I was thrilled to read that Konstantin Grcic was awarded Designer of the Year at Design Miami. So I thought you might be interested in a recent interview mostly about his work and one exhibition-specific work in particular titled Netscape. Netscape is an arrangement of 24 hammock-seat hybrids under a pretty amazing tent and takes advantage of Miami’s climate. It also worked out for Grcic that he could flat-pack and ship the net-seats to Miami after monitoring their fabrication in his Munich studio. Grcic describes Netscape:
“I knew that I wanted to create something special for the fair—something functional, but also something that incorporated my ideas of what a place like Miami is like in December. The idea for the commission was fairly immediate because the tent design by Moorhead & Moorhead really lent itself to a project like this. It’s a space for people to enjoy.”
I spotted this odd little stool/pouf thing over on MoCo Loco and it caught my eye. It was created by designer Nicolas Le Moigne out of the fiber of cement scraps and shaped into something more aesthetically pleasing though still extremely interesting. I don’t really have any more information on these, his site is extremely limiting, but I think these would be really rad to have as a couple of side tables that could double as seating. I wonder how hard it would be to make something like this myself?
I visited the new CB2 in Santa Monica last weekend and while poking around I found these rad little stone houses (technically a house, temple or condo) which when combined create a great little village. I guess these little guys could just sit on a table or something but I like the idea of them as bookends. They’re geometric shapes are really fun and their surfaces are nice and smooth, made of “natural mint sandstone”. I just wish I had a place to put these…
Last week Alex posted this crazy chair called the Prickly Pear Chair which I thought I was pretty crazy until I found the chair above. The Proust Geometrical Chair was designed by Alessandro Mendini in 2009 for Cappellini which features the intense pattern you see in the photos, which personally reminds me of dazzle camouflage. It also kind of reminds me of the unnecessary indulgence of the 80′s, mixing a classic shape with a contemporary pattern. Don’t think I’d ever want this in my home but it’s certainly fun to look at.
Found through Share Some Candy
It’s that time of summer when the optimism of spring is evaporating as quickly as the turgidity of the potted plants on my front porch. It’s the heat that kills them. In the spring, it seemed like a good idea to plant dozens of delicate, thirsty flowers; but in the summer the ghosts of dead plants are reminding me that I should have planted cacti… or maybe just rocks.
New to me are the Prickly Pair Chairs by Valentina Gelz Wohlers. Introduced last year during Milan Design Week, the chairs cleverly bend a very French, oval-backed chair with the pads of a prickly pear cactus. There are even little spiny things in the tufts of the upholstery. The chair made me laugh the first time I saw it, and I’ve been thinking about how to downplay the absurdity of the chair in an interior ever since. I haven’t come up with anything.
But I still like the chair, and I need somethings other than dead plants on my front porch. Is there a waterproof version? Well, honestly, I’m not sure that water is a realistic threat… just ask the dead plants.
I thought you might like to know about this elegant collection of chairs, ottomans and tables from the office of Michael Wolk. The Stryde Collection is great because it has the quality of mid century furniture, yet is clearly contemporary. (In fact, I came across the collection on the Contemporist.) The attenuated legs make me nervous because they’re so skinny at the floor, but the fact that they are gorgeous walnut distracts me. It’s almost as distracting as sitting in sad, rolling office chair imagining what it would be like to recline in soft leather with a good book.
German designer Elisa Strozyk takes everyday objects and skilfully re-imagines their properties and functions. For her “wooden textiles” series she is concerned with “giving importance to surfaces that are desirable to touch [that] can reconnect us with the material world and enhance the emotional value of an object.” Strozyk’s interest in touch, sensation and feeling is at the heart of her design practice that challenges perception. Playing with the user’s understanding of the tactility of wood, this series experiments with the perceived inflexibility of the material and attempts to transform interwoven wooden tiles into a soft textile. I have no idea what her finished designs actually feel like, but the visual effect of these deconstructed wooden mosaics is amazing. Definitely take a peek at Strozyk’s site if you’re interested in designs that fuse progressive creativity, functionality and beauty.
FOUND THROUGH CONTEMPORIST.
I have yet to acquire my dream home, but one thing is for certain: when I finally do move into my charming modern cottage, it will not be complete unless I have a piece or two by furniture designer Greg Hatton. Using reclaimed materials and found objects, Hatton crafts wood in an organic style that looks as though his furniture has naturally been found in the woods. There is clearly an eco-conscious philosophy at the heart of his design practice that is beautifully melded with artisanal skill.
Hatton is also an accomplished landscape designer, so I may have to start saving my pennies for a bespoke tree house for the back garden of my cottage. After all, a girl can dream.
You can check out his work on his portfolio, flickr and blog.