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Front for Haagen Dazs

Anna Coe - Thursday, October 30, 2014

Creative studio Front have designed a contemporary ice cream cake concept for Haagen-Dazs. Inspired by Scandinavian snow and the northern clouds, it is intended to stand up on the plate and even comes adorned with coloured snowflake sprinkles. 

Via Trendland.



Eclipse clock by Rachel Suming

Anna Coe - Monday, October 27, 2014

Eclipse, a clock by graduate designer Rachel Suming tells the time without the use of hands. Instead, it features three aluminium parts that rotate, creating different configurations and numbers. 

Via Dezeen.



In-Quarto table by Pawel Grobelny

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, October 24, 2014

Embracing the ability to adapt, Polish creative Pawel Grobelny developed the In-Quarto table. Unveiled at the Biennale Interieur 2014, the interchangeable table has been designed with three different platforms including a natural American walnut and two different types of marble. With an honest aesthetic based on a seamless tube of white aluminum and the removable tabletop, one is able to swap the accented surface in a simple and fast way according to the mood or atmosphere. 

Via Designboom.



Hut on One Corner by Atelier 8000

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, October 13, 2014

Appearing to have fallen from the sky, the Hut on One Corner was designed as a concept lodge as part of an international competition to conceive a residence located in the high Tatra Mountains of Slovakia.With an objective of providing a sustainable dwelling for high terrain adventures all seasons of the year, the novel construction also aims to perform autonomously in terms of energy usage.

The cube, rotated onto one of its corners, produces a visual lightness such as that of a boulder resting among the landscape while the interior prompts a feeling of disorientation from within. The structure's crisp edges and high peak relate to the mountainous surrounding.

Via Designboom.  



Loena Lantern by Ontwerpduo

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, October 13, 2014

These suspended lamps by Ontwerpduo come with cream-coloured FSC paper shades that are screen-printed with a geometric pattern using specially designed ink that charges itself during the day, and from the light of the lamp itself. The resulting afterglow lingers for up to eight hours once all other light outlets have been switched off. 

Via Mocoloco.



Portable cardboard desk by Refold

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Local startup Refold have miraculously conceived a 100% recyclable fold up desk made entirely out of cardboard. Weighing in at a mere 6.5 kilograms, the collapsible office folds up in a straight-forward manner to a self-contained carry case for maximum portability and easy storage. 

Having already been awarded various prizes for its design, the fastidiously engineered desk is able to withstand the weight of an unsupported person with the free standing work space aiming to help facilitate the modern workflow by allowing for flexibility and collaboration. 

To find out more about the Kickstarter, click here



Totem Lamp by Alexandre Dubreuil

Anna Coe - Monday, October 06, 2014

Totem lamp by Alexandre Dubreuil looks at the idea of how volumes and materials are associated with eachother. The Parisian designer has taken a harsh material - a concrete cylinder and combined it with a soft pastel flat ring light to create a contemporary, yet industrial table lamp.

Via MocoLoco.



Bombay Sapphire distillery by Thomas Heatherwick

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, September 26, 2014


British designer Thomas Heatherwick has completed a new gin distillery for renowned Bombay Sapphire in Hampshire, England. The complex includes two sculptural glasshouses that are cleverly heated using warm air generated during the distillation process. One greenhouse is dedicated to growing tropical plants while the other is reserved for Mediterranean species used in creating the widely used gin. 

Via Dezeen



Apartment Rue de Lille by Spamroom and LEAinvent

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, September 18, 2014


Designed to meet the needs of a fashion designer and an African art collector, Apartment Rue de Lille was conceived by way of a collaboration from Berlin's Spamroom and Paris' LEAinvent. The 19th century 100sqm suite's renovation aimed to create a calm sequence of spaces with a refined layout and appropriate use of materials. 

The result saw each room with a courtyard window offering daylight and ventilation and an inconspicuous kitchen that doubles as an entranceway featuring a monolithic marble bar. With finishes including the white washed Douglas Fir flooring, minimal detailing and indirect lighting, the space also serves as the perfect exhibition space to showcase pieces from the owner's collection. 

Via Designboom



Shape Up Lighting by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee

Anna Coe - Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Dylan Davis and Jean Lee of Ladies and Gentlemen studio have designed a collection of lighting titled Shape Up that pays homage to geometric shapes. Connected by a network of cords, the individual shades are made of hand-blown glass and are formed into varying shapes such as a triangle, sphere, cylinder and an arc. The height of the shades can be adjusted through the cords and a solid brass counterweight. 

Ladies and Gentlemen is available locally from Douglas & Bec.

Via Mocoloco.