DMY Berlin may have been a few weeks ago, but the warm memories remain. And as we were sorting through the piles of info material we gathered in Kreuzberg we came across a postcard from Wohngold.
And like a remiss lover returning from a holiday fling, instantly felt a pang of guilt as we saw the card and were reminded of that wonderful time at DMY Youngsters.
Why hadn’t we responded since our return? Did it all mean so little?
For the truth is that LADAR by Wohngold is a truly wonderful product in an area of product design with a lot of competition.
In our modern world we rely heavily on mobile items, and happily ignore the fact that the majority of mobile items occasionally need to be recharged or otherwise attached to cables. Most of us ignore this fact in that we ignoring the piles of spaghetti that accumulate on or near our desks.
But we all know its wrong.
There are a number of “boxes” on the market designed to help you control the uncontrollable, but what we like about LADAR is the fact that it is wall mountable, the space on top and inside can be used for storage of non-electrical items and it looks fantastic.
We were honestly greatly taken with the ingenious simplicity of LADAR – and so apologies that we haven’t sent you card since our return.
LADAR by Wohngold...
...its like catching snakes in a box
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The Top 5 chairs from the smow design spring. In no particular order.
Foldable cardboard chair by Stuart Miller at deignersblock, Milan
We lie: there is a slight order. First up is our favourite chair from the smow design spring: Stuart Miller’s unnamed foldable cardboard chair from the designersblock showcase in Milan. Over the course of the smow design spring we didn’t see any thing that even came to close to capturing Stuart’s simple, practical and comfortable chair. We’ve sadly lost sight of the project a little, and lack the requisite degree in Information Technology to navigate Glasgow Caledonian University Website, If any one knows anything please let us know!! Unnamed foldable carboard chair. Quality seating instrument!
And as of now … In no particular order.
Duct Tape Chair by Jason Miller
Duct Tape Chair by Jason Miller. In our original post from the floor of the ICFF press room we mentioned the similarity between Jason Miller’s Duct chair and Easy by Klausner and Carpenter for Established and Sons. After long and careful consideration, however, we decide to include Duct chair in our tip five. A confident and wonderfully comfortable chair, Duct Chair is also not only aesthetically pleasing but engages the user and so transforms from a passive chair into active element of a room. Duct Tape Chair. Quality seating instrument!
404 H by Stefan Dietz for Thonet
404 H by Stefan Dietz for Thonet. In our world bar stools count as chairs, mainly because we spend a lot of time on bar stools – having as we do a raised breakfast bar in the kitchen of the (smow)flat. For Thonet Stefan Dietz has created in 404 H a wonderful addition to one of the most tradition-conscious German design houses. In comparison to some other long established design houses, for Thonet tradition if more than just marketing rights tio the name of a long since deceased designer; rather for Thonet tradition means continuing the tradition that made that designer successful and famous – and in the case of Michael Thonet that means innovation.404 H. Quality seating instrument!
And uncomplicated, high quality wooden furniture.
Such as the 404 H.
Vegetal by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra in Milan
Vegetal by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra. Even before the start of the Milan design week Vegetal had already established itself as one of the stars. And it didn’t let us down. Yes it looks like a cheap garden chair, yes it reminds one of Chair One by Konstantin Grcic, but no it is neither of these things. The fruit of four years labour by our favourite porcupine and fox, Vegetal is a wonderful, stable, comfortable and versatile chair perfect for indoor and out. And we’re fairly certain unbreakable. Vegetal. Quality seating instrument!
Bansko Bo lounger chair and Ottoman by Design Apparat
Bansko Bo by Design Apparat. Without question one of the finest proper loungers we saw this spring, and that from one of the best new design studios from the smow design spring. We live in Leipzig, we don’t like nOSTalgia, we do like many elements of the design style that developed in Eastern Europe during the decades of iron curtains, Warsaw pacts and ICBMs. Bansko Bo is a wonderful new design, but one that has its roots unmistakably in the Bulgaria of the 1970s. Looks good, works and will probably last longer than the regime of Todor Zhivkov. Bansko Bo. Quality seating instrument!
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Kete by David Turnbridge
The Top 5 Lamps from the smow design spring. In no particular order.
Kete by David Turnbridge. One of the first lamps we saw in Milan, and probably that which left the greatest impression on us. And not merely on account of its size. For us the principle beauty of Kete is the atmosphere it can create in a room with it 7W LED element. And despite their overproprtionality Kete doesn’t domiante the room. Honest. Kete. Anything but dull.
Beachballs by TOBYhouse at designersblock, Milan
Beach Ball Lamps by TOBYhouse. When we first saw Beach Ball Lamps we thought they were made from shaped aluminium. So stable and rigid are they. Only after entering into converstaion with designer Toby Sanders did we discover that they are real beach balls. And that was when the product became magic. That was the moment when we realised and appreciated just what a product we had before us. And that was the moment when we started to investiagte more carefully. Through a specialy developed process TOBYhouse coat the inside of the balls with a thin polyeurethene coat, before cutting the bottom open and rounding the edges. And with it’s brillant white interior Beach Ball Lamps offers an excellent illumination. Beach Balls Lamps. Anything but dull.
Flatline by Jason Brugges for Established and Sons
Flatliner by Jason Bruge for Established and Sons. We don’t own an iPod which is probably why we took a couple of minutes to get the hang of the control system. Had it been based on an MD player we would have got the hang of it much quicker. However, once up and running we were in awe of Jason Bruge’s genial dimming system. And the quality of the illumination generated is every bit as convincing. If you don’t know what were talking about, check out our (smow)tube video. Flatliner. Anything but dull.
Fiss Family by My Own Super Studio
Fiss Family by myownsuperstudio. DMY in Berlin was full of lamps. We’re not exactly sure why but we’re fairly certain it had something to do with students being set lamp design as part of their final year project. A sort of conspiracy among product and industrial design lecturers to make earth shine more brightly than the sun. Fiss Family by Portugese outfit myownsuperstudio wouldn’t have been much help in such a plot, but was without doubt one of the finest lamp ranges we saw this spring. For us the beauty lies in the fact that the light flows downwards; consequently, they don’t produce the brightest illumination, but that which they do produce is amongst the softest we saw this spring and certainly the best intended for a living room or office when you want a gentle background light or constant, atmospheric illumination. Fiss Family. Anything but dull.
Spin by Tom Dixon
Spin by Tom Dixon. Not a lamp in the popular, modern electrified sense. But then were not sticklers for convention. Correctly used candles can offer a better, more positive illuminaton than their modern cousins. The trick is the “correctly used” part. With Spin Tom Dixon offers a wonderfully stylish opportunity not only to illuminate a space as we want it, but also to change the illumination as and when required. Spin. Anything but dull.
And a special mention goes to moooi for their Horse Lamp.
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We at (smow)blog we have often mentioned Vitras Net’n’Nest office design concept – one the one hand because we like it and on the other because as an official Vitra partner we at smow like to draw attention to new developments and products from Vitra.
We have, however, never made a secret of the fact that one can – if one wants – mix and match furniture from various producers.
Adenike by Bao-Nghi Droste
Which was pretty much our third thought upon seeing Adenike by Heidelberg based designer Bao-Nghi Droste at DMY Youngsters in Berlin.
Our first thought was what a fantastic object.
Our second was then, hhhmmm wonderful design, but with the padded surface it is a bit impractical for writing and drawing.
Then we spoke to Bao-Nghi and realised that our interpretation of it’s usage was incorrect.
Although the upper surface is solid enough to allow one to write on it, Adenike should be seen more as temporary work or meeting island. Or simply as a place to withdraw to from a group work situation in the same room and either do some work by yourself, or just read a paper and relax.
Adenike in action - Three designers discuss an object.
The first thing you notice, or better said don’t notice, when you approach Adenike is how it draws you in. You automatically lean on it, use it, interact with it. But because of the quality of the design you don’t notice, it feels natural, feels good.
Adenike has enough space for 4 or 5 people to comfortably work around it, and with it’s own in-built lamp is perfect for checking proofs, finalising documents or even playing poker to wile away a slow afternoon. Sorry to encourage a creative brainstorming session to ensure your company maintains the commercial high-ground.
In addition to beautifully fulfilling it’s intended function Adenike is also a well crafted piece of furniture; you genuinely don’t need to be a carpenter to appreciate the craftsmanship of the joints.
And so after chatting with the extremely amiable Bao-Nghi and testing Adenike, we came to thought three.
Adenike promotes a good working atmosphere
Adenike is perfect for all whose work involves occasional group discussions and/or short bursts of group consultation. Or for those who after a long sitting session creating something, want to stand to check the outcome of their work. And so a wonderful addition for any office looking to base it’s layout on the principles of the Vitra Net’n’Nest concept.
Adenikeis currently not is serial production, and so if you are interested you will need to contact Bao-Nghi Droste direct.
Posted in DMY Berlin, smow design spring Tagged with: Adenike, Bao-nghi Droste, Berlin, DMY, DMY - Youngsters, DMY Berlin, Net'n'Nest, Office Furniture, products, Vitra
The International Design Festival Berlin is over, but the pleasing afterglow remains.
In particular through joys such as that presented by Portugese designer My Own Super Studio.
At designer furniture shows one sees a lot of furniture, but not much that genuinely excites on account of its genuine innovation.
Fiss Family by My Own Super Studio
Fiss Family by my own super studio is one of the rarities. Fiss Family is essentially a set of 4 colour coded – Big Blue, Small Yellow, Long Green and Fat Orange – lamps. Or better put a set of 4 colour coded ingenious lamps. Not only do the look like tables, but they really can be used as small tables. In addition their downward flowing light means that although they stand unobtrusively and “non-lamp like” in a room they generate a soft, atmospheric lamp perfect for a quiet evening watching a film, listening to music or whatever.
We found not only the idea fantastic, but also the execution and craftsmanship was second to none. Fiss Family are definitely well worth further investigation.
Also highly interesting was the modular sidboard – we were so taken by it we forgot to ask what it is called :(
There is a lot of modular furniture around at the moment, and a lot of it that is – as with My Own Super Studio’s Unit – limitlessly extendable and can be organised and reorganised as you require and as often as you require.
Extendable Modular unit from My Own Super Studio
What attracted us to this Portuguese market entry, however, is on the one hand the simplicity – even we could construct it – and secondly the fact that the supports can be used an informal storage element for loose papers, pamphlets or CD’s.
Looks good, works and offers excellent space utilization.
What more do you need.
There was, if we’re brutally honest, an awful lot of rubbish on show at DMY. Fortunately there was also truly memorable and exciting furniture such at that from My Own Super Studio.
Posted in DMY Berlin Tagged with: Berlin, DMY, DMY - Youngsters, DMY Berlin, Fiss Family, My Own Super Studio, Portugal
In the past few months we’ve had the privilege and misfortune of viewing several student showcases. These have ranged from the wonderful, such as the kkrraalls show in Milan from the students of the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, over the disappointing (Cranbrook College in New York) and not especially good (Weimar Uni. Milan and Berlin) onto the outright pointless – in particular we think on the show in Milan by a nameless north European-based college.
Stella by Stephanie Knust, Burg Giebichenstein
The show from the students of Burg Giebichenstein College, Halle fits into the upper half of what we have seen.
We sadly missed Burg Giebichenstein in Milan – although we believe their tents were not too far from ours – and so can only base our judgement on what we saw here in Berlin.
And what we saw was undeniably a student show; containing as it does all the elements student shows must contain.
Which isn’t to be dismissive. As a general rule students shows are not about products intended for sale; rather, they are about showing how the students handle different tasks and challenges, as well as what they understand from function, form, aesthetic and the like.
Jecket by Ilja Oelschlägel, Burg Giebichenstein
And so while there were some articles where the designers had clearly just been toooooo clever, the majority of the pieces on show demonstrated a solid understanding of both the designers responsibility and the design process. And in couple of cases even a good commercial judgement.
But most importantly regardless of the assessment of the individual item, one could always see and appreciate the undoubted talent that lay behind the works.
Which at the end of the day is the most important factor in student showcases.
We were suitably impressed.
More details on the products and designers can be found on the Burg Giebichenstein “Graduate 09” exhibition homepage.
Abfallprodukt by Bastian Müller, Burg Giebichenstein
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DMY Youngsters in the Arena Berlin
While the “big name” designers show their wares at the IMA Village, the future stars are grouped together as DMY:Youngsters in the Treptower Park Arena
Admittedly the classification is based on the organisers own perception and marketing concept – why, for example should the students from Bauhaus Uni Weimar be considered “Allstars” while those from Burg Giebichenstein in Halle are classed as “youngsters”? It makes no sense. Especially given that the Burg Giebichenstein show considerably better is than that from Weimar. But people know “Bauhaus”
Such complaints aside, the youngsters exhibition is also a mix of the wonderful and the less so and well worth a visit.
Fuller reports to come, but for now we were especially impressed by the work of Bao-nghi Droste, Wohngold and My Own Super Studio
Beanbag heaven at DMY Youngsters - students, comfy beanbags, sleep etc...
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