April 20, 2017
During the Milan Design Week the wild frontier of design was undoubtedly the Ventura-Lambrate district, where emerging and experimental designers showed their wares under the vast rusting hulks of disused industrial facilities. One of the exhibitions which stood out was put on by the students of HDK - the Academy of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg.
The Reveal bench by Ida Flik may look simple at first sight, but the unusual graduated colour finish on the top of the bench suggests something more intriguing. In fact the black colour at one end of the bench fades with touch, which enables users to leave their hand-prints temporarily, urging them to explore it with their hands.
Helen Johannesson's Together Stool is an experiment in collaboration, with different components of the bizarrely shaped stools and tables originating from sketches from other people. The resulting objects are unexpectedly sleek and elegant, with a beguiling sculptural touch.
The Windroses series of tables and lamps from Simone Affabris was inspired by the graphic tool of the same name. We particularly like the simple and elegant lamps with their swivelling shades.
Other highlights include the tactile wooden stool and chair of August Olsson, the sculptural ceramic works of Erica Andersson and the seemingly half finished tables from Petter Fjellman-Lätt.
Express your creativity with a vibrant and eclectic mix of furniture. The Luna cabinet from Coedition is spectacularly quirky, as is the Softer Than Steel bench from Desalto and the Rememberme chair from Casamania.
Lighting is a great way to add a touch of quirkiness to any design scheme. Try the Maman suspension light from Seletti, the Olo table light from Moustache and the Lampscapes floor light from Frederik Roije.
Add a dash of humour with accessories that are unexpectedly surreal, such as the App wall hanger from Incipit, the airplane trolley from Bordbar and the Twitable fruit bowl / centrepiece from Seletti.
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?
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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