May 20th, 2010

Itay Ohaly question the function of packaging (to protect a product in transit) and came up with the Unpacking concept. He uses the packaging of the product to manufacture the product itself. The packaging of this stool is also the mold of the object. It defines and influences its form and surface. In this case the manufacturer doesn’t open the mold anymore but the consumer. As you can see in the pictures, it’s practically impossible to remove the PU foam completely. Itay also developed some vases with this unique packaging & production process. Very cool!

found at designboom

Chippensteel 0.5

May 17th, 2010

The Chippensteel 0.5 is a chair designed by Oskar Zieta. This chair is made with exactly the same production technique called FiDU as his stool Plopp. FiDU is an abbreviation for German “FreieInnenDruckUmformung” – the Internal Pressure Forming. It means that two shapes cut from steel sheets are welded around their edges and inflated into a 3d object under high pressure. I really like the simplicity of this technique and Oskar seems to push its boundaries to the limit.

Daylight Entrance

May 10th, 2010

The Daylight Entrance by Daniel Rybakken is all about the illusion of daylight. It’s an light installation in the entrance and staircase of an office building. Both don’t have any natural light, but these panels give you the positive sensation of sunlight. The back of the panels were hollowed by CNC-milling and then backlit with a lot of LED’s.
You might also want to have a look at his “Subconscious Effect of Daylight” sidetable.

found at yatzer

Marsotto Edizioni

April 29th, 2010

Who wouldn’t like to have some marble furniture? Marsotto Edizioni is a collection of 30 different products made in white carrara marble, designed by 6 designers. Each item is made using a CNC  machine and finished by hand. Here are my 3 favorites from the collection.

Sultan by Konstantin Grcic

Melt by Thomas Sandell

Tilt by Thomas Sandell

Etch by Tom Dixon

April 26th, 2010

During the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Tom Dixon presented his Etch collection, which was part of his Flash Factory. Visitors could buy a light or candleholder at the stand, or made of brass or stainless steel. The parts were made by employing an industrial process used to produce electronic products, including circuit boards. The patterns were directly etched on the thin metal sheets. This production technique allows the designer to produce a small bath of high-tech products in a very short time. But also the distribution model at the Flash Factory was quite interesting. The objects were offered in 3 versions: a pre-assembled one by one of the Flash Factory workers, or you could assemble it yourself at the stand and the last option was to buy a flat packed one and assemble it at home.

photo by MenthaArvensis

photo by MenthaArvensis

The Cut Series

April 23rd, 2010

Every design starts on a piece of paper and often those ideas get visualised by a paper model. The look an feel of those paper model was the basic idea behind The Cut Series, a collaboration between Daniel Enoksson, Lucas E Hinnerud and Jens Boldt. They’ve designed tables, a shelf and a sideboard which look like paper models but are made of aluminum.

found at yatzer

Hip Bath

April 20th, 2010

This photo is the best furniture photo I’ve seen lately. It was made by Ken Russell in 1955 and it’s form his ‘alternative uses of the hip bath’ series, the model is the ballerina Frances Pidgeon. I guess that this years Salone del Mobile in Milan wasn’t that exciting, you may prove me wrong with links in the comments.

Learning From

April 16th, 2010

Learning From is a project by Nora Korn & Christoph Köhler. Over a period of 3 months, they collected and documented bulky trash. This resulted in fifty piles of
bulky waste and in eleven items of newly combined, rebuilt or converted bulky waste. Here are my 4 favorites:

found at It’s Nice That


April 14th, 2010

Alejandro Aravena designed the Chairless, a seating device for the modern nomad, for Vitra. It’s just a strap of fabric which you put around your knees and back. Alejandro was inspired by a picture of an Ayoreo Indian sitting with such a strap. This is definitely not a typical Vitra product.
A part of the proceeds will be used to support the “Foundation for Paraguayan Indian Communities”.


March 30th, 2010

Memorandoms is a great photo series by James Nizam. You’ll probably also like his Anteroom photos.

found at Designboom Weblog