Friday, 31 December 2010
Gourmet food has traditionally been presented in decadent or excessive packaging in order to convey its quality. However such extravagance is not always necessary, and we've highlighted minimalist style graphics and packaging that serve as a counter point to the decadence that many associate with luxury.
Inhouse design studio describes this method as "letting the packaging 'speak' to the customer". They used this technique on a series of containers for London roastery, bar and restaurant Caravan, which placed emphasis on type by using words from the Romany language.
For HBL subscribers, see the full report here.
Labels: Paper and Packaging
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
Earlier this month WGSN-homebuildlife spotted the work of glass and ceramics student Maham Anjum at the Royal College of Art's work in progress show in London. Maham's work aims to investigate and understand the present attitudes towards the artisan craft potteries in the Indian subcontinent, some of which are in decline. By developing existing ceramic processes, improving the materials and decorating processes, Maham’s work aims to sensitively redesign the products to create new market opportunities. Maham has researched traditional craft techniques in Ethiopia and Southeast Asia, as well as Sri Lanka where she has produced the Rukmale range of serveware for the Jamie Oliver Collection. The collection, shown above, is made by a group of women potters, providing them with the opportunity to evolve their ancient potting skills while helping sustain the local community.
Subscribers can see WGSN-homebuildlife's full report on the RCA Student Work in Progress Show online here.
Labels: Student and Graduate
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
The office and showroom of Japanese stationery company Haguruma Envelope Co Ltd is featured this month on WGSN-homebuildlife's report on inspirational office interiors. Haguruma are specialist manufacturers of premium stationery made from materials such as cotton paper, washi paper and rice paper. The interior designers, Design Room 702, worked with the concept of creating a 'paper museum' to reflect the company's strong product value. In the entrance lobby, shown above, a striking focus wall is clad from floor to ceiling with envelopes in a selection of the company’s original colour palette.
WGSN-homebuidlife subscribers can see the full report here.
Labels: Public Spaces
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
|The Beaufort Bar at the Savoy, London|
For the first in a series of reports focussing on interiors analysis for the contract sector, WGSN-homebuildlife visited The Savoy, recently reopened following a three-year refurbishment project which cost over £100 million. Interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon was charged with revitalising the classic London hotel, built in 1889; an undertaking described as "the most ambitious hotel restoration in British history". Subscribers can see the full report here.
Monday, 20 December 2010
Berlin's world-famous Christmas markets provide inspiration for WGSN-homebuildlife subscribers this week. Amongst the traditional German themes on offer, including handcrafted wooden toys and delicate metal trinkets, an array of colourful bird decorations also feature: from bright yellow chaffinches and glittered robins to distinctly untraditional hot pink flamingoes. Click here to read the full report.
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Front have designed a clock for Italian brand Porro on which the hours are cast by shadows. Each of the twelve numbers is fixed perpendicularly to the face, and can be read straight-on if lit from the right.
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
This year, Design Miami relocated and set up the tents on the parking lot opposite the Convention Center which houses the main Art Basel show. The show, which used to be in the Design District, was smaller than usual with only 15 exhibitors.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Apartamento, have teamed up with Italian design brand Iittala to launch Historien om en mugg (The story of a mug), a book by Byggstudio which charts the history of the everyday domestic mug.
Monday, 13 December 2010
London stationers Present and Correct have opened a Christmas pop up shop in Clerkenwell, London that is styled to look like a vintage classroom. Since 2003, Present and Correct have sold a carefully curated collection of notebooks, pens, calendars and general office accoutrements through their online shop. Their keen eye for detail and their meticulous presentation skills have earnt them an army of stationery-obsessed fans. The pop up shop will sell a special selection of their products and is open until 21st December. Monday - Saturday 12-6.30pm, and open until 9pm on Thursdays: Present and Correct Pop Up, 5 Back Hill, London EC1R
Friday, 10 December 2010
|Photo by Daniele Fragale|
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Pantone has announced that Honeysuckle will be its Colour of the Year for 2011. Following on from 2010's titleholder Turquoise, Honeysuckle's vibrant reddish pink tone is intended to energise, invigorate and prepare us for everyday trials.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Garden Furniture by Kevin Hunt
Monday, 6 December 2010
|Christmas decorations in the 1870 room|
WGSN-homebuildlife this week paid a visit to the annual Christmas exhibition at London's Geffrye Museum, which tracks Britain's changing interior tastes from the 17th century to the 1990s via a succession of room sets, each one fitted out in the seasonal decor of its time.
Friday, 3 December 2010
|The Waterhouse at South Bund by NHDRO. Photo by Pedro Pegenaute|
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
In August earlier this year, Norwegian designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen won the Time to Design Award award with her project, Developing Time – Time Developing, which is both a clock and a knitting machine. Siren is currently exhibiting a whole family of knitting clocks at the Normann Copenhagen store in Denmark. The clocks have been created at the Danish Art Workshops and will be on show for two weeks. See more images below the jump.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
|Saucepan, estimated to sell for 1500-2000 euros|
Metropolitan Gallery Inc. Tokyo in a range of bright colours, just in time for Watanabe's 100th birthday next year. Each piece is made solely of folded cardboard and the set can be neatly packed away when not in use.
Friday, 26 November 2010
Artek have opened their first Stockholm branch. Located in the Southern region of the city, the store has been designed by Harri Koskinen, a well-known Finnish designer, and will carry a range of concession lines alongside its in-house collections - including its own 2nd Cycle range of vintage Artek products.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
|Lacquered Mugs by Max Lamb and Akira Sugimura. Photo by Daniel Katz|
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has curated an exhibition for the 2010 Saint-Étienne Biennale which attempts to deconstruct the idea of comfort, celebrating common items which have enhanced our lives.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
New retail space The Temporium will launch in Brompton Design District, London, on 9th December. The pop-up shop will host a range of homewares and accessories by established and emerging design brands, including Faye Toogood's customised binocular cases, above.
Monday, 22 November 2010
Online design magazine Dezeen today published a report on the subject of food design, covering aspects including the use of food as material by the new generation of product designers.
WGSN-homebuildlife subscribers can also read materials expert Chris Lefteri's recent report on the subject here.
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Crown Paints announced their colour influences for 2011. The palettes are decided by a diverse team of industry experts, invited by Crown to identify the key colour influences for the coming year. Amongst the nine panel members were head of fashion and textiles at the RCA Wendy Dagworthy, furniture designer Tom Price and architect Miles Falkingham. The team identified seven key influences, which will inform the development of the Crown Paints portfolio. See below for details.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Muuto have announced the winner of this year's Muuto Talent Award: an adjustable floor lamp called Pull, created by Konstfack-based design trio Whatswhat Collective.
Monday, 15 November 2010
High-end Italian flooring brand Parchettificio Toscano has launched a new line of parquet flooring which is custom-made according to the customer's preference.
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Juliette Warmenhoven is a recent graduate from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem who exhibited her 'Everyday Growing project' last month at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Her project consists of a series of handmade, lo-tech botanical experiments that study the growth and beauty of plant life.
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Dieter Volkers caught WGSN's eye at Dutch Design Week this year. Recently graduated from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, Dieter presented his work at the exhibition Instruments, Tools and Objects along with fellow students Juliette Warmenhoven and Klaas Kuiken. He describes his designs as "Functional objects, powerful in their aesthetics".
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Sebastian Bergne is the latest in a long line of prestigious designers to collaborate with architectural hardware manufacturer izé. Today, Bergne and izé will launch the Iota handle to coincide with the launch of izé’s new website. The design features an integrated handle and stem lending it a lightweight apparance. izé’s recent collaborations include Studio Toogood, who worked with the manufacturer earlier this year to produce a series of handles cast from a collection of found objects called Sticks, Stones and Broken Bones.
Monday, 8 November 2010
While out and about in Tokyo, WGSN-homebuildlife's Liza Mackenzie spotted 'Hikari no Tokei', a new clock installation located at the entrance of the Seibu department store in Ikebukuro. Designed by tha ltd., the installation occupies all four sides of a giant pillar, with LED surfaces displaying a constant stream of the time. tha ltd. is a Tokyo based design studio who focus on website design and software development, as well as experimentations in motion-based projects and interior installations. tha ltd. were the brains behind the internationally renowned image bookmarking website FFFFOUND!, now a popular web service for designers and artists from all over the world. See their website for more inspiring digital design work.
Friday, 5 November 2010
Plug! series by Tomas Kral
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Danish textiles brand Kvadrat have released an innovative film tribute made for them by British photographer Matthew Donaldson, which has been shown exclusively on the fashion, art and culture blog Nowness. Entitled 'Throwing Shapes With Kvadrat', the film successfully breaks away from traditional textile advertising, where fabrics are shown on rolls or on furniture in situ. Instead the film shows a slow motion, aerial ballet of upholstered shapes dancing across the screen. The film is an extension of a still campaign that Donaldson created in collaboration with designers Graphic Thought Facility for the company earlier this year. This initial cut is to be followed by an alternate version, which will be screened in the Kvadrat showrooms. To read about the making of the film at Pinewood studios in the UK visit eye magazine.
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Maurice Meewisse presented Zaagkoffer; a shell-like case for a chainsaw made out of woodchips. To make the case, Maurice used the woodchips that he created when using the saw. He dried them and mixed them with a homemade, biodegradable adhesive based on gelantine and glycerin. This mix of woodchips and adhesive results in a lightweight, waterproof particle board with greater durability and flexibility. It can be made into sheet material as well as a clay-like moulding material, both fully recyclable and biodegradable. The design was nominated for the Doen Materiaalprijs and was showcased along with the winners and other nominated designs last week at the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven.
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Monday, 1 November 2010
|Plastic fork carpet at Dutch Design Week 2010|
We Make Carpets is a project that was started by designers Stijn van der Vleuten, Marcia Nolte and visual artist Bob Waardenburg at Dutch Design Week 2009, when they made their first carpet installation . A year on, and the collective have been building a portfolio of visually stunning carpet designs made from a variety of weird and wonderful materials that range from pasta, to coffee, to different types of medical tape. Last week, WGSN went to see their new designs on show at Dutch Design Week. See below the jump for more images or visit thier website for more information.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Fair & Square, which advocates pared-down design and an honest use of materials, the collection includes five varieties of crate-based product - BathCrate, VanityCrate, BedCrate, VacuumCleanerCrate and ClockCrate - and will be on show at Spring Projects, London, from next week.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
The Paris Motor Show, where she commented on the wide selection of electric cars on show. However, while electric cars are going mainstream, two avant-garde economy carmakers, Mini and Smart, also exhibited new electric scooter concepts. The Mini Scooter E, shown above,was described as ' A new electric vision of the future'.
Monday, 25 October 2010
Frieze Art Fair in London this month, British manufacturers Established and Sons presented ‘Origin Part 1: Join’; a series of Japanese Hinoki screens designed by Eindhoven based designers BCXSY. The three elegant screens in the Join series are available in a limited edition of 8 pieces. Each screen is made by a skilled craftsman named Mr Tanaka, a master of Japanese Tategu wood joinery. The screens are made from Hinoki Japanese Cypress, which is the most luxurious type of wood used in the craft of Tategu.
You can also read our interview with Boaz Cohen, one half of BCXSY, here.
You can also read our interview with Boaz Cohen, one half of BCXSY, here.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
|Lollipop lamp by Jonas Wagnell for Normann Copenhagen|
Earlier this month we featured a designer profile of Jonas Wagell's design studio Hello Industry. The up and coming Swedish designer has also been busy working on a number of collaborations with other manufacturers and has several product launches in the pipeline. Here is a sneak preview of his Lollipop lamp for Normann Copenhagen and the childishly robust Pomperipossa tea set he is working on for Muuto, both will launch in Spring 2011. Those passing through Stockholm may also want to pay a visit to the new David Design store, designed by Wagnell and scheduled to open this Autumn.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Photo by antjeverena
German artist Tobias Rehberger has renovated a vacant house on the island of Teshima in Japan to create a restaurant which was opened at the Setouchi Art Festival. In contrast to it's humble facade, the restaurant's interior features striking walls, floors and tables covered in camoflauge patterns from World War I battleships. The restaurant is called Called “Was du liebst, bring ich auch zum weinen" (What You Love also Makes You Cry).
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Last week WGSN paid a visit to the fourth annual Super Design exhibition, which brings together contemporary 'design-art' from leading international galleries. The exhibition, set in the basement of Victoria House, took place during the Frieze Art Fair in London and included unique and limited edition pieces from the Apartment, D&A-Lab, Mitterrand-Cramer, Tom Dixon, Gallerie Van Der Straeten, Quadridge, and Vessel Gallery. WGSN's stand out favourite was the beautifully crafted Urban picnic collection by Gareth Neal for Vauxhall Collective. The pieces feature intricate marquetry veneers that demonstrate a modern take on a traditional craft.
Friday, 15 October 2010
|Xujing, Art Labor Gallery, Shanghai, China|
On a recent trip to China, WGSN's editor of Macro Trends Cher Potter came across the work of German artist Roland Geissel at the Art Labor Gallery in Shanghai. Geissel has been creating and documenting site specific Spatial Drawings since 2000. These room paintings are projections of the interior space of an earlier series of work; a colleciton of solid objects collectivley called The Melusines.
Thursday, 14 October 2010
During London Design Week, WGSN were happy to discover designer Catherine Hammerton's multi-textured wallpapers and accessories at the pop up design store Curiosity in Clerkenwell. Her wallpapers and home accessories feature digitally printed collages of pressed flowers, hand drawn illustrations, vintage typography and everyday odds and ends. Everything she makes is 100% designed and made in the UK and available through her website. More images after the jump.
|Odd bowl/vase/pendant lights by Jonas Wagell|
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Working with recycled plastics and heat-welding techniques, designer Jane Bowler has created a collection that fuses the iconic British mackintosh with traditional Japanese straw raincoats for a modern primitive aesthetic, as highlighted in WGSN's spring/summer 2012 macro trends.
Her Fusion project explores an inventive manipulation of plastics - from shower curtains to recycled rubber flooring - that uses stitchless techniques of heat-forming and ultrasonic welding to create exciting new surfaces and textures.
View the full report here.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
|Flake textile by Woodnotes|
Monday, 11 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
Homebuildlife has taken a look at the newest and best in outdoor furniture. Trends in sun loungers range from cocoon to rockers to mixed use, and though it's getting chilly in New York and London, HBL trends analyst Heloisa Righetto will be the first to remind us that it will soon be summer in Brazil!
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
Korean designer Chae Young Kim exhibited her collection of digital textile designs at 100% Futures in London last month. Generated using very fine 2D vector lines combined with hand drawings, the grayscale prints create the illusion of soft and tactile knits on hard surfaces and fabrics.