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Glass rainbows. Glass mushrooms. February 4, 2009

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Hello, hello everybody, I’m finally back to the online world after a few hot days getting prepared for my evaluation (and I have to say that I did really good (: ). I’ll start by sharing my impressions of another great exhibition I saw not long time ago.

The show is held in Design Huis in Eindhoven and it is called GLASS. It goes on till the 8th of March. So, if South of Netherlands is within your reach, I suggest you to come and see it yourself!

Works from artists and designers from around Europe are on display. There are functional objects as well as installations and pieces of art. I have always thought glass is one of the most hard-to-manipulate materials and + it’s not easy to make something from glass that doesn’t look kitch. So, I give all my respect to people who make beautiful things from glass!

Bublicious adjustable table lamps by Dutch designer Chris Kabel. I like the idea, but … still some of his older stuff I find much more interesting (the lace parasol etc.)

The soooo beautiful candle holders by French designer Arik Levy.

Rainbows by Siem van der Marel. It’s a joy for eyes!

“Elaculatum ” by Anthon Beeke. (the ex head of communication department at the Design Academy Eindhoven + a big name in Dutch graphic design).

And some astonishing sea motifs. (sorry, I missed out some of the authors…)

Marieke van Diepen: a milk bottle serie. (At the moment I’m a fan of the “message in a bottle” theme!)

Bethlehem by De Oude Horn studio. (looks a bit like an explosion!)

Maria Roosen.

Mushrooms? Right… welcome in Holland.

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Design Talents 2008 (updated) December 3, 2008

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I finally went to the Design Huis to see the exhibition with the pretentious title “Talents 2008”. It is a selection of 150 graduates from 30 design academies/universities all over the Europe. Initially 70 schools were asked to choose 10 the most interesting of their graduation projects. And, guess, who was the one to decide which are the best projects to exhibit at the Design Huis? Of course, it was the woman of the future, Li Edelkoort (who else..).

The show presents a wide range of design disciplines, including industrial, graphic, jewelery design etc. And a lot of furniture, of course. Many projects are highly conceptual, so you have to read the card to understand what is it about (and sometimes this doesn’t even help).

There were quite a few projects from Design Academy Eindhoven that I mentioned already in the previous post, so I wont repeat myself (:.

Here are some of my favorites.

The foldable bamboo chair by Morten Engebretsen (Norway) is a part of furniture collection where joints and hinges are made out of bamboo based textile. The Flatmate chair can be easily folded and hang on a wall when it is not in use. The designer wants to improve the functionality of small spaces. Elegant and functional!

Judith van den Boom (UK, RCA) has been working in China and has studied materials and the ways they are used. This investigation resulted in porcelain seats. It is a fragile material that has large strength capacity to hold up things. Surprising and poetic. Judith has an inspiring website.

Karin Frankenstein (isn’t it just a perfect name for a young designer?! No problems for memorizing it!) from Sweden makes furniture out of a mix of paper, potato, flour, chalk, clay, cow manure (dung), straw and peat. The material properties are related to clay but the possibilities are extensive, there are fewer restrictions on the size and form. I think it’s just totally amazing to reinvent things once again and play with them!

A mobile radiator by Hedvig af Ekenstam (Sweden). The designer was inspired by knitting methods, she uses heating cable as her wool to create a new type of radiator. It seems to be a new trend (I ve seen some other ones around)- to take your radiator in your bed (: .

Skyline by Benjamin Morin (France). A tool that allows to create a hanging garden that is nourished by impulsive purchase of seasonal plants. Fits perfectly into the growing trend of Guerilla gardening, well, at least, it can be a good start.

Malin Henningsson (Sweden) is interested in human decoration, the relationship between clothing, jewelery and body. He blurs the boundaries using electroforming technique. I like the idea of jewelery becoming clothing and the other way around.

Jeanette New (UK) presents amazing pieces of second hand cloths, embroidered/decorated using plastic bags. That’s also almost jewelery!

You can find more information about this exhibition in the January 2009 issue of the Latvian design magazine Dizaina Studija.

new surrealism November 20, 2008

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(Table with bird’s legs by Meret Oppenheim, 1939.)

No, surrealism is not only a trend of the 1930’s. It is still around us! Just take a look at the work of Pharrell Williams or Fabio Novembre. And there are many more examples.

Vladi Rapaport, an Ucrainian designer who just graduated from the Utrecht School of the Arts (Netherlands) makes surprising, figurative but still functional pieces of furniture. You can see his Vanitas collection also at the Design Huis during the exhibition Talents 2008 (selection of more than 100 design graduation works from 50 academies all over the Europe). Here is the skull chair, brain seat and a spine lamp. Vladi is not taking the easy way to work with erotic human body shapes. Instead he adds some deeper meaning and historical connotation to his furniture.vanitas-001

Go and see also the awesome speaker- robot!

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Trakajiem pieder pasaule (it goes smth like this: the crazy ones own the world) (: .