Ruutu, which means diamond or square in Finnish, is a collection of 10 vases available in five sizes and seven colours. When collected and combined, they make small seamless installations where both the strength and the delicate nature of the glass come alive. Like Ittala’s iconic Alvar Aalto collection, Ruutu is also created in Iittala’s Finland factory. However, where the Aalto vase embodies an organic form, Ruutu follows strict form and makes a perfect collectible.
Designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec explain, “Iittala knows very well how to manipulate colours. In Ruutu, we were able to create a delicate, watercolour-like palettes that intermingle with each other when combining sizes and colours. Ruutu allows a game of composition. We wanted to show the sophisticated range of Iittala colours while at the same time handing the job over to the user who will feel tempted to have several modules to create his or her own individual assemblage.”
Ruutu was an inspiring challenge in the Iittala glass factory given the many hours required to create symmetry, yet keep the feel of a handcrafted, unique product. “We were seeking to express the purity of glass blowing in this simple diamond shape,” explain the Bouroullec brothers. “Glass is a material that likes round shapes. When hot it flows like honey and does not like to be pulled into a very precise geometric shape. By developing the strict shape we are reaching the limits of the material, and using the highest level of the Iittala glass-blowing expertise.”
Hypetex, the high performance brand best known for having introduced the world to colored carbon fiber, has collaborated with furniture designer Michael Sodeau to create a limited edition lounge chair. Entitled ‘Halo’, the lightweight object is produced entirely from Hypetex, a material developed by engineers from Formula One, and has been designed to utilize the unique properties of the new composite. The Halo lounge chair features a thin wing-shaped seat on three legs and a large disc-shaped back that completely eclipses the seat when viewed from behind.
Halo Chair, by Michael Sodeau
A trompe l’oeil wooden upholstery seat. Available in maple or walnut.
Trompe L’oeil Bench, by Rüskasa
Bolle is a suspension lamp in transparent glass, where the illuminating brass bulb is suspending between the spheres, giving light to not only the space but also the curved surfaces, multiplying reflections to amplify the magical effect. The Architect and Designer, following the wonderful experience of designing and producing “i Flauti” lamps, with the master glassmakers of Murano, they wanted to continue their research with glass. For the Bolle project that have used a different technique known a “a lume” in Italian, another expertise within the Veneto region. This method, even if hand-blown, has a higher level of precision allowing the possibility to assemble the spheres. And so the magic becomes reality.
The Bolle lamp is available in two sizes, one with 4 and one with 6 spheres. The two can be combined to form endless compositions. In contrast to the intangible and magical appearance of the glass, the central brass body maintains a sense of function rigor. The meticulous design development has simplified the body into a simple cylinder, whose internal components are stacked and self-locking, without the need for screws. The double-sided Led bulb, designed and produced for this lamp, allows for downward and upward lighting.
Bolle Lamp, by Giopato & Coombes
A compact double posting desk, Le Suisse does use the central column to stiffen the structure with its mass, in addition to providing ample space for the stocking of “desk tools” and an electric system that allows for the connection of up to seven plugs. “The composition of the stocking system is composed by five drawers of different measure on the frontal part; a ‘case tool’ thought for pencils, pens, rubber, ruler… removable with underlying space; and an open greater space in the back part of the central column.” says designer Giulio Parini. “Four electric plugs are placed under the working surface, allowing the connection of fixes electric devices, while the other three plugs are positioned on the top part of the working surface for temporary electric devices.”
Le Suisse Desk, by Giulio Parini
Photography by Julia de Cooker
Pletz lamps blend modernist geometry with a traditional sense of material and craft. Each lamp combines a lathe-turned, hardwood base, hand-rubbed finish, and dyed components. Quality brass hardware, a dimming fixture, a 10-foot cloth-covered cord, and a premium linen shade complete each lamp to produce an heirloom-quality piece. Pletz is the husband and wife team of Aaron & Heather Shoon, and operate from a studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Pletz Lamps, by Aaron & Heather Shoon
Photography by Elliot Black
In a distinct artistic approach that highlights geometry, architecture and engineering, Benedict Redgrove has captured some of the company’s most radical concept cars from the 1960s and 70s – some never seen before – including designs for Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini and Lancia. The series of images which was originally commissioned by Wallpaper Magazine, exudes a specialty in styling, coach building and manufacturing, with Bertone’s vision categorized by abstract angular frameworks, a use of unique materials for standard auto parts and super-sleek interiors built for luxury and functionality.
Photography by Benedict Redgrove, for Bertone Concept Car Design Studio
The 11+ World Clock reinterprets the traditional functionality of the clock by creating a unique and playful interaction between the user and the design. Although the face of the World Clock may not seem out of the ordinary, its cylindrical body allows it to display 24 different time zones via a clever rolling mechanism. Independently working hands allow the clock to be quickly rolled back to any of its 24 time zones, while immediately transitioning back to the local time.
11+ World Clock, by Cloudandco
Munich-based designer Konstantin Grcic has developed a new color palette for the ‘Diana’ side table series and the ‘Pallas’ table by Classicon. The collection of powder-coated, sheet metal furniture pieces comprises of honey yellow, signal white, ocean blue, coral red, bronze-brown, chocolate brown and white aluminium colorways. Constructed out of steel, the ‘Pallas’ table reveals itself with detailed kinks and notches; the tactile appeal of the powder coated metal surface gives way to smooth lines, stimulates and engages conversation from the wide, proportionate seating arrangement. ‘Pallas’ is also available in an outdoor variation with a galvanized steel finish.