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Design: The Week In Review 31/03/2014

Anna Coe - Monday, March 31, 2014


a. The Dying art of neon signs. [Fast Co Design]

b. Sand creatures suspended in mid air by Claire Droppert. [Colossal]

c. Google's Amsterdam headquarters. [Trendland]

d. Shop-able luxury New York City apartment by The Line. [Yellowtrace]

e. Nick Meek photographs Costa Rica covered in flower petals. [DesignBoom]



Caramel: Yasmin Müller at Cruise & Callas

Anna Coe - Thursday, March 27, 2014


Artist Yasmin Muller pares back objects to just their framing, stripping them of their function. What remains is a collection of pieces that exert a feeling of coldness and "repelling strength".  Her latest exhibition, titled Caramel sounds sweet, however the items are nothing like that at all.

"Stripped of their function since seating surfaces, back and arm rests are perforated by bars or are even non-existent, it is impossible to sit on them. The single metal bars are irregularly intertwined and form repetitive patterns" says Muller.

Via Dailytonic.



Balloon Geometry by Catherine Losing and Gemma Tickle

Anna Coe - Tuesday, March 18, 2014





Darkroom, a London store and design incubator commissioned both set designer Gemma Tickle and photographer Catherine Losing to produce a new window display and installation revolving around the concept of 'pop'.

Their solution to the brief is Balloon Geometry - a series of three-dimensional sculptures that 'play with the expectation of how objects behave'. Both photographic prints and the original sculptures are available for purchase through Darkroom.

Via Trendland



Slap It by Joseph Begley

Sophie Burton - Monday, March 03, 2014

London-based designer Joseph Begley is brightening up rooms with 'Slap It', a cheeky silicone lamp. A quick pinch or squeeze of the light's surface alerts pressure sensors, directly turning it on or off. The Slap It light is available is a myriad of colours, including white, red, blue, cyan, green and orange. 



Play by Stuart Haygarth

Sophie Burton - Friday, February 28, 2014

Contemporary king of repurposing Stuart Haygarth has a new exhibition titled 'Play' at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris. Best known for his ability to give neglected objects a new lease on life, every one of Haygarth's pieces are precisely constructed, one-of-a-kind and highly collectable. 

Carpenters Workshop Gallery: "Hyagarth's hybrid and transformational thinking, allied with light, paradoxically causes the banal to metamorphose into extraordinary and precious chandeliers, furniture and installation."

Haygarth's 'Play' exhibition runs until May 10 2014 at the gallery in Paris and marks a new direction for the artist-cum-designer's work.



Man Machine furniture by Konstantin Grcic

Anna Coe - Monday, February 17, 2014

Man Machine is a continuation of Konstantin Grcic's exploration of industrial manufacturing processes and high tech materials. The series of furniture is made from industrial float glass (similar material to what is used in architecture) and combined with technical components like cranks, hinges, knobs and pistons to form a chair, bookshelf, table and chests.



Evolution door by Klemens Torggler

Anna Coe - Thursday, February 13, 2014

Austrian artist Klemens Torggler has reinvented the traditional door with his latest creation, Evolution Door. Instead of a single panel within a frame, Torggler's design consists of four triangular sections that fold over themselves mid pivot, and then straighten back into shape. The artist has been working on the concept for several years, and this final result is extremely striking. 

In terms of functionality, there are pivots at both the top and bottom of the frame, with only one hinge that sits in the middle. To close the door you simply pull gently at mid point where the two pieces join. The system that the door utilises, Torggler has titled Drehplattentur, or 'flip panel door'. 

Via Dezeen.



Elastic Perspective by NEXT Architects

Anna Coe - Monday, February 10, 2014

Next Architects have created yet another eye catching walkway, this time inspired by the 'mobius strip'. Situated near Rotterdam, the giant steel structure titled Elastic Perspective offers views of the surrounding city. Appearing as a continuous path, the viewer can actually only access part of the structure - reflecting "the suburb's inhabitants who still feel an association with the city, but in daily life remain disconnected". The sculpture offers a different perspective depending on the angle from which it is viewed.

Via Designboom.



Botswana by Zack Seckler

Sophie Burton - Friday, January 17, 2014

The raw beauty of Africa is captured here in images by photographer Zack Seckler, who recently spent time flying across Botswana. Being close enough to reveal detail but far enough away to acknowledge patterns and space, a unique photo opportunity presented itself, and the images are almost painting-like in parts. 

Seckler explains: "Being above the ground at such low elevations, and having the ability to precisely manoeuvre, was like gliding over an enormous painting and being able to create brushstrokes at will."



Peacock Chair by UUfie

Anna Coe - Thursday, January 09, 2014

Taking an obvious inspiration from the Peacock, UUfie's latest chair design uses just one single sheet of acrylic that is bent and shaped within three minutes. The fabrication process began with cutting a single piece of paper and folding it to create various shapes, which then evolved into the Peacock chair. The designer notes of the project - "Peacock is an expression of trying to capture a natural instance such as a flower blossoming or a bird's tail fanning in a ritual courtship. Peacock represents these frozen moments of beauty and happiness."

Via Contemporist.