Elisa Honkanen: «What the water gave me»

Elisa Honkanen just presented her new chair  during the DMY International Design Festival 2014, in the hangars of the old Tempelhof airport. "This winter was exceptionally wet in the UK," the designer explained. "News were full of images of landscapes after flooding, reminding us once again of our fragility against nature. This made me want to create an object that would humbly present how we somehow always find the strength to continue and look into the future, no matter from how poor conditions we start rebuilding our lives."

Timeless Bauhaus Design at Auctionata

German auction house Auctionata announced an exceptionnal Bauhaus Design sale to be held on June 2nd (both in Berlin and online). With such prominent names as Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, El Lissitzky or Marianne Brandt , this auction features works by all the great designers of the Bauhaus movement, which began in Weimar, 1919. The Bogler & Lindig ceramic tea set (see after the jump), made between 1925 and 1930, is just one of the auction highlights. The set includes the famous “Kombinationskanne”, designed by ceramicist Theodor Bogler and made by his colleague and brother-in-law Otto Lindig, who also designed and made the milk jug and sugar bowl that complete the set. The ensemble is a perfect example of modern, timeless Bauhaus design and is truly unique due to the combination of objects and their very good condition (starting prices from 200€ for the Marianne Brandt's lamp below).

Birgit Severin, Lifetimes & Ashes

From 16th century Vanitas paintings to contemporary design: Berlin-based designer Birgit Severin, currently exhibited at DMY Berlin and at the Bensimon Gallery, Paris, found inspiration into Flemish 16th and 17th centuries still lifes for her "Lifetimes" series. The Design Academy Eindhoven graduate intended her rubber vases to show different stages of the inevitable decay of life and beauty, underlining "vanity" as vacuity - mixing up-to-date production techniques with handcraft. "The process uses 3D printing, rubber rotation casting and freehand modeling to produce a flowing, matte surface overlayed with a sparkling pattern of jewel-like dots", the designer details. (...)

Camilla Richter, And A And Be And Not

Le nom est assez mystérieux, l'objet plein de poésie : le paravent de la designer Camilla Richter était sélectionné pour participer au concours de jeunes talents D3 du salon IMM Cologne. "And A And Be And Not" se compose de panneaux de verre dichroïque (qui révèle deux tons) articulés qui projettent en se mouvant un jeu de couleurs aléatoire. The name is full of mystery, and the object of beauty: Camilla Richter's space divider was among the selected designs showcased at the IMM Cologne D3 Contest. "And A And Be And Not" is made of dichroic glass segments (which reveal two different tones) that cast a diversity of color combinations when moving.

Light au lait, Café au light

Un petit café au lait ? La boisson française que les touristes adorent commander dans les bistrots parisiens avait inspiré aux designers Ingo Maurer et Fabien Dumas cette lampe en 2004. L'histoire continue, et Fabien Dumas (né en Martinique, installé à Berlin) vient d'imaginer deux nouveaux coloris qui collent au propos : noir bien serré ou brun velouté, la "Light au lait" couleur café sera bientôt disponible. Fancy a cup of Café au lait ? The proverbial French drink inspired designers Ingo Maurer and Fabien Dumas to create the first version of this lamp in 2004. The story goes on, and French-born, Berlin-based Fabien Dumas recently imagined two new colors for his "Light au lait":  a 'black traffic' and a deep 'brown fawn' versions will soon be available.

Charlotte & Calvert, Ferdinand Kramer

L'architecte et designer avant-gardiste allemand Ferdinand Kramer (1898-1985) revient sur le devant de la scène avec la réédition de certaines de ses pièces fonctionnalistes par e15. Les tables Calvert et Charlotte sont du nombre. The German Avant-garde architecte and designer Ferdinand Kramer (1898-1985) is in the limelight again: some of his functionalist pieces, such as the Calvert & Charlotte tables, are reissued by e15.

Connaître ses fondamentaux

Créé par un groupe d'architectes et de designers ayant fait leurs armes au sein de grands cabinets (David Chipperfield, Jürgen Mayer H. et Graft), The Fundamental Group doit son nom à la théorie de Poincaré. Une passion commune pour les mathématiques lie les membres du collectif Fundamental, installé à Berlin. Une fascination qui trouve écho dans leurs travaux - qu'il s'agisse d'architecture, de design d'objet ou de design de mobilier. A bunch of architects and designers, who used to work in renown studios such as David Chipperfield's, Jürgen Mayer H. and Graft, gathered to create The Fundamental Group. Named after Poincaré's theory, The Berlin-based Fundamental collective makes mathematically inspired architecture, furniture and objects.

JOH3 building: architecture organique à Berlin

In Berlin, there is a suprise on every street corner. Recently, J. Mayer H. architects completed their "JOH3 building" residential building in Mitte, Berlin’s downtown district. A Berlin, une surprise se dévoile à chaque coin de rue. Le cabinet d'architecture J. Mayer H. vient d'achever un immeuble d'habitation, le "JOH3 building", dans le quartier de Mitte, au centre de Berlin.