1,2,3 Mirror was part of designers diploma thesis The Past Is Never Dead at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany. Most recently, however, it was exhibited at Tent London during the London Design Festival. The three-part mirror is designed to not only be a reflection of the onlooker, but also an imprint of the time, place and context, demonstrating how context and our self-image are inextricably linked. The three layers are simply leaned against the wall, no nails or mounting required. The first two layers, a light pink layer on top of dark grey glass, provide the reflective surface. The third layer, made from untreated brass, changes with time and touch. It eventually modifies and distorts the reflection, much like our past memories and experiences can distort our present self-image. A simple mirror thus slowly becomes a physical manifestation of the self throughout time.
1,2,3 Mirror, by Matthias Klas and Philipp Schenk-Mischke, Klas Schenk Mischke
Photography by Jan Motyka
A magical light source with a graceful afterglow which lingers for up to eight hours once all the other lights have been turned off and the sun shines upon another hemisphere. The pattern on the cream FSC papershade is screen-printed with a special ink that charges itself throughout the day, and from the light of the lamp. Loena Lantern is a dream catcher for bedroom or nursery, and a shining beacon in the darkness – this celestial body is suitable for any ceiling.
Loena Lantern, by Ontwerpduo
Carla forms a geometrical composition with a large, round mirror that’s bisected by a wooden shelf on two legs, still leaving plenty of room to gaze at yourself. The narrow shelf can hold your jewelry, makeup, accessories, or even your cell phone, as there’s a cable guide hidden behind the shelf. The shelf is reflected in the mirror making it appear larger than it really is. It even looks like it has three legs. Then there’s Carla’s partner, Carlo, another dressing table that was designed to be used while standing with its tall, rectangular mirror.
Carla and Carlo Dressing Tables, by Florian Schmid
Designer Adrian Magu’s interest for everything green and his work in the automotive industry has resulted in the Kasokudo Bonsai Planter; a stunning fusion of form and function. Referencing speed forms and manufacturing processes used in transportation design, this piece juxtaposes movement applied to what is usually a static object. The piece gives the impression of an accelerating form that effortlessly floats to house a bonsai tree, evoking a perfect balance of dynamic harmony. The latest manufacturing processes of the highly polished finishes of the planter and 3D-printed ‘mountains’ contrast to that of nature that usually takes many decades to grow, sculpt and form the gnarled bonsai forms. In all, a unique synthesis of cutting-edge precision with the imperfect beauty of nature.
Kasokudo Bonsai Planter, by Adrian Magu
Photography by Andy Beard
Oversized pendant lamp shows sensitively the beauty of smooth glass in soft curves. The source of tubular light permeating daringly the delicate body of the lamp builds a thrilling tension of this concept. Sophisticated and strong look of the elegant hand blown lampshade resembling a shape of a futuristic helmet is based on the principle of penetrating forms, previously applied in the design of the Capsula light designed for Brokis in 2013. Natural combination of a wood, textile and blown glass reflects designer’s distinctive style. Lampshade is fixed on a stick sheltering LED source, suspended on textile straps secured by wooden buttons. Mona shade can be also pierced on a steel tube in order to create a standing version.
2014 Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Sam van Gurp has created a series of lamps representing different approaches to movement and dimming: Cumulus, which dims through layering; Eclipse, which keeps the light contained or sets it free; and Lunar which plays with reflection. “Do we understand what happens when we dim the lights? And to what extent could the dimming become part of the design? Exploded View shows that the key factor is to move the light source closer to the object or further away.” says van Gurp. Cumulus: light gets dimmed as caps slide over each other, each successive cap provides a different light intensity, pulled apart they resemble an exploded-view drawing.
Exploded View Lights, by Sam van Gurp
Design company Herr M creates furniture and accessories which are particularly easy to understand, user-friendly and elegant in their impression. In the course of this they work on narrative solutions – design which tell the user a story and tie them up emotionally.
Inspired by a childrens toy they designed the side table “Schiebepuzzle”. The front doors can slide up and down and from side to side showing just a little bit of his content at a time, the rest is a seeking-game – for magazines and the minibar, for bottles, glasses, coasters or a deck of cards. Decent and lightly in impression this side table fits in lounges, lofts, living rooms and everywhere, where small things need a place.
Schiebepuzzle, by Herr M
Photography by Marco Warmuth
The wardrobe as a suspension. A heavy and minimalist monolith that seems to float, like it is in levitation. An exoskeleton that surrounds it and contrasts with it, empty and complex at the same time. The wardrobe, block of pure wood is set like a jewel. Like Fabrice Le Nezet’s works, it defies gravity.
Wardrobe “Exo”, by Grégoire de Lafforest, for Galerie Gosserez
Caché is a lamp series of three pendants and a floor lamp. A sleek and contemporary design manufactured in a ultra-high quality craftsmanship with a lovely brass detail where all the parts are produced in Denmark. The pleated lampshade gives the lamp a special character and adds le Klint’s classical DNA which lies in the unique craft of pleating. Caché which in French means hidden is just the symbolism of the almost hidden hand folded lampshade, which is beautifully integrated in the lamp, and provides the unique character associated with a classical le Klint lamp.
Caché Lamp Series, by Aurélien Barbry Studio, for le Klint
Caslon is a high class sofa and one-seater with international potential and generosity. Caslon is architectural in the outer shapes and carries elegant sewing details that enhances the feeling of exclusivity. At a distance Caslon blends into the interior without screaming for attention, but once you get close you start noticing the care for details.
“There is a pure simplicity to the front, which draws the perfect balance of hard and soft, of pure geometry in its form and unexpected beauty in its details.” says Brad Ascalon. “The sofa is at first glance, simple, easily understandable, unadorned. But as one examines it in greater depth and with greater closeness, one begins to see the details – the stitching, the treatment of its upholstery, the attention given from every angle.”
Caslon Collection, by Brad Ascalon, for Mitab