Blending digital & artisanal techniques: Julio

 French designer Luce Couillet focused on product-design studies at ESAD in Reims, before experimenting with textile creation at ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris.Her « Julio » mobiles are hand-woven, crafted using both digital (laser-cutting) and artisanal techniques. Each ellipse is assembled piece by piece and woven on a loom in a rising-descending manner, in order to create a hypnotic, optical game of shadows. The mobile seems to vibrate, displaying shadow games as the mobiles crisscross each other. Made of wood or of paper, the Julio mobile was originally designed by Luce Couillet for and presented at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, on the occasion of the « Conversations » exhibition. All mobiles are custom-made and limited to eight pieces. (…)

Nina Toltstrup: It’s a wardrobe, it’s a divider

London-based Nina Tolstrup's design company Studiomama has created a pastel-hued wardrobe. The "Metamorphic" piece of furniture is made of solid maple wood, cedar wood -a natural repellent for insects- and canvas, equipped with unfolding doors, doubling up as a partition for large rooms. Inspiration came when the designer was looking for ways to reorganize their living/working space. "Instead of building walls and dividing the space up permanently, we found that this solution with a flexible and non-permanent screen to divide the space into two when needed gave us the opportunity to use our space in an optimal way," explained studio co-founder Jack Mama.

Architectural strategies, from Paris to Singapore

Held at the Palais Chaillot, Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, in Paris, 1000 Singapores: Eight Points of the Compact City draws parallels between Singapore and the French capital, with regards to urban planning strategies, human capital investments and infrastructure improvements. (…)

Fredrik Paulsen plays Mikado -and it’s a serious affair

Swedish-Serbian designer Fredrik Paulsen recently presented his last series of furniture, titled "Mikado", at the Torri gallery in Paris. Paulsen has deconstructed the function of a chair, reducing its form to a series of horizontal and vertical plane lines rising from the ground. 

The stained pine-wood armchairs, chairs and bench sometimes echoes famous ancestors, such as the Thonet armchair,  their rigid lines revealing of Paulsen's fondness for contemporary architecture. 

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Playing house in Eindhoven

Time to play house! During the Dutch Design Week (Oct.18-26), the Dutch Supermodels Doll houses (hotel rooms, offices and exhibition galleries designed to scale) will be displayed at the Klokgebouw. Among the playful creators are designers & architects Makkink & Bey, Ineke Hans, Scholten & Baijings, Frederik Roije, Van Eijk & Van Lubbe, textile designer Claudy Jongstra, wayfinding specialist Mijksenaar, exhibition designers Kossmann.dejong, artist Krijn de Koning, furniture manufacturer DUM.

The fabric NY apartment: Do Ho Suh at Contemporary Austin

Do Ho Suh’s former New York apartment at 348 West 22nd Street has moved to Austin, Texas. The abstract Korean artist designed the structure & layout out of sheer polyester threads and stainless steel tubing. Exhibited at the Contemporary Austin museum, visitors can walk through the apartment, complete with replicas of a stove, a radiator, a toilet and a shower designed and recreated after Do Ho Suh's New York apartment.