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.

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.

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.

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.

New life, new hair: Margaux Keller fait du neuf avec Lancien

Marseille-based designer Margaux Keller likes to find inspiration in local lore & traditions (do you remember Les Pescadous, now produced by Roche Bobois?). For Pascal Lancien's hair salon, "Le coiffeur", Keller designed a one-sided wooden hut where customers are given shampoos, inspired by the old little cabins of local fishermen. A fresh take on the usually cluttered and stuffy hairdressing salon, complete with a retro-modern vibe and distinct, functional spaces. La designer marseillaise Margaux Keller aime s'inspirer de traditions et anecdotes locales (en témoignait déjà son projet Les Pescadous, série de vases éditée par Roche Bobois). Pour le nouveau salon de coiffure de Pascal Lancien (on ne résiste pas à la juxtaposition...), Keller a dessiné une cabine à shampoing comme un abri de bois ouvert en façade - version moderne de la cabane de pêcheur typique de la région. Une relecture rafraîchissante et contemporaine du salon de coiffure traditionnellement encombré et étouffant, l'utilisation de couleurs guidant la partition des espaces - fonctionnels, distincts.

Emmanuelle Moureaux: 100 colors, Shinjuku Creators Festa

Yet another colorful project from the French architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux who settled down in Tokyo in 1996. For the Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013, the architect selected 100 colors from the Japanese paper manufacturer Takeo. 840 pieces of paper were hung from the ceiling creating a floating volume of color. "When I first arrived in Tokyo, I was fully fascinated by the colors overflowing on the street", the architect reminisces. "In that very moment, my mind decided to move to Japan. Overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables, and flashes of blue sky framed by various volumes of buildings, created three dimensional 'layers' in the city. The flood of various colors pervaded the street built up a complex depth and intensity in the space. These indelible experiences of colors and layers in Tokyo were the inspiration and essence of my design concept of 'shikiri', which means dividing (creating) space with colors."