Sunny side up…

Back-to-work blues? Our « mystery object of the day » should bring a smile to your face – courtesy I Chao Wang, a Taiwan-born and NY-based industrial designer and illustrator (who possesses a certain sense of surreal humor, or a good deal of innocence, or a drinking problem – and perhaps all of the above).

Really, no idea? Alright, answer to be found after the jump.

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Studio Juju: OCBC Premier bank & Bend sofa

Studio Juju were engaged by OCBC Bank to design the flagship Premier Bank, in Orchardgateway mall, Singapore. Imagined as « an immersive art gallery experience », the Premier Bank was conceived « as an artwork, like a blank canvas that coax the beauty of colors and timeless character of its materials – the untainted marble floors and walls, dark leathered granite walls, accents of brass and gold, colorful textiles and subtle wood hues. »

The lounge room showcases the high-backed Bend sofa, designed in collaboration with Singaporean furniture producer Foundry. Mirrored halves give symmetry to the Bend sofa, mounted on a tubular leg frame. Love at the first sight? Good news! The Bend sofa bu Studio Juju is suitable for both contract and domestic use.

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These were the Days…

Thanks to their daughter, Paula, Robin & Lucienne Day (star designer couple whose input to the British Modern design is equivalent to what Charles & Ray Eames brought to the US) are in the limelight again. London-based design store twentytwentyone is hosting a selling exhibition of almost a hundred pieces of furniture and objects from Robin and Lucienne Day’s home. The designers, who spent 70 years living together (until Lucienne’s death in 2010, followed a few months later by Robin Day’s), collected or made each of those pieces, gathered and exhibited for the first time.

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Float & enjoy your holidays!

Relax, nobody’s asking you to dive into ice-cold water.

Designed in Iceland by Unnur Valdís, Float is a « water therapy product ». Water is believed to relieve stress and improve well-being. The « Float » cap & support bands, made of Neoprene-Lycra-Polyethylene foam, were designed to help relieve muscle tension, blood pressure and heart rate while you’re « sinking into a deeply relaxed state ». Even better, it might also « alleviate the effects of insomnia, depression and anxiety »: the designer, Unnur Valdís, promises you a renewed sense of clarity.

Not that you really need a lot of clarity when on vacation… Better keep the experience for rainy office days. Meanwhile… dive in and enjoy your holidays!

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Booze, bread and a food truck: Grey Goose Boulangerie François

Meals on wheels became highly desirable recently, especially thanks to beautifully designed food trucks selling luxury hamburgers or pastries on the streets (« Choux d’enfer », a yummy joint-venture imagined by celebrity Chef Alain Ducasse and pastry Chef Christophe Michalak). In Edinburgh (Scotland), vodka purveyor Grey Goose and Boulangerie François are driving up and down the streets with their pop-up cocktail bar, created by interior designer Shayne Brady. Mixologist Oli Blackburn takes care of the drinks, while the Boulangerie François features an array of artisan breads, crafted from the same ingredients as Grey Goose vodka: wheat!

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Yves Behar’s Fuseproject to become Chinese

As reported in the Financial Times, San Francisco-based designer Yves Béhar has secured a £27-million deal with Bluefocus; the Chinese company acquires a 75% stake in Fuseproject, launched by Béhar in 1999. Recent projects include, among others, a range of office furniture for Herman Miller, visual identities for Nivea and PayPal, the One Laptop Per Child project (Design of the Year by the Design Museum in 2008). Read more on Design Week.

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The Bill Murray Affair in San Francisco

From PSFK: San Francisco gallery-goers will be able to spice up their regular routine on August 8th. Expected to contain over 100 works of art, this show will pay homage to the seemingly countless roles and angles of one man: Bill Murray. The Murray Affair is hosted by San Francisco event space and gallery Public Works, and is conceived by curator, musician, and promoter Ezra Croft. In a time when many art lovers are feeling pop-culturally inundated by snarky memes and TV references, the show seeks to bring about a thoughtful — but also fun — gathering of the actor’s admirers.

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Tradition with a twist: Rouge Absolu

For lovers of handcrafted pieces and Art Deco-inspired contemporary furniture. French interior designer Geraldine Prieur (Rouge Absolu design studio) presents her first wallpaper, fabrics and furniture collection. Mixing bamboo and precious woods, vivid colours and a retro twist, lamps, chairs, sofas and tables have been traditionally hand-crafted by the Manufacture Henryot et Cie (since 1867) awarded the prestigious ‘Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant’ label. Each piece is stamped and numbered.

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