12/03

Print Avenue, Barcelona

Print Avenue, is a vintage pavilion by design studio Egue y Seta, in collaboration with Sabaté Lab, a digital printing, large format and museographer company in Barcelona, Spain. The project is an incredible example of design marrying classic print and illustration into interiors.

Walking along a game board decorated with “etched” past century lettering digitally printed over pinewood, the company introduce their main theme, printing, box by box, into a playful atmosphere.

An entrance hall, a waiting area and a reception act as a decorative strategy to display the versatility of the medium, as well as the vintage style that acts as inspiration for the project.

Almost the entire interior is printed, from the floors, walls, suspended ceiling panels, seating, doors and columns. The only items not printed are the reclaimed bar stools used in the reception area.

(Images from Retail Design Blog)

05/01

SHADE BY SIMON HEIJDENS

In this installation at the Arts Institute Chicago, Simon Heijdens has created a window which changes according to external weather conditions. Triangles of special film are applied to the glass. The film is linked to monitors which monitor wind currents passing the glass and allow the film to change from translucent to transparent letting more or less sunlight in.The window changes throughout the day, creating beautiful shadows and patterns on the walls, echoing the changes of nature.

Heijdens writes:

As the angle of light and patterns of wind are continuously changing throughout the day and year, the perpetual character of the artificial space is reconnected with an evolving, unplanned natural timeline.

The installation is part of the Hyperlinks exhibition and is on display until July 20th, 2011.

29/11

RGB EXHIBITION BY CARNOVSKY

On show until February 2011 at the Johanssen gallery, Berlin, Milan based designers Carnovsky, developed this wallpaper which changes with different coloured light. Already beautiful as it is, different coloured filters reveal animal illustrations amongst the technicolour tangle of images. Its amazing to see the animals emerge and disappear with the change of lighting. The wallpaper was designed for Italian brand Janelli&Volpi.  Described by the designers as an exploration into the surface’s ‘deepness’, along with the wallpaper, the RGB print has been applied to smaller scale prints and objects which also are displayed as part of the exhibition.

11/06

SA Design

With the World Cup kicking off today I thought it would only be fitting to feature some South African design:

First up is Dokter and Misses, a collaboration between furniture designer Adriaan Hugo and multidisciplinary designer Katy Taplin who met at university where they did their first project together – designing cardboard handbags (which I’m pretty sure they are still selling!). The pair now produce a selection of furniture, lighting and objects in Johannesburg. They refer to their gallery/shop at 44 Stanley as a place “where dreams come to life and vodka slaying superheroes support and uplift South African design.” Their products are fresh and sleek – minimalist with an African edge.

The place to go for a very stylish breakfast or lunch is definitely Superette. The beautifully designed cafe was set up by the organizers of the award-winning Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock, Cape Town. At this neighbourhood café you can indulge in an assortment of your favorite market produce and specialty foods. The bright and airy interior is mostly muted with splashes of yellow, mixing interesting contemporary design with nostalgic touches like the old fashioned deli display and vintage fridge.  It also features super trendy furniture by XK, another young South African designer to keep an eye on.

01/03

R606 Chair by Bartoli

This seemingly simple stacking chair is far more sophisticated than first glance might suggest.  Through the innovative application of patented R606 polymer, collaborators Bartoli Design and Fauciglietti Engineering developed the R606 Chair for Segis.  The unique quality of R606 polymer is that the surface skin of the plastic is solid, while the inside is soft.  This double-density twin compound is molded around a rigid frame made of high-grade steel, providing sturdy support around a flexible and comfortable seat.  The first chair to successfully use R606, it is no surprise that it was awarded the XXI Adi Compasso d’Oro.

26/10

Tijdelijk Restaurant in Eindhoven

The Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven has just ended. On show was a wild mix of all kind of design projects – reaching from young gunslingers to well-known old stagers of the dutch design world. One of the creative epicentres of Eindhoven is Strijp-S. Many designers, stylists, visual artists, and musicians have settled in the former Philips complex where in 1891 the first light bulb factory was founded. During DDW, this is where more than 100 large and small events were taking place. The prominent Klokgebouw was the hotspot for people who wanted to attend a wide range of daily lectures, workshops, seminars, and exhibitions. Particularly interesting I found the pop up Tijdelijk Restaurant. Placed in a former changing basement under Strijp-S it offered a nice place for eating and drinking – by day self-service above the washbasins, in the evening dining under the lockers.

24/07

Free Range Graduate Art & Design Interior Design Show

by Tina M Cheng

The 2009 show is the first time that all Interior Design School have exhibited together under one roof as unified discipline. Student prior to this did have the opportunity of exhibiting at the Business Design Centre in Islington, at the New Designers Exhibition, but were always pushed out the the edge of the building while other disciplines took centre stage.

The show which was piloted in conjunction with Tamsin O’Hanlon who set up Free range at the Truman Brewery and Andrew Stone the Interior Educators President. The exhibition has given the new crop of talent a wonderful platform to work from. We can only image the benefit this will also have on all students still studying that have seen the show and want to better the standard or at least aim to parr with the standard that has been set by their peers.

We have collated some of the students work that piqued our interest are shown here.  Free Range Art & Design Summer Show

Model of ex-prisoners drop in centre

Alexandra Sheperd Model of ex-prisoners drop in centre

Kingon students interior design work

Alexandra Sheperd: Kingston students interior design work, plan view

Kingston student

Alexandra Sheperd: Kingston student

Rebecca

Rebecca Pitt

Rebecca Pitt

Rebecca Pitt

Rebecca Pitt, plan view of designed space

Rebecca Pitt, plan view of designed space

09/07

Folding Plug by RCA Grad Student

by Tina M Cheng

At the Royal College of Art’s 2009 Graduate Show, Korean-born Min-Kyu Choi showcased a surprisingly simple design that electrified the crowds.  Choi rearranged the formation of blades on a plug, folding it down to just 10mm wide, no thicker than a Macbook Air.  The transformation from flat to functional is a cinch: swivel the two flat blades 90 degrees and fold the plastic flaps forward to create a standard UK plug-face.  Accessories were also displayed, including a multi-plug adaptor and a USB device charger.  Choi should have no problem launching his career as a Creative Engineer with the radical reinvention of this common household item.

Photos courtesy of Icon Eye

20/05

Contemporary Interior Design

Through the ancient times interior designs have been very popular and people in the past have been picky on the interior designs they have wanted for their homes, offices, restaurants, pubs or clubs.

First impression of everything really matters and hence that’s when interior designs come into picture. People are very conscious about the way their home, office, restaurant, office, pub or clubs looks like. This trend is still continuing today, although in the 21st century it is about the modernization of interior designs that are very different to the older times.

21st century stands out with the vast collection and variety of designs that have been designed by different interior designers all over the world. It is about recognizing the art of interior designing and the process involved in it.

Contemporary interior design styles are more likely to be recognized as International styles that are adapted from all over the world. These designs are incorporated and are linked with each other in terms of corporative designs taken from all over the world. Interior designers use the modern techniques to decorate and furnish working spaces and indoor living involving both the aesthetic and practical considerations.

Contemporary Interior design cultures

Classical and Asian culture are some of the most modern interior design cultures used to elaborate and create various interior styles. These cultures have originated through the past changing the design styles with the modernization.

In the medieval European days interior designs were more of hanging objects made in elaborate styles that were used for the furnishing of castle. This style was reformed in the middle ages with more of Roman and Green styles that became popular. The recent style comes with the combination of all the international styles. Most modernized style is usually glass or metals to give a finishing look to the interior designing.

Lighting is the important factor when it comes to Contemporary interior designing and hence arrangement of the interior designing is based on comfort, pattern, scale, color and balance.

Furniture

Furniture used in the Contemporary Interior design is often blended with the color and is more modernized than the ancient times. Furniture usually is made to complement the color and the entire designing process. Furniture is also very important aspect of designing process. The entire interior designing depends on the furniture you will opt for. You can actually make a statement, ‘Bad furniture will spoil the entire décor of your interior designing’.

Wall Paper

Most contemporary interior designers are now going for modernized wall papers that would give more of an attractive look to the décor. The interior designers choose the color and the wall papers but they definitely will sit with you to discuss if the colors and the paper used for the wall are feasible and if that is what you would like.

Most Wall Paper décor will give a very sophisticated and classic look to the entire interior designing. The entire process of it is discussed to make the client comfortable with the look.

05/03

John Lewis by FOA

New John Lewis department stores in Leicester

The decorative facade wrapped in pattered fabric that acts like a curtain allows customers to see out without being able to look in, and when viewed at an oblique angle from the pavement, the pattern becomes almost opaque.

To find the appropriate pattern, the Architect delved into John Lewis’ archive, picked a couple of its fabrics patterns, fused them and made them more geometric. Applied to the facades the frond-like motif became an optical device seen
from both inside and outside.

The building is connected to the Highcross with a bridge, and the inner street is left open, making the development permeable.
A bright public walkway a first-floor level links the mall to a second bridge across the main road.

24/02

Jaime Hayon

Graphic + Product + Interior DESIGN

Spanish designer and artist Jaime Hayon is rapidly becoming one of the most prestigious designers in the European scene.

Probably, one of the main reasons for his success is that Jaime Hayon has belonged to many different tribes. From his teenage years as a skateboarder in San Diego, to is time at design school in Madrid and his stint at Benetton’s Fabrica design institute, he has found himself in league with groups of talented
people.

Hayon has emerged in the last years as one of the Spanish’s fastest rising industrial designers, from street art to the alternative corporate strategies of Fabrica. In fact, he also has a talent for self-mythologising.

Working on interiors, furniture, tableware and decorative ceramics, he is able to manifest his inimitable form, style and color onto anything
he creates.

Not surprisingly, Hayon’s client list includes Artquitect Edition,
Bisazza, Camper, Swarovski, Metalarte, Baccarat and Lladro.

23/02

Vegetal Chair Review By B3 Designers

Vegetal chair by the Bouroullec brothers for Vitra.

The latest addition to the Vitra collection by the Bouroullec brothers is the Vegetal chair which will be released in early 2009.The chair is a result of a four year long process which started with a sketch reminiscent of the designers ‘Algues’ collection.
The initial design, which was much more filigree than the end result, had to be altered in order to achieve a design that would be feasible for mass manufacture.
The chair is injection moulded in a single operation thus making it a more affordable product.
Even though the design feels quite different from the initial idea ( it looks a lot more abstract and functional than the first models) it is still a refreshing and poetical design which has the typical ‘Bouroullec’ touch. It will be a welcome addition to the portfolio of any interior designer as it is often difficult to find beautiful plastic chairs that are suitable for restaurant interior design as well as outside seating.