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Grid Chair Series by Jaebeom Jeong

The Grid Chair series explores the relationship between computer generated and classical forms. The chairs are composed of a welded steel frame fused with a black-walnut seat, and the R60 chair (top) has a seat of clear polycarbonate The piece is on show at the Prugio Gallery in Seoul, South Korea.

Grid Chair Series, by Jaebeom Jeong, at Jaebeom Jeong Design lab
via: designboom

Objectified: Documentary About Industrial Design

Objectified is a feature-length independent documentary about industrial design. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the people who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. It’s about our relationship to mass-produced objects and, by extension, the people who design them. Personalities include Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art, New York), Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Naoto Fukasawa, IDEO, Jonathan Ive, Hella Jongerius, Marc Newson, Dieter Rams and more.

Objectified, Documentary, Produced and Directed by Gary Hustwit.

Alexandros Stasinopoulos Briefcase Wins IF Concept Award

Alexandros Stasinopoulos has won an IF Concept Award for his design of BRIEFCeramicASE.
“The challenge in this project, was to mix the concept of traditional ceramics, a primitive material with long history in many cultures, with the unique properties high tech ceramics posses like their extreme hardness, scratch- and abrasion-resistance, skin friendliness and their unique sensuous tactility. A briefcase is the medium to explore the potentials of this combination”.

BRIEFCeramicASE, IF Concept Award, design 2008, by Alexandros Stasinopoulos

Liquid Space Swarovski Crystal Installation by Ross Lovegrove

One of the best ways to display a Lovegrove table is to dangle a large Swarovski Crystal chandelier over it. This is part of the Design Miami event this year.

Liquid Space, by Ross Lovegrove, at Swarovski Crystal Palace, Design Miami
via: designboom

Single Hauz Concept by Front Architects

We have the perfect spot to erect this tiny house. The concept is from the Polish architectual company Front Architects. The design was inspired by highway billboards. The house is very small at only 27 square meters, but perfect for that weekend get-away.

Single Hauz Concept, by Front Architects

Maxalto Makes a Cameo in Bond Film, Quantum of Solace

In its silver screen debut, Maxalto furnishings take center stage in several scenes in the new James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”.
Highlights of the featured furniture include the Talamo bed from the AC collection and the Max writing desk from the Simplice collection, in addition to a selection of night tables, armchairs and dressers.

Maxalto Collection, Spotted in New Bond Film, Quantum of Solace

Royal Delft Blue Computer by Plushdepartment

The first design computer with a ceramic casing handpainted in Delft, Holland at Royal Delft, The Porcelijne Fles.
The Delft Blue series will be available as a limited edition and with numbered certificate from Royal Delft, Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles anno 1653.

PURE*DELFTBLUE, by Plushdepartment

Live Beautifully, Photography by Julia Fullerton-Batten

One of the our favorite recent campaigns by a furniture producer is the ‘Live Beautifully’ series for ligne roset by BBDO Stuttgart. The images are by the young British photographer, Julia Fullerton-Batten.

Photography by Julia Fullerton-Batten for ligne roset

Hako-ie, Japanese House in a Box Wins Good Design Award

The Hako-ie “house in a box” is an assembly-type Japanese-style room that you can set up inside a larger space. Made with excellent materials and fine techniques, with attention to the smallest detail. It has tatami mats, as well as an arched ceiling, a lacquered tokonoma corner, and even a wooden veranda. It can be assembled or disassembled in an hour and requires no nails or screws, just a hammer and battens. A winner of the Good Design Award 2008.

Hako-ie, by Asao Sakamoto, Sakamoto Urushi Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Best 15, Good Design Award

Platinum Infused Face Cream by La Prairie

“The most precious metal on earth now empowers your most precious asset: your skin.”
Cellular cream may or may not work, but what works for us is the packaging. Is that a precious stone in the applicator?

Platinum Infused Face Cream, $1,000, by La Prairie
via: The Dieline

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