Italian-Danish duo GamFratesi and Swedish trio Front have designed beautiful pieces of furniture for furniture brand Wiener GTV Design (part of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna historically renowned for its iconic No. 14 Thonet bistro chair).
Lines & Dots is a pendant light fitting in which the light, its basic element, relinquishes all its importance to the material, the metal, in this particular case working as would a sculptor.
Lines & Dots has its origins in dozens of ink drawings. From those abstract silhouettes there emerged a series of eight shapes, given form using folding rods and soldered by hand by local craftsmen. Eight different modules which are combined using the cable as a pivot. Sculptural light fitting that creates a contrast between shadows and light, transparency and opacity, movement and immobility and whose source of light is an adjustable led, which gives off a warm light and incorporates state of the art technology.
Lines & Dots, by Goula / Figuera
Porcelain and brass
Designer Thomas Feichtner was commissioned by ABSOLUT VODKA with the design of a new glass and vodka cooler. This cooler was supposed to be designed specifically for the Swedish distillery’s finest vodka, ABSOLUT ELYX, and reflect the handwork of the most experienced distillers. This vodka, hand-distilled and rectified in the original copper kettle from 1921, was to be complemented by a drinking glass and vodka cooler from the hands of Feichtner, the design process and quality workmanship of which was to underline this vodka’s concept.
Absolut Cooler, by Thomas Feichtner
The centenaries of the births of Tapio Wirkkala and Rut Bryk, two influential figures in Finnish design, will be celebrated between their respective hundredth birthdays, from 2 June 2015 to 16 October 2016. The designer, sculptor and academician Tapio Wirkkala (1915–1985) and his wife, the graphic designer and ceramic artist Rut Bryk (1916–1999), were influential in launching the concept of modern Finnish, and Scandinavian, design, which still continues to enjoy international acclaim even today.
With the diverse events and exhibitions, and the products and books to be launched, the centenary year aims to increase the visibility of the important work done by Wirkkala and Bryk. The content of the centenary year programme in Finland and abroad is a natural continuation to the efforts to improve the national and international recognition of Finnish design.
Centenary, by Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation
The Molteni Museum was established in 2015, the year of the International Expo in Milan, to celebrate 80 years’ history, innovation, research and quality, and thus contribute to the spread of design culture.
Designed by Jasper Morrison, with the image coordinated by Studio Cerri & Associati, the museum houses a permanent collection of 48 iconic products and original prototypes of the Group’s companies: Molteni&C, Dada, Unifor and Citterio. But it also tells the story of an Italian compan, founded in 1934 by Angelo and Giuseppina Molteni, which developed from the Fifties with the cooperation of Italian and international architects and designers.
48 Iconic Products, Molteni Museum
Composed as a collage, Triangle table is a graphic object at the limit of abstracted volumes creating shimmering patterns as you turn around the table. Tainted glass & stainless steel, Navy blue, green, brick, white, brass. Dimensions: 350 x 350 x 500 mm
Triangle side table, by Arnaud Lapierre Design Studio
Today, the loss of life and humanitarian suffering, such as racism and terrorism, is considerable. Besides, it is now possible to make human beings artificially. Considering those, it seems that the value of ‘life’ is transforming, and therefore, it is time to re-think about the ‘life’. This chandelier is inspired by the weak electrical current occur from an ovum at the very moment of the fertilization.
The Birth Lamp, by Satoshi Itasaka
Photography by Elly
Throughout history, Japan has faced numerous natural disasters. Each time, its people have stood strong and gone on to rebuild their communities. On 11 March 2011 the Great East Japan earthquake struck the country and has once again reminded us of the importance of disaster and emergency preparedness. Rather than the conventional emergency preparedness kits that all tend to resemble one another, people are now seeking a more versatile solution that is appropriate for a variety of situations. This called for the development of an emergency preparedness kit that includes the bare minimum necessary for a city-dweller to make it to a place of refuge during an earthquake or other disaster. The result is a whistle to alert others of one’s presence, a radio, raincoat, lantern, drinking water and a plastic case, all packaged inside of a 5cm wide tube that is waterproof and floats. The radio is equipped with manual charging functionality, which can also be used to charge your smartphone, lantern, or other devices via USB. The plastic case can be used to store medicine or anything else the user might deem necessary, and the tube in which the drinking water foil pouch is stored can also be used as a cup. Despite its compact design, the kit offers a rich set of features.
Slimmer and more compact than conventional emergency kits, it’s easy to carry and can also be worn over the shoulder using the included strap. The design makes it easy to keep it near the entrance and ready to go at all times – just leave it in the umbrella stand or hang it from a coat hanger. The outer tubing is available in silver, white, or black, and each tool is available in a selection of 3 different colours.
MINIM+AID, by nendo, for SUGITA ACE
Photography by Kenichi Sonehara
With the major exhibition »The Bauhaus #itsalldesign« (26.09.2015 – 28.02.2016), the Vitra Design Museum presents, a comprehensive overview of design at the Bauhaus for the first time. The exhibition encompasses a multiplicity of rare, in some cases never-before-seen exhibits from the fields of design, architecture, art, film and photography. At the same time, it confronts the design of the Bauhaus with current debates and tendencies in design and with the works of contemporary designers, artists and architects. In this way, “The Bauhaus #itsalldesign” reveals the surprising present-day relevance of a legendary cultural institution.
The Bauhaus #itsalldesign, by Vitra Design Museum