Atelier Peekaboo recently created a minimalist ceramic piggy bank named Sur les toits. The English translation is “on top of the roofs” and refers to the place where they found inspiration for the shape of the design. One easily inserts the money in the slot on top of the piggy bank and incase one needs the money, there is no need to crack the ceramic; just angle the piggy bank and shake gently. The prototypes, ranging in colours and sizes, have been handcrafted by the Fribourg based ceramist Peter Fink. Atelier Peekaboo was founded in 2008 by two Swiss designers from Neuchâtel. Damien Ummel and Thierry Didot met during their studies at the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL). The two decided to strenght forces and by permanently questioning the industrial designer’s role in a society surrounded by objects, they try to provide elements to respond to it.
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BANK is minimalist money box made of elastic rubber by BIG-GAME design studio. We have featured the Lausanne based studio before. I just love their outspoken, minimalist and colorful products. And like many of their other products BANK has a playfull touch. The usage is simple: slip coins in the slit, press it and turn it upside down to get the coins back. The only downside I see, compared to a ‘traditional’ piggy bank, is that one can retrieve the money back a bit too easily ;). BANK is produced by Praxis, Hong Kong.
Thai designer Decha Archjananun of Thinkk Studio has created Weight Vases – a collection of vases with concrete bases to hold water, and laser cut steel wire frames to support flower stems. The collection comprises various shapes and sizes to accommodate specific flower arrangements. The vases, developed while Archjananun was studying at the University of Art and Design Lausanne, portray an interesting supportive relationship between the heaviness of the concrete base and the lightness of the wire top working together to effectively hold its natural contents.
Lausanne based Big-Game studio created a series of cork floating boats for the Portuguese company Materia. The toys, simply titled ‘Bote’ are made of a cork base and a plastic mast or cabin that can be easily changed. A perfect kid’s gift now the summer is approaching fast. The boats will be exhibited during I Saloni 2011, at Via San Marco 38, Milan, April 12–17. Photography by Julien Chavaillaz.
Swiss industrial designer Nicolas le Moigne created ECAL, a stool and side table of fibre cement, a mixture of cement and asbestos cellulose and synthetic fibers. Organically shaped, light of weight and durable, ECAL is perfect as garden furniture, but the stool and side table would look amazing indoor as well. ECAL was conceived as part of a design contest at the University of Art and Design (ECAL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photography by Thomas Adank.
Based in Lausanne – Switzerland and Brussels – Belgium design studio BIG-GAME – founded by Grégoire Jeanmonod, Elric Petit and Augustin Scott de Martinville – designed BOX stool and coffee table. Inspired by the pleating techniques used in the cardboard and aluminium industry the Box stool can be folded away like a cardboard box. A hole is pierced in the centre of the seat making it is easy to carry. The BOX stool is made from Folded lacquered aluminium available in yellow, medium blue, light blue and dark blue. Making the BOX family complete BIG-GAME created a Coffee table. Aswell made from folded lacquered aluminium, available in light blue, light grey, black and yellow.