Yenwen Tseng’s Big Hands Clock is a simplified play on lines. The interconnecting hands that comprise the timepiece are connected through a central pin. There is an intention of exploring the perception of time where the two hands interact inseparably and how various expressions of time at every moment. A feature to appreciate is the hierarchy of size, and consequential function of the two hands. It is obvious, without being overt, that the series of hands are acting as hour and minute hands, without needing numeric indicators. I appreciate this subtlety immensely. Originally from Taiwan, Yenwen Tseng studied in Stockholm and later interned in New York, and eventually started his own studio in 2011. This is one talent to watch. Photography courtesy of Yenwen Tseng.
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Iacoli & McAllister’s Frame Coffee Table is a sleek and streamlined example of seamless functionality. The line work of the copper-plated steel base, together with the tempered glass top, make for a crisp furniture addition to any modestly minimal interior space. Seattle-based Iacoli & McAllister acts as a catalyst for a number of understated sculptural pieces. Their site features a number of geometrically inspired pieces that, along with being very much on trend with current aesthetics and styling, are timeless and act as space beautifiers, if you will. The Frame Coffee Table is available in two finishes; natural oiled ash frame and a steel finish also and can be shipped internationally. The Frame Coffee Table would be a timeless additional to any space. Photography courtesy of Iacoli & McAllister.
Sculptor Richard Serra’s latest exhibition New Sculpture is currently being featured at both Chelsea Gagosian Galleries in New York. Described as one of America’s greatest modern sculptors, the exhibition is set to run from October through January 2014 and plays a pivotal role in being an extension and progression of his work to date. The pieces comprise a series of large waterproof steel members engulfing the two gallery spaces. The play on scale and the stripped back minimalism of the raw but exquisitely articulated materiality is both powerful and overwhelming. These giants seem to have a luminescence and their interaction with the adjacent pieces is almost harmonic and creates nuances of quietness. This exhibition through its grandeur and discipline instills reflectivity. Richard Serra’s work is consistently well considered and important. This latest New Sculpture exhibition is one to see and immerse oneself in fully. Photography courtesy of both Gagosian Gallery.
Urban Oasis’ Still House Collection is a new take on the traditional drinking vessel and serving accompaniment. The beautifying of the everyday through materiality and finish, offer an element of occasion through form. Designed in New York City, the collection is distributed both locally and internationally and has a growing consumer base. The pieces are a combination of glazed and raw ceramic elements that are intended to bring a sense of calm and simplicity. Exhibited and sold through Still House in New York, Urban Oasis has created a collection that is both accessible, considered and embedded with deliberate minimalist detail. There is an organic quality to the forms also, playing with light and illumination through the materiality. Open since May 2011, Still House is a vehicle for emerging designers across New York, Japan, Scandinavia and Europe and is a blend between shop and gallery where they pride themselves on being a place to find new art and design talent. Nestled in East Village, I applaud the launching pad they offer for local artists and the quality and accessibility to designed pieces they offer the end user. Photography courtesy of Still House.
Sekino Architects Office brings an absolute celebration of concrete to its combined House + Office structure in Tokyo. Staying true to the aesthetic that has become typified of Japanese architectural form, this structure is one of absolute minimalism. The clean lines and open voids acting as internal courtyards connect spaces through bridges and uninterrupted rail-work. Comprised of reinforced concrete and glass, House + Office sits on a site just over 800 sqm, providing a very generous, particularly for Japanese standards, 550 sqm of internal floor area. Both the House and Office components of this beauty seem to coexist in an effortless harmony. There is also an overt zen-ness to this space and the experience of moving throughout. This is an applauding example of Sekino Architects Office’s consistent discipline and restrained deliberation. Photography courtesy of Hiroyuki Hirai.
Emerging force Edie Karimova, recently launched her SS14 Collection embracing hues of complexity. Based in Kiev, Ukraine, her work is a combination of power and tenderness with a clean cut and lapidary silhouette. The collection sees a series of varied pieces that play with technique, tailoring and an emphasized minimal palette. Karimova is a comparatively new player to the fashion scene, having only founded her label less than two years ago. After having worked in New York for high end fashion houses and model agencies, she was awarded finalist in the Harper’s Bazaar Fashion Forward award in 2013. Her work seems to embody a true element of sophistication through reinterpretations of expected form. The soft-natured materiality aids in the complexity of her resulting work. Essentially it is the overt austere but feminine looks and a minimal approach makes Karimova someone to watch. Photography courtesy of Tasya Kudryk.
Jeroen van Leur’s Woodstock Wardrobe is a lightweight and mobile furniture collection. The robe system is designed and inspired by the construction apparatus and mechanisms of traditional tent poles. The system comes disassembled in a tent-like travel bag, with each component separated and articulated for an interior purposed aesthetic. Essentially this is a modular system, which can further be customized with a variety of colours and finishes available. The system combines wooden sticks and copper connection parts and is available in three differing sizes. The primary idea of the Woodstock Wardrobe is to exhibit your favoured pieces, instead of hiding them in the traditional robe scenario. Woodstock is about pieces for the urban nomad. Only requiring a wall to lean on, the lines and minimal everything about this piece, make it an easy, and easily transportable addition to any collection. Photography courtesy of Jeroen van Leur.
Stockholm-based designers Superfront bring a fresh approach to the customization of accessible cabinetry design. Their collection is conceived on the possibility to create high quality furniture at a sensible price. There is an emphasis on affordable design that bridges the gap of accessibility to the masses. I have a great deal of respect for this philosophy. The concept is simple; their pieces (cabinet fronts, legs and handles) are all interchangeable with current Ikea stock. Based on using the standard Ikea components as a basis for the cabinetry, clients are able to create pieces that have a greater and diversified sense of individuality. All pieces are minimal in their design aesthetic, and therefore also align with the classic lines of a broader audience with little influence from trending. We design furniture based on a well-established foundation, a concept that allows our furniture to fall into a completely different price category compared to any equivalent. This collection and its concept are worth a look. Photography courtesy of Superfront.
Established and evolving artist, Dion Hortsmans is continuing to make leaps and bounds in the world of contemporary sculpture. After a veritable amount of time in the sun; sailing and searching, his feet firmly landed firmly back on soil, before plunging into his sculptural artistic pursuits. With a recent exhibition, Night Rider under his belt, his work has graced audiences in galleries and publications since 1996 across Australia. He notes that to be able to ask, and then to listen and believing in your passion are two of the prized earnings from his process. An idea is a nano-second, the journey is in making the idea, formulating it, working out how to do it, mostly when you’re on that trip you have a gazillion other ideas. Hortsmans has an extensive CV of work, spanning commissions and galleries in Melbourne and Sydney. His work is a combination of lines, embodying movement in still objects and responding to notions of want; a dynamic want. The line work is a geometric explosion of shapes resulting from lines, extrusions and playing with elements of scale. I am biased, but not blindly so, in saying that Hortsmans is a genius and his work a manifestation...
Auckland-based design firm Resident has nailed their latest pendant offering. The Hex, Cross and Tri Pendants are all equally minimal and slight. The elements consist of tubular stems of finely crafted metal, housing various strips of light sourcing. Each piece has been created with folded metal elements that seem to grasp ever slightly their corresponding light tubes and are suspended from ceiling fixtures with thin metal cabling. These pieces are reminiscent of the halo style that is trending heavily architecturally at present. The attention to detail given by Resident is to be commended and a lesson learned. Beautiful pieces executed with a disciplined appreciation for materiality. Photography courtesy of Toaki Okano.
Building Block has delivered once again with their AW 2013 collection. Los Angeles sister duo, Kimberly and Nancy Wu, has launched yet another line to add to their seamless and beautifully crafted curation. Their latest offering is again a fusion of handsome leathers and considered disciplined design. Their signature wooden building blocks also make the cut, of course. There exists a particular drawcard in the collection, in the unique form and functionality of the Wooden Sphere Clutch. Its execution and innovation of use are to be commended. In a similar and rightfully considered vein as the rest of the collection, the integration of natural elements, namely wood and leather, are spot on. The clutch includes a seamless magnetic closer and rubber handle with smooth black leather exterior. Measuring 12.5cm in height by 25cm in width, it stands as a statement piece. With the intent of magnifying essentials and editing out excess, Building Block finds continual inspiration in returning to square one. And for this reason, I am happily along for the ride. Photography courtesy of Kimberly and Nancy Wu.
Jay Atherton Architect’s Meadowbrook Residence was initially inspired by fluctuating seasons of light. Situated in Phoenix, Arizona abounded by an undemanding audience, the architectural formwork is an overt abstraction; yet consciously unspoiled and quiet. Despite the employment of natural materials and local stone, the building itself sits framed by its surroundings, as well as resting respectfully amongst it. The Meadowbrook Residence, completed in 2008, stands much akin to a light box in a landscaped setting. It is organized around three main sculptural rooms, and each receives light differently through the day and year. At night, it is a seamless lantern where the contrasting finishes and textures stand to highlight and emphasize one another. The junctions between the series of uninterrupted planes throughout are finished beautifully and celebrate minimalist principles. Jay Atherton Architects are to be commended for this work and for their dedication to the firmness of discipline. Photography courtesy of Bill Timmerman.