Design inspired by Nature: Flora & Fauna

Hong Kong based publisher Viction:ary have released yet another gorgeous design book: Flora & Fauna, Design inspired by Nature. The focus certainly rings a bell with the current, fascinating "Fashioned From Nature" exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum in London (sponsored by the European Confederation of Linen). Over 256 pages, the book explores various projects that took nature as a focus point - or main inspiration. "Besides providing the setting for ideation and imagination, (Nature) is a canvas full of complex shapes and lines interwoven with each other, countless varieties of colour palettes, as well as diverse tones and textures that set distinct moods and atmospheres. Flora & Fauna, Design inspired by Nature explores the ways with which these timeless elements have been re-interpreted and incorporated into modern branding and design work. Spanning a wide range of project types such as logos, icons, packaging and print ads, it showcases a world of creativity as diverse as nature itself."    

The powerful work of Christien Meinderstma on display @Vitra Design Museum

We know her works with and for Japanese label ARITA or have seen her many experiences with flax or linen, including the brilliant Label/breed Flax chair (picture above). The Vitra Design Museum team were right to dedicate their next exhibition to the works of Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma: "Beyond the Surface", the designer's first solo presentation outside her native country, will focus on her seeing the creation of a product as only one element of the design process. In her unique approach, she explores the mechanisms of modern industrial production, undertaking expeditions to factories and conducting meticulous detective work at waste disposal sites and workshops - while bringing her unquenchable thirst for knowledge to interviews with the protagonists of these adventures. The exhibition focuses on Christien Meindertsma's work with the materials of wool, flax, incinerator bottom ash and recycled wool. On display are projects such as the One Sheep Sweater (2010) - for which she produced garments from the coats of individual sheep - or the Flax Chair (Label/Breed, 2015), an innovative, sustainable piece of furniture made from a now rarely used material, which earned her the New Material Award and the Dutch Design Award in 2016. The exhibition (18 August 2018 until 20 January 2019) at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery will not merely concentrate on finished products, but material samples, prototypes and photographs. A particular focus lies on the production processes behind the completed object, which Meindertsma captures by means of films and publications - a method she refers to as "documentary design". This renders visible how deeply the designer dives into her subject matter, often exploring a topic for long periods of time and positioning one completed project as a launch pad for the next.

Az&Mut, new collection

Az&Mut (marque créée par les designers Rafaële David et Géraldine Hetzel) décline depuis 2006 les matières naturelles avec brio et gaieté. Le studio présente ses nouvelles créations à l'occasion du salon Maison&Objet (jusqu'au 22 janvier), dont le tapis 100% lin tuffté "Moss Moss", la table en bouleau "Trappeur" et des objets d'arts de la table en marbre bleu de Savoie. (images ci-après) Az&Mut (Rafaële David and Géraldine Hetzel founded the design studio in 2006) turns natural fibers and raw materials into well-thought and attractive objects. The designers will introduce their new collection at Maison&Objet (until Jan. 22), including the 100% linen "Moss Moss" carpet, the "Trappeur" birch dining table and benches, or a series of table items made of a beautiful blue marble from Savoie. (pictures after the jump)

Lin & Lifestyle : Radical Linen à Maison & Objet

Après une spectaculaire mise en lumière au cours de la Paris Design Week (grâce aux créations des designers Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance et Jean-Marie Massaud pour l'éditeur SaintLuc), le lin caracole en vedette à Maison & Objet. One of the Paris Design Week's biggest sensation (thanks to designers Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and Jean-Marie Massaud's creations for SaintLuc), linen gets another starring role at Maison & Objet.