Designed by Italian designer James di Marco, Honey was an instant success. Perhaps one of the radiators in the Caleido range that best expresses the company’s internationally renowned craftsmanship, it has been selected for permanent display at the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
Honey is made up of 67 hexagons assembled and positioned by hand according to a precise mathematical rule and is available in 3 colours.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 17 May, 2013
Bill Playso saw the glaring need for a stylish and cool mailbox so he teamed up with Justin Hutchinson to create Koo Koo letterbox. Designed and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia
Base model goes for $330 and $420 for the optional compact wood laminate side magnetic panels. So cute. I really want one of those!
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 15 May, 2013
The Netherlands based industrial designer, Merel Karhof has created Windworks, a collection of upholstered furniture pieces, of which the wood, upholstery, dyeing and knitting of the yarn are all made with a free and inexhaustible energy source; the wind.
In 2010 Karhof made a ‘Wind Knitting Factory’, which is a wind-powered knitting machine. The blades embrace more than a meter in diameter, and the wind caught by them powers the ‘mill’. In this way it is possible to knit a long scarf. When it is windy the machine knits fast and with less wind, the machine knits slowly. Occasionally the knitwear gets ‘harvested’ and transformed into, amongst other things, scarves. Every scarf gets a label that tells the time and date on which the wind knitted the scarf. This mobile wind factory illustrates a production process and it visualizes what you can produce with the present urban wind.
Ever since she made her first knitting factory Karhof had the wish to use the harvest of her factory to upholster chairs and stools. And what better place to do this than in the world famous windmill area, the Zaanse Schans in The Netherlands. To create a collection of furniture, ‘Wind Knitting factory’ designer Merel Karhof initiated a collaboration between three millers: a saw miller, a colour miller and a knitting miller (Karhof herself). The Zaanse Schans is an area located on the river ‘Zaan’ in the province of Noord Holland and is home to a collection of well-preserved historic windmills. Each one of these produces a different kind of raw material. There is a colour mill called ‘De Kat’ (the Cat), which has been fitted out to grind colouring materials, as well as a sawmill called ‘Het Jonge Schaap’ (the Young Sheep), that saws planks from trees to old Dutch measurements.
For the occasion of this collaboration, Karhof designed a series of furniture pieces. The wood will be sawn by the wind and assembled at the sawmill; from there it will be transported by water to the pigment mill. Here yarn will be dyed with natural dyes, grounded by the colour mill. After the dyeing process, the ‘Wind Knitting Factory’ knits the yarns, and with each harvest, the wood structures will be upholstered.
Finally, the upholstery will be constructed from little pillows, each representing the amount of time needed by the wind to make it. The result will thus give an insight into how much time is needed to produce the upholstery.
For this special event, Karhof built a new ‘Wind Knitting Factory’ that incorporates a new feature; a pennon, that gives the machine the facility to turn away from the wind when the speed gets too high, therefore allowing it to operate independently.
The machine and the furniture will be on show at colour mill ‘De Kat’ for one week during National Windmill Day in the Netherlands. A small wooden house will be constructed to display the furniture and other wind-made products.
Windworks shows a production triptych between three windmills and it makes visible what can be produced with wind power. It shows how windmills working together can become a complete and holistic industry.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 15 May, 2013
In 1957, the launch of the artificial satellite Sputnik 1 impacted far more than politics and technology; to this day, its influence is seen in design and architecture. The most obvious and cliched interpretation of this era might very well be the sputnik lamp, born from the sculptural silhouette of the sphere and its three wispy antennas. Here are just few beautiful examples of interiors featuring this sculptural light.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 30 April, 2013
Matrioshka by Serbian designer Sasa Mitrovic is a set of wooden cases with decreasing sizes placed inside one another. It is a metaphor for similar characters, a mystery of never knowing what lies behind the door.
It is dialectic of objects containing themselves as much as containing your identity. And most of all, it is a game.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 26 April, 2013
In continuous production since its introduction in 1956, the Eames Lounge Chair is widely considered one of the most significant designs of the 20th century. It was the culmination of Charles and Ray Eameses’ efforts to create a club chair using the molded plywood technology that they pioneered in the ’40s. In Charles Eames’ words, the vision was a chair with the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” This original is an authentic, fully licensed product of Herman Miller®, Inc. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 22 April, 2013
That’s right ladies, the season of rebirth and rejuvenation is on its way and I couldn’t be happier. There is something special about the springtime that puts a little extra pep in all of our steps, and not only because we’ve shed all those extra layers. Maybe it’s the budding flowers, the buzz of the bees or how everything comes back to life after such a dormant time. Either way, I’m of the belief that if that the foliage and flowers are taking the opportunity bloom again, so can our houses.
Are you bored with the look of your current abode but don’t have the Benjamins to pay a fancy decorator? No problem! I have one word for you – accessories.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 18 April, 2013