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Danish architect and designer, Bodil Kjær designed The Desk (photo above) in 1959 which has become an icon of popular culture (thanks to James Bond) together with the Cross vase and other of her minimalist designs. Between 1955 and 1963, she developed a series of “ELEMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE” to solve problems of functional and aesthetic nature. The objects were among others specified by Marcel Breuer and Jose Luis Sert and were in production in USA, Sweden and Denmark. The majority of these furniture, lamps and glass have not been in production for 40 years but are now being relaunched by Carl Hansen & Son, Holmegaard, Karakter Copenhagen, Schwinn, Made a Mano and Illums Bolighus. During last Milan Design Week,  FORM PORTFOLIOS * and the different manufacturers came together at Palazzo Litta in a celebration of Bodil Kjær’s life long work with design and architecture showcasing a great variety of her work to display both indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting and decorative objects in diverse materials such as wood, acrylics, leather and glass. Bodil Kjaer curated the display. Elements of architecture catalog here (more…)

 

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During Milan Design Week 2018Karakter unveiled new iconic products by Angelo Mangiaroti (photo), Paul McCobb, Joy Charbonneau and Derek McLeod, Bodil Kjær, Nick Ross and Aldo Bakker. Karakter is a Danish design brand specialising in the production of furniture, lighting, and interior objects. Karakter seeks out designs that are out of the ordinary—from designers who have already written the history of design to those who aspire to write the future. All the designers presented by Karakter Copenhagen are handpicked for their ideas and creativity and shared by all of them is an inspiring level of productivity and an uncompromising take on their work. Something that is also fundamental for Karakter and his design choices. (more…)

 

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Studio Pepe and Atelier de Troupe unveiled Empire floor lamp at Club Unseen during 2018 Milan design week. Empire is an iconic totem lamp in brushed nickel with indirect light, inspired by the conceptual art of the 70’s. Club Unseen is Studiopepe Manifesto Project during Milan Design Week as a secret space, a contemporary research on hospitality.  The project is based on a unique and experiential approach on interior, decoding different expressions of living. Inside the Club historic design dialogues with contemporary elements, selected or designed by Studiopepe. A new space, exclusive, relaxed and to be shared. (more…)

 

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Didier Faustino unveils the Delete Yourself chair at PlusDesign Gallery in Milan as a prefiguration of his XYZ lounge opening in may in Gand (Belgium). XYZ is the first restaurant and lounge’s interior design completed by Didier Faustino with his unique rock n roll and nomadic style. The Delete your self chair will be showcased in a group show at Plus Design Gallery named “U-JOINTS Equations of Universal Lifestyle » with Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec, Pierre Charpin, Konstantin Grcic, Dirk Vander Kooij, Martino Gamper, Jonathan Nesci, Alvar Aalto, Jasper Morrison, Michael Marriott, Adrien Rovero, Tomas Alonso, Brynjar Sigurdarson, Aldo Bakker, Wieki Somers, Enzo Mari… (more…)

 

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To celebrate our participation with 1stdibs during the 2018 Salone del Mobile fair this year, Eddy Sykes has created this one of a kind exclusive Scaffold table in Pink Rosa Borba marble. Made entirely by hand, by the artist himself, this solid bronze and marble table is truly a work of superb craftsmanship and design. Similar to his other Scaffold series in every way other than its unique provenance of having been crafted by one artisan from start to finish. The scaffold table is an homage to the unsung hero of sculptural and architectural infrastructure, made entirely of bronze and marble. True to the original engineering intent of traditional scaffold systems, the table’s marble platforms and solid bronze rails provide compression and tension to the frame. (more…)

 

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Do you know of the plant trellis signed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (see photo here-bellow) produced by Teracrea ? It was one of the must-have objects around the early 2000’s, alongside those of Konstantin Gcric, the Campana brothers, Sebastian Bergne or Fabio Bortolani who all answered Mauro Canfori’s call to create a new dialogue between vegetation and architecture. As founder of Teracrea, Mauro Canfori had a vision “At the time, design’s only interventions were at most plastic pots, I was sure plants deserved other supports systems and containers which would allow interaction with buildings, inside and out. I went to see the young designers of whom I liked the work with one single requirement: anything but a pot-plant!”. Planetary success was immediate as the drawings were exhibited at the 2002 Milan furniture fair. Canfori’s passion for both aesthetically pleasing and functional plant systems lead him to work with Edouard François and Patrick Blanc. Together theyapply their vegetation philosophy to architecture. (more…)

 

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PP Møblerwill launch the three legged saddle stool Sela designed by Brazilian woodworking artist Ricardo Graham Ferreiraat the Selvini showroom upon the occasion of the MilanoSalone Del Mobile2018. Awarded for its use of alternative wood types of Brazil in 2015, until now Sela has been hand-carved by Ricardo in his studio workshop close to Rio de Janeiro using tropical hardwood. The new partnership with PP Møbler of Denmark, makers of the iconic fine craft´s collection by Hans J. Wegner, allows Sela to reach a new audience, made in variations of woods native to the Nordic forests. (more…)

 

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TEEBooks is the most simple and invisible wall shelf system on the market. It is made entirely to serve books, DVDs, CDs, small objects… “Many shelves and bookcases exist, yet none seek to make themselves forgotten. I had in mind a design that would be truly humble, functional and durable.” explains Mauro Canfori, designer and founder of the brand. TEEBooks like the golfer’s Tee, a small T-shaped object, fundamental for the game yet made to not be seen, to not get in between the golf ball and the club. A discrete object made purely to serve a function. (more…)
 

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In collaboration with the Institut français, VIA has created the NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE exhibition that epitomizes the elegance of French Design to be enjoyed on an international scale. From Los Angeles to Singapore, Milan to Dubai, people in over 20 countries will sample the melting pot of cultural heritage and creativity that is French ‘art de vivre’. Running until April 29th at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles downtown’s Arts District, Angelenos will discover the designers, manufacturers and artisans united by the same values of balance, audacity, openness, and of course, panache. So Starck, so Bouroullec…so French Design.

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Forty international figures from the world of arts-including Christian Liaigre, Pierre Yovanovitch, Paola Antonelli (MOMA), Chantal Thomass (fashion designer), Gunjan Gupta(designer) and many more-have selected their 40 favorite showpieces of lifestyle design. These 21st century pieces-designed by or for Ligne Roset, Fermob, Philippe Starck, Hermés, etc.- are considered to be iconic and will travel the world. The exhibition, launched April 5th, 2017 at the Institute français in Milan, is a celebration of 40 years of VIA’s support for future design.

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The 40 internationally renowned personalities were first interviewed by Peclers agency (leader in trend consulting) and then invited to form a ‘think tank’ to define the essence of French Design based on their individual perspectives. Ten values emerged from the work and discussions of the ‘think tank’, which helped to guide the choice of iconic pieces: Art de Vivre, Panache, Elegance and a Hint of Luxury, Audacity, Cultural Openness, Heritage, Balance, Creativity and Industry, Savoir-Faire, and Sustainable Innovation. The result is the 40 cult objects seen in NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE.

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Los Angeles CA 90013

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Triode gallery in Paris offers Arch Mirrors by new york based studio Bower. Arch are composed of pieces of glass mirror of varying tints that together create an elegant optical illusion of three dimensional windows and doorways. The tints are arranged by tone to enhance the shaded effect on the different planes of the shape. Each mirror is framed with a line of thin solid wood. (more…)

 
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