Discoveries of the Week: October 8, 2018
1/plinth studio has recently created a furniture series that acts as a link between industrial design and art. Indeed, if this collection offers functional pieces, the chosen material yet creates the surprise at first glance. The aluminum collection revisits the vision of a raw material not adapted to the domestic furniture use. The work of the Korean duo is widely based on strong and emblematic architectural elements such as louvers, and has adapted it to a specific scale allowing us to become familiar with aluminum, this material whose success is just beginning...
2LG Studio x John Lewis of Hungerford
The duo of London interior designers 2LG Studio finally brings new prospects to kitchen design, thanks to their collaboration with the manufacturer John Lewis of Hungerford. For this new set of elements called Rise, the designers, well known for their mastery of intense and innovative colorful associations, also appealed to the artist Olivia Aspinall, in charge of creating this spectacular dining table, and which was already on view during the London Design Festival 2018. Nice project.
This week, we also saw the thrilling arrival of the Harbook Hangzhou, in China, a special place way ahead of its time, designed by the architect Alberto Caiola. Consisting of a bookstore, a coffee shop and a furniture showroom of Normann Copenhagen, this hybrid space literally changes the typology of today's bookstore. And it is thanks to the diversity of references that the architect draws on, that this place with futuristic outlines stands out: Italian arches and a fair tribute to Hangzhou, the city which has inspired many artists and writers. A work of great interest, successfully applying the materials and principles of architecture pampered by the ready-to-wear world... to books.
The Swedish designer Andrea Santivanez has a good eye to create objects and furniture that come out of the ordinary and whose creative universe charms us. As for the Terrazzo Cabinet was created according to the principle of extreme opposition – red and green, angular and round – the Pedestals elements were designed to take precedence over the visual impact of furniture above all, and highlight the Scandinavian style and tastes for good design. Nice work.
Chloé Duran Stone
The collection of Chloé Duran Stone influences a certain connection between her objects, and the visitor. The colourful and formal aura of her creations acting on space but also on the perception that one makes, it is clear that her work aims to exceed the roles attributed on the one hand to the work exhibited, on the other hand to the visitor, but rather to interconnect them, giving to see at the same time a work in the incredible color scheme. Here is the Woólis console and the Saás shelf.
Experimentation and unexpected are the key words of Erika Emerén's work. Moreover, the designer decided to work on the theme of voluntarily uncomfortable furniture for her late diploma. This is an ingenious idea, giving birth to a chair as attractive from a visual point of view, as repulsive when it comes to sitting there for hours... A fascinating work.
On Instagram, we have lately been conquered and delighted to discover the images of the artist and maker Fausto Mauriz (@_favsto_), whose singular style inspires us for the future. The designer has a certain appeal for subtle materials and which are not made to please the common mortal. On the contrary, his work offers something unique, for the small sphere of the most curious people in terms of design and contemporary art... We love it.
We also really appreciated the work of Jesper Eriksson, presented at the London Bienniale in September. The artist, is slowly approaching the world of design, proposing coal, "Britain's most iconic material", as a material of the future for interior architecture and design. Presenting both the material as flooring and furniture, Jesper Eriksson allows this cheap and dirty fossil fuel to get better prospects for the future and - finally - of quality.
It was by chance that we discovered the furniture of the designer Malcolm Majer, who is based in Baltimore. Baltimore which whatever it is said, and being part of the major American cities really affected by poverty, houses within it many exceptional artists and American designers of great talent. For his new collection, the designer offers a work surfing between furniture and sculpture, as well as between conceptual and refined design, and a handmade manufacture. Thus opposing the principle of mass production, his unexpected objects cleverly offer the illusion of the functional...
Terzo Piano / Andrés Reisinger / Charlotte Taylor
Finally, The Coast has recently stood out for its visual quality. Indeed, who better than the team of Terzo Piano to achieve in 3D the great illustrations straight out of the mind of Charlotte Taylor? Under the art direction of Andrés Reisinger, whose name is now well-known in the virtual and dreamlike interiors world, this beautiful team has been busy creating a series of perfect images in an impressive and surreal set design. Nice work.
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