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
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