In September 2014, twelve Master Product Design students of ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne were invited to reflect on a collection of objects to meet everyday needs in the Cité Radieuse in Marseille. The outcome of this research is being displayed as part of an exhibition staged in Apartment 50 from 4 to 19 July 2015. Apartment 50 was restored by two enthusiasts, Jean-Marc Drut and Patrick Blauwart, as close as possible to its original condition. Listed as a historical monument, the venue occasionally hosts exhibition projects.
World-renowned designers have already exhibited there, such as Jasper Morrison, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic and Pierre Charpin. Thus, under the direction of Thilo Alex Brunner, head of the Master Product Design at ECAL, and of ECAL professor Augustin Scott de Martinville, a series of objects was produced over one semester by the Product Design Master students. The project began in September 2014 with a three-day workshop in the Cité Radieuse, allowing students to experience life in the building.
The design of No.2 is rational and long-lasting, but more so the new monochromatic solid brushed steel case, domed sapphire glass and Swiss quartz movement construction, marks outmost premium details which are what makes No.2 a successful evolutionary inheritor of No.1. The new addition to the TID collection is also available in two sizes, both the 40 mm and 36 mm. Besides working as a natural part of your everyday life, the watch you wear must be able to match any fraction of your life. That is why No.2 is both minimal and efficient.
TID No.2, by Form Us With Love, for TID
A concrete cartoon monkey holding a tray forms this table by Spanish designer Jaime Hayón for manufacturer BD Barcelona Design as a new piece added to the Gardenias Collection. Hayón’s table is shaped like a monkey from the waist up, and holds a flat tray above its head like a waiter. It is made from solid architectural concrete resin, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor use. The form of the cartoon monkey – with one hand supporting the platter and the other scratching its head – is created using a mould based on Hayón’s drawings.
Monkey-shaped table, by Jaime Hayón, for BD Barcelona
Group of low laminated and glued glass round tables, consoles and shelves characterized by a special iridescent multicolored finish; the nuance varies according to the incidence angle of the light and to the vantage point. Objects with magical and ethereal appearance emerge. Presented at the Salone del Mobile 2015, available in transparent glass or acid-etched glass.
Shimmer, by Patricia Urquiola, for Glas Italia
Development of the furniture for the Rossini Bar in Merano Italy.
Rossini Furniture Dev., by Zanzotti
Photography by Leopold Jonas
A coffee table that acknowledges the need for storage, and individuality in a simple and practical solution. Thanks to its pivoting system, 4 individual areas are created that can be either concealed or shown at will.
Times 4 Coffee Table, by Gonçalo Campos, for Polit
Ceramics and blown glass are linked by a polished brass ring. The dimmer’s control lever is also made of polished brass. The ABALLS collection includes a chandelier, hanging lamps available in three different sizes and table lamps available in two sizes. The chandelier showcases a golden electroplated or white, black lacquered steel structure matching the colors of the ceramic bodies. 24 blown glass diffusers complete the fixture. The hanging and tablelamps are made up of a blown glass diffuser and a white, black or golden ceramics base. The result is a set of strongly decorative objects that produce a warm ambient light and can be used in a domestic environment as well as in contract projects.
Parachilna Aballs Lamps, by Jaime Hayon
Demisch Danant is pleased to present Pierre Paulin: L’Homme Moderne a celebration of the prolific career of one of the most admired European designers of the 20th century. The exhibition surveys Paulin’s breakthroughs of the 1960s through early 1980s, and showcases designs commissioned by the Mobilier National of France in a living environment inspired by Paulin’s unique architecture. Featuring more than twenty exceptional works, including many never before exhibited publicly, L’Homme Moderne will provide a fresh look at Paulin’s full vision and contributions to modern design beyond the confines of Pop-inflected pieces for which he has until now been best known.
Pierre Paulin: L’Homme Moderne, May 12 – June 27, 2015, Demisch Danant
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“Why are arms on armchairs straight? This was the question posed as the inspiration for Bras (arm). This project was born from the gesture of an arm on an armchair, angled away and then towards you to follow the natural contour your arms make when sitting. At the same time this inspiration creates a distinguished visual statement which is inviting and in turn comfortable. The faceted corners in the sofa embrace you and allow you to sit in a flexible and more casual manner. For Bras we have developed a unique construction system which works independently between the seat, backrest and armrests, providing a level of flexibility, which in turn provides a great degree of comfort not found in sofas in this genre. There are a multitude of finishings for the fabrics as well as a choice for wooden or powder-coated steel legs.”
- Khodi Feiz.
Initiated by the American Hardwood Export Council and Benchmark Furniture, The Wish List brings together a stellar list of architects and designers for a unique collaborative project. The project invited designers and studios to use American hardwood to create an object for an established figure in the architecture and design industry. Zaha Hadid’s brief was simple and open: to create some form of tableware made from wood. So she teamed up with Gareth Neal to craft two sculptural oak vases.
The water carafe idea emerged from considering the liquid nature of Zaha Hadid’s work, but juxtaposing it with a functional element to contain water within. Through using the traditional vessel form as a starting point and subverting its appearance to dramatic extremes, mimicking traditional carving technique Gareth Neal hopes the pieces will embed the design with a sense of the handmade through the arm of a robot, questioning the viewer’s perceptions of craft and the handmade.