Asia meets Scandinavia: designing a “New Layer”

Initiated by the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI), the project started when designers Matti Klenell, Stina Löfgren, Carina Seth Andersson, Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom were invited to Asia in 2012. Two years later, the exhibition titled "A New Layer" will showcase in Stockholm (November 12th to February 8th) the results of this collaboration: contemporary objects made with the ancient technique of lacquer, used in East Asia for over 7000 years. Matti Klenell explains: "The title A New Layer refers to how the lacquer is applied in several layers until the desired surface sheen occurs. Historically, China and Japan have been the prime regions for the development of the lacquer art form. Artisans have not only mastered a single method, but developed a variety of ways in which the coating is used, both as a functional and a decorative material". (…)

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.

Spectaculoos Speculoos! Maison Dandoy x Base design

Le studio Base Design s'est chargé de dépoussiérer, non sans gourmandise, l'identité visuelle de l'une des plus anciennes et célèbres fabriques de biscuits de Belgique : la Maison Dandoy dévoile les nouveaux atours de ses "Spectaculoos Speculoos"... Base Design studio has given one of the oldest and most famous Belgian bakeries a tasty rebranding: meet Maison Dandoy's "Spectaculoos Speculoos" biscuits...

Issey Miyake’s 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo

Feeling back-to-school (or back-to the-office) blue? Likewise. But I'll be the friendly classmate and share this magical memory: lucky enough, while holidaying in Japan I've been invited to discover Issey Miyake's 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT foundation, located in Tokyo's trendy Midtown neighbourhood (and Design Hub). Adding to the dream, this building was designed by Tadao Ando, inspired by a piece of clothing. Feeling better already... Je n'avais pas plus que vous envie de rentrer. Mais, en bonne camarade de classe, je ramène un souvenir du Japon pour attaquer l'année : à Tokyo, j'ai eu la chance d'être invitée à découvrir le fameux 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT fondé par Issey Miyake. Situé dans le quartier de Midtown, réputé pour son Design Hub, ce centre de recherche et d'exposition sur le design a été conçu par Tadao Ando, qui s'est inspiré d'un vêtement pour définir les lignes de son oeuvre. Voilà qui devrait vous alléger l'humeur...

Hiroyuki Murase, Suzusan Luminaires: Modern Design & Japanese Tradition

Ancient art turned into modern design: Japanese born designer Hiroyuki Murase (Düsseldorf, Germany) has put under a new light the traditional handcrafted material that his family have been weaving for over a century. Un art ancestral appliqué au design contemporain: le designer d'origine japonais Hiroyuki Murase (Düsseldorf, Allemagne) met dans la lumière le tissu traditionnel confectionné à la main par sa famille depuis plus d'un siècle.

Julien Bergignat, Muselette: champagne & sleek design

"Muselette" est une lampe "aux idées pétillantes", déclare le lauréat du James Dyson design award 2011, Julien Bergignat. Avant d'ajouter le genre de phrase qui affolerait n'importe quel féru de design : "Te souviens-tu de cette conversation que nous avons eue, [au sujet des marques de champagne qui semblent ne faire appel au savoir-faire de designers pour créer des packagings d'éditions limitées] ? En y repensant plus tard, j'ai imaginé ceci. » "Muselette" is a lamp that "sparkles with ideas », declares the James Dyson design award 2011 national laureate Julien Bergignat. Then he adds the kind of sentence any design geek dreams of hearing: « Do you remember that conversation we had [about champagne brands hiring famous designers whose knowledge seems strictly restricted to creating some limited edition packaging]? Well, thinking about it afterwards, I came up with this.

Samuel Wilkinson: Hoof tables, &Tradition

Danish design brand &Tradition presented Samuel Wilkinson's Hoof tables today at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. La marque danoise de design &Tradition présentait aujourd'hui les tables Hoof de Samuel Wilkinson à la Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

Christien Meindertsma nominée aux Designs Of The Year 2012

Design, tradition, reinterpretation: Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma has been nominated for the Designs of the Year Furniture Award 2012 (Design Museum London) with her "Oak Inside" collection for Thomas Eyck. Design, tradition, réinterpretation: la designer néerlandaise Christien Meindertsma est nominée pour les Designs of the Year Awards 2012 (Design Museum London) dans la catégorie mobilier avec sa collection "Oak Inside", éditée chez Thomas Eyck.