‘Rollit’ – Design students stretch the boundaries for modular housing

On May 29, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Inbal
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I love it when I find students’ work when I’m searching for things to write about as their biggest advantage over the working designers on the market is their ability to dream. These dreams may never come true but the way I see it they are the basis for tomorrow’s new inventions. Students from the University [...]

I love it when I find students’ work when I’m searching for things to write about as their biggest advantage over the working designers on the market is their ability to dream.
These dreams may never come true but the way I see it they are the basis for tomorrow’s new inventions.
Students from the University of Karsruhe in Germany have been experimenting with a unique new type of modular housing – “Rolit” is a cylindrical experimental house that includes everything you’d need in a home for one. A bit like a mouse in a wheel, the resident pushes the unit by walking in the center to rotate the structure to the desired position. Simply exert a little bit of energy to access a bed, a lounge chair, a table, built in storage, a shower, a toilet, or even the kitchen sink!
The unit is built from four support rings over a rigid inner shell, while a translucent membrane wraps the cylinder and can be printed with advertisements. Thin wooden slats circle the unit to provide a smooth running surface to roll it and openings on the side and slated windows let light into the interior. Mattresses and cushions are held on with velcro or put away inside cabinets when not in use. The interior is covered with 15 mm thick OSB panels.
Rollit, which won a design competition in collaboration with the Institute for Industrial Design and construction output (IFIB), was carefully designed and configured to incorporate multiple uses inside a small living space. The table, lounge chair and bed all cooperate with one another at the far end of the unit – the seat for the lounger is top of the table, while the bed is directly overhead. Just make sure that you’re on flat ground with a break – otherwise things could get way out of hand if you started to roll down a hill.
 

MADE IN USA – A crib for the modernist baby

On May 29, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Inbal
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The Roh Collection by Spot On Square is every modernist’s dream, giving your baby a true room with a view. The use of a durable half-inch, BPA free, phthalate free, 100% recyclable clear acrylic that is framed by locally sourced Walnut creates a truly stunning and innovative design for the modern nursery. This original material [...]

The Roh Collection by Spot On Square is every modernist’s dream, giving your baby a true room with a view.
The use of a durable half-inch, BPA free, phthalate free, 100% recyclable clear acrylic that is framed by locally sourced Walnut creates a truly stunning and innovative design for the modern nursery. This original material allows you to see your baby and adds a unique touch to the crib’s look.
The generously sized, coordinating walnut dresser will have parents considering a set for their own bedroom as well. A removable changing tray is available.
The ROH collection is offered in beautiful combinations of Walnut and White or Walnut and Grey; while the acrylic on the crib can be ordered on just one side, or both sides. There is a toddler conversion for the crib to convert it to a child’s bed, allowing the furniture to grow and adapt with your child.
This premium collection by Spot on Square raises the bar with innovation of design and material for the nursery, and the most wonderful thing about it is that it is MADE IN USA.
 

The wonder of design

On May 22, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Inbal
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When an international tourism magazine ; “Conde Nest Traveler “, cfhooses the new design museum in Holon, a small city in Israel, as one of the new wonders of the world, alongside th stadium football city set up for the World Cup in Johannesburg, a museum competed in Calais, France, the Guang TV Tower in China, [...]

When an international tourism magazine ; “Conde Nest Traveler “, cfhooses the new design museum in Holon, a small city in Israel, as one of the new wonders of the world, alongside th stadium football city set up for the World Cup in Johannesburg, a museum competed in Calais, France, the Guang TV Tower in China, and others I had to find out what is so special about this architectural project.
The building was inaugurated On January 31st, 2010 following four years of construction, by Ron Arad architects.
The design museum Holon is Arad’s first architecture project of this scale. Constructed of five twisting bands of varying shades of COR-TEN (weathered steel).
The museum is comprised of two primary galleries and a number of alternative exhibition and education spaces. The upper gallery (500m²) celebrates the abundance of natural light in Israel and the qualities it can bring to the display of three-dimensional objects, while allowing curatorial flexibility through modulating light levels.
The smaller, lower gallery, (250m²) is taller inside but offers a more intimate, personal relationship between the visitor and the objects on display.
The project was initiated by Holon’s mayor Mr. Moti Sason and managing director, Ms. Hana Hertsman who invited Ron Arad architects to create the iconic building. Ron Arad architects has been involved in the project from the program development stage throughout the conceptual stage and the completion of building.
Working together from such an early stage of development has enabled us to find answers to the question of the relationship between curatorial space and public circulation. We were able to capitalise on the potential space between the curves of the bands so that all the surfaces around the galleries and public facilities would fit comfortably in and in many cases, created bonus galleries. The bands form a visual key that carries visitors into the building, through it and then out; the bands instantly become a string that ties the whole building together inside and out” says Asa Bruno, supervising architect.

The overall purpose of the institution is to explore the impact of design and its relation to urban spaces and everyday life. The new museum will join Holon’s mediatheque – the cultural centre of the city, which includes the national cartoon museum, repertoire theatre with original productions, cinematheque, material and public library.
Holon is a city which is re-inventing itself culturally, with ambitious plans that are investing a lot into culture. The concept of this museum in the Middle Eastern sun is just one instance. The city was brave enough to give us the design task and I hope that it is
received well by the municipality and the public.”– Ron Arad
Ron Arad’s design for the museum demonstrates a sculptural approach, combining ingenuous and playful functionality with highly visual design. In reference to his approach he says:
Every project is unique; each one invites a different response. When we started working on the design museum Holon, it was like a white canvas, things developed and a direction was formed. We created a hierarchy of outdoor spaces so you walk in under the building into a semi-covered yard, where you have a choice to take the air-conditioned route or one exposed to the elements.The building envelope is not just a pretty space; it’s also a structure.”

I’m convinced, how about you?
 

The dream of a stylish New York loft is coming true, at a reasonable price

On May 21, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Inbal
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In the 1940s, when struggling artists moved into abandoned warehouses in New York’s SoHo area, lofts came to be known as a multi-use space that accommodated both work and living. Now days these stylish apartments are the dream of many people who love the urban culture and style (I have to admit I am definitely [...]

In the 1940s, when struggling artists moved into abandoned warehouses in New York’s SoHo area, lofts came to be known as a multi-use space that accommodated both work and living.
Now days these stylish apartments are the dream of many people who love the urban culture and style (I have to admit I am definitely one of those people) a dream of Unique tiles, exposed ductwork, floors of colored concrete , old wood planks and distinctive light fixtures.


 But until all of us dreamers will have the chance of doing so, who says our current home can’t give us this amazing New-York chic?
Nothing says I live in a loft (or would like you to think I do) with more directness than the humble work stool with a seat that adjusts on a visible industrial screw.
You can find this great item at various prices from vintage furniture stores and flea markets, but what if you want a matching set for a kitchen counter?
Home decor catalogs have turned up with reproductions of factory classics, above. One of these new versions of old favorites is the Modern Times factory stool from the Sundance Catalog, which sells for $195, the other is Cooper’s Small Draftsman stool, $159 from Wisteria.

For those who prefer a shinier version that looks more contemporary than the early 20th century reproductions, there are several stainless steel models on the market (above), which feature adjustable screw stools and footrests.

I guess you can always get the home of your dreams with the help of only a few new pieces and a bit of imagination.

 

ICFF Annual Fair – New York City

On May 16, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Inbal
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The 22nd Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) May 15-18, 2010, will convert New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center into a worldwide wonder for design. As North America’s singular showcase for contemporary design, the fair draws the most intrepid seekers of design trends to an extraordinary exhibition of the most inspired models of [...]

The 22nd Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) May 15-18, 2010, will convert New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center into a worldwide wonder for design.

As North America’s singular showcase for contemporary design, the fair draws the most intrepid seekers of design trends to an extraordinary exhibition of the most inspired models of design on the forefront, as well as thought-provoking programs and a schedule of supplementary exhibits and features. One of the special featers of ICFF IS The ICFF Studio.

ICFF Studio is all about connections, it helps emerging talents to showcase their potential to the eyes of the media and the manufacturer attendees.

ICFF casts:

Opening Hours:
Saturday, May 15–Monday, May 17
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 18
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m

 

A stylish new gadget from Hulger

On May 15, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Inbal
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Hulger is giving a special 20% discount on all products (through Sept 14th) ~ we all need some fun retro phones to link up via Bluetooth and USB to our many high tech devices! The PENELOPE*PHONE with matching USB*BASE provides a unique and effective Voice over IP telephone that will fit neatly in the design [...]

Hulger is giving a special 20% discount on all products (through Sept 14th) ~ we all need some fun retro phones to link up via Bluetooth and USB to our many high tech devices!

The PENELOPE*PHONE with matching USB*BASE provides a unique and effective Voice over IP telephone that will fit neatly in the design conscious home, studio or office. And if you want to show your PENELOPE*PHONE off in the street it can be detached from the USB*BASE and plugged straight into your mobile/cell phone.


Check out its cool designs (the best part of this new gadget off course) some of the collections are special editions like the Bill Amberg collection – The full range of luxury HULGER phones.


Prices vary depending on model

 

The “Theatrical forestscape” by Marcel Wanders

On May 15, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Inbal
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The designer who gave us delft-blue vases, avant-garde macramé chairs, aqua jewels and his girlfriend on a string – Marcel Wanders- is now the creator of “Daydreams,” an exhibition opening November 22 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that only Wanders could dream up, the inimitable Dutch designer mixes 14 years of his objects with [...]

The designer who gave us delft-blue vases, avant-garde macramé chairs, aqua jewels and his girlfriend on a string – Marcel Wanders- is now the creator of “Daydreams,” an exhibition opening November 22 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that only Wanders could dream up, the inimitable Dutch designer mixes 14 years of his objects with a hand-picked selection of films, making what he calls a “theatrical forestscape” that is equal parts hagiography and theater of the absurd. “He’s an extremely interesting, humorous designer,” says Kathryn Hiesinger, the show’s curator, “but underneath it, also deeply serious and original.”

Mondrian South Beach, a hotel and apartment complex with interiors by Marcel Wanders, opens in Miami Beach on 1 December.

“Normally, art is placed in a museum in a neutral position” says Wanders “We tried to do the opposite. We tried to make a really dark space with very theatrical light, and placed objects here and there with changing lights, sound, images—a constantly changing world. ”

The crochet chair is constructed from individual, hand-sewn crochet flowers that are stitched together, formed over a mold and stiffened with resin.

“We want to excite people about the world of design. So it’s not that the objects are the best, or the pieces I like best, but the pieces that best create this world we want to convey”. One of those pieces is the Calvin lamp, the big lamp shown two years ago in Milan. It is 3 meters high. Under the lamp you hear the sound of rain, which is fun because it gives a sense of protection and relaxation.

The Calvin lamp

According to Marcel, experiencing the space and seeing the movies gives you a deeper sense of what the studio wants to represent and what they want to bring to design. You feel who they are.

Villa Moda in Bahrain, is a multibrand luxury fashion store founded by Sheikh Majed, one of the driving forces behind fashion in the Middle East.

For the interior design of Villa Moda, Marcel Wanders found inspiration in the traditional souk, creating a melting pot of cultures full of surprising details

I tell you one thing for sure you wouldn’t want to miss that!

 

A bright idea from dark economic times

On May 11, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Inbal
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The owner and designer of Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Lisa Jones, had a bright idea while planning her own wedding. Inspired by “Depression-era aesthetics”, her collection composed of hand-cast porcelain versions of vintage Kerr Mason jam jars to use as hanging votives at her wedding.  The glowing, unglazed pieces cast a romantic light for her big [...]

The owner and designer of Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Lisa Jones, had a bright idea while planning her own wedding.
Inspired by “Depression-era aesthetics”, her collection composed of hand-cast porcelain versions of vintage Kerr Mason jam jars to use as hanging votives at her wedding.  The glowing, unglazed pieces cast a romantic light for her big day and worked so well  that she also created a version without the black galvanized wire handle that can be used as a small planter.
A larger pickle-size jar serves as the basis for indoor pendant lamps.


The planters and candle votives shown here measure 3.5 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide and cost $28 and $32 respectively at Show in Los Feliz. Jones’ 8-inches tall by 4-inches wide Mason jar pendant lights come with an 11 foot cord and inline switch and can accommodate a 40-watt bulb. They  are $108 on Pigeon Toe Ceramics’ Etsy page.

 

A La-Z-Boy in your backyard

On May 6, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Inbal
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These sunny days recently made me realize that summer days are just around the corner, I start thinking about a vacation ,days on the beach  and having dinners with my friends in my backyard … But this kind of relaxing experience isn’t perfect if you won’t make your outdoor spaces as comfortable and inviting as your living [...]

These sunny days recently made me realize that summer days are just around the corner, I start thinking about a vacation ,days on the beach  and having dinners with my friends in my backyard … But this kind of relaxing experience isn’t perfect if you won’t make your outdoor spaces as comfortable and inviting as your living room. Maybe this summer the best seat in your house will be out of your house?

A La-Z-Boy recliner on the patio? A cushy sectional on the deck? Why not?

Country Living Concord Swivel Glider Patio Chair (At Sears)

I’m not inventing anything, the past few years more and more outdoor furniture has been designed and developed. “Outdoor furniture has gotten a lot more comfortable; it can be as comfortable as your regular sofa,” said local interior designer Robin Reback Janiak, of Reback Interiors.
A good example for that is the Country Living outdoor Collection available at Sears.
When searching through the various collections for the 2010 outdoor season, you can really see the focus on dazzling colors to brighten our moods and comfort to ease our tension. And over all even the prices can’t ruin this great mood – Check out the deal of the season Sears are offering now for online buyers.

 

Energy Joy and Happiness – spring 2010

On May 6, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Inbal
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“Yellow is associated with joy, happiness and energy, a very bold color that allows people to express confidence,” says BlissLiving Home designer Mei Xu who uses it on the glossy ” Empire throw pillow“ See how this wonderful exciting color is integrated in many of the new designs of spring 2010. West Elm Hexagon; known [...]

“Yellow is associated with joy, happiness and energy, a very bold color that allows people to express confidence,” says BlissLiving Home designer Mei Xu who uses it on the glossy ” Empire throw pillow

See how this wonderful exciting color is integrated in many of the new designs of spring 2010.

West Elm

West Elm Hexagon; known for its chocolate brown and lacquered white furnishings, has added yellow to its palette.

Roche Bobois Eclat

Need some sunshine in your life — or living room? Philippe Bouix’s Eclat yellow leather sofa sits on a color-matched metal frame.

Shine Home Marbella

West Elm Hexagon, known for its chocolate brown and lacquered white furnishings, has added yellow to its palette.

!I hope we will all have a sun shining day