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Resin furniture and kitchenware by Sturdy

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, May 17, 2013

Inspired by the elements, Canadian designer Martha Sturdy has developed a line of furniture and kitchenware accessories, drawing reference from the ocean, forests and rugged mountains of Canada's west coast. Using resin in partnership with brass, steel and wood components, Sturdy has created classic pieces through an unusual medium. We particularly love the marble-like effect that the resin plays when poured as a contrasting mix of black and white. 

Via Design Boom.



Brazilian Baroque by the Campana Brothers

Anna Coe - Friday, May 10, 2013





On display at the David Gill St James gallery in London is the Brazilian Baroque series by the Campana Brothers. From afar the collection of furniture clearly emulates that of traditional baroque era pieces, however upon closer inspection the gilded gold legs, back rests and lamp shades are made up of tiny gold objects that have been welded together. The metal keys, leaves and figurines were fused together by a Roman workshop that specialises in bronze work. The larger pieces were first on display in Paris last year, however this is the first time that the smaller table objects have been seen.

Via Dezeen.



Catch Chair by Jaime Hayon for &tradition

Anna Coe - Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The Catch chair is Jaime Hayon's first design for Danish company &tradition and after receiving great reviews, we're sure it won't be the last. Hayon's signature aesthetics are prominent - we love the curved arms which seem to protrude out from the backrest like actual limbs. Finished in either top quality Kvadrat upholstery, leather, or a naked shell the chair would sit comfortably in a range of settings, such as an intimate space, a workspace or simply as an occasional piece.



Design: The Week in Review 07/05/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, May 07, 2013

 a. Are nuclear trains and cars made of skin the future of travel? [The Guardian]

b. Rick Owens' Paris home. [Selectism]

c. Florentijn Hofman's giant inflatable rubber duck floats into Hong Kong. [Design Boom]

d. Hydroptere - The world's fastest sailboat. [The Coolist]

e. A designer coffee table made of candy. [Fast Co Design]



Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Momentane Exhibition at Les Arts Decoratifs

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, May 06, 2013

800 square meters has been allocated in Paris's Les Arts Décoratifs for Paris-based designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec to show off fifteen years worth of projects. Titled 'Momentané', the pair use large-scale textile architecture to host installations between elaborate partitions. The exhibition is designed to retrace every stage of the pair's esteemed career so far, including some of their most latest work. An impressive not to mention eclectic exhibition that should be a must visit for those visiting Paris over the next few months. 

Via Design Boom.



24 carat gold Fetish ashtray by Joe Doucet

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, May 02, 2013

Seeing as most things in life will eventually kill you, the New-York based designer Joe Doucet has turned his attention to the humble ashtray, crafting an utterly luxurious version in 24-carat gold. Developed as a circle pinched together to hold a cigarette, Doucet comments: "remember, don't blame the much-maligned ash tray; it's an innocent victim in the war against pleasure."



Snobar chair by Yonder Magnetik

Anna Coe - Wednesday, May 01, 2013


Vukosavljevic and Gornjak's Snobar chair for Yonder Magnetik was inspired by, and clearly resembles the Swedish Snowberry. The base is constructed from oak, and the upholstered seat is shaped like the berry - making for a playful aesthetic.



Terho & Tatti lamps by Maija Puoskari

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, April 30, 2013

At this year's Salone Satellite Finnish designer Maija Puoskari presented her new lighting collection, the Terho and Tatti lamps. Inspired by the natural shapes of acorns, the pared back collection includes a ceiling lamp, with two different sizes and hat variations, and a table lamp. 

Via Design Boom.



Mathilda chair by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso

Anna Coe - Monday, April 29, 2013

Unveiled in Milan this month was Patricia Urquiola's latest design for Moroso - the Mathilda chair. The plywood chair is simplistic and minimal in its design, however the use of warm materials and colours give it an organic feel. The backrest comes in two options - either with plain leather, or wrapped in rush and is bound to the base with either leather or rush in a contrasting colour.

Moroso is available locally from Matisse.



Wireflow by Arik Levy for VIBIA

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, April 26, 2013

Designer Arik Levy's latest creation is the Wireflow series, which explores geometrics in two and three dimensions through a series of pendant light fixtures. From certain angles, the structures appear flat, as if a delicate line has been drawn mid-air. Using slim LED fixtures attached to the metal rods for illumination, the fluid nature of the pieces is enhanced and the lights hang in the most unobtrusive way possible, messing with our ideas of presence and absence.

Via Design Boom.