Thursday, February 28, 2008

More Italian Design please!

{jacopo maria giagnoni - undula}
{Enrico fratesi + Stine Gam - Yuki} {Francesca Cuicchio - Zzz. Oggetti contro la diffusione e lo sviluppo della zanzara tigre}
{Edoardo Perri - Wipway passegino} {Edoardo Perri Creolo - Creoles} {Luca Nichetto - Roses}
{Alessandro Loschiavo -Walking Familiy} I would like to show you some of the young and talent full Italian designers. During the International Furniture Fair in Milan you can see their works. Last years Dutch design took over the scene with the Conceptual Design of Droog Design, Mooi, Maarten Baas and many others, the Japanese become more and more present with their poetry and minimalism, English confirmed their vision with Established and Son, but what happen to the Italians? One of the goals of my Blog is also to find and to promote them, I would be happy to see them get again in charge of the world design scene as was during the Mendini time! If you are an Italian designer I invite you to send me your projects, I will be glad to publish them on this space.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Jewels of paper

I am always happy to find young italian designers, today I would like to share the Papers Jewels of Sandra di Giacinto with you.
Sandra di Giacinto graduated in sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Roma.
She has always been fascinated by paper, by its countless working solutions, the different ways in which it can be treated, folded, and assembled into innumerable shapes.
Her collection of jewels is therefore minimal, light, durable and brightly colored. Sandra Di Giacinto's work is characterized by the constant research of new types of paper.
The latest collection 2006 exposed at Maison et Objet international exhibition in Paris drew a lot of attention. The collection has been selected by trendy boutiques all over the world and also by prestigious museum shops such as the Capitoline Museums of Roma, the Venice Biennale, La Pedrera Museum in Barcellona, Macro and Maxxi in Roma and the newly opened Carlo Bilotti Museum in the Villa Borghese Gardens of Rome.


".......nel dubbio disegna fiori" is an italian based artist/designer who specialized in Vintage materials. I found his/her beautiful products and wall papers on Etsy website.
The objects are pieces of furniture, lamps, carpets etc., they are found on local markets in the course of years, and gathered and archived becoming an unlimited source of inspiration for the artisit. On the Etsy profile he/she says; "I want to express the old and already made in a new and actual way. The key to it are the colours,that – drawn close to each other in different tonalities – make the design modern or less."
The wallpapers are handpainted.
It is a pity we cannot find out more about this designer, but on the web you can order the products.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Junko Mori

Junko Mori is a Japanise 3D designer who worked for a while as welder in a small factory, learning to work with metal from her expert 70 years old boss.
Her work consits of multiples of individual forget steels or other metals, each work is different due to hand hammering. No piece is individually planned but becomes fully formed within the making and thinking process.
Mori calls "uncontrollable beauty" the core of her projects. I also find her objects/sculptures very poetic and organic.

Rebecca Early

I recently attended a very inspiring lucture with Rebecca Early, a London based textile Designer who is also Senior Research Fellow at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of Arts in London. Rebecca begon as fashion designer (she has a MA Fashion from Central Saint Martins), her handprinted collection was colourfull and unconventional, she designed a sweatshirt that does not need to be washed! Since 1998 Early has been interested in how textile and fashion impact upon the enviroment, and has focused on exploring the role that the designer can take in effecting these issues. Her research projects seek to combine eco design theories with practice based explorations, resulting in fashion textiles arteficacts that have lower enviromental impact.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Hisano Takei

If you look for unconventional pieces of jewelry you will fall in love with Hisano Takei products.
Hisano holds a degree at California State University of Long Beach, where she attended the art of Metals and Jewelry department, and a Masters from the State University of New York where she specialized in Metals at New Paltz.
Extremely huge necklaces in wool, so big that are barely fitting your neck, are some of the designer experiments. Hisano investigated felting, molding, starching, and other traditional and non-traditional ways of working with wool.
The designer says " I am attracted to the idea of jewelry taking different roles other than simply ornamentation. Ideas such as jewelry suggesting garment, jewelry taking over the body of the wearer, and jewelry breaking out of the traditional role of adornment are some ideas that enthrall me. The shift in scale and the use of nontraditional material in jewelry making allowed me to challenge these ideas. My work is predominantly made out of wool, and I explore forms and ideas of jewelry through texture, color, and overall composition. The softness and curves are inviting aspects of my forms; the sensuous properties of felted jewelry are uncommon and strike new challenges for the wearer and the viewer alike."
I recently found Hisano pieces visiting Crust Station and i immediately loved her neklaces.
I like the proportion and the contrast of the soft wool, wouldn't be great to see these pieces around the celebrieties decoltees instead of boring and too shinny expensive diamonds?

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Cose di Chiara

Cose di Chiara ,(Chiara's things), is a an idea of Margot van Neijenhoff and her italian partner Fulvio. Togheter they promote the collections of ISI Milano and VetroFuso from the Netherlands office. The products are in ceramic and in blowed glass. I particularly love these serie of lamps by ISI, designed by Rosaria Rattin, fashion designer turned into product. Rosaria has also her own label, KOSE.