I came across the work of a young french artisan Vincent Dionigi during Paris Design Week and thought I would share it with you, as I find it really interesting. Vincent Dionigi is a cabinetmaker, quite logically passionate with wood. He uses traditional techniques to create wooden panels. They are made of several triangular pieces assembled together to create perspective and optical illusion. My attention was caught by this cabinet. The very smooth finish of the work and the simple design of […]
Nakaniwa is a gallery based in Paris 6th arrondissement, which promotes the Honmono, a japanese concept. It is about the authenticity which rests with an object thanks to the sincerity of the work of all people involved in its creation as well as the technics and the tradition embroiled in the process. It is about the connectivity between people using the object and people creating it. I cannot imagine more delicate, meaningful concept. It is both refined and simple. In […]
Tomas Kral is a young (very) talented designer born in Slovakia in 1979. He is a graduate from the famous Swiss arts and design school ECAL. He works in his product design studio “TOMAS KRAL” and exhibits in London (Libby Sellers), Paris (Kreo), Berlin (Helmrinderknecht) and Barcelona (IL-Lacion gallery) amongst others. His design is simple and yet witty and creative, which is the winning combination to me. And not surprisingly, I have fallen in love with one of his most recent creation […]
It is called L’Atelier d’Exercices. It is a designer’s studio which, according to its manifesto, “is dedicated to the creation, publishing and distribution of objects, furniture and systems.” I find their products creative, witty and visually pleasant such as this perpetual calendar. It has also produced a collection Ligne 13 designed in collaboration with the famous and über-creatively-productive Maison Martin Margiela which features revisited traditional daily objects. See below some of my favourites.
Anyone who both uses a bike and is a clean and order freak as I am will most likely love this bicycle storage/entrance shelf by the Italian brand Woodly. Clean, neat, clever storage, for those who live in busy cities where every sqm counts.
The Japanese design team Nosinger is famous for its fabulous set of drawers that opens on different sides and thus can be used in the same time. Clever and sleek. And indeed perfect for space corners. Its product collection distributed by “Colors” combines raw materials with unique and traditional craftsmanship. I particularly like the “Charcoal Candle” (wax mixed with charcoal). And the “trunk” porcelain vase based on […]
The Japanese design studio Nendo has styled the Compolux store in the Shibuya district in Tokyo. The big wide open space has been visually divided by white iron fences. Both the fences and the mannequin are attached to rails in the ceiling, so they can be easily rearranged. It seems that gravity has been taken off the space, the lightness is palpable and the whole space seems to be floating, giving strong visual impact to the herringbone pattern of the […]
The Branca chair (2011) designed by Industrial Facility and manufactured by the Mattiazzi factory. The curves flow so perfectly, one would think that such shape should be made out of plastic or metal tubes. And yet it is made out of wood. Complex forms and joints have been produced using computer-controlled robots. For each back upright of this chair, an 8-axis robotic arm cut, shaped and drilled a pre-shaped piece of wood. Traditional hand and factory methods were used to […]
Afteroom is a Swedish design company, founded by Hung-Ming Chen and Chen-Yen Wei and dedicated to create beautiful, simple and honest products, the kind you want to grow old with. The kind of objective I adhere to. They claim their inspiration derives from an intriguing interest of forms, senses, proportions, materials and cultures. I find their new Coat Hanger for the design collective Menu interesting. A clean, urban […]
I have been a little obsessed by kids furniture lately as I redoing my daughter’s room in view of the arrival of her little sister. I came across this “reversible” armchair designed in 1953 by Genevieve Dangles and Christian Defrance. The chair evolves with the child, as he grows, it can be turned upside down. Definitely has a timeless feel to it but could not manage to get hold of one so far, so if you do know, please contact […]
The place is a former shop which has been converted into a contemporary home of approximatively 100 sqm. Thank to a south facing front window of approximatively 4 meters by 4 meters, it is extremely bright. It is located within minutes from delightful open space of Highbury (lovely park & playground, sports centre and swimming pool) and only a few minutes from Highbury & Islington Station (Victoria Line and Overground). The area of Islington is both trendy and children friendly. The […]
Complete refurbishment of a ca. 100 sqm flat in a 1920’s building. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, turned into a 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms flat, with open kitchen. Work duration: ca. 4 months. Here are a few before – after pictures…. More to come. Click on one picture to open slideshow. Before… During… And after… And a few close ups… all pics, copyright Philippe Brunel.