Miranda Watkins Design has launched an elegant new range of versatile bowls and platters in beautiful sustainable Ash and Walnut. These designs are the latest additions to the Studioʼs popular Turn Wood Collection. Showcasing the beauty of natural hardwood, strong, clean silhouettes are machine turned and hand finished to create this range of minimalist tabletop products. The full collection comprises bowls, platters and boxes, all produced in Britain in sustainable hardwoods — Oak, Walnut, and Ash.
David weeks has designed a extension of his toy line which he began with Hanno the Gorilla. Made of sustainably harvested beech wood, Ursa the Bear has elastic band muscles that pop and lock into a myriad of poses. The powerful hardwood frame can hold many poses, and her elastic-band muscles and durable wood limbs make her almost impervious to breakage. Ursa, comes in two sizes: the large and ferocious Ursa The Bear, and Ursa Minor his diminutive cousin, both are enduring classics that will withstand generations of play.
To present this new colour range, DuPont™ Corian® called upon 4 designers or galleries, known for their quality and relevant editorial policy and for the innovative character of their collections. Moustache is proud and honoured to have been chosen by DuPont™ on the French market to create this collection. The Favoris Collection was enthusiastically and rigorously pieced together over the past year through context elaboration and exchange of ideas. Managed by Moustache, produced in association alongside and with the complicity of Corian® and Créa Diffusion, the Favoris Collection was designed by Ionna Vautrin, Inga Sempé, François Azambourg, Sébastien Cordoléani and Benjamin Graindorge
Favoris is the one entitled to special treatment due to merit and beauty and also the one who boasts a privileged place near the “all-powerful”. But Favoris is also, and this is less known, the French name commonly used to describe the long piece of hair on each side of the face and its eventual growth into a beard. Having changed from hair into a beard, the Favoris changed from the beard into a Moustache… The Favoris Collection evolved from its side-stepping into temporary openings of a constraint free area without the usual duty of “sticking” to the market-trends. It proposes observation and contemplation of a series of objects designed with the intention of showing, revealing or exaggerating the sensitive nature of a material: the Corian®. Emancipated and liberated from routine questions and functions which sometimes become purposely secondary, the Favoris Collection by Moustache with Corian® also invites you to observe how – putting the Corian® panel presentation-logic aside – this material can become round or in relief and boasts being from an assumed search for beauty.
Favoris Collection, for Moustache, at Corian® Colour Evolution, 2012 Milan Design Week, Spazio Fiorentine, via Savona 35, Milan, April 16–22
In today’s society, it seems like we’re always in need of a plug socket to charge our computer, tablet or smartphone. ateljé Lyktan presents a solution to this everyday problem — a lamp with a bonus of an electrical socket.
The design studio Form Us With Love came up with a simple idea based on the new need in today’s society of constantly needing to recharge computers and smartphones. Besides giving you an electrical socket, the Plug Lamp also gives a pleasant aesthetic to the process of recharging.
“By integrating the socket in the lamp it also takes away that annoying process of searching for a socket or having to unplug something in order to access an electrical point,” says John Löfgren, Form Us With Love.
The Plug Lamp has a bulbous shape and a base in molded and powder coated aluminium, here the plug socket is displayed centrally, making it a decorative detail. The light itself is concealed by an opal glass shade and the lamp is dimmable.
Plug Lamp, by Form Us With Love, for ateljé Lyktan
Bringing together the Swiss watchmaker’s affinity for contemporary and modern timepieces, the KAWS collaborative effort sees the trademark Chomper teeth motif emblazoned across the black dial with the dual lines of his “X” graphic comprising the hour and minute hands. True to the original Horizon models, the watch features a 44mm case and beautifully brushed bezel.
Etch Web is a vast 65cm wide shade with an unusual open structure, designed to cast atmospheric angular shadows when lit. Another experiment in our long running exploration of mathematics and geometry, an irregular pentagon shape is repeated 60 times across the body to create a total sphere. The enormous globe is astonishingly lightweight, weighing only 980 grams, with a correspondingly ethereal visual attitude. Formed from copper anodised aluminium through a process of digital photo-acid etching, an oversized LED bulb is suspended within the centre of Etch Web to make it the ultimate shadow play pendant.
Etch Web Pendant Light, by Tom Dixon
Wright is set to auction a weather vane designed by George Nelson for the Howard Miller Clock Company of Zeeland, Michigan.
Carousel Weather Vane, 1954-1955, by George Nelson & Associates, by Howard Miller Clock Company, Estimate: $5,000–7,000, Auction at Wright
“With the sideboard “No. 216” I wanted to tell a story, to visualize something that we encounter every day but we seldom reflect on. In this case, the unique definition of the A-format as often used for paper sizes. The goal was to create a playful and at the same time convenient storage with its own expression. The cabinet as a whole is full A0, where the doors and compartments corresponding to the dimensions A1 down to A8.”
- Jesper Ståhl
DC10 is an evolution in our works on contemporary furniture with references to both of furniture craftsmanship in a historical sense and modern production with all the possibilities this gives. This chair is either shell nor skeleton it looks like a stick structure but has only two surfaces, one outside and one inside meeting in a very sharp edge. As it has almost become our trademark the sculpturing of surfaces does not stop anywhere so letting your hands wander by the curves in the wood there is continuous shapes to be explored everywhere. We trust this chair to be a milestone in our furniture design and are curios to see how it will be received.
DC10 Chair, by Inoda + Sveje
French designer Inga Sempé, guest of honour of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2012, has designed new lightings for the Swedish firm Wästberg. Sempé’s w103 suspensions are similar to her previous table lamps series, minus one detail: the hook of the clamp, holding the table version, has moved on top of the shade.
The w103 pendant light can either be fixed onto a long rail for linear combinations or joined together like Meccano to create polygons. Colours can be freely mixed (it comes in 7 bright, soft, clear, dark hues) or sticking to just one choice. The rail structure is thin enough to avoid the feeling of a heavy, hanging structure. The round-shaped shades soften the angular lines of the rail.
Inga Sempé (awarded the 2003 Grand Prix du design de la ville de Paris, her hometown, where she launched her design studio in 2000), collaborates with such international brands as Ligne Roset, Luceplan, Edra, Baccarat, Moustache, David Design, Hjelle, Almedahl’s or Artecnica.
Besides her curated lounge in the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair entrance hall, previous and new works by Inga Sempé were on show at the Skeppsholmen’s Skridskopaviljongen. The “Inga Sempé. Illuminated by Wästberg” exhibition showcased the w103 lamps and other designs, revealing her thoughts and creation processes with various sketches and scale models.
Created in 2008, Helsingborg-based company Wästberg have been awarded many prices, such as 7 Good Design Awards, 5 Red dot awards, a Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany and an Elle Interior Design Prize.
(Elodie Palasse-Leroux is a Paris-based writer and journalist, the founder and editor of Sleek design)