Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christina Kim

Thanks to a friend I discovered the poetic work of Christina Kim, artist and designer of the Dosa fashion brand. Christina investigates the artistry of handmade objects, and the integration of recycled materials and traditional techniques into modern garments. Kim’s designs are: "informed by contemporary ideas about clothing and an understanding, often tactile, of production processes, especially regional handwork techniques. Much of her work uses organically grown materials and traditionally produced fabrics." An important goal for her is to create a fashion which is ethical and sustainable while exploring new design ideas with craft communities from India to Mexico.

Reinhard Dienes

German designer Reinhard Dienes is the brain behind these clever Stool, Chair and a Barstool series. As we read on his web : "The family’s materiality consists of a 5 millimeter thick plastic sheet with indents that allow the surfaces to be bent creating a stable volume. They are folded from a flat state to a highly robust volume, which gets secured by straps, additionally the chairs can be unfolded flat anytime for storing or whatever need for saving space."
They are light and practical, I love them!

Nina Bavasso

NY based artist Nina Bavasso is well known in the art world for these decorative and abstract images. I find her works somehow cahotic, pleasent and playfull at the sime time.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Really special ceramics structures, by Marc Albert (iiiceramique), France.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Pollen bijoux textiles

On Etsy I just spotted these lovely broches. Are made by Julie Pollen who has just started her Etsy shop, she is a French textile designer living in Canada. Julie describes the broches as following: "are wool felt, the image on is a "transfert" on coton, around this image I make hand-embroidery with coton or metalic thread". I think they are a lovely sweet present for the coming holidays.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Li Edelkoort Goodbye Party

{sorry for the poor quality of the images, it was an emotional moment!}
Last Thursday evening a very special Party took place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The Design Academy did say goodbye to Li Edelkoort, who was during the last 10 years the Academy’s Creative Director. The party was held in the city music hall, 500 guests (teachers, students, and the Dutch Design Ghota) gathered for thank this very special Lady. It was a very sentimental and inspiring moment.
Li gave a presentation about the Trends for the 2010-2050 seasons, with the title “The Farm of the Future”. She is absolutely sure that there is a return to the “farm”; the new city will be a new “rural urban space”, where the farmers will feed us, fuel us and be powerful. The farm life is also to find in the material which will be used for the interiors, simple wood and hearth, naturals colors. In the fashion we will see a use of the patterns, patchwork and layers. The evening was full of thank you moments, like the introduction of a special Design Award with Li’s name, the very important title of Order of Orange-Nassau from the Queen, and the Academy Departments Heads who surprised her with a beautiful and very much alive chicken called “Li”. Symbolic was also the huge biscuit swar, personally gaven to her by Job on the name of the many already famous Alumni of the Academy, and as a thank for how she did promote the students works outside the Academy. Li also introduced her successor from january 1st, Dutch fashion designer Alexander van Slobbe. I had the pleasure to get to know and to work with Li, I did learn really a lot, she has an incredible intuition, great taste and she can spot creative talent from far and in any form. I think the Design Academy Eindhoven is going to start a new phase, at Alexander the task to print his mark now and to bring this istitution to next level. Fo what concern “la Li” is already busy with new projects and ideas, perhaps she will start her own “farm”, she will still inspire us from her Studio in Paris, but I am sure she will be missed in Eindhoven. Dear Li, a special thank you for the inspirational years! Anna

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sartoria Vico

I am happy to have found the wool collection designed by the Sartoria Vico.
These series of clothing and accessories are hand made in a small italian knitting factory (Milan).
They are fashionable, functional and perfect for lazy days spent lounging!


Laborabosco is a small private press, located in the mountains of Piemonte region, (north Italy). Here artist Piera Luisolo works at beautiful hand printed papers, watercolors publications, paintings and more. See her work and collections here.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mika Ninagawa

Mika Ninagawa is a young and already well known Japanese photographer. Her images are strong, vivid colors and surreal scenarios.

Sayaka Yamamoto

A personal fascination for dinosaurs brings Sayaka Yamamoto to design a collection of huge interior objects made of rubber-coated foam rubber, in the shape of dinosaur bones. These objects are great seating comfort, and encourage user interaction.

Lizzie Fortunato Jewels

I was looking for something special to wear in the grey autumn days. On the web I found the new and very creative collection from the Fortunato sisters. If you do not like the bling bling stuff, like me, perhaps you must take a look at the Fortunato’s fall collection necklace instead!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Guus van Leeuwen

Today is grey and cold, I wish I could enjoy one of these new kind of "radiators". Actually they are just simple heating pipes shaped like the skeletons of animals and covered with their own fleece. The project is from young designer Guus van Leeuwen. Imagine the soft warm feeling.