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Metamorphosis of flowers

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 19:37:07 +0000

The development of this series of My Secret Garden paintings was preceded by a great quest. Arne Quinze started this project 6 years ago by planting a flower meadow of more than 4000 plants and flowers around his house, achieving a complete metamorphosis in order to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of nature. How do plants grow, develop and behave? How do they evolve through the seasons? What is the symbiotic relationship between different plants? And above all, how do they influence us? The My Secret Garden exhibition takes place 31 March 2018 – 14 May 2018 at Maruani Mercier Gallery, Kustlaan 90, Knokke, Belgium.



Snow motif cheese cake design

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:59:27 +0000

A branding and a new product design project by nendo for Flanders Co. Ltd. a firm based in Kushiro, Hokkaido  that specializes in manufacturing and selling of confectioneries. Hokkaido is located in the north of Japan and is renowned for its dairy farming and the production of its milk and dairy products.  The brand was named “N” taken from the word “north” and the logo was kept to a minimal with just a triangle  that points to this direction reflecting the firm’s expertise in making confectioneries using the ingredients of Hokkaido.  A cheese cake was decided as the brand’s first product to be designed.  When the box is opened a snowy landscape reminiscent of Hokkaido is presented, and when the tree is pulled out  a cheesecake appears from beneath the snow. The “snow” is made from icing sugar, and the “tree” can be picked up like a cocktail stick.  The idea was inspired by the traditional techniques of the north that by storing vegetables and fruit in the snow  a self-preservation occurs that enhances sweetness intensity.



Products from left over material

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:05:38 +0000

As an outcome from a workshop with the Swedish producer Swedese, the design group Front will show a couple of new pieces at the coming Stockholm Design Week. The workshop was swiveling around the excess of materials from the production at the factory. The mirror and the tables are made from the seating curve cut-offs of Yngve Ekströms classic Lamino chair.



CAKE KALK encourages outdoor exploration with responsibility and respect

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 08:46:44 +0000

CAKE, manufacturer of lightweight electric off-road performance motorcycles has presented its first model, KALK. An all-electric high-performance off-road motorcycle designed for exploration and discovery. An evolution of light electric motorcycles previously customized by small builders, the KALK is engineered from scratch to give riders unprecedented reliability and durability, industry-leading performance and exceptional safety. With a clear mission to contribute speeding up the transition towards a zero emission society, CAKE aims to turn the motorized two-wheeled future upside down, said Stefan Ytterborn, founder and CEO of CAKE. Each component of the KALK had to be developed from scratch to support the category, since mountain bike parts are too weak and available motorbike parts too heavy. Every part of the KALK, including rolling chassis — frame, cockpit, wheels and tires — components, suspension and drive train, was engineered, designed and manufactured for optimal performance. Light, silent and clean electric off-road motorbikes will make the era of noise, disturbance, pollution and complexity a thing of the past, Stefan Ytterborn continues. The category will evolve into an independent pursuit, offering action and magic in combination with responsibility and respect towards people and planet. The name KALK was derived directly from kalksten, limestone being the bedrock of […]



Rug Parquet by Front Design

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:50:57 +0000

The design group Front presents Parquet – a new line of rugs and poufs for GAN at the IMM Cologne fair. The three colorful handcrafted kilims Tetragon, Rhomb and Hexagon were inspired by patterns of classic parquet flooring. The geometrical shapes and the colours create an illusion of depth in the pattern. The irregular outlines make the rugs modular and fit together as a jigsaw puzzle. We were inspired by old floors in palaces and churches that often were decorated. We wanted to create a colourful rug with geometrical patterns, says Sofia Lagerkvist. The old craft of parquet flooring were translated by the skilled weavers in the traditional kilim technique, says Anna Lindgren.



The Nuage promenade in the Miami design district

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:23:11 +0000

Nuage promenade is a 100 metre-long urban design by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in collaboration with Nathan Browning @ islandplanningcorporation. The modules and columns are made of stainless steel and tinted glass. The ground elements, ponds, planters and seating areas are made of raw concrete. It’s mainly characterized by an organic pergola, raised above some ponds and planters. This installation brings shade, shelter, seating and charm to the Paseo Ponti in the Miami Design District. Like ivy that grows along the street, Nuage promenade engages with buildings and facades, creating a natural relationship with the surrounding architecture. The sun shines through the steel and colored glass structure that mimics cloud apertures, casting graphic shadows that vibrate with blues and greens like stained-glass windows crossed by the sun in cathedrals. Local rustic plants envelop the project, with trees jutting through the clouds to the sky, or relaxing against them. Quickly, vines will colonize the system, gaining depth and patina throughout the years, encircling the quiet ponds and plant beds arranged along the path. These freely shaped concrete forms emerge as if from the ground, mineral and heavy. They contrast the stainless-steel roof on which the environment, the sky, the vegetation are reflected. The […]



nendo transforms electronic paper to a rollable and adjustable flashlight

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:36:05 +0000

nendo is presenting a flashlight that have been designed using the technology of AgIC, that prints electronic circuit boards onto paper, films and cloth using silver particle ink. After testing various types of paper, we selected YUPO paper by Takeo that is used in ballot paper for elections. With YUPO paper, ink sits evenly and the smooth surface ensures the ink and paper can be rounded with minimal force, and are less likely to curl, says Oki Sato, the founder of nendo. The paper is also hard-wearing, water resistant and therefore also suitable for industrial applications. The circuits on both sides of the paper were printed with a checker pattern, and two button cells and seven LEDs were glued on with conductive adhesive. The resistance was changed by varying the path length of each LED by adjusting how tight you roll the paper, enabling the lighting to be controlled. The longer the path the higher the resistance, conversely the shorter the path the lower the resistance. Therefore, light becomes dimmer when paper is rolled loosely, and brighter when tightly rolled. Furthermore, due to the characteristic that the LEDs change color while touching paper, when the paper is wrapped with the […]



The Loopless and Buckleless Band for Apple watches

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:21:11 +0000

Benjamin Hubert of experience design agency LAYER has designed LABB, an innovative injection moulded selfgripping strap for the new generation of Apple Watches. LABB – short for The Loopless and Buckleless Band – utilises a robust and easy-to-use fastening system in which the two halves of the strap simply grip along their entire surface for maximum traction and to avoid the need for complex buckles and loops. “Brasport Group approached Layer to materialise The LABB project simply because the studio was best qualified to meet the functional, stylistic and holistic specifications of the new-generation strap. And, what looked good on paper proved just as remarkable in practice – the studio explores each project from multiple angles and is never afraid to go against the grain, says Alain Dubois, CEO, Brasport Group.” LABB is the first product for Swiss start-up Noomoon, which has received backing from watchstrap experts, Brasport Group. The innovative, patented strap launched yesterday on Kickstarter.



A collection of lights and screens based on a bell shaped module

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 17:35:30 +0000

Chaînes by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is a collection of lights and screens based on a bell shaped module. The luminous chains exist in white plaster or anodized aluminium (in blue, green or blond gold metal). The non-luminous screen is made in red glazed ceramic. Now the Chaînes collections is presented in a exhibition at Galerie kreo in Paris until January 7th, 2017.  



Soft stone massage pillows

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:16:00 +0000

Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune and Mårten Claesson of the Swedish design and architecture group Claesson Koivisto Rune is launching a set of massage pillows for Dream, Japan. One of the main challenges of this commission was to encourage the brand to go against the Japanese medical device market sector norms of employing an attention-grabbing mixture of fabrics, colours and forms for the product’s design in order to communicate various functions and carve out a market position, says Eero Koivisto. We became convinced that there was another way to approach the product that might help it integrate in new ways into more customers daily lives. The result is the Soft Stone massage pillows, says Ola Rune. The Soft Stone massage pillows will be presented at “Trunk Hotel” in Aoyama, on the 4th of November, between 12:30 – 14:30, where Claesson Koivisto Rune will talk about their design philosophy and thoughts on the “Soft Stone” products.