The NW3 speakers by Germany based interdisciplinary collective Neue Werkstatt are designed, manufactured and distributed in close collaboration with local craftsmen and businesses.The collective tries to explore alternative forms of production and graphic shapes. Our products are simple and reticent. It is not our intention to make just beautiful forms. We are concentrated on function, comprehensibility, ecology and durability. The NW3 speakers form a natural looking and sounding HiFi system that can be used in almost every area. The drivers are from the Danish company Pearless and the housing, made of local wood, solvent-free stained and protected with natural wax, by a small carpenters workshop in Germany. The front guards are made of powder-coated steel.
The details make the difference.
The Revolt chair, originally designed in 1953 by the Dutch industrial designer Friso Kramer, is a true design classic. The chair, made of moulded plywood and powder-coated steel, was very innovative in those days. It caused a sensation when it was introduced and won a permanent place for itself both in the business world and in Dutch living rooms. After the Revolt chair had been out of stock for several years, Ahrend reintroduced it in 2004. Once again it has proven that a product that still has something to offer just gets better as the years go by. An ergonomic, flexible chair that gives you active support while working or having dinner. Revolt now comes with a polypropylene seat and back in black, white or dustgrey.
Inspired by the shifting tectonic plates of the Bay Area, San Francisco-based, design studio Box Clever created Segment. The table’s top is made from custom 1/2″ thick concrete sections that form the structure. Between each section there is a narrow opening that continues down through the legs. The satin grey-blue colored steel frame emphasizes the lines of the channel cutting across the surface. These openings create a functional channel for a unique system of accessories and cord management. The set consists of a polished aluminum tray, a low copper dish and a brass bowl. Each object can be locked into the channel and gives the impression of floating above the table’s fractured surface. Segment meets the needs of modern lifestyle with a adaptable and versatile system of accessories and configurations that easily shift from work to leisure. Segment looks at how beauty and function can coexist and evolve from one scene to the next.
To mark its 75th anniversary Knoll joined forces with OMA, co-founded by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. At Salone del Mobile 2013 in Milan earlier this month they launched a new collection of kinetic furniture called Tools for Life. The collection features adjustable tables, swivel chairs, a stool, an executive desk, and other items. The minimalist material palette makes the furniture compatible with a range of residential and workplace interiors. I would like to highlight one of the collection pieces named 04 Counter. A horizontal stack of 3 timber blocks that can be transformed from a wall-like unit to cantilevered benches that swing around a central axis. A metamorphosis from a spatial partition to a communal gathering place. We wanted to create a range of furniture that performs in very precise but also in completely unpredictable ways, furniture that not only contributes to the interior but also to the animation – Rem Koolhaas
You know the situation that your desk is covered with piles of documents? For some piles can be an effective work method to keep track of their projects. But as piles grow deeper and taller they stop being useful. Industrial designer Leon Ransmeier created a minimalist desk of lacquered aluminum and steel that gives shape and structure to the habit of stacking. The Folia desk has storage surfaces that slide out like drawers but have open sides like shelves. These stacking trays are attached to runners along just one edge, providing more visibility and easier access than a full-fledged drawer. The contents of the desk remain in sight to a certain extent and so are never really ‘gone.’ The horizontal format is retained, preserving any inherent chronology, but the piles are suspended below the work surface, freeing up desk space - Ransmeier explains.
Today I would like to share the Bester Sharpening Stone series with you – manufactured by Kyoto based Imanishi Stone Manufacturing Co. These stones of exceptional quality and Japanese craftsmanship come in a stylish and minimal packaging. The dull colours of the packaging, each colour linked to a specific grade, go really well with the soft natural colours of the stones. Renowned for providing an extremely fast and razor sharp edge, their synthetic composition is designed to sharpen like a natural stone and is specially hardened to preserve a flat surface over repeated use. The Bester stones give you the opportunity to sharpen your axe or chisel in style! Available at Best Made Co. in various grades.
Montreal-based furniture designer, Mitz Takahashi, created a pencil stand named “Writer’s Block”. The stand is handmade from recycled/offcuts wood in Montreal – Canada. Takahaski uses a combination of pine, walnut, mahogany and birch. Beautiful woods finished with Danish oil and water-based varethane. Each stand is a unique piece. The collection of Takahashi with mid-century feel ranges from lightning to furniture and desk accessory.
In 2008 Shay Alkalay of Raw-Edges designed the Pivot cabinet. The drawers of the wooden cabinet are hinged together, which means they can both be opened at the same time. A feature of which conventional drawers do not have. Since, Alkalay has created two new additions to the Pivot line for one of Europe’s leading table manufacturers, Arco: the Pivot Desk and Vanity. The Pivot Desk lowers the Pivot unit and adds a desktop. A functional workstation, great for small spaces or living rooms. The Pivot Vanity is the same concept as the desk but the top has a recessed edge and a mirror can be added.
Recent Rhode Island School of Design graduate Jiwon Choi created a clean and elegant, conical shaped, vase made of Tyvek. Tyvek, by DuPont, is a great material made of nonwoven high-density polyethylene fibers. The material feels a bit like paper but lends itself to a variety of applications because of its characteristics: durable, light-weight, highly breathable and waterproof. The intent of Choi was to create a package for a couple of flowers that would be simple and light but strong enough to stand upright.
It is winter over here in the Northern Hemisphere, and although Spring is approaching in foreseeable time, I would like to present you Serie T. More than just a heater the manufacturer, Antrax IT, says. A piece of furniture that integrates into spaces with great personality but does not want to be the centre of attention. For me Serie T, designed by the internationally recognized Italian designer Matteo Thun, stands out in it’s basic and light appearance. The radiator derived its name from the T-shaped section and is available in various configurations, in both vertical and horizontal versions. The radiator is made from extruded aluminum which provides great heat output with a small water content, meeting the increasing needs of high heat efficiency.
The Australian design duo Daniel To and Emma Aiston, who in 2008 founded their studio Daniel Emma, created a great and stylish set of polished solid brass paperweights. The set consists of a block, hexagon bar and plank. I love the geometry and clean lines of these paper weights. Normally I am not so keen on shiny objects but in a minimalist workspace I think they can just give that little extra to your workdesk. Originally part of the Basics Collection, these also now feature as part of their production collection, D.E.
Joshua Browne created a clever and minimalist dinning table for people living in small flats with little or limited space. The dining table, named TTable, can allow for both one person to dine alone or, with the extension, accommodate for visitors. TTable is a non mechanical table with a sheet of lacquered metal that simply glides over the existing maple wooden table, hiding it when extra table top is not needed. When fully extended the sheet metal drops onto a lower part of the table removing the lip between the two surfaces.