French artist Nathalie Dérouet lives and works in Douarnenez, north-western France. From her ceramics workshop, she creates a range of exceptional porcelain pieces, including unique bowls, vases, pots and various containers, all of which embrace open space. Highlighting a few favourites from Dérouet’s many ceramic creations, it’s clear the inspiration behind these pieces are taken from Chinese and Japanese ceramics, countries where refinement and sophistication are present in many everyday objects, reflecting tradition and modernity. It’s the purity and simplicity of these extremely thin designs that appeal to me most. The smooth surfaces and uniqueness of each piece makes for certain wish-listing.
Categorized “Industrial design”
Japanese designer Oji Masanori designed a minimalist cutlery series inspired by the theme, Light. The series, manufactured by Futagami, contains a spoon, fork and knife. All made of lead free brass and the tip silver plated. The set is produced in slightly brushed (lead free) brass with a silver plated tip and includes a dinner fork, a dinner knife and a dinner spoon. The brass and silver go really well together and I love the way they are split by just a thin hairline. To finish it all, Masanori also designed matching brass cutlery rests.
The Lunaire wall light has been created by French designer Ferréol Babin for Italian lighting brand FontanaArte. Inspired by lunar eclipses, the piece produces beautiful effects on the wall. It consists of two disks: the smaller one, containing the light source, is set inside a large aluminium diffuser. The small disk rotates, changing the position towards the diffuser and creating various lighting effects. I love the versatility of this piece. It can be set to create an intense direct light, an indirect soft one, and many variations in between. Also, thanks to its generous diameter, Lunaire can illuminate any space, even a big one, while remaining minimal and unobtrusive to the eye.
The Tetra workspace lamp, by POD Design, introduces an element of dynamism through geometric innovation. A take on the traditional neon lamp, the designers behind Tetra were inspired by the highly stylized retro-futurism of Bladerunner. The innovation driving this piece and its reinterpretation of what constitutes work-appropriate illumination has resulted in a piece that brings an element of fun and encourages interactivity to the workplace. With adaptability and uniqueness key to workplace trending at present, this product is at the forefront of current industrial design thinking. The lamp is dimmable, unlike the standard issue neon and can be placed in a number of sculptural deportments. The additional elements add to the extended functionality of this piece and its versatility also. The intent is to take the mundane out of the workplace. POD Design, lead by design juggernaut Brooks Atwood in Brooklyn, launched the Tetra in 2012. His presence in both the US, and international design scene is one to watch. And watch with excitement. Based in New York, the Tetra is also made in New York, with a great deal of pride mind you. Photography courtesy of POD Design.
I recently discovered the wonderful collection of lighting designs from Milan based, Omikron Design. The Italian company has a primary objective to produce objects that enhance the illuminated spaces through light and outstanding design. Well, today I would like to introduce you to a particular lighting structure that does just that – Duo. The wall mounted Duo increases the functional characteristics of the cube. The structure is limited to the pure essence, enclosing the light sources and electronics with basic architectural geometry. Comprised of aluminium, Duo has a matt finish and is available in a variety of colours including black, white, silver and bronze. Understated elegance.
Masanori Oji is an industrial designer specialized in living home furnishings. Known for his simple and clean aesthetics, he recently collaborated with one of the oldest metalware companies in Japan – Futagami – to release a series of minimal and contemporary merchandise. Ranging from chopstick rests to bottle openers, these articles hold simple forms and geometries that exude a sensibility of effortlessness. The gold and black of metals with a hint of rust tell the stories of elegance and traditions behind these products. Besides being living furnishes, they can also be seen as artworks that can be appreciated daily by both the consumers and the artists themselves, hanging on the kitchen counters, dangling on racks amongst pots and pans, or simply decorating a blank concrete wall.
The floating geometric frames of Les Ailes Noires by Tongtong are an exquisite play on form, shadow and line. The lines that compose these frames are based on a concept of fluid dynamism, whereby the expected form of framework is being challenged. Each piece is designed to be installed void of any need for screws or hardware, allowing for re-integration and re-use in each installation scenario. The series of industrial objects have been designed specifically for commercial retail, residential and special event environments. Manufactured in steel, these frames are available in a variety of finishes (flat black, white powder coating or polished chrome). These objects are part of a series of eleven pieces, including a full-length mirror, a wall-mounted sideboard with glass shelf, a ceiling-hung rack and eight freestanding racks. Canadian firm Tongtong say their work is inspired by movement and driven by diversity. This philosophy is clearly evident in Les Ailes Noires, where the lines cast shadows through the moving affects of the sun, clothing and artificial light. The firm’s philosophy of engaging in work that brings a richness of thought, vision and humanity, is clearly embodied in these pieces. I find the framework, the interaction of the lines...
New York based industrial designer and artist William Lee recently presented his latest offering at NY Design Week. This is Switch, a limited edition, minimalist lamp that engages interaction through its own function. The desk/bedside lamp draws inspiration from two places; a typical on/off switch on the wall, coupled with Lee’s interest for art direction, visual balance, and structure. Stripped down to its bare essentials, Switch is made entirely of an acrylic construction with 60 LEDs hidden underneath. Lee explains: In off mode, it faces down in an unassuming flat position. When toggled on, Switch brings an illuminating surprise and takes on another shape by its new orientation. The weighted base grounds the form, leaving a minimal cantilever in its architectural essence. What’s unique about Switch is its rechargeable power and detachable cable. In an age of digital technology where everyday objects communicate or work seamlessly, a portable lamp was appropriate where it can be placed virtually anywhere that light is needed in or outdoors, untethered and free. It’s a combination of Switch’s mobility and exquisite style that impresses so much. I have no doubt that this will be in high demand. Beautiful work.
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.
2084 is a wall lamp by French-born product designer and visual artist Geoffroy Gillant, whose design intent uses the electric cord to suspend the lamp, maintaining an equilibrium and lightness. Electric cords are often left aside the conception of lamps and therefore rarely considered as part of their aesthetic. In the contrary, the cord of “2084″ is used as a structural element that allows a modular lighting, so the lamp could adapt to various daily needs. I especially love this element behind Gillant’s design since it not only challenges what we expect from an ubiquitous object, but it has also produced a visually inspiring silhouette that changes the illumination of a space so elegantly, and so cleverly. There is something so beautiful in the sharp contrast of how even the light is against the minimalist black linear tubes and wires. Gillant had worked with ToolsGalerie to produce an edition exhibited for their gallery which was made with black leather over bended PMMA tubes and dimmable LED strips. Images courtesy of Geoffroy Gillant.
Developed by Korean studio WV Design, the Holder Series is designed to improve the ease of management and organization, with the ultimate focus to create ease of access for all desk objects: Whether it is a pen or important documents, the Holder Series aims to reduce the trouble of finding, sorting and tidying. Combining powder-coated steel plates, natural plywood and aluminum plates, the design achieves an interesting balance both in materials and shape. I would most definitely benefit from this system!
Donna Bates’ rural Irish background has highly influenced her first lighting collection, Parlour Lighting. The series was inspired by her early years growing up on a farmyard where the lighting vessels themselves echo glass vats found in a milking parlour. Launched at the Clerkenwell Design Week in May 2013 in London, the collection is a series of six differing shapes and lighting sizes. The Parlour Lighting collection of vessels takes inspiration from the milking parlour and the receiving, which were used to collect the milk from the cows. The collection comprises options of colours and finishes; black, green or blue frames and oak or walnut-turned bases. Bates has made a considered effort to engage local craftspeople, where the pieces are hand-blown by the same manufacturers that used to create the jars for the dairy industry. The designer feels passionate about design, but equally so about supporting local hand skilled makers. The reference is one of considered nostalgia, trending with current design and the consideration of re-use. While referencing local ways of life, past and present, the aesthetic has a warmth and familiarity. The combination of clear and frosted glass elements, together with the discreet bulb selection, all enhance the warmth...