The first collection of furniture exploring, face-to-face interaction between people and its deterioration. Inspired by sustaining this idea of mutuality, the collection uses abstract tactical shaped furniture, to encourage others to configure their own social spaces, with the ambition of changing this narrative.
Kusheda Mensah is a British born Ghanaian designer, based in London. Her love for furniture design and wide-ranging lifestyle pieces began whilst embarking on a bachelor’s degree in print design at the London College of Communication. At the root of her work, exploring and examining how one can create an idyllic, yet fun and functional living environment has always been paramount.
Mensah’s latest project entitled ‘mutual’, was inspired by her reaction to the ever-growing rift social media continues to create between individuals and the way in which we bond. Mensah’s artistic remedy comes in the form of her interlocking modular pieces of furniture, representing the mutuality, connection and closeness shared between humans, as well as the human form itself. Connecting both furniture and promoting better social behaviours.
Mensah showcased her work at the 21st edition of SaloneSatellite, held in Milan.
If we want to face the urgent ecological and social challenges of our time, we need to change how we design. We want to design life-friendly relations:
relations towards oneself,
relations between people,
relations to our fellow life-forms.
We have 15 ideas.
Design is a cultural activity. Our thoughts about the world become tangible reality. Currently, the dominant drivers in design are about money and technology.
What are the values that can drive live-friendly design?
Our design process is based on personal experience and reflection.
When we look at nature we see what we know. Where biologists marvel at the “biodiversity of a habitat” economists might see “agricultural production land”. As naive amateurs walking off the beaten track we want to discover our own perception of nature. So we started the semester with two small inspirational projects asking ourselves:
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Andrea Trimarchi (1983) and Simone Farresin (1980) are Studio Formafantasma, an Italian designers duo based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Their interest in product design developed on the IM master course at Design Academy Eindhoven, where they graduated in July 2009. Since then, Formafantasma has developed a coherent body of work characterised by experimental material investigations and explored issues such as the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits.
In perceiving their role as a bridge between craft, industry, object and user, they are interested in forging links between their research-based practice and a wider design industry. As a result, works by Studio Formafantasma have been commissioned by a variety of partners including Fendi, Max Mara - Sportmax, Hermès, Droog, Nodus rug, J&L Lobmeyr, Gallery Giustini - Stagetti/Galleria O. Roma, Gallery Libby Sellers, Established and Sons, Lexus, Krizia International and Flos. Whether designing for a client or investigating alternative applications of materials, Studio Formafantasma apply the same rigorous attention to context, process and detail to every project they undertake. The added nuance for the duo is that they do so with an eye to the historical, political and social forces that have shaped their environments.
Their work has been presented and published internationally and museums such as New York's MoMA, London’s Victoria and Albert, New York's Metropolitan Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the TextielMuseum in Tilburg, the Stedelijk’s-Hertogenbosch, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, MUDAC Lausanne, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina and the MAK Museum in Vienna have all acquired Formafantasma’s designs for their permanent collections. In March 2011 Paola Antonelli of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and esteemed design critic Alice Rawsthorn listed their studio amongst a handful of practices that would shape the future of design.
Andrea and Simone are lecturing and heading workshops in various Universities and Institutions. Currently they are teaching at the ‘Well Being’ and 'Contextual Design' Departments of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Since October 2016, they are at the head of the Design bachelor at MADE Program in Siracusa, Italy.
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Sabyasachi designer wallpaper collections are as rich and layered as the muse that inspires them – the vast and varied theatre that is India. Add to that a sublime eclecticism, an original eye and a design instinct that is in a class by itself.
A wall covering does much more than just covering a wall - it brings the wall to life. Nilaya is an exquisite new offering from Asian Paints, a perfect blend of our rich understanding of surfaces and the Indian aesthetics. It reveals a world of inspiration, where design, material, and technique come together to create stunning surfaces. Nilaya's range of signature surfaces - wallpapers, wall coverings, decals, borders and paintable wallpapers is curated from the finest manufacturers around the world.
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Sussanne Khan obtained an Associate Art Degree in Interior Design from Brooks College, Long Beach, California in the year 1995, and designed her first project in 1996. Further through the years she has practiced her unique style of interior design.
On Feb 26th, 2011 Sussanne founded and introduced The Charcoal Project, India's first and most unique design concept store. The store changed the meaning of curated interior design in India. Meticulously created by Sussanne herself, the 14,000 sq. ft. store has two commanding levels and presents lines by premier global and Indian designers Andrew Martin, Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla, Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth for Klove and her very own hand crafted furniture collection "Sussanne Khan pret home".
She uses metal, wood, natural fiber's, concrete, geometric patterns embellishments, all subtly woven together to create what she calls quiet luxe, her signature style; a seamless blend of industrial masculine with feminine edgy chic. Her belief is that luxury is about emotion and design is her tool.
At The Charcoal Project along with a team of Architects, Interior designers, product designers, Sussanne has delivered many conceptual projects in the world of residential private homes, destination villas, commercial offices and model show apartments for various leading real estate companies.
Sussanne resides in Mumbai with her two sons, Hrehaan & Hridaan and believes that through all journeys of life, stand tall and "dare to dream the impossible".
View the Gallery below and Visit the Website: thecharcoalproject.com