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During this year’s New York Design Week Finnish Design will be the centerpiece of the Meatpacking District.
Curated by world renowned designer Ilkka Suppane, the Hardcore exhibition will highlight the innovative and slightly extreme nature of Finnish design today
The Doily Chair was an exploration in designing a new furniture piece utilizing an outdated object. The new composite linen doily has found its home supported on a wide walnut chair frame.
The recontextualized doily provokes images of grannies and formal parlours of the past yet maintains its contemporary proportions and usage.
This mystical lighting system was by far one of the more intriguing designs to showcase in the Satellite.
The design, consisting of single geometric modules attached to one another through magnetic contacts, is a prime example of a modular lighting system that really works.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York City
For the fourth consecutive year Designboom will host one of their reputed market-like installations as part of this year’s cultural program for ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair)
Naoto Fukasawa: Common Sense
It is true that as human beings we share a number of unconscious gestures in our relationship with objects. They are instinctive behaviours in which our mind does not participate in an active way, a no man's land that happens before, or independently of, the act of will.
Skinned Tables is a design system by Peter Marigold that is the result of studio experiments looking at the quality of negative space and the process of mould making as a passive process of surface (rather than mass) replication.
These striking objects evoke a sense of creativity and imagination while celebrating the basic qualities of materials and processes.
Pursuing a philosophy of “breaking the rules of the plane” by cutting and manipulating sheet materials so they possess volume, this light’s floral form clearly succeeds at this task. In this case, paper sheets were used to generate the light’s flowing, floral form.
Having been commissioned, by Pearl Lam founder of Contrasts gallery in Shanghai, to create a series of products with Chinese producers, Baas has come up with a spectacular cross-over between western design and traditional Chinese techniques. Our favourite is “Plastic Chair in Wood”, a pleasant surprise to the regular garden variety.
Using old-growth Dutch elm wood cut as a result of elm disease, the top edge of the drawer front on this cabinet has been left untouched by the designer. This elegant gesture recalls the natural shape of the tree to create a piece with a memory of its origin.
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