German designer Martin Schmid, has designed a series of lamps made from paper.
Papo Lamps, by Martin Schmid, Cocage
The next generation of the cord chair, with its 15mm diameter legs of stainless steel clad in a hyper-thin wood skin. The wooden skin has been stripped away and the diameter of the steel rods increased from 9 to 12mm, giving them the strength to support the chair independently of the wood. Multiple layers of powder coating and hand polishing give the chair a rare lustrous finish, reminiscent of traditional Japanese lacquerware. The new finish also heightens the chair’s flexibility of use: the resulting durability and water resistance of the finish allow the wire chair to be used outdoors, and the colour selected. These modifications bring fresh charm to an already innovative chair.
Wire Chair, by Nendo
The sleek lines of the Spock fitting are part of a wider trend that is becoming increasingly popular today: the amorphous forms that refer to elements in nature. Architect Zaha Hadid is the pioneer of this style, but top firms like Apple, Bang & Olufsen or even Miele with its kitchen appliances have realised that rounded forms, tactility and ‘friendly’ design contribute to user happiness. These companies’ products evoke warm feelings in their users thanks to their design inspired by nature, the origin of all life. The Spock, too, has been created from these ingredients because the designers wanted to come up with a timeless creation without falling into the trap of überdesign. The return to natural authenticity, after all, has become a solid point of reference in both the fashion and interior design sectors.
Spock Wall and Ceiling Light, by Couvreur & Devos, for Modular Lighting Instruments
New products for Skitsch include the Fire Kit – instant campfire!
The Capri chair is poetic in its appearance and offers a very high seating comfort making it an obvious choice for public lounge areas as well in private homes. Made from high quality moulded foam; the base is in brushed aluminium with a return swivel.
Capri Lounge Chair, by Busk+Hertzog, for Globe Zero 4
Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka will launch a collection of transparent polycarbonate furniture at the Kartell showroom in Milan.
“In the last few years I have been thinking about a design that would include natural phenomena and invisible elements such as senses, wind and light. The “Invisible”, a special collection launched from Kartell, only leaves the sense as if seating in the air. The presence of the object is eradicated and it will create a scenery of a sitter floating in the air.
- Tokujin Yoshioka
Invisible Collection, by Tokujin Yoshioka, for Kartell
A walnut and hickory bench, made in 1979, recently sold at Sotheby’s, has shown that demand for George Nakashima’s work remains strong and outstanding pieces bring outstanding prices.
Conoid Bench, by George Nakashima, Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium: $74,500, at Sotheby’s 20th Century Design Auction
The Tadeo table can be extended in no time at all. Just release the locks in the middle, slide open the table top sections, bring out the leaf, then push the surfaces together and lock them again. Choose from variants with and without the extending mechanism, with solid wood legs or an aluminium glass-bead blasted side framework.
Tadeo Table, by Eoos, for Walter Knoll
Japanese designer Yu Nomura has designed a shot glass that takes its structure from bamboo sticks. With an opening on either side, the glass can be filled on both ends. The fused glasses are intentionally made with one side larger in size than the other, convenient for mixing beverages in different proportions.
Marcel Wanders, a self-professed hedonist of great wines, focuses his talent and humor on wine glasses and carafes which often have little character. Working with an oenologist, he added a Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne glass to the traditional blank, featuring elegantly turned stems engraved with his favorite seal. The famous clown’s nose that pops up in his collections has become a motif for the stem and the stopper, produced in Baccarat red or clear crystal. Two magnificently elegant carafes–including one decanter–complete this sophisticated line geared to all design and wine connoisseurs.