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Balustan collection by Ito Kish

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 23, 2013

 Ito Kish is one of the Philippines' most successful design consultants, and he launched his most recent furniture series at this year's Maison et Objet in Paris. Influenced by the popularity of baluster shapes in vintage Philippine design, the collection includes chairs, tables, bookshelves and candleholders, using traditional Asian craft techniques to create modern, everyday home furniture. 



A New Way collection by MENU

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, September 19, 2013

Danish design brand MENU recently unveiled their latest collection ' A New Way', earning the company a 'Accent-on-Design' award in New York. The collection is governed by strong Scandinavian expression, with soft minimalism, timelessness and durability resulting in pieces that we'd all rather like to have in our homes.

MENU is stocked locally at the Simon James Concept Store. 



Alex Meitlis brassware for Hazorfim

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Designer Alex Meitlis has created a series of pieces constructed from shiny brass for Hazorfim, with a debut at 100% Design as part of this year's London Design Festival. The collection is founded on deceptively simple three-dimensional forms and includes vases, vessels, candle sconces and bowls. 

Meitlis' obsession with simplicity is obvious in the series, with the designer playing the reduction game to investigate just how pared back he can get a piece without undermining its beauty. 

For more on the London Design Festival, go here. 



Kaleidoscope cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

Anna Coe - Friday, September 13, 2013

Sebastian Errazuris' take on a traditional mid-century-style cabinet is truly mesmerizing. His Kaleidoscope cabinet is lined with angled mirrors, so when opened the pieces on display in the cabinet are reflected in multiples, resulting in an hypnotizing spectrum. Errazuriz wanted to the challenge the concept of the standard 'cabinet' and fill 'the space between the void'. There's also a small peephole on one of the sides so that the viewer is able to sneak a look at what the cabinet holds - a reference to a childhood memory of Errazuriz's where an old aunt would always let him look, but not touch her precious pieces of silverware.

Via Designboom.



Y5 Chair by Sami Kallio

Anna Coe - Thursday, September 12, 2013


Officially launched earlier this year in Milan to lots of acclaim was Finnish designer Sami Kallio's Y5 chair. The name literally comes from the 5 upside down ys that form the lattice like back of the seat. Although we are particularly partial to the pink ombre wire frame (stackable) version, it is also available in black and natural ash.

Via mocoloco.



Design: The Week in Review 09/09/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 09, 2013

 a. Shi Shaoping installs 3,000 ceramic eggs in desolate locations. [Designboom]

b. Tower: Instant Structure for Schacht XII by rAndom International. [Dezeen]

c. Moniker Cycle Horns by Taylor Simpson. [KNSTRCT]

d. HOTTEA blankets the Williamsburg Bridge in a rainbow of thread. [This is Colossal]

e. Manuelle Gautrand: Origami Office Building, Paris. [Fast Co Design]



History chair by Cathal Loughnane & Peter Sheehan

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, September 05, 2013

 The History chair is a collaboration between Cathal Loughnane and Peter Sheehan. Constructed from smooth, solid ash wood and featuring a thin leather seat, the chair will be on display at the upcoming 2013 London Design Festival, shown at 'Vernacular', the Irish Craft & Design exhibition. 



Perimeter Tray by Ladies and Gentlemen Studio

Anna Coe - Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Washington based design team Ladies and Gentlemen Studio have launched their latest piece of homeware; Perimeter Tray. The use of different materials allow the tray to be completely customised, while still retaining its appealing minimal aesthetic. We particularly like the Carrara marble, walnut and brass option. The trays are all assembled by hand.

Via leibal.



Winter Passing chair by Alexandra Kehayoglu and Maxi Ciovich

Anna Coe - Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Winter Passing chair appears to spill out the bottom edge of the seat forming a carpet like rug. The seat, designed by duo Alexandra Kehayoglu and Maxi Ciovich blurs the line between furniture and art by being something that can be used practically but also acts as a sculptural piece in any living environment. Strips of turned cherry wood make up the base of the chair.



Design: The Week in Review 27/08/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

a. Norwegian Wood. [Nowness]

b. Art in Sausage. [Yellowtrace]

c. TheQ Camera. [This Is Colossal]

d. Mercier-Jones Hovercraft. [CRNCHY]

e. The Happy Show by Stefan Sagmeister. [This Is Colossal]