June 25, 2020
Korean-New Zealander designer WooJai Lee, an alumnus of Design Academy Eindhoven, is fascinated by materials and their unexpected applications. As part of his graduation project he turned waste newsprint into pulp, combined it with glue and then moulded it into different shapes, creating a strong yet light material akin to papier-mâché.
For his Paperbricks series, the material took the form of bricks which resemble breeze blocks and pallets, which are then used to create tables. They have the texture of concrete or rough hewn stone, but with the lightness and colours that betray the material's previous life.
The Alchemist series features tables and shelves with slender tops and branch-like legs which looks almost like wrought iron. As a result the collection feels organic and industrial at the same time, no mean feat for a material which started life as a humble newspaper.
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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