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. (…)

Did you know about Isamu Noguchi’s hidden passion?

Did you know that, for over three decades, Martha Graham danced on and around abstract sculptures designed by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)? Yes, the father of the Freeform Sofa and the most famous coffee-table in the history of modern design, also a world-renowned sculptor, and the Grande dame of Modern dance had a perfect connection. A purely professional one, that is… Their first collaboration was for her 1935 “Frontier,” where western landscape had been suggested by a simple fence and two stretched lengths of rope designed by Isamu Noguchi. (…)

The delicate art of Asya Kozina’s paper wigs

Ukrainian graphic designer and artist Asya Kozina created these uncanny and mesmerizing paper wigs. For her own pleasure or for brands, Asya picks up traditional patterns and motifs, costumes and fashion aesthetics from various historical time periods to turn them into contemporary paper designs: "Historical wigs always fascinated me, especially the Baroque era. This is art for art's sake aesthetics for aesthetics, no practical sense. But they are beautiful. I made a series of wigs. Paper helps to highlight in this case the main form and not be obsessed by unnecessary details." (…)

Watch, try, enjoy -and listen! Miguel Chevalier creates an “interactive light carpet” for the Night Fest

Exciting news for the Night Fest 2015 : the internationally acclaimed Miguel Chevalier, one of the most significant digital artists on the contemporary scene, has teamed up with Carolyn Kay (Carrie K.) and Depression to craft a giant light carpet inside the National Design Centre. (…)

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.

Bente Skjøttgaard

Are these flowers, clouds - or both? Ceramic designer Bente Skjøttgaard's works escape definition and defy gravity. The Danish artist recently entered the permanent collections of such renowned museums as the Victoria & Albert (London) and the Manufacture Royale de Sèvres, Cité de la Céramique. Skjøttgaard considers her pieces as "amorphous abstractions of nature", adding: "The fantastic thing about clay is that what is nature's own material can constantly be transformed into something new and relevant" (Galerie Maria Lund, Paris).