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Archive for August, 2008

Cone by Verner Panton

Characterized by Poul Henningsen as “stubborn and forever young” Verner Panton used his imagination and enthusiasm to combine high-tech materials, playful shapes and an array of bold colours.

Vitra Cone Table, and Cone Stool, by Verner Panton

Eruptions of Fire at the Bird’s Nest, Beijing

New images have emerged of the fire and light display over the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.

Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium, August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China, Photos by Bill Luan

Icon: Stelton Vacuum Jug by Erik Magnussen

The classic Stelton vacuum jug with the unique rocker stopper was introduced in 1977 and the same year awarded the ID-prize by the Danish Society of Industrial Design. Since then it has attracted considerable attention for its functionalistic design.
Designed by Eric Magnussen in 1976, the unique sealing system has made this Danish classic with its tall, slender form world famous. Due to the special tipping mechanism, the Stelton flask opens automatically. The lid closes again, aroma-tight, when put down again.

Stelton Vacuum Jug, by Erik Magnussen, for Stelton

H16 Glass Cube House in Stuttgart

The residential building H16 consists of two contrasting cubes responding to the particular situation on the inclined plot. The black cube is constructed from prefabricated architectural concrete sections and accommodates the private rooms, thus ensuring intimacy and possibilities for retreat. A dense hedge at street level shields the glass cube from view. The ensemble is augmented by a light-coloured cube, which is visually connected to the residential building by a steel terrace and houses the garage and engineering.

H16, Stuttgart, Germany, by Werner Sobek

Smith Lounge System from Minotti

The Smith Lounge System is designed for use in shared spaces. nevertheless, at the fair you are going to realize that this system can be effectively matched with the models of the new collection. Smith is available in one size and can be fitted with two differently sized backrests which can take several positions on the bench, with just one move. It can be optionally supplied with armrest or decorative cushions.

Smith, by Rodolfo Dordoni, for Minotti

Gallery Sakuranoki by NAP

A quirky gallery space in Japan with very thin walls.

Gallery Sakuranoki, Nagano, Japan, by Designer, for Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

Umbau House in Zurich Refurbished

Umbau House, is the later work of the architect Theodor Laubi (1956) The property has been refurbished with new owners, who have established an art gallery on the first floor. Inspired by South American architects of the 50′s there is plenty of built in furniture in the rooms.

Umbau House, Zurich, Switzerland, by Gabrielle Hächler and Andreas Fuhrimann

Antonio Citterio Spoon Table by Kartell

The new folding Spoon Table by Antonio Citterio has a tabletop of only 15 mm thick, which is both steady and lightweight. The moulded legs ensure sturdiness and good looks, while the knee mechanism has been designed to make it easy to fold and unfold.

Spoon Table, by Antonio Citterio, Toan Nguyen, for Kartell

How to Set a Table—Cloth by Elise Rijnberg

Ever have that nagging feeling the the fruit knife should be on the right and not the left? Elise Rijnberg has created a tablecloth with a useful diagram in subtle embroidery. This goes a long way in solving one of the biggest dilemma in western culture.

Cloth, by Elise Rijnberg

Ellsworth Desert House by Michael P. Johnson

Ellsworth Residence belongs to a keen art collector. The interior layout features an expansive living and dining area, with enough space to house works like an specially commissioned installation by Arizona artist Mayme Kratz, but also offers wide views to the desert surrounding the house.
‘My primary concern for the design was to minimize the impact to the pristine desert site explains Michael P. Johnson, ‘by bridging the desert arroyo, we minimized scarring of the desert floor’.

Ellsworth Residence, by Michael P. Johnson, for Michael P. Johnson Design Studios
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How to Wrap Five Eggs
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