April 04, 2016
Heritage is a common source of inspiration for product designers, but it takes extraordinary sensitivity to incorporate heritage into contemporary designs in a creative and pastiche-free way. Jo Nagasaka shows us how with the ColoRing shrine table and the Twinsugi range of ceramics.
ColoRing is a colourful and intriguing occasional table which takes its inspirations from two sources. Its shape is informed by traditional Japanese shrine table whilst its construction is inspired by the traditional Japanese painting and lacquering techniques of Udukuri and Tsugaru nuri. The result is a series of slim tables in a highly contemporary colour palette which highlights the depth and beauty of the natural wood grains.
Twinsugi is a set of ceramic cups inspired by the traditional Japanese practice of repairing cracked and broken ceramics by lacquering the cracks with gold and other precious metals, thereby translating faults into beauty. In this instance Jo Nagasaka applied this philosophy to make cups which are joined together using complex 3D modelling techniques as if broken cups were attached to each other, thereby creating new vessels that are quirky and beautiful at the same time.
Occasional tables is a great way to add interest to a living space. The Fishbone series of tables from Moroso are beautifully colourful, just like the ColoRing tables from Jo Nagasaka. If you are inspired by the sculptural shape of the tables, what about trying the Element small table from Desalto?
Wood veneer lights would go perfectly with the ColoRing tables. All LZF wood veneer lights, such as the Link floor light shown here, can be ordered in 10 different colours to suit different design schemes. The Lampscape suspension light from Frederik Roije looks like multiple standard lampshades fused together, just like the Twinsugi ceramic cups from Jo Nagasaka.
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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?
December 15, 2020
American artist-designer John Eric Byers cites, amongst others, Donald Judd and Richard Serra as sources of his inspiration. The influence of these American masters of minimalism are clear to see from the furniture he has created.
October 08, 2020
Detractors of minimalism often decry the cold, impersonal nature of the style. However, when executed intelligently, minimalist designs can be surprisingly expressive. The furniture collections of designer Niko Koronis is a case in point.
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