Making mistakes is human. Dirk vander Kooij slips up now and then as well. It just takes once adding too little raw material while producing an Endless chair to end up with a wastrel. A lot of waste is also left over after testing periods for new products. Over time his studio has gathered a container full of plastic bits and pieces.
Award-winning British designer-maker Ted Jefferis launches his debut collection in 2014 under the brand TedWood. Comprising of a dining table, bench, storage and lighting, all pieces are handcrafted in Ted's West Sussex workshop from seasoned British timber using traditional methods.
Upcoming designer and art director Toni Grilo has just lanched Blackcork with Sofalca at Maison et Objets. Blackcork is a new collection 100% dedicated to natural black cork. Grilo designed 7 products including Cut Chair (photo above) and invited a selection of young and talented portuguese designers to take part as well.
Madrid based architecture firm, ÁBATON, take abandoned stable in Extremadura and turn it into a luxurious country home.
Located in a privileged environment in the province of Cáceres, the goal was to transform an abandoned stable into a family home by completely renovating it in a way that would be consistent and respectful with the environment.
At the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen, Droog and TD present SZHKSMZ – an imagined Shenzhen Hong Kong Special Material Zone designated to stimulate alternatives to material depletion.
'Seeing Glass,' presented during Dutch Design Week 2013, is a series of glass objects created in collaboration by Rotterdam-based designers Brit Van Nerven and Sabine Marcelis.
Through the use of materials, colour and layering, unexpected effects are created which play with ones visual perception and the surrounding space.
A highlight from the Dutch Design Week, Vapor II explores the most common of materials through the rediscovery and re-interpretation of an ancient technique. Amsterdam designer Pieke Bergmans delivered plastic lighting installations shaped through a technique similar to glass blowing, suggesting the landmark for further developments.
Alessandro Busana graduated in industrial design in 1999 from Scuola Italiana Design, and went on to found hOle designstudio”, a research and concept development agency that creates products for companies like Normann Copenhagen, Pedrali, Roche Bobois, Plust collection, and Smooth Plane.