Designed back in 1960 by a 28-year-old Dieter Rams, the 606 Universal Shelving System has achieved an important milestone: 50 years of continuous production by Vitsœ. A significant exhibition showing examples of the earliest production of the shelving system, which is being hosted with the support of The Geffrye Museum, includes rare and previously unseen in public examples of the shelving system of impeccable provenance. In turn, they are juxtaposed with the shelving system of today to show differences of detail but also that it is very much the same species, still able to breed with itself.
After studying interior design at the Sint-Lukas School for Architecture in Brussels, Anna Torfs moved to the Czech Republic where she specialised in stage design and worked as a freelance furniture and glass designer. She began designing her own glass collections in 2002. The ability of glass to capture, reflect and absorb light is the central theme in Anna’s work. Transparency and translucency are not always identical. Colour is critical, evoking strong emotions; colours should be “true”. Cutting through the object like an anatomist, Anna reveals layer after layer to show how an object is built. These unconventional cutting techniques also reveal the contrast between the vibrant centre and the sober “skin” of her objects.
Sinope, by Anna Torfs
“Surface is a collection of low table furniture with the graphical appearance of a Piet Mondriaan painting and the sculptural form of a Donald Judd artwork,” explains Van Duysen, thus revealing his sources of inspiration. “It is pure, simple and designed as a multifunctional domestic object. Each unit consists of metal and wood faces with a subtle colour touch. The collection consists of 6 different units and a broad choice of finishings allowing different kind of configurations or layouts”.
Winner of Best Sideboard in the annual Wallpaper* Design Awards, Terence Woodgate’s Tactile is made of natural wood combined with glossy white or black doors/drawers which are set deep into the frame. There are no handles, just a simple touch initiates the opening of a door or drawer–hence the name Tactile. Available in nine different configurations and two heights (same container size with short legs or tall legs)
Tactile Sideboard, by Terence Woodgate, for Punt Mobles
“Radicals by rock-solid quality craftsmanship and durable design” – that is the motto of the new furniture line Atelier Pfister. Accompanied by world-renowned designer Alfredo Häberli eleven young Swiss designers develop the brand a completely new collection. Among the emerging designers are also those that are already well known, including, for example, Jörg Boner. For the line, Atelier Pfister will make approximately 50 new products in the areas of eating, sleeping, living and working. The collection will be available in the autumn exclusively for Atelier Pfister.
Neues Schweizer Design (New Swiss Design), by Pfister
Concord gets inspiration from the legendary passenger plane. Characterized with a special frame structure, which supports the expression of the seat. The legs are made from cast aluminium with high gloss polished and follows the shape of the chair and gives the design a sharp and streamlined look. Available in both fabric and leather.
Concord, by Thomas Pedersen, for Stouby
Bloom is a large diameter pendant light made from painted aluminum, and has a diffuser in matt opal acrylic that makes the light emitted by the lamp exceptionally beautiful. The soft scalloped forms suggest clouds or an egg. The pendants are available in white, black, red and yellow.
The French Brothers have designed a table set in stoneware, crystalline glass and stainless steel. This is how Ronan described their project: “The “Ovale” collection strives to be original, but it also wants to be rustic and traditional. We set out in pursuit of delicate expression. This composition speaks about every day life, about breakfast, lunch, about everyone getting together for dinner.
Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds, Wing is a poetic pendant lamp with floating birds that move around a light assymetrical structure. The movement of the birds creates shadows on the surrounding environment and a feeling of weightlessness. Wing pendant lamp is made of acrylic rods with birds in painted metal.
Wing Pendant Lamp, by Monica Förster, for Zero
George Lee has designed a wine stopper with a twist. In trying to keep his design modern with a bit of an industrial look, the stopper is made from a food-grade stainless steel and silicone. The main feature of this device is that it comes with adjustable date rings which help users remember when they have opened their bottles of wine, allowing them to decide whether or not their wine is still drinkable.
A Date With Wine, by George Lee, via: designboom