Monday, May 23, 2016

OUR ICFF FAVORITES 2016

This years ICFF was dominated by wood and LED lights. Overall there was a focus on unaltered building materials like stainless steel, concrete, and as mentioned above wood. 

Here are some of our favorites:


Pantosh Chair:The original design of the Pantosh easychair was born of the fusion of two pieces of furniture: the Panton chair by Danish architect Verner Panton (created in 1968), and the Willow Chair, designed by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (created between 1902 - 1904).


Atmosphere-Bois cladding comes from old Canadian and European loft barns.
It can be used for interior or exterior trimming. The cladding is: greyish, brown or with original paint works, red, white, black, green, axe-hewn decorative beams, etc.


Mazon has a series of wood handles and pulls. They come in two finishes, and would look great for an all wood look on cabinets or the pull just creating some accent. 




cea design has beautiful stainless steel plumbing fixtures. All very simple and elegant.  Their Gastone serie includes customizable faucets.



Xinnix Doors are beautiful ready made frameless flush doors and pocket doors which make the installation easy: They include everything you don’t see after the install (which is the important stuff like the completely milled frame, installation materials, gaskets, 3D hinges, magnetic locks, door straightener…)"


Bazzeo Kitchen: Very exciting. Above you see an induction cook top which is installed below a stone counter. Only engraved rings indicating the location of the induction plates otherwise you see an continuous stone counter. Elegant and easy to clean

Another new invention by Bazzeo Kitchen is their movable counter top. Ideal for small spaces. See movie below



video

And lastly some fun with a cocktail set from Stelton....

an elk....





and a leather sofa



A few more links for items we really like but we didn't take picture of them

Beautiful wood and concrete light fixtures: www.portokalidesign.com

Juniper THIN Chandelier: www.juniper-design.com

Basaltina Mosaic: http://basaltina.it/english/multi-gallery/mosaics.htm


 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Smart Water Table by DAS






3 empty water bottles patiently stood next by my desk awaiting their fate.  My office building does not recycle plastic. As I toyed with disposal possibilities that created mounting alarm in my business partner, I took a closer look. The shape of a Smart water bottle is very elegant, and the side with the semi transparent caps has an especially strong aesthetic quality.  Recycling a potential contributor to a land-fill as inexpensive furniture seemed an obvious, if not original idea!   Our office waiting area lacked a coffee table - and this seemed a natural fit. The objective for this project was to create a table out of reused and reclaimed materials







The base of the table consists of Smart water bottles melted together with a Weld-On plastic adhesive.  The table top is a slab of Varia Ecoresin which is in turn made of 40% pre- consumer recycled content from the 3-Form reclaim program. The reclaim program reuses and recycles materials removed from installations or panels damaged in production. It prevents panels from entering the landfill and extends their useful life. By filling the bottles with colored beads (recycled), crumpled fabric or light powder, the tables can be uniquely customized to an individual's taste - and yes, if they are willing, to their mood!





 




















The table top slab stays in place with its own 25 lb weight. It's semi-transparency matches that of the bottle caps.  The basic element of the base is a frustum of nine bottles each - three frusta are used. Depth and sculpture are introduced by offsetting selected bottles and flipping their direction.  The pattern created in this manner appears as two triangles and a seemingly suspended truncated triangle in the middle.  The outer two triangles book-end a flattened U that supports the middle triangle.  The spaces between the supports is used to store newspapers, magazine and books. 


Another option as a table top is plywood painted with chalk paint. It adds color and can be drawn on.







Similar to Duchamp's Readymades, this design moves the water bottles from garbage to a functional piece of design in a new context.  While not tailored for mass production, it uses leftovers from mass production as its components and provides a high level of contextual customization.