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Haijk flower pot by Johannes Herbertsson & Martin Berg

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Designed by Johannes Herbertsson & Martin Berg to be easily moveable, these ingenious flower pots are designed to be guided by the logic of the plant's growing patterns. A removable pine base allows the vessel to be angled depending on the direction of the sun. 

Room Of One's Own by Nika Zupanc

Anna Coe - Monday, November 11, 2013

As part of the upcoming Miss Dior fragrance exhibition in Paris, 15 female artists were asked to design an exhibit to celebrate the perfume. Slovenian Nika Zupanc, was one such designer, and she has recently previewed her piece online, titled 'Room of One's Own. Taking inspiration from Virginia Woolf's extended essay A Room Of One's Own, Zupanc has created a sanctuary for the 'young woman' with a raised room with quilted lattice detailing that hints at the idea of hiding, but also being seen at the same time. The room is every bit the Parisienne mademoiselle and includes the  "utterly basic tools needed for heart searching - a table, chair and lamp" says Zupanc.

The exhibition, Miss Dior - Esprit Dior opens on 13 November - 25 November at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Novecento by Davide G. Aquini

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, November 11, 2013

Italian designer Davide G. Aquini took cues from the early 20th Century art deco movement, with 'Novecento', a collection of marble LED table lamps. Thick disks of black marquinia and breccia marble are supported by large triangular metal structures with brass or green-water finish. The pieces function both as sculptural display piece and alternative lighting fixture for living areas.

Via Designboom.

Cloud sofa by Marcel Wanders for Moooi

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, November 05, 2013


Have you ever wished that you could fall into the softness of a white cloud that looks like cotton candy? That's the question Marcel Wanders poses, with his Cloud sofa for Moooi. It's rounded form and cloud-like cushions make for an inviting posse to wile away the hours. 

Moooi is available locally from ECC.

Design: The Week in Review 05/11/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, November 05, 2013

a. The $60,000 sofa: are the excesses of the art market rubbing off on design? [The Guardian]

b. Growing Chairs: Spider's Thread by Tokujin Yoshioka. [Design Milk]

c. Frieze Art Fair London 2013: the Wallpaper* edit. [Wallpaper]

d. Ink made from insects by Evelien Crooy. [Dezeen]

e. Audi Design Wall @ Pinakothek der Moderne. [Hypebeast]

Dripping Wood by Damien Gernay

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, November 04, 2013

Contemporary furniture designer Damien Gernay creates pieces that are "dripping in texture". Gernay begins with what he likes to call a neutral form, taking a pure white object and applying various textures, such as wood. Visually arresting, Gerard's Dripping Wood sideboard exists as both sculptural art form and functional storage cabinet for the art enthusiast. 

Material Container by Jeonghwa Seo

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, November 04, 2013

South Korean designer Jeonghwa Seo has used contrasting materials in his latest project 'Material Container', with a series of conical shaped stools sporting inserted materials in a rounded base. The result is a series of pieces that compliment in identical shape and contrast in texture; rosewood is paired with copper, pine with aluminum, basalt rock with brass and more. A stunningly simple project that calls upon on centuries old Korean craft techniques. 

Design: The Week in Review 22/10/2013

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

a. Could these mouthwatering photos help you lose weight? [Fast Co Design]

b. In the Air - 'Me' generation aesthetics are back and better than ever. [T Magazine]

c. Better Out Than In: Banksy's NYC street art - part two. [Designboom]

d. Damien Hirst and Prada install 'Pharmacy Juice Bar' in the desert. [Design Taxi]

e. David Guarino builds caban beach house from palettes. [Designboom]

Head or Tails by Nendo

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, October 18, 2013

Nendo turned its attention to our furry friends recently, with a three-piece range of dog accessories for Japanese lifestyle magazine, Pen. The puppy-friendly products include a geometric bed, food bowl and silicon rubber play toys, all of which come in either black or white, and have multiple applications and functions. The hallmark piece is the leather-look bed, which can turns into a small domed hut or function as a cushion when the dog lies on top. 

Via Designboom.

Villa F by Hornung & Jacobi Architecture

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, October 17, 2013

Futuristic in every sense of the word, Villa F is situated on the Greek island of Rhodes and was designed by Hornung & Jacobi Architecture for a couple who wished for a holiday home that fitted their upbeat lifestyle.

Surrounded by a natural stone wall, the main focus of the home is to look outwards, acknowledging the stunning vistas to such a degree that the house welcomes the outside in wherever possible, almost completely opening up in the central living area. A large infinity pool completes the lush picture, while a separate structure serves as guest accommodation, ensuring privacy and space for everyone. Minimalist, airy and spacious, Villa F serves as a thoroughly modern interpretation of classic Mediterranean style.