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Archive for January, 2012

Lean Tables by Coordination

The Designers from Coordination got inspired by traditional craftsmanship and created the Lean Tables as a result. By using a wedge, legs and a hexagonal boards from local oak form structural entities. At least three units join to become a table. For structural reasons the legs are slanted and as a result the single pieces seem to lean against each other. The shape is contemporary yet individual. The natural material complements many interior styles. The table is available in two different sizes to allow playful combinations.

Lean Tables, by Flip Sellin & Markus Dilger, Coordination, Photography by diephotodesigner.de

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by ninkipen!

Residing on a plot that once served as a farm road before a small house was built and removed, the design seeks to maintain the site’s historical context by taking on the silhouette of a humble shack. Surrounded by a number of multi-storey buildings, the long and slim site features a small street-facing line. The gable roof structure is completely transparent in the front, serving as a direct interface between the activities of the pharmacy and the immediate site. Simple and proportionate to the original house, the front elevation is extruded back to fully occupy the linear site. the remaining remnants of the old farm road is preserved by setting back the structure to highlight the original sidewalk.

Constructed using a simple steel frame system, the interior is defined by its structural makeup: wooden columns and rafters are left exposed to rhythmically reveal the space in warm tones. In order to delegate the slim layout efficiently, a small loft level serves as a waiting area. the program gains clear separation by being elevated but preserves the interior’s sense of connection between levels.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy, Osaka, Japan, by ninkipen!, via designboom

Les Heures Claires by Bruno Erpicum & Partners

The work involves renovating and transforming a house in the suburbs into a contemporary residential building. The owner wanted everything to have a fresh perspective, to be rethought and reworked: The architect took charge of the building and worked on it as if it were a sculpture which needs to be controlled from both the inside and the outside until a full appreciation is gained for the relationship the occupants have with the building in question. The architect will work on the house relentlessly, applying his formula of preference: “the right proportions shall have precedence over any form of decoration”. Since, two white walls have appeared on the avenue in the suburbs and two young trees can be seen in front of these walls which will grow and bear witness to the seasons of the year. As you enter the building, and before the family has a chance to extend its hospitality to you, a vast surface of water will arouse your senses.

Les Heures Claires, Belgium, by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners, Photography by Jean-Luc Laloux

Rock Chair by Fredrik Färg

Fredrik Färg’s rocking chair made a buoyant debut after Design House Stockholm first showed the prototype. One year after, the much awaited piece of furniture, named Rock Chair, proudly displays its eye-catching curves on the cover of the 2012 catalogue (celebrating the 20th birthday of the Swedish firm). Färg, a skilled cabinet-maker graduated from the Gothenburg HDK School of Design and Crafts, recalls how he first crafted the armchair a few years ago, then a student, during an exchange term in Australia. “I was given an assignment to create a chair using only MDF boards and a jigsaw. The real challenge was to produce something personal and coherent, using the simplest means.”

Färg’s Rock Chair perpetuates the traditional rocking chair’s comforting, soothing function, while displaying a contemporary design. Sign of the times, the Rock Chair, composed of five pieces, easy to fit together, is sold flat-packed. No hinge, screw or hidden element: this is a brilliant instance of “What you see is what you get” design.

“When the chair has been assembled, the construction is its expressive feature. Nothing is hidden and one can see how the chair holds together. There is a toy-like charm to its simplicity. As a model, Rock Chair is like a drawing that one can sit on, as beautiful as it is cleverly functional” – Design House Stockholm.

Comfort was needed to ensure relaxing time: Fredrik Färg also designed soft cushions for the Rock Chair. Made of leather or canvas, the round-shaped removable upholstery cuts a different graphic line that enhances those of the chair.

After his graduation in 2008, Fredrik Färg’s intelligent and accurate designs rapidly grasped international attention. Awarded such titles as ‘Rookie of the Year’, ‘Newcomer of the Year’, or even ‘Shooting Star of the Year’, Färg has now proved himself someone to count with, not the promising ‘up-and-coming young designer’ anymore.

Invited to imagine and curate a textile-themed exhibition during the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2012, Färg chose his co-worker and accomplice designer Emma Marga Blanche (their Färg&Blanche studio was launched last year) to develop the project with. ‘Beyond Couture’ might well, born from the gifted pair’s imagination, receive as much praise as their Biologiska’s exhibition (dubbed “the biggest attraction of the Stockholm Design Week” last year by The New York Times).

Rock Chair by Fredrik Färg

Elodie Palasse-Leroux is a Paris-based writer and journalist, the founder and editor of Sleek design.

Steilneset Memorial by Peter Zumthor & Louise Bourgeois

Architect Peter Zumthor designed this memorial on an island in Norway to commemorate suspected witches who were burned at the stake there in the seventeenth century. The Steilneset Memorial in Vardø comprises two structures, one conceived entirely by Zumthor and a second housing an installation by the late Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). The first structure comprises a pine scaffolding framework, inside which is a suspended fabric cocoon containing a long oak-floored corridor. Inside this corridor, light bulbs hang behind 91 windows to represent each of the men and women that were put to death during the witch trials. A plaque accompanies each lamp to record the individual stories of every victim. The installation by Bourgeois, entitled The Damned, The Possessed and The Beloved, occupies the smoked-glass-clad second structure. A circle of mirrors within surround and reflect a flaming steel chair inside a hollow concrete cone.

Steilneset Memorial, Vardø, Norway, by Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois,
Photography by Andrew Meredith, via: dezeen

Aluminium Series by Sebastian Scherer

Berlin based designer Sebastian Scherer has completed his Aluminium series, a set of furniture composed of a dining table, a chair and a coatstand, all made of 8 mm water-cut aluminium.

“The Aluminium Series is based on the idea of transforming a two-dimensional form into a three-dimensional object through the process of folding. The smooth oscilloscopic formed legs gives an kaleidoscopic impression when seen from different angles.”
- Sebastian Scherer

Aluminium Series, by Sebastian Scherer

Anisha Table Light by Studio Lievore Altherr Molina for Foscarini

Like a fluid and enveloping frame, an irregular ellipse that gives a sense of becoming, Anisha outlines an empty space, defines it and fills it with its light, producing a magical sensation. Realized in ABS, the table lamp Anisha is available in two two colours – pure white that blends with the space or red for a decisive, recognisable presence. It is suitable for a wide range of settings, environments and uses. In the entrance, in a lounge, bedroom or on a desk, with its light spirit and unmistakable identity: both on and off.

Anisha Table Light, by Studio Lievore Altherr Molina, for Foscarini

New Zealand Residence by Marmol Radziner

With distant views of alpine peaks, the hillside site overlooks rolling farmland. The site faces north, directly into the blazing sun of the southern hemisphere. Strict agency requirements limited both the size and form of the home in relation to the slope. The climate is one of extremes with very hot summers and freezing cold winters.

The approach to building on this barren hillside was to merge with the slope, rather than to stick out from it. In response to the climactic extremes, a distinctive roof form protects the home from the sun with generous roof overhangs. Inspired by the form of the hillside, the roof is shaped like an upside down checkmark. A long, thin footprint allows for views of the mountains from every room. Entry is through the side of the house with circulation along the back wall. Upon entering the rooms, the strong horizontals of the roof and deck frame the view.

The massing consists of two volumes, public and private, that are linked by a staircase. The first volume contains the “great room” including the kitchen, living room and indoor/outdoor dining rooms. At the back of the great room, a wood wall conceals the study, bathrooms, refrigerator and ladder access to a sleeping loft. Sliding glass doors open to the pool and exterior lounge area. A retaining wall, constructed of a local stone called Gibbston Valley Schist, runs from the living room to the exterior patio and incorporates an outdoor fireplace and benches. The second volume is the private wing containing the master suite and children’s rooms.

New Zealand Residence, Wanaka, New Zealand, by Marmol Radziner, Photography by Emily Andrews and Marmol Radziner

Alnwick Road House by Park + Associates

Alnwick Road House, Alnwick Road, Singapore, by Park + Associates, Photography by Edward Hendricks, via: Contemporist

Books: Hokusai Manga by Katsushika Hokusai

The legendary masterpieces of Hokusai-fifteen volumes in a single chunky book. Hokusai Manga is one of the masterpieces by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), a master of Ukiyo-e art, depicting ordinary people’s lives, animals, plants, landscapes and human figures, historical and supernatural, even demons and monsters, as if it were a visual encyclopedia, amounting to fifteen volumes. Hokusai Manga turned out to be very popular among every class of people, from feudal lords to the general public, and became a long time best-seller in the Edo period. This book selects pieces from each volume and compiles them into one charming book.
The original masterpiece spread throughout Japan and flowed into Europe in the middle of the nineteenth century, where it had a striking impact on artists, including Impressionists Manet, Monet, Degas, and others. The artistic movement ‘Japonisme’ began in part due to its influence.

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was a Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter of the Edo period, and best-known as the author of the woodblock print series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji”.

Hokusai Manga, by Katsushika Hokusai, Designed by Kazuya Takaoka, via: Cool Hunting
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