June 15, 2016
Great design is often invisible as the functionality of the product is so well engineered that users take them completely for granted. It therefore takes spectacularly badly designed products to remind us of the value of good design, something architect and freelance graphic designer Katerina Kamprani is only too happy to oblige.
In her ongoing series of illustrations called The Uncomfortable she redesigns everyday objects to render them frustratingly useless, although we're sure some bright spark will invent a use for self-watering cans, leaky wellington boots and inch-thick forks. A serious commentary on functionality or just a bit of fun? Either way it makes us very thankful for good design.
Create your own unexpected and amusingly surreal look with side tables that look like buttons (Twine from Casamania), multi-functional storage units which look like airplane trolleys (from Bordbar) and side tables which look like a house of cards (A La Carte from Seletti).
We love the beautifully made and slightly surreal accessories designed by Studio Job for Ghidini 1961, especially the thimble ice bucket and bullet vase. The porcelain skateboard from Seletti is just as fun and works well as a serving tray too.
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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