Rachel Parker’s work explores digital print and hand embroidery combining the flexibility and immediacy of print with the slow simplicity of stitching by hand. Cross-stitching, grids and symbols are big influences in her work; she paints, draws and photoshops, but most of all she stitches. A graduate of Norwich University of the Arts Rachel describes her creative process as ‘Digital Craft’, combining the handmade with digital technology and describes her designs as “geometrics with a difference”.
This wallpaper created for CAMAC’s 2012 Design Competition. Inspired by the formalised structure found in the work of renowned architect and designer Augustus Pugin, designs for this collection were built from contrasting areas of flat colour, crafted together through a form of digital collage. Pattern is organised into architectural shapes that cut through the wallpaper. I was awarded two work placements; one with prestigious design studio Zoffany, and one with CAMAC Design to assist with the competition in 2013, one year on.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 8 April, 2014
Racchetta by Ivana Mannavola combines design with function in one cool product. Racchetta is hung on a wall, Five hexagonal frames that, thanks to the elastic intersection, can hold umbrellas, magazines, coats and anything can get stuck into it, decorating that’s obvious!
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 7 April, 2014
Situated in Nonthaburi, Thailand, this modern 4,843 square foot residence was designed in 2013 by TA-CHA Design.
“In relation to a lot of research especially interview with the owner, our design intent has been interpreted as a simple but powerful word in Thai ‘Chan’ (Literally means terrace) However, ‘Chan’ back to history of Thailand is incredibly meaningful as connection. As stated, ‘Chan’ connects people with people (Three generation living in the same house) ‘Chan’ links people with nature (Friend of nature) ‘Chan’ joins people with surrounding (Internal space interact with adjacent neighbor while maintaining privacy.)
Space planning has been adapted from traditional Thai residential architecture. The advantages of the spirit of traditional Thai house are to be retained to suit modern lifestyle such as sustainable strategies – the stack effect to move hot air up and out of the home by drawing cool air in through the ground floor (center of the house) – daylighting thru skylight in the middle of the house. This makes an indirect connection with environment.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 7 April, 2014
Team Up by Greek design studio AC Design is a multi-functional furniture and its design was inspired by children’s play; the kind of play that encourages fantasy, creativity, flexibility, movement and teamwork. By its multi-functionality, Team Up becomes a toy that can be shifted from room to room and integrates into any space according to the wishes and needs of the children …small or grown up!
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 4 April, 2014
This modern apartment with this million dollar view located in Turin, Italy designed by Andrea Marcante & Adelaide Testa.
An apartment built on the mezzanine level of a building overlooking the square that symbolises the city of Turin, Piazza San Carlo erected by the Dukes of Savoy and in particular Maria Cristina di Francia, who reigned as “Madama Reale” during the first half of the 17th century, turns into a modern-day theatre representing a certain idea of the bourgeois home, the home of the Turin professional middle classes, through its spaces and the furniture inside it, all embodying reassuring engineering precision and subtle concerns.
The building plan, characterised by a tunnel-shaped progression from the rear to the drawing room facing the square, the windows opening onto the square itself with their given shape and size of the “oculus” on the building facades marking the perimeter, and the need to set out the relational spaces in the living quarters as zones and premises that (to a greater or lesser degree) can be seen from outside, provide the initial input for the construction of a vaguely metaphysical home environment.
Photography by Carola Ripamonti.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 3 April, 2014
One of the new releases by Italian furniture brand B-LINE ,which will be exhibited at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan this month, is the elegant Crossed Pouffes. A beautiful tailored seating piece.
Crossed by Joe Colombo, 1963
A soft upholstered pouf with contrast cross stitching, Crossed is available in two sizes, one square-based and one rectangular: by using multiple element combinations, differently shaped and coloured arrangements can be created.
Its water-repellent wooden base and an opportune choice of fabrics make it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 2 April, 2014
“When I think back to my childhood, my fondest thoughts are of running through my grandma’s house playing hide & seek. (the big post-war house on 3 acres of Australian bushland in outer Melbourne) I remember the mottled colours of the 50’s decor and, in stand-out white, the cro-cheted lacework doilies that decorated the sofa arms and the coffee table. (and well most surfaces in the room) I wanted to create a piece that drew on such warm memories, and would evoke the warm and comforting sensations felt as a child, reminding me of the simplicity of life as it was. In a world where technology seems to almost dictate our existence and when our childhood feels like a different lifetime, it is important to me to remember the past and carry those memories into the future, the beauty of this hand-crafted piece does just that”.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 2 April, 2014