Takeshi Sawada is the director and designer behind Tokyo-based furniture brand Kamina&C.
Design Days Dubai 2015
The wood (steam-bent, as designer Massimo Faison points out, “like Thonet chairs”) can support a bird of prey, a tossed-off jacket, or just an admiring regard; the minder of the fair’s falcon kept it hooded and well-fed with mice meat
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Amusing Images Of A Peanut Living In A Gorgeous Mid-Century Designer Home :
Meet Pete Peanut, the star of a new book titled Pete Peanut and the Trouble with Birthdays by designers Sean Hewens and Mimi O Chun—inspired by a visit to Palms Springs Modernism Week, the duo decided to create perfectly made miniature versions of beautiful mid-century furniture.
Featuring the well-known creations of legendary designers such as George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Finn Juhl and Florence Knoll, the book actually tells a very amusing fictional story about Pete—who lives in a fabulous home filled with designer furniture—and his peanut friends.
Currently sourcing for funding on Kickstarter—“the world’s smallest Kickstarter campaign”—this adorable and unusual photo book would definitely “look nice on your mid-century modern coffee table”. You can receive a copy by pledging US$25 over here.
Taken from DESIGNTAXI – Dorothy Tan
The annual Design Indaba conference in Cape Town which showcases how design, creativity and innovation can positively impact the world.
Grandly proportioned, with a low seat, plush padding and allover button tufting, our Soho sofa is comfort writ large. Its lavish styling recalls the classic Chesterfield – plush seating for London’s turn-of-the-century gentlemen’s clubs – but squared-off arms and a rakishly low profile imbue it with contemporary, of-the-moment style. source : design walker
Presented at Salone del Mobile 2014 in Milan is this unusual and beautiful new collection of water faucets for the bath or kitchen. A collaboration between Axor and designer Philippe Starck for Hansgrohe, the Axor Starck V collection serves the technical function of a faucet and combines it with the visual experience of watching water form a swirling vortex and “free-fall” into the washbasin.
A collaborative team comprising architecture studio Bona-Lemercier, artist Xavier Veilhan and set designer Alexis Bertrand has transformed a 1960s country house into a gallery designed to showcase contemporary artwork. Located 30 kilometers east of Paris, ‘le Château de Rentilly’ forms the second permanent venue for FRAC Ile-de-France – (the region’s contemporary art fund) – with the other location existing in the center of the french capital. source : designboom
The most outrageous and exuberant lingerie in the world comes from a place youd probably never expect: Syria. Adorned with everything from faux fur, artificial flowers, and feathered birds to plastic toy cell phones, these intimates flash lights, play music, even vibrate. Well known across the Middle Eastin Syria the lingerie forms an important part of the folk tradition around trousseaus and weddingsit is openly displayed in the markets and souks. Authors Malu Halasa and Rana Salam have brought together a diverse and dramatic collection of photography and writing, including the voices of Syrian women, celebrating this little-known niche of fashion design in all its playful glory.
Shanghai design studio Minax has completed a project called ‘lotus & bamboo tea room’ for the 2014 China International Aquilaria Culture Exposition & Living Space Exhibition. The volume is composed of 500 bamboo pieces measuring six centimeters in diameter, which each have different heights. the organization of these vertical pipes follows the shape of an ellipsoid inside a cube. The shape is manipulated by spot lamps which fill the cut of stalks, so upon entry, visitors will find a substantial portion of the massing dissolved. Thus, the remaining occupiable floor is negative space. source : designboom
Created for Giobatta Meneguzzo in 1969, the “Beetle under the Leaf” house was a collaboration between owner and architect, with Gio Ponti working on it for free in return for Meneguzzo’s total trust and investment. The interiors were designed by Nanda Vigo, and extend from this sumptuous spiral staircase, with matching fur-clad sofa set, to textured, white surfaces and glass walls that sectioned off the space – the ideal, serene setting for Meneguzzo’s extensive art collection. While this is on the extreme end of the adventurous interiors spectrum, this unusual design’s victory in the Lovers vote is a happy nod to the notion that homes needn’t be all about practicality – although it’s hard to find any downside to an eternally cosy descent down the stairs. source : anothermag.com
What happens when ETH Zurich, with one of the most advanced drone programs in the world, teams up with Cirque du Soleil, one of the most captivating performance companies in the world?
You get Sparked, a very short, very enjoyable film in which an electrician repairing a lamp causes a spark that brings all the lamps in his collection to life. The lampshades float like ghosts through space, thanks to tightly choreographed quadcopter drones flying beneath. Each drone moves according to distinct algorithms, so each has physical ticks that soften some of the robotic precision you typically expect.
The Paris, France-based design team of Bonsoir Paris is made up of graphic designers, Rémy Clémente & Morgan Maccari. Along with their team they created Duramen, a series of sculptures, which began as wooden frames that are then reimagined into something indistinguishable. The sculptures create juxtaposition between the distorted nature of the designs themselves and their use of fine woods such as oak, fir, wenge, pear, and linden. Source : designmilk
Award-winning design and architecture studio AL_A present tincan, a six month restaurant project in Soho, serving the best tinned seafood in the world.
Tincan elevates the humble tin to an object of desire in a setting designed by AL_A, which offers 30 different tins, all of the finest quality seafood, to eat in the restaurant or to purchase at the store.
An array of cans form a striking repeat pattern against the black Corian® backdrop setting the tone of the fit. Working with their collaborators, AL_A have designed lights to showcase LG’s OLED technology, a wafer thin light source, stackable aluminium stools and tables made by Iduna of Portugal.
We love the concept of: no kitchen, the finest tinned seafood delicacies, super healthy, and great graphics with the tin as the hero.
Opening 15 September: Tincan – 7, Upper James Street, Soho, W1F 9DH.
SOURCE : http://www.despoke.com/category/interiors/
In 1966 Ben Swildens in collaboration with Max Ingrand, designed this desk for Peugeot’s relocated headquarters to Avenue de la Grande Armée in Paris. Also assisting with the design were architects Louis, Luc and Thierry Sainsaulieu. Only three desks were produced, by the Croiseau workshop in Paris, and made specifically for Peugeot’s reception assistants.
Today, the names Yuri Suzuki and Kouichi Okamoto have become synonymous as fusion artists who can freely cross the boundary between design and art. While both have worked in product design creating functional objects, each has been involved in music and sound projects and their practices have started leaning towards the pursuit of creative expression in the field of art.
Bridging the gap between the two distinct domains, their work has been displayed in a number of institutions: UK-based SUZUKI has collaborated with pop artist will.i.am on Barbican show Digital Revolution and Tate Britain for the exhibition Juke Box Meets Tate Britain, whilst Japan-based OKAMOTO has exhibited at the V&A London as part of London Design Week 2012 and 2014. via Kyouei Design