Collection Bois Brûlé by Secret d'Atelier - Rustic and elegant, the burned wood fits perfectly into any interior.
For its new collection called "Bois Brûlé" Secret d'Atelier is inspired by the Japanese ancestral technique Shou-sugi ban.
The advantage of this technique is that it protects the wood naturally by carbonization. The wooden boards are placed on a bed of ember for about ten minutes. The craftsman will then clean each board to rid it of coal residues, water it before letting dry and coat it with oil to complete the finish. The boards are perfectly protected against UV, weather and insects and become absolutely immune due to the resistant surface.
Secret d'Atelier, always in search of originality got its inspiration for this new collection from the past. Each floorboard is worked and burned by hand, creating unique parquet that is ingeniously aged to uncover warm shades and tones. The diversity of the used oils makes it possible to create a multitude of finishes unique for each creation.
Rustic and elegant, the burned wood fits perfectly into any interior, whether industrial or luxurious.
Secret d ’Atelier succeeded thus to combine the authenticity of the burned wood with the modernity of a customized parquet.
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The common thread between art and design is now a distinctive sign of antoniolupi’s work. More than fusion, we would refer to two different experiences mixed together to achieve a common aim: an univocal experience of beauty that becomes part of our daily life. Luca Galofaro, Architect and Teacher, has focused his attention on relationships between representation, urban architecture and image.
An area of antoniolupi showroom La Pietra e il Fuoco in Stabbia is recently hosted an Exhibition/Architecture Drawing Collection curated by Galofaro himself: an important step forward in the company’s growth strategy.
Now Galofaro ‘influences’ with his vision some antoniolupi products and the collaboration between him and Andrea Lupi is becoming even closer: some Architecture Drawings of the exhibition have been chosen to be used on antoniolupi mirrors collection.
Transforming some of these works in real furniture objects was a natural consequence of the reflection shared by Galofaro and Andrea Lupi.
The idea consists of transferring an image used to think of architecture to an item of everyday life, building a bridge between imagination, which dominates art, and life, normally dominated by the function of the object.
The collage technique is based on overlapping fragments. The image comes from the stratification of images of memory. Mirrors are made overlapping printed glass plates, creating tridimensional collages. The last mirrored layer established a relationship with the observer, who becomes part of the image itself.
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PP Møbler is launching the three legged saddle stool Sela designed by Brazilian woodworking artist Ricardo Graham Ferreira. Awarded for its use of alternative wood types of Brazil in 2015, until now Sela has been hand-carved by Ricardo in his studio workshop close to Rio de Janeiro using tropical hardwood. The new partnership with PP Møbler of Denmark, makers of the iconic fine craft´s collection by Hans J. Wegner, allows Sela to reach a new audience, made in variations of woods native to the Nordic forests.
The cross continental collaboration is based on the idea of supporting sustainably managed forests by utilising the natural diversity they have to offer. The sculpted shape of the seat permits the presence of knots and imperfections in the wood adding character to each piece. “It’s a real joy for us to emphasise the unique character and beauty of each piece of wood. With this stool we’ll enhance the natural variations and imperfections and make them become valuable”, explains Kasper Pedersen, 3rdgeneration master of craftsmen at PP Møbler. Sela holds for Kasper Holst Pedersen a very high standard regarding ergonomics and functional qualities. “To put it very simple, Sela is a nice piece of wood, you can sit on. Its ergonomic design allows you to remain comfortably seated and its shape is a very rational and intuitive use of wood”. The inspiration for this obviously resolved design was explained by Ricardo in a phone conversation: “You know what Kasper, when I designed the stool, I did not think at all. I just made it!”
The organic sensual and ergonomic form literally came out of the hands of the Brazilian designer and artisan. “It was impossible to draw this shape. I just knew I wanted a three-legged stool with a perfect position for the pelvis. I stood in front of the wood and began to spontaneously carve. The rest was pure pleasure and elbow grease”. A natural encounter between members of the wood family, Ricardo made the connection to Kasper at the 2015 Salone del Mobile in Milan. They immediately spoke the same language and Ricardo visited the PP Møbler workshops shortly after. “To hear Kasper speaking of this stool in ergonomic and comfort terms as well as of the nature of wood, was very inspiring for me. The collaboration with the extraordinary savoir-faire of PP Møbler is an incredible opportunity and an achievement that will allow a larger public to enjoy my work” says the Brazilian designer.
This collaboration paves the way for PP Møbler to hold a discussion on wood, craftsmanship and sustainability and to highlight some common misunderstandings “When we speak of sourcing wood, the general public perception is to advocate for the stop of its use in order to halt deforestation, but it is an error. Most often decrease of forest area happens when forests are turned into farmer land, because farmland is more profitable than forest. We must find sustainable managed forests and support their business by buying their wood. It is the only immediate manner to keep forestation attractive and encourage replanting to maintain and hopefully even expand the forests. Establishing forest holds so many benefits to our society and environment. And after all wood is the only major construction material that we can actually cultivate and exploit in balance with nature.” explains Kasper Holst Pedersen.
Sela will be available in oak, ash, cherry and beech.
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Upp series of ceramics designed by our studio is another Fogia piece that falls between genres. Like Andreas Engesvik’s Bowl before it, Upp could be a pedestal, stand, or tray but it’s also equally happy being used decoratively when combined in numbers.
It’s the first time Note has collaborated on a ceramic as well, marking new territory for the designers. Yet they bring that unmistakable tonal playfulness and assured sense of form which denotes the studio’s work. As any true design lover knows, it’s always wise to play with all dimensions—one must never forget to look up.
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Inspired by Opium beds which have been in China since the Tang Dynasty, Platform is perfect for lazy Sunday mornings with its generous solid wood frame offering space for cups of tea and books. Storage compartments include a solid brass drawer and a timber compartment beneath a fold out mirror.
Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, is an inter-disciplinary award-winning architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China. Founded by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri&Hu works internationally providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic, and product design services.
Neri&Hu’s own product line, 'neri&hu', represents a different aesthetic that is rooted in cultural provocation. With an intention to question the potential in “Chinese design”, neri&hu seeks to alternatives to the normative. neri&hu is the reinterpretation of the beauty in the raw material, changing perceptions through what is revealed, examining history and its path, or capturing an ordinary scene in a snapshot.
“We’re designing it in China and having it made in Portugal. Why? Because it’s really just the best craft we’ve seen so far. What we’re saying is that China needs to step out there and show the world that we can also design and create,” Neri&Hu.
De La Espada is industrial design with a warm heart, where luxury is expressed through tactile materials and obsessive detailing. We focus on the key pieces of furniture for the home: a place to eat, a place to rest, a place to sleep, and a place to work. Our dedicated factory in Northern Portugal specialises in intelligent solid wood furniture craft steeped in tradition and innovation. Close partnerships with designers result in diverse yet aligned product families that are the building blocks for authentic interiors.
De La Espada was founded in 1993 by Luis De Oliveira and Fatima De La Espada. Hailing from Porto and Madrid respectively and educated in London, the founders opened the first De La Espada store in London in 1996, when there was comparatively little quality contemporary furniture in the city. The De La Espada aesthetic evolved from influences including the Arts and Crafts movement, architects such as Tadao Ando, Luis Barragan, John Pawson, and Alvaro Siza, and Scandinavian design from the 1950s. De La Espada operated as a designer/manufacturer/retailer of their own products until 2007 when they began to enter into the second phase of the business.
Since 2007, De La Espada has partnered with select leading designers, creating fully developed product lines that are true to the creative vision of each. These close partnerships harness the strengths of both partners, for tactile, enduring products with emotional appeal.
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Tanya Aguiñiga (b. 1978) is a Los Angeles based artist/designer/craftsperson who was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from San Diego State University. In her formative years she created various collaborative installations with the Border Arts Workshop, an artists' group that engages the languages of activism and community-based public art. Her current work uses craft as a performative medium to generate dialogues about identity, culture and gender while creating community. This approach has helped Museums and non-profits in the United States and Mexico diversify their audiences by connecting marginalized communities through collaboration.
Aguiñiga is a United States Artists Target Fellow in the field of Crafts and Traditional Arts, a NALAC and Creative Capital 2016 Grant Awardee. She has been the subject of a cover article for American Craft Magazine and has been featured in PBS's Craft in America Series. Aguiñiga is the founder and director of AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides), an ongoing series of artist interventions and commuter collaborations that address bi-national transition and identity in the US/Mexico border regions. AMBOS seeks to create a greater sense of interconnectedness while simultaneously documenting the border.
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PortsideCafé is a furniture store that aims to make a statement with it’s individual pieces, rather than taking over an entire space with one style.
Each of its handcrafted and handfinished pieces are a testament to PortsideCafé founder and designer Bobby Aggarwal’s idea of exquisite craftsmanship melded with novel design. The handstained leather, metal finishing, unique stitching and vibrant colours all come together to evoke an elegant & luxurious, yet strangely easygoing sense of boheme aesthetic.
The collections are inspired by everything from Clint Eastwood’s classic westerns, Agatha Christie’s mysterious characters and their luggage; to the pulsating sound of indian streets and iconic buildings.
Bobby Aggarwal quit a career in advertising, manufacturing and designing footwear and organising rock concerts in his younger days to crafting bigger, more exciting things – furniture. He named the brand after the port town of Mumbai, where he first worked with leather and combined it with the unfulfilled dream of owning his own café.
Bobby’s love for leather and all it’s natural marks and blemishes add individual character to each piece of furniture he makes. He prides himself on achieving that weathered, “brought down from the attic” look that he has so distinctly managed to encapsulate in all his pieces. The most distinct feature about Bobby’s design is that although “inspired, it can never be categorised as belonging to a certain style or period.” His sensibility shines through everything he designs, making almost everyone that walks into his shop smile.
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AND is a spatial concept, a volume that cuts through the air, creating emotional turbulence for those who get swept up in it. AND is the result of two people looking at each other out of the corner of their eye, a multiplication into the infinite that includes anyone who simply wants to be there. AND is the reflection of the DNA of a generation that has embraced co-existence while denying tyranny.
AND: it’s time for conjunction.
"Since 1966, I’ve responded to those who call me Fabio Novembre. Since 1992, I’ve responded to those who also call me “architect”. I cut out spaces in the vacuum by blowing air bubbles, and I make gifts of sharpened pins so as to insure I never put on airs. My lungs are imbued with the scent of places that I’ve breathed, and when I hyperventilate it’s only so I can remain in apnea for awhile. As though I were pollen, I let myself go with the wind, convinced I’m able to seduce everything that surrounds me. I want to breathe till I choke. I want to love till I die."
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Designed with rotating gears and revving with style, these high-performance lamps were made for the fast lane. Like changing gears in a car, the positions of the shades are changed manually by adjusting a lever. Gears inside the base lock into place with each adjustment of the shades.
The floor lamp extends dramatically forward to position its shade overhead, while the table lamps illuminate the surfaces around them. All three versions are crafted in aluminium and steel, giving the lamps crisp outlines and an industrial look. Coloured in matt black, the lamps provide a potent contrast to light-coloured backgrounds, or create a compelling focal point within any interior.
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“The Oru Series”: A collection of geometric furniture and decorative objects which take inspiration from origami forms. The name “Oru” originates from the Japanese words “To Fold”, and the idea behind the designs is to show that folding a flat, 2-dimensional sheet can create aesthetically appealing functional 3-dimensional forms. The products, with their faceted design looking like complex folds but with sophisticated simplicity, are a modern interpretation of an ancient form of art.
Aljoud Lootah is a multidisciplinary designer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with work exploring the realms of product design and personalised corporate gifts.
She established her studio with a keen interest in the idea of contrasts in form and function. She composes her creations by mixing traditional silhouettes & concepts with modern elements. Patterns, folds and geometric shapes are at the heart of her inspiration. Her creative drive comes from a passion for detail, aesthetics, and experimental approaches to materials and techniques.
As a product designer, she has been involved in projects that distinctly interprets the Emirati culture, traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design.
Two products from her Oru Series (2015) were acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, making her the first Emirati designer to have her work acquired by an international gallery.
Along the way, Lootah continuously produces bespoke objects & collectible designs for government organisations and private companies, and has been involved in various retail and residential interior projects.
Visit the Website: http://aljoudlootah.com