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Leimu lamps by Magnus Pettersen for Iittala

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, June 28, 2013

Norwegian-born designer Magnus Pettersen has developed the Leimu lamp for Finnish homeware company Iittala. Inspired by the shape of traditional lamp shades, the piece smoothly combines opposites, with the cold and raw appeal of concrete contrasted by the warm, golden hue of the upside down glass shade. 

Via Dezeen. 

Vessel bathtub by Splinter Works

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

British furniture firm Splinter Works recently designed Vessel, a novel riff on the traditional tub structure that artfully employs the smooth curves of a hammock. Carbon fibre construction allows for the piece's beautiful shape, while stainless steel brackets give the impression that it's floating above ground. The ultimate escapism vehicle, this piece looks set to redefine bath time as we know it. 

Design: The Week in Review 25/06/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, June 25, 2013

 a. Pentax Q7 Camera. [Hypebeast]

b. Designers of London Olympics cauldron deny copying claims. [The Guardian]

c. Tomas Saraceno puts you in orbit. [Designboom]

d. Hyperrealistic beached whale shocks London. [My Modern Met]

e. Exbury Egg by PAD Studio, SPUD Group & Stephen Turner. [Designboom]

Design: The Week in Review 19/06/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

 a. World's largest LEGO: Star Wars X-wing starfighter. [Designboom]

b. Floome: A personal breathalyzer that plugs into your smartphone. [Fast Co Design]

c. Lomography Konstruktor Camera. [The Coolist]

d. New light paintings by Darren Pearson. [This is Colossal]

e. On View: A Le Corbusier rooftop gets a new life as an arts space. [T Magazine]

Ludovica+Roberto Palomba's Italian home

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, June 17, 2013

 Modern meets ancient in this recent renovation by Ludovica Serafini and Roberto Palomba, the high-profile design couple whose work has been heralded by many superstar manufacturers and won several prestigious awards. Eager to find a holiday home that serves as an escape from their hectic Milanese lifestyle, the designers carved out a serene retreat out of the 17th-century oil mill in Salento, a good 600 miles away from Milan. 

Immediately appreciating the mill's potential, the couple have retained its raw spirit, preserving the ancient stone floors, walls and arches. In order to allow more light into the space, a number of sky lights were created, and the back of the structure was opened up to fashion a sun drenched courtyard, letting natural light flood through the rest of the space. The entire dwelling is filled with the couple's designs, from furniture that Serafini and Palomba designed for Zanotta dominating the living room, through to the artfully adapted kitchen area, complete with two of the couple's designs for the Italian cabinetry company Elmar. 

Fanfan Dressing Table by Violane D'harcout

Anna Coe - Friday, June 14, 2013

Fanfan is a contemporary version of the traditional dressing table by Violane D'harcout. The classic four legged design has been replaced by a minimal aesthetic consisting of slimline laquered steel rods, a beech shelf and various sized mirrors. The different sized mirrors allow the table to be used in standing and seated positions, and both are connected to the rod via a central ball joint which allows their angle and direction to be adjusted. 

Concepts by Campana Brothers at Friedman Benda NYC

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Concepts is the Campana Brothers' first solo gallery show in America, on display at Friedman Benda gallery in New York until 3 July. The Brazilian duo are renowned for their loose and experimental approach to design, producing playful pieces that provoke a lighthearted reaction. The exhibition includes several new series, including 'Racket', a collection of chairs and screens made from bent brass rods and nylon threads. Other notable pieces include the Pirarucu cabinet, made from the leather-like skin of the world's largest freshwater fish, which is sustainably harvested in Brazil. 

Via Dezeen.

Lighting by Atelier Areti

Anna Coe - Monday, June 10, 2013

Austrian/French designer sisters Gwendolyn and Guillane Kerschbaumer form lighting design company Atelier Areti. Based between London and the Netherlands, the company was founded back in 2008 after both women had spent several years working in both the design and architecture industries. Their work has a clean, yet playful aesthetic - predominantly working with only black or white with elements of brass and thin linear shapes - and the odd woodpecker reference!

Galleria by PearsonLloyd for Tacchini

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, June 07, 2013

London based firm PearsonLloyd recently designed the 'Galleria', a public seating system for Italian-furniture brand Tacchini. The frame consists of a steel substructure running along the base, onto which a variety of crafted objects in simple shapes can be added, including solid ash benches, circular blocks of upholstered fabric and marble side tables.

Slice ping pong table by Studio Snarkitecture

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, June 06, 2013

In a break from the standard utilitarian ping pong table, Brooklyn studio Snarkitecture has re-imagined the play time object as a sculptural art piece. While the top half functions just like every other standard play surface, the bottom half is inspired by a jagged mountainous landscape. Painted jet black, it's a far sight moodier than the usual gym hall-esque greens and blues, and even the white net has been replaced with a staunch black divider. 

Via Fast Co Design