With a limited edition cover by artist Michael Riedel
Nanimarquina / Skandium
Established in 1987 by Nani Marquina, this Spanish rug brand has become one of the country’s most celebrated design companies. The Earth Rug from the brand's Natural collection is made from soft jute fibres and available in five earthy tones such as ochre and terracotta. The fibres are 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable, not only kind to the environment but also insulating and antistatic to boot.
Dominique Perrault and Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost / Chevalier Édition
Given their broad portfolio of buildings that feature zig-zagging metal mesh and strong geometry, it's perhaps not surprising that Dominique Perrault and Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost of French firm DPA have designed a geometric rug called 'Zigzag' for Chevalier Édition. Made in luxurious hand knotted wool and/or silk, the zigzag pattern also informs the rug's shape, with its jutting, uneven edges.
Pauline Deltour / Discipline
Italian design brand Discipline's first foray into fashion makes a practical but stylish addition to its growing collection of furniture, lighting and home accessories. Created by young French designer Pauline Deltour, the Italian leather and raw-linen bag is manufactured in collaboration with Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano. It’s the perfect size for transporting laptops and tablets, and can be used as both a tote bag and a shoulder bag thanks to its adjustable shoulder strap.
Koichi Futatsumata / E&Y
The delicate metal rods of Koichi Futatsumata's 'In-The-Sky' mobile are arranged in a complex composition that mimics swaying branches in the breeze. Adding an instant sense of calm to the interior, the mobile was one of six pieces created by six different designers as part of Tokyo brand E & Y's 'Edition Horizontal' collection.
Tyler Hays / BDDW
Designed by Philadelphia-based Tyler Hays for his own furniture brand BDDW, the Swim rug has an undulating, ridged surface that is hand-knotted in Nepal from wool and silk.
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A perfect isosceles triangle, the 'Roof' mirror by Johannesburg design consultancy Tonic was inspired by postmodern design. ‘At the time we were also designing a range of furniture based on these simple shapes,’ says Tonic director Greg Gamble. ‘We were referencing postmodernism, using primary colours and basic geometry.’
Pieter Henning / Mock Mock
Hailing from McGregor in South Africa's Klein Karoo, Pieter Henning follows a design methodology that consists of deconstructing objects to their bare essentials. The result is a portfolio of poised, elegant pieces – such as his 'Regular' tables, made from raw solid copper and natural stone. Technically, says Henning, the name ‘Regular’ is a reference to the table’s geometric construction. But symbolically it refers to its ambition to fit in.
Jamie Hayon / BD Barcelona
Gaudi could easily have been a point of reference for Jamie Hayon when he created his outdoor furniture collection for BD Barcelona. The glamorous, organic range also includes a line of sculptural terracotta vases, which combine traditional forms with Hayon's trademark aesthetic.
Fort Standard / 1882 Ltd
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Fort Standard extended its creative reach to include ceramics this year. The Brooklyn-based design label unveiled a family of faceted bone china tumblers for the British brand 1882 during ICFF this year. Each vessel comprises three different segments, making for a shape that is rounder and easier to handle overall.
Gene Wiseman / Kaufmann Mercantile
The New York-based online store Kaufmann Mercantile has created its dream pocket knife with a help from knife-maker Gene Wiseman. Comprising a single, rust-resistant D-2 blade, brass and steel joinery and a micarta handle, the classic knives are handmade by Wiseman - who runs a small workshop in the Oklahoma outback - to the store's custom specifications over the course of two days. Simple and elegant, each knife tucks securely into its handle for ease of use.
Ludovica and Roberto Palomba / Kartell by Laufen
Kartell's new collaboration with bathroom specialist Laufen, and designers Ludovica and Roberto Palomba is one of those matches made in heaven. The three heavyweights teamed up earlier this year to reveal a collection of bathroom-specific furniture and accessories with a serious pedigree. Our favourite by far is the monolithic bathroom stool - an indispensable piece that's functional, beautiful and available in a myriad of signature Kartell colours.
Stefania Vasques / Sambonet
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Inspired by the tradition of cooking with terracotta, designer Stefania Vasques has devised a new line of cookware that makes the most of the material's gradual heat diffusion properties. Vasques' line is a modern vision of terracotta, whose slow, even cooking has come back in vogue. The five-piece range's minimalist, geometric aesthetics mirror the hearty fare that it produces. Vasques has even compiled a cookbook of recipes inspired by the ethos to boot.
Luis Arrivillaga / Luis Arrivillaga
This charming bookend comes from the mind of Guatemalan designer, Luis Arrivillaga. Eschewing the usual two-strong pairing, Arrivillaga's bookends come as a trio and also serve as desktop storage. Each wood and cast-iron form comes with hidden compartments where paper clips, erasers and other odds and ends can be concealed from view.
Benjamin Graindorge / Ymer & Malta
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Leave it to the French to bestow a touch of whimsy to everyday life. This trio of mirrors by up-and-coming talent Benjamin Graindorge was presented during Design Miami/Basel this summer. Each mirror has been delicately silk-screened with an image of tumbling clouds - a true technical feat in spite of its naïveté. Finished with rounded edges that have been beveled by hand, the mirrors have been issued in a limited edition of eight.
Scholten & Baijings / Pressalit
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Leave it to Dutch design dream team Scholten & Baijings to transform the humble loo seat into an object of desire. Together with Danish manufacturer Pressalit, the designers have applied their trademark mix of pastels and fine geometry to a collection of soft-closing loo seat designs. Named 'Colour Blend', the range features a subtle polka dot pattern in nine different colour combinations, all designed to blend seamlessly with Pressalit's existing collections. Helpfully, the seats are grouped into four categories to aid customers in the choice of the right shade for their bathroom. There are choices of two nuances of white from the 'White Basics' category; two wood-inspired tones from www.pressalit.com'All Natural'; three designs that reflect the colours of plaster, concrete and granite from 'Solid Grey'; and two dark, glossy designs from 'Black Tones'.
Lex Pott /
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We've been fans of young Dutch designer and Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Lex Pott since we saw his oxidised metal work at Dutch Design Week back in 2011. Pott's 'Pivot' shelves are his latest and perhaps his most commercial creation to date. Made from circular sheets of powder-coated steel, the shelves are folded in various ways to create a series of space-saving solutions. Also available in mirror-polished stainless steel, the powder-coated version comes in a choice of bright turquoise, pink or grey.
Gabriella Ciaschi and Studio Moab / Moab 80
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As the name suggests, it's the doors that are the focus of Italian brand Moab 80's new bathroom furniture line, shown here in limited-edition reclaimed pinewood. The warmth of the wood creates a pleasing contrast with the clean lines and smooth surfaces of the washbasin and countertop. The intriguing metal frame handles that complete the composition are part of a new accessories collection that will launch later this year at the Cersaie bathroom fair in Bologna.
Michael Schneider / Steinberg
Available from end of 2013
The angular, colourful design of Berlin-based designer Michael Schneider's '240 Series' mixer taps makes a feature out of this often overlooked element. Thanks to the discovery of a new hi-tech coating, manufacturers Steinberg tells us that it is able to produce the distinctive design in virtually any RAL colour. However, to make things less complicated, it has edited the list of endless possibilities down to a still impressive choice of five basic colours for the body and handle cap (Classic Chrome, Brushed Aluminium, Pepper White, Phantom Black and Chili Red) and a choice of 30 vibrant hues for the handle - including Grabber Blue, Kermit Green and Bumblebee Yellow. The futuristic faucet's colourful coating was developed in close collaboration with a surface engineering company and showcased in all its glory earlier this year at ISH in Frankfurt.
Barcelona-based design studio Aparentment showcased its rather marvellous 'Marblelous' mirrors at this year's Salone. Proving that simple solutions are often the most effective, the understated design is made up of just two parts: a rectangular Carrara marble base and a mirror with a polished brass back, which can be placed on the base in a landscape or portrait position. When you tire of gazing at your own reflection, the base also provides the perfect stand for a tablet device.
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From marble spaghetti measures to porcelain fruit bowls, Studio Lievito specialises in elegant kitchen accessories and tableware. The Italian trio's latest design, the 'Gravita' block, leaves us in no doubt as to where each of the kitchen utensils are kept. A sturdy wedge of oak houses a spatula, ladle and a slotted spatula that nest into the block's specially cut compartments. For the untidy chefs among us, each utensil features a handy wedge-shaped marble handle that when set down, elevates the messy head above the kitchen counter.
Daniel Gonzalez / Mütanta
We spotted this cast-iron pot, part of small cookware set by Czech designer Daniel Gonzalez, in Milan where it was shown as part of an exhibition by Prague's Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. A keen chef himself, Gonzalez wanted to create a heavy-duty range of pots and pans with a straightforward and long-lasting design. Comprising two saucepans and a cooking pot, the set was created as part of a graduation project in collaboration with Bohemian metal casting factory Stará Hut using traditional iron casting techniques.
Thomas Jenkins /
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Oslo-based British designer Thomas Jenkins has designed 'Knapp' in response to the short and wet Scandinavian summers. A stylish but sturdy blanket, it is made up of two layers: a waterproof Ventile sheet for placing on the ground, and a soft woollen fabric for sitting on. The two are connected with simple buttons in each corner so that they can be easily separated for washing.
Anna Fabrizi /
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One of our favourite exhibitions at this year's Salone was by international design collective This is Very Dangerous. Called 'My Grandmother', it showcased works inspired by memories of the designers' elderly family members. Anna Fabrizi's marble and chestnut coat hooks are an ode to her nonna's love of 1950s designs, and to the marble quarries of her home city, Carrara.
Sam Baron / Nodus
Called 'Jupon', which is French for petticoat, this swirling rug design was inspired by the exuberant skirts of cancan dancers. Designed by Frenchman Sam Baron, head of design at Benetton's creative studio Fabrica, for Italian company Nodus, 'Jupon' is full of movement and texture. The circular rug is hand-tufted in India using soft grey wool (a colour which recalls Paris' mansard roofs), and decorated with six nested rings of decorative pink fringing that resemble the flying skirts of a spinning dancer.
Yves Behar / Fuseproject
The August Smart Lock promises innovation in a field that's resisted change for generations. Billed as a new way of opening doors, the August abandons traditional keys, entry codes and sci-fi scanning in a favour of a smartphone app, a standard deadbolt and good old-fashioned maths. Designed by Yves Béhar's industrial design lab, Fuseproject, in collaboration with Jason Johnson, the August is essentially an app-controlled virtual key, personally tailored to those that need access. The brains are stored in a sleek metal cylinder, with 'keys' corroborated via Bluetooth to click the door open to the names on your list.
Jonathan Adler / Kohler
Manufactured in cast iron that can be enameled in dozens of colours, the 'Tides' has an undulating rim that dips slightly lower in the front for access and a basin that curves gently downward to contain splash.
Elisa Honkanen / Elisa Honkanen
Elisa Honkanen is a Finnish designer who worked for Piero Lissoni in Milan and Patrick Norguet in Paris before going it alone in 2009. Mounted on an oak frame, her 'Cut' mirror features an unexpected additional sliver of bronze-tinted mirror that either gives extra light or stays mute and dark depending on how the room is lit.
Fabrica / Fabrica
A hit at this year's Salone del Mobile, Fabrica's exhibition at Villa Necchi saw designers draw inspiration from the villa's original features to create 25 objects that were then produced by various Italian firms. These elegant fireplace tools reflect the wrought iron and marble surroundings of the property's fireplaces.
Sylvain Willenz / Chevalier Édition
With all the other things to admire in a living room, carpets are often overlooked. Not so with this eye-catching specimen by Belgian designer Sylvain Willenz. Relishing the chance to work solely on a two-dimensional level, the designer settled on three designs that reduced traditional folkloric patterns to their fundamental, geometric form.
Cristian Zuzunaga / Cristian Zuzunaga
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Cristian Zuzunaga's forward-thinking ethos has manifested itself in a new range of pixel-print textiles, developed from his digital manipulations of photographs of our urban environment. The Barcelona-born, London-based designer has worked with weaving specialist Teixidors, based in Terrassa, Catalonia, to give his modus operandi a fresh twist. The resulting blankets, all made from 100 per cent ecological merino wool, are each beautiful explorations of colour and scale that pack a subtle yet hypnotic punch.
David Weatherhead / Thorsten Van Elten
Originally designed in a limited edition for an exhibition at Goodd called ‘A product of Geometry’, these wall clocks explore a sense of the primary, essential and formal in object design. With echoes of Bauhaus, road safety signs, and the back reflectors on a trailer, the elegant Douglas fir clocks have – of course - the added bonus of telling the time.
Jens Fager / Stelton
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Rig-Tig is the new line of kitchenware from Copenhagen-based brand Stelton that gets its name (Danish for 'right') from its mission to produce 'the right product, with the right design at the right price'. We feel it has hit the nail on the head with these mixing bowls by Swedish designer Jens Fager. Made from bamboo melamine, they have a pleasing texture and their curved top lip acts as a helpful pouring feature.
Another Country / Another Country
British furniture brand Another Country's satisfying solid first range of wooden furniture went down such a treat that founder Paul de Zwart (Wallpaper's founding publisher) has decided to reminisce with his latest offering. The clock is a brilliantly simple twist on the company's first piece of furniture, a stool.
Itay Lanido / Itay Laniado
We're not known for getting our hands dirty, but these garden tools by Israeli designer Itay Laniado have us itching to start our own co-op farm. There's a pleasing agrarian roughness about the set that includes a machete, shovel, spade and bow saw. But Laniado has done more than create pretty tools that look good propped up against the shed -- there is also a healthy dose of common sense practicality in his designs that promise great things for the future. The scythe for instance can be quickly dissembled for safe storage, but more ingenius is a groove in the handle into which is wedged a sharpening stone for use in the field.
Emu / Emu
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Tattered, sun-faded outdoor furniture speaks of careless housekeeping. Keep your guests' disapproving looks at bay with these striking patterned cushions by Italian outdoor furniture specialists Emu. The mass-dyed acrylic provides a tough barrier against both the sun and general weather damage. The cushion filling yields comfortably to pressure, but immediately plumps back to its original shape. Ten solid colours are teamed with ten patterns ranging from rugged geometrics and pretty florals to stripes and arabesque curls. You'll never again be short of an attractive pillow to sit or lean on.
Broberg & Ridderstråle / Roshults
If you're the particular sort, like we are, outdoor cooking is an acceptable activity only if it doesn't involve food prepping and washing up by a muddy stream. This garden kitchen sink allays any lingering phobias with its reassuringly sturdy profile. The corrosion resistant frame wraps itself around an oiled oak work-bench and a generously proportioned stainless steel sink. Water is piped in with a standard hose and drains away into a container that, in turn, is easily emptied into the gardenia bed. Two spacious shelves below deck keep assorted cooking tools and containers neatly stacked away. We won't blame you if you decide to cook outdoors on a permanent basis.
Mermelada Estudio / Mermelada Estudio
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Outdoor showers, however attractively designed, tend to be hidden away against a wall feature and then unceremoniously ignored. The Delta, however, goes firmly against the grain. Barcelona-based Mermelada Estudio reworked the triangular form of the Greek letter to create a simple but stable tripod stand that connects to a hose. Water is fed through a long angled shower head that delivers a thick spray. Best of all, the Delta can be easily picked up and moved to another location or left in situ as a garden installation. Come winter, it's just as easily dismantled and packed away. That's the kind of shower power we'd like to see more of.
Tony Almén and Peter Gest / Nola
There are trellises and there are trellises. Tony Almén and Peter Gest's all-white version will turn even the dullest corner of your home into a picture perfect backdrop for a festive garden party. Made up of a series of slender identical panels, the trellis ripples outwards like a concertina. Repeating triangular cutouts form an attractive geometric pattern that also serves as gaps for vines to grip hold of and twine upwards. The versatility of the design means that the trellis can used as a single unit to, say, divide an indoor space, or as a series that runs along an outside wall like a living green tapestry.
Domenico De Palo / Antonio Lupi
Fireplaces have rightfully reclaimed their hot spot in the modern home. There's something incredibly soothing and communal, primal even, about warming yourself next to merrily crackling flames. More so when the flames are contained within a fireplace as discretely unobtrusive yet structural as Domenico De Palo's 'Il Canto del Fuoco', literally song of fire. Made of stainless steel, the surfaces are either lacquered or sheathed in rust-hued Corten steel, while heat is generated by bioethanol, or traditional wood. We know where we'll be gathering around this winter.
Sebastian Bergne / Atelier d'exercices
Perpetual calenders are tricky things to design in part because you have to incorporate disparate elements and various date combinations in a cohesive whole and in a way that doesn't require a degree in advanced maths to read. Resembling a deconstructed astrolab, London-based designer Sebastian Bergne's 'Calendrier Ring' achieves the goal most admirably with just three interlocking circles. Dates are marked simply by lining up the relevant circle to a central rod that acts as both a hinge and date marker. In the Calendrier, Bergne, whose works have shown at the Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art has created a calendar that will never date.
Laure Gremion / Alessi / ECAL
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It's never a good idea, especially in an office setting, to be caught watching the clock, but it's difficult not to make an exception with Laure Gremion's hypnotic Volta; the dizzying pattern is created by the movement of the second hand against a circular face spoked with 60 radiating lines. The result is, dare we say it, a timely reimagining of a quotidian object but executed with a quiet intelligence and restraint that bodes well for Germion's future. More so because the Volta is part of an imaginative series of desk and office accessories designed for Alessi by Germion and her fellow second year students in the industrial design bachelor programme at ECAL. For now, the Volta exists only as a prototype, but be assured we're barracking for its eventual production.
Plus Minus Zero / Plus Minus Zero
Our love affair with multi-tasking, space saving gadgets hit another high when we plugged in this toaster oven by the homeware maven Plusminuszero. Overseen by creative director and legendary designer Naoto Fukusawa, the company produces the kind of pared back to the essentials products that only the Japanese seem to be capable of designing. The high shape of this compact toaster oven, itself a visual nod to a loaf of bread, makes it perfect for cooking everything from casseroles to reheating leftovers, while midnight snacks of croque monsieur are a snap to prepare.
TVS / TVS
Slaving away in the kitchen is all very well for some, but we insist on doing our sautéing and braising with precisely the right equipment. And since we acquired this set of pots and pans by Urbino-based cookware specialists TVS, our cooking escapades here at Wallpaper* HQ have acquired an almost mythic Julia Childs quality about them. Made from recyclable materials and coated with hard wearing ceramic, these robust additions to our kitchen have turned the usual tedious mealtime prep into an unexpected pleasure.
Aldo Bakker / Izé
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In the great pantheon of home accessories, door handles often tend to be given shortshrift. Which is why we can't keep our hands off this brass beauty that Dutch designer Aldo Bakker designed for hardware specialists Izé. The angled lines of the lever is almost mercurial in the way it flows out of the door before flaring into a comfortable ergnomic shape that folds naturally into the contours of a palm. At this year's Salone del Mobile (see W*146), we picked Bakker, the son of Droog founder Gijs Bakker, as one to watch -- a choice we feel is vindicated by the minimalist discipline of this door handle.
Pratesi / Pratesi
We love relaxing in bed as much as the next person, but this new collection by linen maestros Pratesi -- which debuted at this year's Salone Internazionale del Mobile as a more contemporary and considerably less expensive range than the classic Pratesi collection -- might be just the thing to convince us to stage a more permanent lie-in. The clean tailored sheets, made of Egyptian cotton and Italian linen especially, are accented with discreet patterns and colour palette that won't clash with even the most outré décor. What we applaud most is the fact that they are wrinkle-free, meaning they can be taken straight out of the dryer and tucked back onto the bed. The new line is available online with a limited retail presence at Pratesi's flagship stores in Melrose Place, New York and Hong Kong.
Sebastian Herkner / Studio Sebastian Herkner
On a visit to Spain, Sebastian Herkner came across a company that makes yarn from paper. Intrigued by the material's possibilities, he began incorporating it in his designs. 'Bask', Herkner's new line is a multi-tasker after our own heart. A slim metal grid provides these baskets with an unexpectedly strong frame around which the paper yarn is woven. The deep storage capacity make the baskets perfect for collecting laundry, while the lids double as either storage baskets for magazines and new towels, or when set over a stool, as a handy side-table.
Neunzig Design / Boffi
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Cleanliness may sit comfortably next to godliness in many households, but we think there's much to be said for adding tidiness into the mix. And with the assistance of this sleek versatile shelf, there really is no better place to practise what we preach than in the bathroom. Designed by Barbara Funck and Rainer Weckenmann of Neunzig Design, the Skyline comprises two Corian trays, one shallow and one deep, stacked over a u-shaped frame -- perfect for holding soap, razors and the like, while keeping your bottles of assorted unguents, fresh hand towels and toiletries neatly together. To help clean your act even further, a floor mounted version in white metal is also available.
Big Game / Amorim / Materia
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Just because we're all grown up now doesn't mean we're not partial to a bit of fun in the bathtub. A few years ago, Corticeira Amorim, the world's largest cork producer, decided to team up with a group of designers to come up with novel uses for cork. Two years later, the results debuted at the recent Salone Internazionale del Mobile and we were immediately taken with this playful trio of toy boats by Swiss-based designers Big-Game. With just a few simple but elegantly designed plastic attachments, the base cork hulls convert into sail boat, submarine and dinghy. Light in shape, buoyant in spirit, these little boats are proof that it's never too late to have a second childhood.
Naoto Fukasawa / Alessi
Naoto Fukasawa has applied his distinctive brand of minimalism to a new range of pans for Alessi, named 'Shiba', after the small but agile Japanese dog. The designer limited himself just to pans that are strictly necessary for daily life for a family of four. With lids that are pleasingly flush to the base, the pans also come with the handle and knob in Bakelite, but we prefer the warmth of wood.
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Big-Game's mirrors are created by silvering the windshields of cars - ideal for souping up a bathroom. To ensure the user's image isn't distorted, the Lausanne-based studio selects only flat mirrors from cars like the VW Beatle, the Citro ë n 2CV and the Renault 4L. Hopefully the reflection will look as good as the mirror.
LucidiPevere / Normann Copenhagen
Whisking is one of the more trying jobs in the kitchen. But, to brighten the task, designer LucidiPevere has spurned the traditional metal utensil, fashioning a bamboo and plastic mixer in the shape of a tree. Inspired by an Italian cypress, it's a piece of sculpture for the kitchen.
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec / Nanimarquina
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It almost seems a shame to tread on the Losanges collection of rugs by the Bouroullec brothers, beautifully made by hand in Northern Pakistan, using hand-spun wool. Their 13 colours and geometrical rhombus shape give a modern rethink to traditional kilims. 'We have always been captivated by the traditional Persian rug, especially by the very old kilim savoir-faire, which we see as a delicate mix of rusticity and fineness,' they explain. Thanks to the hand-crafting, each carpet is unique.
Image: © Studio Bouroullec
BCXSY / Established & Sons
'We wanted to create patterns out of simple geometric shapes,' say BCXSY duo Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto of their series of three screens. This humble mission belies the craftsmanship involved in their making. It took the Eindhoven-based designers months to track down the right Japanese Tategu wood joinery specialist to bring their ideas to fruition. Finally, a couple of photos on a blog led them to Mr Tanaka, who meticulously crafted each of the folding screens (in editions of eight) out of Hinoki Japanese Cypress wood in his Tokyo workshop. 'We found the process, the extreme skill and accuracy required by the craft, fascinating,' explains Cohen. 'Every piece requires a variety of different tools that are often custom made by the craftsman to address a specific task.'
Francois Xavier Balléry / Domeau & Pérès
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Proof that inspiration can come from the strangest places - the simply named ‘Pretty Vase Collection’ takes its cue from household water pipes, which designer Francois Xavier Balléry has reinterpreted in PVC. With matt, satin and glossy finishes, the family of three vases gives plumbing a new dose of style.
Mikael Silvanto / RCA Design Products Collection
Digital broadcasting might be rendering traditional radio tuners obsolete but Finnish designer Mikael Silvanto takes subversive pleasure in accentuating the AM/FM device as an object to be tuned, just like an instrument. To find a station, you slide the body of the radio along the bar - a visual metaphor for measuring airwaves, as well as a practical tuning device. Part of the Design Products Collection - a new RCA initiative aimed at making the most innovative of graduate designs commercially viable - its red graphics echo the college's crest.
Johannes Herbertsson and Martin Berg / RVW
The 'Haijk' flower pot is not content with playing host to the fruits of nature's intricate eco-systems - it also takes inspiration from its patterns for its own form. Designed by Herbertsson and Berg to be easily movable, the concept is that the pot should create a dialogue between the sun, the plant and the viewer. And, best of all, its base is made from pine and is accompanied by a tiny atlas which shows where in the world the tree was harvested.
Joseph Forakis / Normann Copenhagen
Ballo takes its name from the Italian for 'dance'. Sound an unlikely one for a toilet brush? Well, yes. But this cheery Jozeph Forakis-designed version of that most unglamorous of bathroom accessories raises a smile as it wobbles and flexes on its rounded underside. Based on Forakis' early experiments with the concept of balance, the plastic brushes come in black, grey, green and blue.
Tomàs Kràl and Camille Blin / Okolo
Serial mislayers of writing implements can now keep their pens and pencils safely stored within the stylish locked jaws of the Pen Monster. Tomàs Kràl and Camille Blin came up with this wooden container after visiting the woodworking shop of Joseph Miele, where they were inspired by an avertical shaper. Each fiendish tooth encloses around a writing utensil, while a black screw on top locks them in place.
Tom Dixon / Tom Dixon
The problem with beautiful hooks is that you never want to hang anything on them. Like the very best butler, however, this graphic coat tree will hold its own while holding your coat as well. Also available in white, black and natural oak, the design is one of the better branches of Tom Dixon’s latest collection, and we’re very happy for it to take a supporting role in our hallway.
Inga Sempé / Moustache
Inga Sempé, who has launched a number of covetable designs this year, is clearly having a moment. It's her time, and -- lucky us -- she's sharing it with her new 'Guichet' clock. Easily the best product in Moustache's new collection, the blue clock has a hypnotic aperture that shows moving stripes with the passing of the seconds.
Wendy Legro / Wendy Legro
Why don't people use hot-water bottles any more? That's what Dutch designer Wendy Legro wants to know. Theorising that perhaps electric blankets were stealing a march on the more traditional body warmer, she set out to redesign it and brings that warm and fuzzy feeling back to bedtime. The result is made from rubber and white felt, impregnated with polyutherane to make it stronger. While you might want to display it in the daytime, ultimately this is a piece to covet under the covers.
Sohei and Sumiko Arao / Sides Core
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Architects seem to have a particular capacity for cutlery, and the proof is in the eating with this new range of spoons, knives and forks by Sides Core, a company founded in 2005 by Osaka-based architects Sohei and Sumiko Arao. The duo designed the curves of their stainless steel 'Link' cutlery by considering how the pieces would look when placed side by side.
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