Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Maarten Baas is a little bit of an enfant terrible within the design scene. He had to try more than once to convince his teachers at Design Academy Eindhoven of his talent.
When he presented his Smoke series of furniture, all doubts went up in smoke and it immediately gained him a lot of attention, e.g. Marcel Wanders incorporating it into his design company MOOOI. After exhibiting in Milan, London and Paris the Smoke series became an iconic collection in contemporary design.
At the Salone del Mobile 2008 Maarten launched Clay Furniture. In fall 2008 he will present new exciting objects for Established and Sons and if that wasn't already reason enough to meet him for a filmed interview then it surely was the unusual down-to-earth atmosphere of the former car repair shop which he took as the ideal location for his various designs. (View Video link)
Monday, May 26, 2008
"Ornamented Life is a collection by designer Joana Meroz that applies unusual forms of decoration to everyday objects. Instead of throwing away a plate just because it chipped, Crackery-Crockery proposes to accentuate that moment in time by filling it with gold-luster. The meaningfulness of the golden crack is further accentuated by it becoming a golden stem connecting a flower to its roots – evoking continuity and development, instead of perfection and end-results." (Content provided by Thomas Coward)
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Porcelain & rubber, 34 cm
Saturday, May 10, 2008
This line consisting of cast-off crockery with various shapes has been given a new lease of life by re-printing them with new designs, using the screenprint-technique for ceramics. Images of dancers and athletes were chosen because of their flowing movement, which complement the contours of the crockery that is collected. Either next to, or on top of the original prints, they are always interrelating in a special way. Every design is chosen specifically for its particular shape to preserve the unique character of each cup and saucer. The images are being applied in the colours blue, green, yellow and red and finally fixed in the ceramics oven. Improved! crockery is not dishwashersafe!
If you associate the affordable and ubiquitous ‘Bic pen’ with disposable, throw away office culture - think again, as Zo-loft design has added a whole new dimension to desktop utility. Their “Din-ink” series of Bic pen style tops allows you to instantly convert your writing tools into ready made cutlery. With one easy step that trusty chewed-up pen of yours can become a sleek spoon, fork, or knife for that classic dining ‘al desko’ experience.
Cutting Up Knives is a production of selected knives, modified to become bottle openers through the application of an industrial process.Each bottle opener is individually chosen and cut.
Beautiful name brand knives have been ruthlessly transformed, while factory rejects and second hand knives have been recycled, modified to become useful once again, functionally reassigned , yet still connected to their own unique history.
This stunning recycled glassware is designed by acclaimed Dutch designers Tord Boontje and Emma Woofenden.
Created from recycled bottles, the glasses and jug are made in Guatemala by a local artisan group who have developed skills in cutting and polishing glassware to create beautiful works of art.
The Guatemalan scheme is part of a Design with Conscience campaign that aims to use design to foster humanitarian and environmental causes around the world.
The glassware comes frosted, in various shades of green or in white, depending on the type of bottles used.
A great story and a great product too. We think these are a future design classic.
This fork was designed for a competition set by pasta company Barilla.
The trident form was chosen to solve the problem, especially apparent with penne, of the pasta slipping from the fork once pierced. By adding spear-shaped tines, the elasticity of the pasta helps keep it on the fork.
The lines of the fork make no attempt at a re-styling of the archetypal form, trying instead to embody it.
The Japanese magazine Casa Brutus invited electricwig to participate in a collaborative project with MUJI. The brief was to customise an existing MUJI product.
An object around the ritual of tea was of course chosen, an important ceremony both in Japan and England. The final idea was a knitted suit for a Japanese style tea pot, made from an old jumper.
The RD4 chair evolved from our early URE process experiments in to the use of domestic waste plastic as a design material. The piece is uniquely handwoven in recycled plastic waste, with no two designs alike. Produced in the
The &made Ceramic Putty is designed to bring back to life old, smashed crockery. By filling the cracks of damaged plates, bowls and other ceramic items with the coloured putty, objects are transformed as the cracks create new patterns and illustrations. As a focus on the re-use of objects, the 'Ceramic Putty' allows us to rejuvenate old and broken belongings rather than disposing of these items.
Friday, May 9, 2008
2003 - ....
Miscellaneous materials, rubber
The Rubber Chairs are all chairs made and composed out of ready available or found materials and objects. For each chair the objective is to make a chair without being too concerned about precision: all of them are quickly built rough products. The pieces are then finished of with a thick dipped coating of rubber.