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Dancing Vases by Robin van Hontem

A recent graduate from the Academy of fine Arts, in Maastricht, Robin van Hontem has created Dancing Vases, a series of 5 vases produced in nylon using a rapid prototyping technique. The project is all about balance with “snapshots” of tops, showing movements and how their spinning produces different shapes; from spinning fast, to losing balance and finally dropping down.

Dancing Vases, Limited Edition, by Robin van Hontem

Tiffin box by Neri & Hu

This lacquered box, traditionally used for packed lunches, is the latest offering from Neri & Hu. Their mission is to convert household Chinese objects into beautiful designs, without scrimping on function or traditional techniques.

Prototype Tiffin box by Neri & Hu, for The Design Republic
via: Wallpaper*

Products Designed Dieter Rams on Flickr

It’s Nice That has pointed us to Dieter Ram’s Flickr Group. A collection of images of products designed by Dieter Rams.

Dieter Ram’s Flickr Group

Leica à la Carte–Custom Built Cameras

Leica à la Carte Camera

Leica à la Carte Camera

Leica à la Carte Camera

Leica à la Carte Camera

Leica à la carte enables buyers to put together their own unique camera. There are over four thousand technical and styling nuances you can specify to ensure that the Leica built, will be unlike any other.
The online Configurator allows for a choice between two models, the Leica MP or M7, and from the modular component system select the details that match your needs and wishes in terms of style, functionality, and practicality. Options include: lens cap color; leather trim; viewfinder frame-lines; controls; personalized engraving.

Leica MP, M7, by Leica

Bloom by Naho Matsuno

The triangular serving plates come in five sizes, with reverse indents in the center. They have several uses depending on whether they are used upright or upside down. Stack them for buffet dining.

Bloom, by Naho Matsuno, Produced by Arita-yaki pottery, at Koransha Co.,Ltd.

Dune Bathtub by Mario Ferrarini for Antonio Lupi

Mario Ferrarini has designed a bathtub based on a sine wave. Dune is a place to relax, an oasis of well-being. The circular shape of the base transforms into “a sinusoidal evolution” with surfaces that change depending on your viewpoint. Observe, meditate and relax.

Dune, by Mario Ferrarini, for Antonio Lupi

Rocking Squares by Frederik Roije

Rocking Horse Squares Frederik Roije

Rocking Horse Squares Frederik Roije

Rocking Squares represent a reinvention of traditional furniture by using new forms and styles. Available in black or white, made of painted wood. 

Rocking Squares, by Frederik Roije

Birch Vessels by Kouta Fukunaga

Kouta Fukunaga

Kouta Fukunaga

The northern island of Hokkaido is not only famous for its cows, rolling hills, excellent seafood and ice festival. It is also home to a burgeoning community of artists and artisans who get their inspiration from the aforementioned elements.
Take Kouta Fukunaga for example. He creates carved vessels out of birch tree trunks and fashions them into exquisite wine chillers and sake bottles. The birch sake bottle recently won first place in the 2008 Takaoka Craft Competition.

Vessels, by Kouta Fukunaga, via: Spoon & Tamago

8-Inch LCD TV by Naoto Fukasawa

Portable eight-inch television for Plus Minus Zero has a flat LCD screen, designed in the shape of a traditional cathode-ray-tube set.

“It’s not about making things thin just because you can.”
- Naoto Fukasawa

8-Inch LCD TV, by Naoto Fukasawa, for Plus Minus Zero

Continue Time by Sander Mulder

Continue Time Sander Mulder

Continue Time Sander Mulder

“While moving to a new house our clock was damaged severely in transport, to a point where it’s minutes- and seconds pointer fell of the central axis, and where just laying in the transparent bubble cover.” Witnessing the random patterns that occurred with the hour pointer still rotating, the first concept for the Continue Time clock was born. The resulting kinetic artwork is continuously changing its shape during a full rotation of twelve hours. While creating mesmerizing patterns on your wall the pointers are still read as with any traditional clock.

Continue Time, Limited Edition of 20, by Sander Mulder
via: Yatzer

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