Saturday, June 27, 2009

RCA Show 2009

It is Graduation Shows time again.
Here some projects from the Royal College of Art, London.

Going Up - bike lock system

Lucia Massari

Aminor Library Tumtable - paper

Aysenaz Toker
playing with forms - glass
Olivia Flore Decaris
Drop - fabric, birch plywood and steel

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Colourfull sweet pillows from OIive, I would use them in my studio and they would help me to hadle the stress of these busy weeks at work! see more products of Fallon Akers on her Etsy shop.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Droog Design last news

Gijs Bakker, founder and director of the famous Dutch design platform Droog Design together with Renny Ramakers, is stepping out. The decision seems to have to do with a disagreement between the two about the vision for the future of the platform.
Is this the end of Droog?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Yoko Izawa

Extremely beautiful and poetic pieces of jewelery by Yoko Izawa. Yoko designed a flexible knitted tube band wich raps the objects. You can hear and see the artist vision here.

Legeron flowers

From a friend who is working in Paris I did hear about the maison Legeron and their beautiful flowers. A quick research on line opened my eyes and brought me to discover this incredible atelier. If you are not familiar with their work please make sure you visit their website. This maison is a treasure! Their silk flowers are still made completely by hand, using traditional tools. The atelier is now managed by the grandson of the founder and their clients are the super selected fashion houses around the world.

Bottega Veneta and the leather school

Surely you all know the Italian Bottega Veneta brand and bags. What you perhaps do not know is the incredible craftsmanship behind these bags, like the "intrecciato" (woven) motif which is one of the brand styles since 1966. This beautiful and complex pattern takes two artisans and two days of work in order to complete weaving 70 leather strips.
In 2006 Bottega Veneta decided to support the Italian Leather Craft School of the Venice area - Scuola Arte e Mestieri di Vicenza, where it is possible to attend a leather program for learning the old techniques.
I personally think it is very important to save these craftsmanships and I am very happy to see that one of these mega brand is taking action.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Jack Brandsma

Jack Brandsma (NL) designed these super interesting pieces. He thinks this furniture, so easy to set up and move, can be a practical solution for temporary spaces or temporary living. I like them and I am so sorry I missed his exhibition in Milan last April, I would loved to see the furniture live!!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Neri Oxman

Neri Oxman. architect and researcher at the MIT University, won last january the first The Earth Awards for her FAB.Recology research which combined principals of biomimicking with the design and construction of built enviroments. Naomi founded Materialecology in 2006, interdisciplinary research initiative that undertakes design research in the intersection between architecture, engineering, computation, biology and ecology. Some of her research results were exhibited last year at the Design and the Elastic Mind, MOMA NY. I think her work is extremely interesting, definetely someone with a NEW vision.
Oxman's "Cartesian Wax" is a material designed to replicate the multiple functionalities of living tissue. It uses a combination of flexible and rigid resin to create a building "skin" that evokes living matter and responds to its local environment; its transparency level is modulated based on local heat and light conditions

"Monocoque" represents another approach to the fabrication of a skin-like membrane. The entire weight of each object is supported by its skin, with thicker areas that are reminiscent of natural vascular structures bearing most of the load. As such, they require no internal supports. The objects are fabricated through computational algorithms that, when output through a 3-D printer, produce structures that stand on their own