Nikari, Stockholm stool: Studies for Nature

The last step of Nikari’s project « 5 studies for nature » in collaboration with design universities comes from Stockholm, Sweden. After traveling around the world – from Helsinki to Guangdong, China; Toronto, Canada and Milan, Italy, Nikari (Finland) headed back to north. The Swedish part of the project was organised as a competition by the university Konstfack.

The Stockholm study is a stool, designed by the second year industrial design student Jari Devad. In his proposal, Jari has embraced the expression of traditional Swedish wood carving, mastered by Axel Robert Petersson. By using 3D modeling as a technique for exploring forms that look like they were made by hand, he bridges the gap between physical and virtual media. The stool is made of dark walnut, which emphasizes the shapes and shadows of the stool surface.

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It’s a bike, it’s a scarf! When designers play with words…

Do you know the meaning of « vélo »? In French, it means « bike », in Italian it’s a scarf. Playful ladies Marie de Cossette and Francesca Montà decided that the coincidence was funny and asked designers to imagine… bike-inspired scarves, of course. Wheels, World Championships colors, Tour de France heroes…  28 designers let their imagination pedal wild. Back from an exhibition around Europe, you can now visit the online webshop  and grab a piece by A+A Coren, Design Marketo, Antoine Lesur, Ju Hee Park, Joachim Jirou-Najou…

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Studio Johan Dierickx, the vintage design sale

Design lovers should consider spending a weekend in Brussels. Design gallery and Studio Johan Dierickx (Dia Design, vintage & 20th Century design) are holding a full stock sale before moving out of their rue Watteuu showroom. Gio Ponti, Charles & Ray Eames or Gino Sarfatti, Archizoom Associati, Enzo Mari, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Ico & Luisa Parisi, Poul Kjaerholm… You should also consider renting a moving truck.

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Inga Sempé for Hay

French designer Inga Sempé’s Pinorama board is now available at Hay (Denmark). Pinorama was designed as a board « for all the little things you want to keep handy or aren’t sure where to put, a flexible wall module that helps you organize your everyday life, providing a functional, charming and versatile storage solution », the designer says. The perforated metal has a cork back to pin up papers and pictures. The system also features optional shelves, cylinders or mirrors that can be attached to the metal grid.

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Contemporary Photo, Philips Paris & London

Displayed in Paris from Nov. 12 to 15 (during the Paris Photo fair), Philips London will hold a photographs auction sale in London on November 18th. From icons (Peter Beard, Irving Penn) to lesser known jewels (see Cooper & Gorfer’s The Trinket Dress, 2014, pictured above)… If you can’t  afford any of these, indulge in pure eye candy and download the catalogue here.

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Tessa Koot, House of Destructo

Eindhoven-based designer Tessa Koot presented her new collection, « House of Destructo », during the Ducth Design Week. Koot says she broke down « the walls of her own conventions and introversion as a maker » in order to achieve this series. Pieces of furniture and « objets d’art », as the designer puts it, are the result of a first-time & big scale collaboration with fellow makers and creatives. Koot incorporates materials such as marble, steel, and brass into her work.

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Asia meets Scandinavia: designing a « New Layer »

Initiated by the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI), the project started when designers Matti Klenell, Stina Löfgren, Carina Seth Andersson, Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom were invited to Asia in 2012. Two years later, the exhibition titled « A New Layer » will showcase in Stockholm (November 12th to February 8th) the results of this collaboration: contemporary objects made with the ancient technique of lacquer, used in East Asia for over 7000 years.

Matti Klenell explains:  »The title A New Layer refers to how the lacquer is applied in several layers until the desired surface sheen occurs. Historically, China and Japan have been the prime regions for the development of the lacquer art form. Artisans have not only mastered a single method, but developed a variety of ways in which the coating is used, both as a functional and a decorative material ». (…)

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Better than the MerLion: Studio Magee’s Lilianna Manahan is the « MerChicken »

Made me laugh… Studio Magee’s Lilianna Manahan introduced her « MerChicken », half-mermaid and half-chicken creature, during the Design & Lifestyle FAME fair in Manila.

Manahan (who exhibited her designs in Singapore at M&O Asia in March, alongside her mentor and Designer of the Year Kenneth Cobonpue) studied design at the Central St Martins School in London, and at the University of the Philippines. She launched Studio Magee in 2011.

Merchicken  \ˈmer-chi-kən (noun)

1.  :  the vanguard of Studio Magee’s army. He charges forward to lead the troops into victory

2.  :  the first of Studio Magee’s animal creations, the iconic Merchicken has been produced in several materials and colors

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