I love this next design because it is so simple and at the same time pure design genius.
Hockerbank 2010 by Joanna Dehio is a collection of round tables and stools which can be transformed into long benches and tables by the addition of extra planks of wood with matching round cutouts. GENIUS!
How many people do you know who struggle to supply extra seating for events and parties? Generally our option is to store a huge stack of folding chairs and trestle tables to cater for these situations but imagine the space you would save with this design! I am awe-struck by how simple and clever this piece is.
Last year Hockerbank Edition 2012 was released which is a colourful version of the original design, adding a little fun and pizazz to this fantastic piece of furniture.
One of the most beautiful materials to use for furniture and homewares is wood.
Wood comes in so many varieties which allows this massive variation in colour, grain and texture. The natural beauty of wood can be showcased by using many different techniques, the sculptural possibilities are endless and the results can be simply stunning.
Below are some amazing pieces that I think celebrate wood in all it’s glory, th result is items that are beautiful and timeless.
1. Oak Pendant Light by Ross Gardam
2. Birch Sake Pot by Kota Fukunaga / Mjolk (Wine Cooler also available)
3. Petrified Wood Trivet by Anthropologie
4. Snake Wardrobe by Fuers Heim
5. Wooden Hammock by Adam Cornish
6. Homestead Candlesticks by Ladies & Gentlemen / available in Australia through Douglas and Bec
7. Mk2 Wood iPad cover by Miniot
I cannot remember where in cyberspace I first initially discovered the work of fashion designer / artist Eugenialejos, but it has stuck with me ever since. Her A Dixit collection was showcased through a look book of sliced photographs that are so mesmerizing, one of those simple yet effective techniques that make you do a double take.
Then I discovered the ZigZag mirror by Mut Design and thought, what a perfect parallel (no pun intended.) This piece essentially is the physical embodiment of these photographs. It slices the reflection into parallel strips, multiplying the object or combining two separate reflections onto one visual plain. The panels of the mirror are mounted at 45 degrees which allows the possibility of multiple views from one vantage point. Pretty spectacular right?
Rarely is a piece of furniture this captivating.
The Samurai Chair by designer Seo Young Moon is optical illusion at its best. Your eyes tell you it is a fragile object, an illusion, yet it is indeed a stable and robust, functional piece. True to it s name , the chair appears sliced, as if a moment in time has been frozen as a samurai sword has sliced through the chair, splitting the form into a fragmented object.
In a world accustomed to photoshop, it feels like a doctored photo, not a real object at all. This is the magic that makes this piece so beautiful, simplicity in conception and execution yet it achieves maximum effect.
Clever, very clever…
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, Hermit is back!
This week we will explore some amazing designs that will indeed make you do a second take, third and fourth even! I have discovered some really interesting pieces that play with your perception of space. They tell your eyes and brain an opposing story, performing the impossible and hold the viewer entranced in a state of disbelief.
Prepare to be amazed!
1. Ink Blot Series Limited Editon Plates by We Love Kaoru / Everything Begins
2. Bias of Thoughts Bookshelf by ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects
3. Shadow Chair by Duffy London
4. Illusion Skull by Tom Craven
5. Cube 7 Side Table by Rockman & Rockman
6. 90° vase by Cuatro Cuatros
One of the most unusual new furniture designs on the market is the Cazembe Floor Art Collection by Olio Effect.
Below are four of my favourite pieces from the furniture range, the Masala Feature Chair and 2 seater, the S-Bend Feature Chair and the Sputnik Stool. Each of the pieces are hand-made from coconut stalks and rattan that have been moulded and cast in polished resin. This method of creation allows the furniture to take on beautifully organic forms that twist, bulge and dip to mimic and accommodate the human form.
The combination of materials result in flowing lines that emphasise and complement the curves of the furniture. The play of the light and dark lines creates almost a painterly effect, echoing those used on many tribal artworks and artifacts. In fact, I think you will agree, each of these pieces is really a masterpiece in itself!
The Olio Effect website is currently under construction but you can contact them through their facebook page.