As the first months of the Great British Summer are upon us we are once again treated to a variety of ambitious degree shows with students eager to join the design community. The Royal College of Art has always been a great incubator for design and this years batch of graduates is no exception.
Against the background of the summer exhibition ‘Gerrit Rietveld – The Revolution of Space’, a special exhibition under the title ‘Confrontations’ opened during Art Basel at the Vitra Design Museum, dedicated to a number of innovative Dutch designers whose experimental methods are similar to Rietveld's.
We discovered 'Clock Clock' by Humans Since 1982 while perusing through Design Miami/ Basel 2012. The work was presented by Design Miami/ newcomer, Belgian gallery, Victor Hunt. This timepiece stood out to us at DeTnk - as it is perhaps the only clock that requires 27 other clocks to
Reminiscent of Campana Brothers' work, Jay Sae Jung Oh's Savage Chair combines a modern plastic camp aesthetic with what one generally considers a more natural woven surface. The outcome is a beautifully complex object that demands attention and consideration of the design community.
A new and unique artwork by Ship in the Bottle artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE, is revealed Tuesday 19 June at the Royal Opera House on the exterior of the building overlooking Russell Street in Covent Garden. Entitled Globe Head Ballerina, this new work, part of London 2012 Festival, will remain in place for five years.
Juxtaposing design aesthetics that are typically reserved for expensive high-end materials with plastic baskets one finds scattered about the street after a fruit market closes, Saran Yen Panya's Cheap Ass Elites is a witty critique of furniture designs relationship with class. As Panya puts it - An Ass is an Ass.
The "Plis" litter bin and the Feu ashtray designed by Franck Magné have equipped the new generation Atoll shopping centre in Angers since it opened on the 3rd April 2012. Furnishings or symbols which immediately express their function to the public. Impeccable, sculptural and graphic design by a young French designer.
Recent industrial design graduate, Jannis Hülsen, explores the future of materials and production through his project Xylinum. In contrast to recent science+design projects, Hülsen actually works in with the material - using bacteria to 'upholster' a prototype stool.