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“Ascents” Light Art Festival in Stuttgart, Germany
From 17 September to 8 October 2016, the streets and buildings of 25 towns in the region of Stuttgart, Germany, were illuminated by the work of 40 artists, as part of the “Ascents” Light Festival. We particularly liked the installation 0=1 - fluctuation by Japanese Hitoshi Kuriyama and the brilliant tunnel of light Terminal by Polish artist Karolina Halatek.
Limited Edition Fabric Totes by Tsatsas
One of our favourite bag makers in the world, Tsatsas, has just released a new line of its signature Fluke totes, using fabric for the first time. The five new designs feature textiles designed by Raf Simons for Danish textile giant Kvadrat, and were presented during Paris Fashion Week earlier this month.
Megalith Table Series by Duffy London
This series of, well, monolithic tables takes its inspiration from The Sentinel, a book by Arthur C. Clarke that went on to be made into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick. Series of powder-coated steel blocks are arranged as if frozen while falling, giving an illusion of instability and movement. The table bases come in round or linear arrangements, in red, black or white.
Burning Ego Lamp by WDSTCK
WDSTCK initiators Jesse Sanderson & Wim Verzantvoor came up with this solid-wood lamp made out of a single bough of cedar. The designers used a traditional Japanese charring technique called Shou Sugi Ban, where the soft part of the wood is burned, then cleaned and sealed with oil. An LED strip was then embedded in the bough, from where its casts its light concealed from sight. The designer named their creation, quite aptly, Burning Ego.
OPTICALITY Exhibition by Lee Broom
British designer Lee Broom unveiled his Optical collection in Milan last April with a showcase on wheels: a mini exhibition inside a van that toured the city and was installed at a different location every day during Design Week, and was then shown (as a full-sized show) at the Lee Broom flagship in London during The London Design Festival last month. The collection’s strong geometry was amplified by the symmetry of the set design and the use of mirrors on the walls and floor.
CLOUD / Greta Marta Chandelier by Quentin de Coster
A one-off sculptural piece of lighting, CLOUD / Greta Marta is a swarm of no less than 493 aluminium petals suspended by nylon thread around a single light source. Described as a “fragmented lampshade” by its maker, the piece is two meters wide and looks equally stunning either on or off.
Kanban Side Table by Ponti Design Studio
Designed and produced in Hong Kong by Italian designer Andrea Ponti, Kanban is a side table that pays tribute to the architecture of the city it was made in. Inspired by Hong Hong’s old concrete warehouses that were later transformed into office buildings, Kanban is a balancing act of concrete and steel that is indeed very architectural in its conception. The round tabletop and supporting steel structure were inspired by Hong Kong’s many neon signs, which poke out into the street supported by metal arms.
New Limoges Porcelain Tableware Series by Non Sans Raison
We discovered design studio Non Sans Raison during Maison&Objet in Paris last month where we were impressed by its inventive use of traditional ceramic-making techniques. The studio has now released two new collections of tableware that combine the refinement of Limoges porcelain with experimental glazings and finishings. The Magma series features a splattered design resulting from adding colour to the porcelain before the final coat of enamel is applied, a technique which adds texture to the finished plate. The Teatro collection, on the other hand, is a modernist’s dream, with symmetrical geometric patterns and a discreet golden “filet” around it.
Seconds Watches by Nocs Atelier
After successfully completing its Kickstarter campaign, Swedish design studio Nocs Atelier is now producing its first line of watches and jewellery. With several sleek designs in matte black and precious metals, the Seconds watches can display two different time zones simultaneously, and come with a range of wristbands that have been made in Italy.