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Archive for August, 2008

Loop Wardrobe by Leif Jorgensen

Loop, by Leif Jorgensen, for Hay

Books: Jewelry Design

Jewelry is commonly perceived as a beautiful piece of wearable art: stand-alone, sculptural, and aloof. However, in order to understand contemporary jewelry design, we need to view the work as we would the product of any design field: as conceptual projects, as material studies, as social commentaries, and as connections to the past. The various creations by international designers presented in this book give an outline on current trends and developments in the field of jewelry. Their work is presented as a snapshot of individual practices, a broad sampling of innovative creations and forward-looking designers. What unites them are everyday considerations on context and production.

Jewelry Design, Edited by Carissa Kowalski Dougherty.
Buy it here: Amazon

Icon: Alberto Meda

Alberto Meda came to design from engineering, bringing with him a pragmatic mind, an attention to details in materials and production process, in addition to formal concerns. This applied-science background has shaped Meda’s recognizable stamp of elegant simplicity, designs that are at once modern in form and organic in feel.

Meda started his career in the 1970s as the technical director of the plastics manufacturer Kartell. There he began to forge a unique relationship between technology and design experimentation, incorporating poetry as well as engineering into his imaginative solutions. He subsequently opened his own office in Milan.

Meda believes that “the more complex the technology, the more it is suitable for the production of objects for simple use, with a unitary image, almost organic.” He demonstrated this idea with the Light Light Armchair, his first carbon–fiber chair, manufactured in a small series. The chair, which weighs a mere four pounds, is a physical and psychological representation of lightness.

Company site: Alberto Meda, Interview: Metropolis Magazine

See more products designed by Alberto Meda

Landscape Chaise Lounge by Jeffrey Bernett

An invitingly comfortable, sleek, delicate form resting on a metal base: the minimalist design makes this chaise Lounge look especially light. Thanks to its magnet retainer, the headrest can be fixed into the best position for enjoying an afternoon rest.

Landscape, by Jeffrey Bernett, for B&B Italia

DJ Tables by Metrofarm

Custom made DJ Tables for the client with built in technical equipment.

DJ Desks, by Metrofarm

Tucson Arizona Mountain House

Tucson Mountain House, Tucson Arizona, USA by Rick Joy Architects

Exhibition: Ampelphase at Vitra Frankfurt

Selected architects and the class of the Städelschule art academy present a personal installation showing their associations with a red room. Each participant worked separately on their own presentation.

Exhibition: Ampelphase 3: raumrot, Vitra Showroom, Frankfurt am Main, Germany,
August 13 – September 6

Interiors: MUFG Branding by NMDA

The MUFG brand combines a sense of logic and functionality with an unusual sense of design style, something that gives MUFG an identity different than any other bank in all of Japan. Like fine Japanese laquered bowls, the exterior of the bank is a stark contrast to the colors and material found inside.
Design is a fusion of form and use. As this is a new type of banking office, the ambition is to give a new feeling to the experience of private banking. Here, the environment is accessible and friendly, yet have a special sense of contemporary design. The two most important features to the design are first, the smooth surfaces that shape the ceiling and walls into a continuous, flowing world, and second, the contrasting materials of white plaster and two types of wood veneers. The subtle curvatures and angles of the surfaces are specially designed to help the space become embracing, while the colors and materials combine to give a fresh, warm overall feeling to the space.

MUFG, bank interior branding, Japan by NMDA

Russia House by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled designs for a private house in Barvikha Forest close to Moscow. The project will be shown at the Russia Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale September 12th – 23rd as part of a showcase of work by Russian and foreign architects working in Russia.

Capital Hill Residence, Moscow, Russia,
by Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher, for Zaha Hadid Architects
via: dezeen

Editor's Picks

Studioilse w084t Task Lamp
A dimmable table lamp constructed of iron for its feelings of stability, reliability, trust; wood with its warmth and life, and porcelain for its intimate glow. [more...]

Suggested Reading

The Story of Eames Furniture
Brimming with images and insightful text, this unique book is the benchmark reference on what is arguably the most influential and important furniture brand of our time. [more...]
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The Guggenheim: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Making of the Modern Museum
First-ever book to explore the process behind one of the greatest modern buildings in America. [more...]
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MoonFire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11
A unique tribute to the defining scientific mission of our time, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. [more...]
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Cars Freedom Style Sex Power Motion Colour Everything

Cars
Freedom Style Sex Power Motion Colour Everything. This lavish and beautifully designed book is the gift book for all car enthusiasts and design aficionados. [more...]
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Design Icons

Fjordfiesta Scandia Senior
by Hans Brattrud

A Norwegian furniture design classic from 1957, Scandia Senior is a comfortable high-back easy chair with a leather head cushion, on a satin swivel base. [more...]

Resources

More Books

Case Study Houses
“It’s a huge coffee-table book, which analyses each of the houses in chronological order, with plans, sketches and glorious photographs.” [more...]
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The Eames Lounge Chair
The book examines the evolution of a design icon and places it in its cultural, historical and social context. [more...]
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The U.N. Building
Symbol of world humanitarianism, a beacon of unity after the Second World War. More than 50 years on, the 39-story building is regarded as one of the pinnacles of mid-century modernism. [more...]
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Loblolly House
Including a DVD of the film "A House in the Trees", a real-time documentary of the design, fabrication, and assembly of this amazing house. [more...]
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Desire
The Shape of Things to Come. An up-to-date comprehensive survey on furniture and object design today, showcasing the crème de la crème of designers. [more...]
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Marcel Wanders
Behind the Ceiling is the first monograph on one of the most influential, prolific and celebrated international designers today. [more...]
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How to Wrap Five Eggs
A mid-60s classic of Japanese design. Stunningly laid-out paean to traditional Japanese packaging is rife with sumptuous black and white photos of all manner of boxes, wrappers and containers that appear at once homely and sophisticated, ingeniously utilitarian yet fine and rare. [more...]
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