Minimal and warm; clean, crisp and a place to call home at the same time. Everything is possible when Norm Architecture is involved. The Humlebaek House was a former land workers house, located in Denmark and converted by Danish architecture firm Norm, into a unique home-studio. Originally constructed with brick walls, concrete floor and steel beams, it had almost anything an inspiring conversion needs, except one: adequate daylight. And that was the biggest issue. Unable to interfere in the exterior walls, as the building is protected by local architectural restrictions, the architects had but one choice: walls painted white and a new concrete floor treated with shiny epoxy, to help spread the light. And the result justified them; luminous spaces that reveal their history, a minimal approach with the necessary touch of colour, a well-designed place to feel yourself at home. One of Norm Architects’ best interior projects and certainly one of my favourites.
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Danish design office, Kollision, who specialise in interaction design, recently introduced me to their truly remarkable kinetic media sculpture, Spine. Spine is an interactive installation based on twenty glowing cubes and an atmospheric sound composition. Each cube is moved precisely in fluid motions by two computer-controlled motors. The movements of the cubes as well as the sound composition react to nearby visitors by working together as one coherent expression in dialogue with the surroundings – a fifty meter long spine floating in space continually displaying new movements, light scenes and sounds. Spine was displayed between November 15th and December 15th 2012 at Godsbanen in Aarhus, Denmark, during the Media Architecture Biennale 2012. Did any of you see this in person? What I find particularly striking about Spine, beyond the basic geometric shapes, is the different atmospheres it can create for passers by. I only wish I was one of them. To better appreciate this installation, please watch the video to see the lighting and sound effects in action.
Tea Egg is a new tea infuser developed by the Denmark-based design Studio Made by Makers for the great Danish design company Normann Copenhagen. The design of the Tea Egg comprises two pieces of silicone that are easy to clean, and is available in a range of six different colors: grey, black, blue, mint, rose and pink. It really has a simple design mixed with good functionality that results in a minimally attractive and useful product. To the tea drinkers in particular, what do you think?
Berlin based German artist Thilo Heinzmann is currently exhibiting his solo project, Tacmo at the Andersen-S Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark. This interesting and wonderfully executed collection of canvas paintings has been beautifully presented in the gallery, running until 11 August 2012. Each canvas has an intricately structured black surface, illustrating elongated swings, elegant curves, straight lines of varying length and width that result from working into the paint. An acknowledgement of the tradition of colour-field painting, these black planes also become the site of inscription for sparse and well-calculated movements that the artist executes with both a brush and his hands. They produce a visual suppleness and the impression of speed that they project, emerges amidst the general calm that exudes from the paintings. If you managed to see this exhibition in person, please share your thoughts, or if you’re in the vicinity, try to catch it in the next couple of days.
Hammerthor are a brand of mens underwear based in Denmark, that have been in manufacture since 1893. I hear that they are responsible for Japanese-based Comme des Garçons’ line of underwear, as well, some of which have their trademarked designs, and others that are simply rebranded. According to their website: Back in 1893, when the original Hammerthor quality was established, following the latest fashion was not so crucial. In those days, customers were more concerned with quality. As clothes were expected to last for many years, it was important that they were durable and practical. These basic principles are what we still live up to at Hammerthor I discovered Hammerthor when I was researching underwear devoid of logos or the name of the brand on the elastic band. I bought them through oki-ni, who also stock some mouth-drooling pieces by Raf Simons and Jil Sander. So far they have proved to be pretty comfortable. Does anyone have any other recommendations?
Denmark’s Søren Rose studio created a new member of the Milk product line: the Milk mini. This small console table for your notebook is a slimmer version of its predecessor offering a simple solution for those who have a smaller workspace. The table is mounted in a way so that it leans against the wall. Despite the fact that the table has half the calories it features 2 rooms and a notebook storage. The Milk mini comes in a low (73cm) and a high (109cm) edition. A custom color for the tabletop is available for an extra fee.
Denmark’s AIAIAI has gone back to the basics with their minimalist TMA-1 headphones, set to launch this coming month August. AIAIAI has gathered a collective of 25 professional DJs, architectural agencies, music labels, artists and designers to help them design and produce the TMA-1 headphones. The team included Copenhagen’s industrial design trio KiBiSi, interdisciplinary design agency Thank You for Clapping and the production company Mannhaddle. I’m absorbed by the beauty and minimalist style that the jet black TMA-1 boasts. Going back to basics, what a great idea!
As part of the New Simplicity Exhibition in London, ‘Climate Station‘ – designed by Denmark-based Thomas Wagner – is a product line composed of a minimalist fan and radiator. The interesting aspect about Climate Station is that it uses no wires. It plugs directly into a special extension cable, and can be stored alongside books when not in use. The designer, aware of the seasonal usage of fans and radiators, wanted to design objects that would be attractive anywhere, anytime. Made of plastic and aluminum, the fan and radiator measure 297mm in height and 210mm in width. Unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing, Climate Station serves to comfort the user while looking real fine.
Besides being organic in its shape, the Imprint Chair from Lammhults is organic in its material. The one-piece shell is made of compressed plant fiber matts, minimizing environmental impact. I really like that you can clearly see the fibers in the shell. There is a variety of fiber choices so you can perfectly match the chair with your interior. This wonderful and clean furniture piece is designed by Peter Hiort-Lorenzen and Johannes Foersom, based in Copenhagen – Denmark, working with Lammhults since the mid-1980s. The Imprint family also contains an Imprint Stacking Chair, Imprint Beam Seating and Imprint Table.