music in privacy.
Not always known for making simple practical objects, Marcel Wanders designed the Cristal Carafe for the Danish company, Normann Copenhagen. A sculpted, transparent glass carafe, the Cristal Carafe comes complete with five multicolor cups sculpted in rich plastic. The unexpected contrast creates a pleasing dynamic between cold and warm materials, rigid lines and soft shapes, making it as visually striking as it is refreshing. The Carafe is the winner of the Formidable Award, at the Swedish Formex Priset.
“In my imaginary world, Fioriness is the expression of a latin attitude where the word “flower” is the poetic link between french and italian: “fiori”, “fleurs”, “flirter” which means “to flirt”. The emotions and play of a candle light diner or an August summer sunlight. These sparkles of light define the flower standing in its vase as the witness of a promissing story.”
Fioriness, by Laurent Corio, secondome
The designer has a true passion for simplicity and minimal construction, where maximum strength is achieved with a minimal use of material and components.
All of this is reflected in Mensa6, Michael Schougaard Svane latest design. (2011 winner of reddot design award) The table with a 6mm thick table top only consists of 4 components and the principals of minimal construction is used to achieve maximum strength and stability.
Mensa6 Table, by Michael Schougaard Svane
Combined with a love of typography and a need for adaptable furniture, ByALEX designed the A Range: considered, playful and enjoyable. The Replica typeface – designed by Norm in Zurich – was specifically used in the design, as the distinctive diagonal cuts mean that there are no protruding elements, to trip you up!
The A Stool, The A Coat Stand and The A Side Table, from ByALEX
A solo show at the Taiwanese government-sponsored National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute featuring two collections. ‘thin black lines’ is a collection of furniture formed from ‘still black’, so we wanted to use ‘active black on white’ for the exhibition space. The drawings on the floor flow like river water around the exhibition stands. ‘dancing squares’ is a collection based on the concept of ‘active white’, so we wanted a space that expressed the idea of ‘still black on white’. Our room-sized sketch, affixed to walls and floor, uses a fish-eye lens-like effect as though viewers are seeing it through a tiny water drop.
Exhibition: Thin Black Lines + Dancing Squares, by nendo, at National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI), Taiwan