Design Blogs


Etirement designed by Rémi Bouhaniche is a lamp that is dimmed (and turned on/off) by distorting its surface. It features a translucent membrane stretched over a steel frame which, when stretched by pulling a rod, alters the intensity of the light.

I have shaped it on the lines of a human body composed by a skin fabric tensed over a skeleton a metal structure. To obtain the visual and tactile effect I installed a mechanism hidden inside the black part.
This object has been created in the frame of my diploma called "The Mechanical of the Surfaces" passed at the Art and Design school of Saint Etienne, 2009. I Questioned the role of the surface into the process of making and creating shapes, gestures and images. In this way, I studied and experimented simple materials such as wood , cane, textile, metal rods and pipes…

ASASP design by Yeonju Yang & Claudio Ripol is a free-standing cloth hanger with minimized structure.

The transparent Chanel Perspex briefcase comes with slots to hold a purse, lipstick, sunglasses, iPod and other ladies’ stuff. We are not assuming it to be just a catwalk prop, so we might see the thing for real.

Swiss designer Michel Bussien’s Growing Chair evokes pertinent ideas for the 21st century: nature trapped within the confines of man, manicured at his whim, or a specimen preserved behind glass – like fossils in a museum.
The chair represents a reconvergence of man and nature. Bussien calls for a movement forward, in which we use the complexity of nature in our creations, allowing us to reconnect with that from which we evolved.

No rain wanted! I love it.
Fuck The Rain is designed by Anton Schnaider from Art. Lebedev Studio.

The Culla Sinuè designed by Daniela Avaltroni is a sleek crib in the form of a womb-like shell.

The HowTie from Fred&Friends is a tie that features instructions on how to tie a tie. Personally, I’ve never tied a tie before, it’s my girlfriend’s duty. If you don’t have a girlfriend, then you should get a blogging job because we don’t wear ties. Or shirts for that matter. Sometimes, we don’t even wear pants. But don’t tell anyone, ok?

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New Acropolis Museum__Athens

Located only 300 meters southeast of the Parthenon, with an exhibition space of 14,000 square meters and a cost of €130 million, the New Acropolis Museum houses some of the most famous works of classical antiquity. It aims at providing the visitors with a comprehensive picture of the human presence on the Acropolis, from the pre-historic times through late Antiquity, with the advantage of being built on the slope of the Acropolis itself.

The New Acropolis Museum is by architect Bernard Tschumi in collaboration with Michalis Photiadis & Associate Architects, Athens, Greece.


Paper Architecture is the art of creating an object out of a single piece of paper. Before the final design is finished, something like 20 to 30 (sometimes even more) prototypes are made by Ingrid Siliakus...To design a pattern from scratch, the artist needs the skills of an architect to create a two-dimensional design, which, with the patience and precision of a surgeon, becomes an ingenious three-dimensional wonder of paper.

A growing number of papercraft artists are enjoying the exquisite art of architectural origami, where a single sheet of paper is cut and folded into an intricate miniature structure. Here, three of the world’s leading proponents provide instructions and templates for recreating twenty of the world’s great buildings, from the Taj Mahal to the Rialto Bridge. There are basic principles to start you off, as well as galleries of the finest architectural origami from around the world.

How to Wrap Five Eggs, a mid-60s classic of Japanese design, is back in print. Assembled by graphic designer Hikeyuki Oka in 1965, this stunningly laid-out paean to traditional Japanese packaging is rife with sumptuous black and white photos by Michikazu Sakai of all manner of boxes, wrappers and containers that appear at once homely and sophisticated, ingeniously utilitarian yet fine and rare.
--dwell Magazine

What we have lost for sure is what this book is all about: a once-common sense of fitness in the relationships between hand, material, use and shape, and above all, a sense of delight in the look and feel of very ordinary, humble things.
--George Nelson

Ibere Camargo Museum__Brazil

When the international contest for a building that would house the works of Brazilian painter Iberê Camargo, who died in 1994, was launched, it was equally supported by the artist’s family and the local administration, who donated the site near the Padre Cacique road, in Porto Alegre, a city with over one million inhabitants, in southernmost part of Brazil. The site was a difficult one, shaped as a small and tight triangle, surrounded by rocks of around 25 metres in height, offering a great view on the river Guaiba.

In his museum project, Álvaro Siza Vieira incuded exhibition spaces, storage spaces, a library and a video-library, a cafe, a small auditorium, as well as administrative spaces and workshops for artists. Consequently, the building developed vertically, the main volume being dug in the rocky background. The building’s shape moulds upon the nearby slopes and, through a coherent distribution of space, solves the problem of parking, extremely important in such a tight place, situated near crowded arteries.


My House nightclub__Los Angeles

My House is a new nightclub in Los Angeles that has been designed by Dodd Mitchell.

The club’s interior reinterprets the classic house party by feeling and functioning like you’ve entered someone’s private home. According to David Judaken, the club’s owner, “Discerning Angelenos are seeking a new paradigm to replace the current dichotomy of tiny lounges and large, anonymous clubs that proliferate Hollywood.”

“I have always enjoyed the comfort of a house party that just doesn’t exist in your typical nightclub, so with My House I set out to create an environment I would personally relish, and bring that vision to the nightlife space,” said designer Dodd Mitchell.

Someone needs to tell them their website doesn’t work in FireFox 3.5 *at all*.
Clever idea, but I’m sure it’ll be as obnoxiously pretentious as every other club I now avoid in LA. No matter how good the design, the clientele tend to ruin the atmosphere.

Been turned away from an LA club before have you Steve?
Of course it’s exclusive and pretentious, that’s the game to suck in the vapid set, horny straight guys with money hoping to bang an on the rebound Lohan, etc. I see Paris Hilton going there for fifteen minutes, finding someone with good blow and then leaving after another fifteen and then declaring the place 'passe'.
But do you honestly think they even care that their site doesn’t work with Fire Crotch, I mean Fire Fox? They’d smell the nerd a mile away and have you excluded before you thought about driving to the place for that observation alone.

Given that Lance thinks Lohan, etc, would party here likely shows that Lance hasn't been turned away from a place like this, as he’s never been. Lohan and company would likely avoid this place like the plague, as it’s in a pretty nastily tourist area in Hollywood, right on Hollywood Blvd. About a block down from the Chinese Theater where you’ll find guys in Spiderman costumes battling mimes for your attention to offer to take their picture with you for a few bucks. The glitterati don’t party in this part of Hollywood. The people I was suggesting would ruin the atmosphere are the people that *think* they are in a place where Hilton would party. Then again, Hilton, et al, will party anywhere that will pay them the right fee to show up, but that appearance fee is often in the tens of thousands of dollars. Showing up just one night can be worth it to the club though, once the place is deluged with people like Lance who think they might see her there again.

Flip sofa/table

Swiss designer Adrien Rovero has created Flip, a sofa that can be transformed into a table by turning the seat upside down and placing it on top.

The origin of Flip begins from a simple situation: a board and two trestles. This type of improvised writing table has a very clear characterization and a simple principle with no particular mechanism. In no case must this double functionality make this a hybrid object. Flip should be particularly suitable for small apartments, where it’s important to save space, but also for communities where a improvised working surface could be necessary.

Flip will be produced by the Italian manufacturer Campeggi.

Dutch designer Douwe Jacobs has created the Flux Chairs.

For his graduation project in Industrial Design Engineering in 2008, Douwe was looking for inspiration for a line of foldable furniture. Digging deeper and deeper into the world of folding, he found artists creating the most amazing shapes by folding material along curved fold lines. The chair he fluently folded that night made a lasting impact on him. A small scale model made out of paper, beautiful in its simplicity and surprisingly strong.

Together with fellow graduation student Tom Schouten, Flux Furniture was founded and from then on they have worked like maniacs to turn that small paper model into a production-ready and patented product.

Jacobs and Schouten recently exhibited the Flux Chairs at the 100% Design show in Rotterdam.


Chair Blog

KOLO is an armchair moulded out of a single wooden sheet. Its armrests form a planar surface, from which the seat and chair back are pressed out to create a hollow in which the user can sit. Kolo floats on air, supported by a minimalist tubular steel frame.
The Finnish word kolo refers to a small hollow, nook, hole or niche; metaphorically, it also refers to a living space.

Not sure whether I have ever shared this Argument Chair made of boxing gloves with you…

Thank you, Behind The Curtains for finding me this poetic Bambu Chair by Dutch designer duo Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen.

I like it when designers contact me directly and make it particularly easy for me to pass the news to you!

I’m pleased to announce Series 3 of ODEChair rocking chairs and stools: the Savannah Rocker III, Ocean Rocker III, Leaf Stool III and various new Stingray Stools in vivid colors. The revisions amount to evolutions in form, utility, construction and finish.
As ever, the chairs are hand made and are available at a lead time of 6-8 weeks from our Northumberland workshop. International shipping can be arranged.
ODEChair by Jolyon Yates will be showing it’s series 3 chairs in the Summer Exhibition at The Biscuit Factory from 12 June – 31 August, 2009.

A reader of mine, a USA based producer of feature films, has asked my assistance to source the designer and/or manufacturer of this Solar System Chair.
Some research on this design thus far:

The Solar System Chair is crafted from stainless steel and has chromed steel legs that will charm any room! The seating and arm rests are filled with a soft foam and finished with a synthetic velvet for superb style and ambience!
It may look uncomfortable but trust us, this stool has class, style and is so unique to sit on you won’t want to get up!



Designer Karim Rashid has designed a lamp inspired by a leaf blowing in the wind for Italian brand Artemide.
The Doride lamp is composed of an articulated, hydro-formed, metal stem attached to a moulded-steel base that houses the electronic ballast.
The head of the lamp is able to rotate through 350 degrees and is equipped with thermoplastic louvers, resembling leaf veins, to minimise glare from the light source.

New York designer Matthias Kaeding has designed a pair of ceramic cooking knives inspired by Stone Age tools.
The NeoLithic project is the result of Kaeding’s research into archaic forms and low-tech design.
Kaeding claims the caveman-inspired knives are just as good at chopping, cutting, scraping, mincing and scooping as contemporary knives.

Spanish designer Victor Carrasco has designed a wash basin for Italian manufacturers Boffi.
Here's a bit of text from Boffi:

Italian design company Boffi previewed its latest new kitchen and bathrooms collections at Milan’s International Furniture Fair, Salone del Mobile. The new pieces, signature Boffi in their sleek design, fine lines and smooth edges, will arrive in the UK market in January 2010...VOL is a monoblock washbasin available in both a suspended and floor mounted version in white Cristalplant.