24 February, 2010

Hay sofa by Petter Skogstad

I saw Hay sofa at DogA's Studentenes sommerutstilling last year, and remembered it as my favourite design in the exhibition. It was easy to notice, as with it's high aesthetic quality, it stood out among other student's works. I liked clear concept and purity of form, modest simplicity that makes it unique. And functionality, typical for Scandinavian design thought.

The designer behind is Petter Skogstad from Akershus University College, regarded as fresh Norwegian talent and recently invited to exhibit his prototypes at 100 % Norway in London.

The Hay sofa is a prototype as well, awaiting manufacturer's offers. The inspiration for modular seating system was the idea of hay bales. "Arrange the modules however you like and create a landscape."

www.petterskogstad.com


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photo from 100% Norway catalogue

23 February, 2010

Vintage bathrooms from The Water Monopoly

Who can resist the charm of vintage furniture? I admit, I have fallen for it instantly, the first moment I saw it. The Water Monopoly bathtubs, sinks and taps are original or reproduced late 19th / early 20th century pieces. We can choose among Art Deco, Edwardian, French or American style.

www.watermonopoly.com


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22 February, 2010

Fade lamp family by Matti Klenell

I admire simplicity and subtlety of Fade lamp design. It will add tasteful decorative effect to all minimalist interiors. The tiny splash of red is genius! Fade lamp family was created by talented Swedish designer Matti Klenell in 2007. Manufacturer: Bals Tokyo.





design quote: Sherlock Holmes.

21 February, 2010

Ceramic art: teapots by Yoshiro Ikeda

Yoshiro Ikeda is a University Distinguished Professor of Ceramics at Kansas State University.




18 February, 2010

Birdie lamps: I want to fly away :)

I should dedicate this post to Ingo Maurer, as a tribute to his unique imagination and truly creative thinking. His designs express great sense of humor, individuality and provocative nature. Their true originality attracts everyone's attention. It seems to me that Ingo Maurer is more an artist than a designer.

Bird inspired lamps are fascinating. Maybe I should rather write: flying inspired.


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Birdie's Nest by Ingo Maurer
www.ingo-maurer.com



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Icarus Light by Tord Boontje, designed for Artecnica
www.artecnicainc.com



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Birdie Nam Nam, designed by Hopf & Wortmann from Büro für Form for Next
www.buerofuerform.de



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Bird series, design by Zhili Liu
www.zhililiu.com


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15 February, 2010

Japanese journeys. The Otake house by Suppose Design Office.

The Otake house was build on a high plateau in Hiroshima. The location, with magnificent view of the Kamei Castle Ruins was inspiration to creating the interior that opens up to scenery. Idea of synergy between outside and inside form has a long tradition in Japanese architecture. The scenic house was designed by Suppose Design Office in 2007.

www.suppose.jp
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano



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design quote: Antoine de Saint Exupéry

14 February, 2010

Valentine's kiss: self reflecting love :)

Believe it or not, this post was inspired by My Loved One! Let me introduce his favourite lamp, always present on his desk, but... the lonely version :) I really like the design, thought-provoking...

Self reflecting lamp, designed by Oliver Schick


 

13 February, 2010

Architectural portraits by Jason Thielke

I felt truly intrigued by Jason Thielke's art. The mixed media technique developed by the artist seems exceptionally interesting. He combined aerosol, acrylic paint and ink. Original effect was achieved by transforming drawings into laser etch.

Cruel laser lines contrast with captivating softness and intimacy of gestures captured in the portraits.
 
www.jasonthielke.com



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12 February, 2010

black and white furniture. winter inspiration.

Black and white graphics are my favourite. And I guess this is why I love Norwegian winter landscapes. The delight of walking on a fresh snow. Everything becomes like a new sheet of paper, and I feel like drawing.

So here are furniture designs to create graphic, contrasting style interiors. Winter inspired.

The designers from Out of stock were inspired by winter childhood memories: "We remember the fascination with the layers of fresh snow on items left outdoors when we wake up on a winter’s morning. But papa said not to sit on them as it would get us wet and cold." I just had to quote.


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Winter Arrives, series of stools from Outofstock Design




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i-Con desk, designed by Michiel van der Kley for arco


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Nido, b&w polyurethane sofa from Corinto


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Tripod side table, by Pelegrin Gautier and Taiani Vincent, the design duo behind Noon Studio







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Linie cabinet, designed by Helena Jonasson

























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Fat Sofa designed by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia






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Drop transformable louge chair and sofa, designed by Leonardo Perugi for Cerruti Baleri