May 09, 2016
New York based designers Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings, better known as Fort Standard, like to push the boundaries with the possibilities of materials. In their recently launched Qualities of Materials collection a chair is made with rolled-up leather which looks surprisingly like wood, hollow tubes made with maple slats are used to create light but strong tables and benches whilst stone is used to make cabinets which appear as light as cardboard. The resulting products are elegant and intriguing in equal measures and also possibly mildly disorienting, especially after a few drinks.
Unexpected materials and interesting juxtapositions make for great quirky design schemes. The Rememberme chair from Casamania, for example, is made of recycled t-shirts and jeans whilst these clever stackable storage and seating units from Lyon Beton are made from concrete.
The cloud-like Lampscape suspension light from Frederik Roije is quirky and evocative, whilst the Air table light from LZF uses wood veneer almost like origami paper to create an elegantly sculptural light.
The Here (Thimble) ice bucket from Ghidini combines a quirky design with an unexpected material (brass) to create a truly delightful object. Likewise the marble effect wallpaper from NLXL is a fun and effective way to create the illusion of a marble wall.
February 26, 2021
How do you square the circle of practical, rectangular spaces with emotive, curvy designs? San Francisco based OPA Architects shows what's possible with the interior refurbishment of a modern house in Mill Valley, California.
February 16, 2021
Japanese zen style goes far beyond minimalist white spaces. It is about thoughtful spaces which encourage the contemplation of light, colours, textures and shapes - the building blocks of nature and beauty. The Shutter House in Perth is a great example.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
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