August 30, 2016
Furniture and lighting should first and foremost be functional, but sometimes a touch of whimsy can turn unremarkable objects into something more thought-provoking.
This is how we feel about the fanciful furniture and lighting designed by Tokyo-based H220430 (the name represents the date the designed collective was founded, on 30 April in the 22nd year of the Heisei era, i.e. 2010). The Unusual Chair, with one broken leg, is a commentary on how abnormal life is since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The Sunrising Lamp tries to recreate the sense of optimism with the rising sun, whilst the Larsen C vase draws attention to the melting icecaps in Antartica. Last but not least we love the pure, unadulterated fun of the Balloon chair and bench.
For a wall hanger with real personality check out the Pipework wall hanger from Nick Fraser. We also like the quirkiness of the Here (Thimble) ice bucket from Ghidini 1961 and the fun and elegant Laura apron from Ugi.
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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