Looking for a flexible and light structured shelving system? Do not look further. I would like to share Meccanica, a great minimalist shelving system by Demode, engineered by Valcucine, with you. The base unit frames of Meccanica are made of iron with a electrophoresis coating, connected together by using mechanical joints. The framework can be easily assembled by the end user and can be recomposed and customized extremely. All door types – wood, metal or covered with removable fabric – can be customized in various colors. On request one can also have the frames lacquered in a personal preferred color. “We can not longer continue to produce without worrying about the goods that will accumulate in the environment tomorrow” says Valcucine so at the end of it’s life-cycle Meccanica is easy to disassembled and can be 100% recycled or reconditioned by 90%. The use cases for Meccanica are endless, where would you use Meccanica for?
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Last year international acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby – studio Barber Osgerby – created Tip Ton for Vitra. A solid chair made of polypropylene available in eight vibrant colors. The name refers to the two types of sitting experiences that characterize this innovative chair. From a normal position one can tilt the chair a few degrees forward where it then stays in place. In 2010 study proved that a forward-leaning sitting position, until now the preserve of mechanical office chairs, increase muscle activity in the abdominal and back areas, which improves oxygen supply to the body. Great for use at the dining table or in your home-office.
I would like to share the hat and shoe rack Nostalgi, by Gunnar Bolin, with you. Created in 1937 this is a classic in the Swedish furniture history. I love the simple structure and appearance of the rack which is molded from recycled aluminum. Bolin founded Skoglunds Metallgjuteri in Anderstorp, Sweden and this rack was his first creation. Former employee Sten-Roger Bladh succeeded the rights of the classical products and continued in 2002 the traditional and artisanal production in Anderstorp under the name Essem Design. Now days Nostalgi is available in a range of 17 material and color combinations.
I love the fluid lines and light profile of the JUNO chair by James Irvine. The Milan based Irvine created the lively chair for the Italian manufacturer Arper and was presented early this year during the Salone del Mobile 2012. JUNO is made of plastic cast produced through single gas assisted injection mould. Juno enjoys all the benefits of simplicity and uniformity but with a clever twist. The chair is created for both indoors and outdoors and can be used in residential and commercial spaces, Irvine explains. What I find great is that Juno shows that a plastic chair, in contrast of what one often sees, does not necessarily look cheap. The JUNO chair is available in four different forms: solid or open back, with or without armrests. All stackable to accommodate large-scale use and storage. One can choose from white, sand, anthracite, orange and yellow.
Napoli based industrial designer and architect Alessandro Di Prisco recently created SILK. A one meter square table made of Corian. The versatility of Corian allows it to be thermoformed and shaped in organic shapes like the SILK table. A table that is solid as a rock but looks like a scarf taken by the wind. The apparent lightness of its shapes, which appear to flex in a natural way, is then contrasted by the strength and durability of the material from which it’s made. The sinuous shapes are the support of the table creating a visual continuity between top and bottom.
I recently stumbled upon a new installation by Joel Shapiro of which I really like the energy it breaths. It was exhibited earlier this year at Rice University Art Gallery in Houston. The installation, Untitled, is, like all his later works, a gravity defying spectacle of shapes, colors and lines. Wooden geometric elements, painted in vibrant colors, seem to levitate in the air. Visitors can walk through the installation and the shape and color of each individual element changes, as well as how the different elements relate. In a piece like this, as you walk through it, it reconfigures, which is some essential aspect of sculpture. The sculpture is very different from a painting. It unfolds in time and space. In 2002, Shapiro started working with the idea of forms free from structure. He uses string or wire to suspend seemingly loose arrangements of painted and unpainted wooden elements. Photography by Nash Baker.
I like the versatile cabinets named Sticks, by Dutch product- and interior designer Gerard de Hoop. De Hoop’s work is characterized by simplicity, versatility and play of lines with attention to functionality. Inspired by seeing a number of placards put aside he created a cabinet system with boxes, in four different widths and heights, standing on one leg. Sticks can be used for several occasions; a low board, a side board or a casual wardrobe. Loose you can use it as a small hall cabinet or bed side table. I love the simple shapes and the playful one leg. It looks like the cabinet can fall aside at any moment. Sticks are available in plain, effect or gloss lacquer.
Pasila Design, a recent founded small Finish family business design agency, created Tuoli. Tuoli is an ergonomic, minimalist, chair for parents making it easy for them to interact – on eye level -with a playing child on the floor. The chair is multi functional as one can create a slide for the child by turning it upside down. Pasila design just finished their first furniture collection, a collection that consists of timeless designs and classic furniture with a funny edge. At the moment the products are prototypes, but their goal is to be able to offer furniture for your home in the near future.
Twist is a stunning floor lamp that allows you to control the amount of light you desire. It is simple to use: just twist the neck and the light will smoothly move up. Only as many LEDs are lit up as are needed which means that when the lamp is half the way up only the top half of the LEDs are turned on. The lamp has a solid stainless steel base and the neck is made of powder coated aluminum. Twist, created by Milan based Stefan Krivokapic, founder of Skrivo Design, in cooperation with Arian Brajkovic, was recognized in 2010 with a Premio Lissone Design award.
In about two weeks the annual furniture fair in Milan will take place. During the fair, Singapore based industrial designer Nathan Yong will present his latest creation; Stack. Yong created a set of colored wooden tables, differing in depth, which can be moved around and stacked according to one’s preferred configuration. Such like in 2009, when he created the sidetable named Bolle, he collaborated with the Italian manufacturer Living Divani. I like the combination of the natural blank wooden feet, created by using a tongue and groove join, and the fresh colored tops.
Colorado based design studio Berger & Föhr practice cohesive visual communication characterized by modernism, minimalism and objectivity. Recently they launched Recher, world’s first gesture based calculator. Math is beautiful. Arithmetic is simple. Rechner is both. Rechner has gestural functions for +, -, = and clear. There is a hidden actions drawer for x, ÷, ±, √, % and erase. I love the concept but I can imagine that it will take a while before one is used to the gestures. Rechner is now available on the AppStore.
The Albatros, created by London based product designer Oscar Lhermitte, is a brand new kind of bookmark that follows your reading. There is no need anymore to remeber the page number of the book you are reading. The Albatros is a clever bookmark tool that each time you turn a page, inserts itself at the right place. The Albatros, available in 7 colors, consists of a thin piece of polyester that one easily inserts in a book. It is due to the structure and shape that every time you turn a page, the bookmark follows it. When you are finished with the book you just leave it for the next reader or discard it. Unfortunately the bookmarks are only available by pre-order in large quantities at this moment. I look forward to the moment they are available in smaller quantities and use them myself!