Recycled Freitag Bags Become Compost Art During Vienna Design Week

Freitag bags are a modern eco classic. Swiss brothers Markus and Daniel Freitag make their slick bags, wallets, iPhone cases, and other accessories from discarded tarps, the type used by long-distance freight trucks in Europe.
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Light Therapy Café Brightens Dark Winter Months

Iglo light café offers light therapy as a cure to sun deprived Stockholmers throughout the dark months of October to March. Using the same technology as hospitals, Iglo provides an informal atmosphere and a place for friends to meet. The coffee shop dresses the visitors in white and is lit by UV-free lighting in the strength of 3000 lux. People relax in the warm environment, sipping on smoothies and other healthy options while soaking up the artificial light. via (PSFK)
Iglo Light Cafe

Yonoh Box: Modular bathroom


The finalist of the Roca Jumpthegap contest announced during 100% Design London, the “Box” from Valencia-based studio Yonoh is a modular bathroom system designed for architectural construction and interior spaces. The modular bathroom system has three different parts: first one includes a watercloset and wash-basin, second contains the shower, a small seat and two shelves with towel racks, and the last section includes extra storage space and serves as an expansion piece to enlarge the bathroom.
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Benjamin Hubert Diamond Chair

Diamond Chair

Diamond Chair by a hot new designer called Benjamin Hubert, who had just won the 100% Design Blueprint Award. At this year’s 100% Design in London, Benjamin presented “A Year In The Making” , a showcase of all his creative output from the last 12 months.Via (Homebug)
Benjamin Hubert

Kirsty Whyte – Wooden Hooks

Hooks from designer Kirsty Whyte of Pure Whyte. She recently launched these wooden “limpet wall hooks” at 100% design in September .
Pure Whyte

Black and Blum’s stylish dish rack


Great design no longer stops at the kitchen sink with Black and Blum’s stylish new dish rack ‘High and Dry’. As well as being a gorgeous piece of sculpture for your kitchen, it is functional too – its wave of spikes can solve the tricky issue of drying wine glasses, even the most delicate champagne flutes, its makers Dan Black and Martin Blum promise.

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The Palindrome Series by Peter Marigold at Moss gallery


Now on view as a part of “The Harder They Fall” exhibit at Moss Gallery in NYC, artist/designer Peter Marigold created a new series of works cleverly entitled The Palindrome Series. Using wood, acrylic, gypsum composite and fiberglass, Marigold plays with symmetry by creating pieces of furniture that are half mold and half cast resulting in mirrored textures and details.

Marigold explains the process behind the conceptual project on his site and comments,

“The wood is first assembled as a mould and then the composite casting material is layered inside. Once this is set, the wooden mould is opened up, turned inside out and used to create the opposing side to the cast. The two sides are then bolted together using mould making fasteners. Each imperfection is complimented on the opposite side of the unit: circular saw marks become symmetrical decorative swirls, knots in the wood become motifs and holes become handles.” Via: (Coolhunting)

Moss Gallery

martino gamper: 100 chairs in 100 days Through to November 8th

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100 chairs in 100 days project and stanze e camere exhibition at the
Triennale Design Museum in Milan has just opened.

in 100 chairs in 100 days, gamper has reconfigured the design of 100 seats which were retrieved over a period of two years through his adventures of rummaging through garbage, picking up rejected and deserted chairs.

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Skinni by Adrien Rovero


A collection of toys made from leather offcuts by Swiss designer is on show as part of Vienna Design Week this month.

More pictures and info at (Dezeen)

Transforming Retail Spaces


This multi-use space created by 6A architects where library stacks are used to display K-Swiss products. The flexibility of the stacks allows the spaced to convert from a retail space to an event space by expanding and collapsing the shelves. Via (PSFK)

6A Architects

Future of Design at Taubman College from October 9th

Future of Design Taubman College Hosts 30 Design Experts in Future of Design Conference University of Michigan’s Taubman College is hosting the Future of Design conference, Oct. 9 & 10, 2009. Thirty designers, critics and provocative thinkers will come together to brainstorm about how design is evolving across various disciplines including architecture, landscape architecture, interactive, industrial, and interior design.

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Nina Tolstrup at Jaquline Rabun Gallery Through to October 16th

This September will see jewellery
designer Jacqueline Rabun open
her exquisite studio and showroom
in Grosvenor Crescent Mews, Belgravia to the London Design Festival and
100% Design. The space will exhibit
designs by Danish designer Nina
Tolstrup from Studiomama, who
Jacqueline has long admired. There
will also be six new collections from
Jacqueline on show.
Nina’s collection contains a series
of original pieces made from
reclaimed pallets. Pieces include
furniture, lighting and objects.
The process of making these pieces
is what distinguishes Nina’s designs.
A pallet is a generic thing found
anywhere in the world. Nina designs each piece of furniture, but the
assembly guidelines are then sold
online. Then a final piece of furniture is made anywhere in the world
using locally sourced and reclaimed pallets. This is a sustainable,
collaborative and meaningful approach to design that by passes costly and
unsound supply chains.
“I admire Nina’s unique approach to
design, we share a desire to achieve simplicity and purity in our work.
Her creations come from the soul and she never compromises she does
exactly what she wants to do.
I admire this attitude and that is what we have in common,” says Jacqueline.
A further dimension to Nina is her
commitment to philanthropy. Studiomama
has given Cecilia Glik, a photographer and charity worker based in
Buenos Aires, Argentina the rights to
manufacture the pallet chair in a
workshop in Lugano. This is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.
Inside the slum there is a collective
workshop, which are now producing
the pallet chair. “Nina has given
the community the right to produce
and sell her pallet furniture which
provides an income for them. I respect this idea very much”, adds Jacqueline.
During 100% Design an auction
will take place of personalized pallet
chairs by famous British artists.
Nina’s furniture will also be made
to order from Jacqueline Rabun’s
gallery using pallets from London,
and there will be a new range of
do-it-yourself guidelines
downloadable from Studiomama’s
Jacqueline Rabun first began designing fine jewellery in 1989 in her native
America; she has been dedicated
to creating innovative ideas
that inspire and contribute to the
international design world.
Her fluid and sculptural forms
are recognized by the cognoscenti
the world over, be it pieces
designed for Georg Jensen, or under
her own eponymous brand.
She extended her poetic approach
to creating fine jewellery and design objects to the unique Gallery
she opened in the heart of Belgravia
in a converted stable.

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Designer Jacqueline Rabun open her exquisite studio and showroom in Grosvenor Crescent Mews.

The space will exhibit designs by Danish designer Nina Tolstrup from Studiomama, who Jacqueline has long admired. There will also be six new collections from Jacqueline on show.

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Last chance to see iittala glass exhibition

Pokaali glassware by Kaj Franck, part of the Into The Woods exhibition

Pokaali glassware by Kaj Franck, part of the Into The Woods exhibition

Love glassware? Love Scandinavian design? Then don’t miss this exhibition of work which focuses on the iittala company. Entitled “Into the Woods” the show is curated by Finnish designer Harri Koskinen and considers the work of such design luminaries as Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck and Tapio Wirkkala among others, drawing on iittala’s vast archives. The result is a journey of discovery through the decades and given the penchant for retro styling in the 90s and 00s, it’s interesting to see that certain designs associated with those periods in fact date back far further. The exhibition is being held at Chelsea Space, near to Tate Britain and runs until 17 October.

iittala company

Remembering Jan Kaplicky Architect Of The Future through to November 1st

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Remembering Jan kaplický – architect of the future Earth Center, conference and education center, Doncaster, competition winner, 1995 Photo: Timothy Davey

Jan Kaplický, who died earlier this year, was the Czech architect responsible for some of the most remarkable buildings that Britain has ever seen. Lord’s cricket ground holds the press box he built with his former partner, Amanda Levete – it was their first major project and won the Stirling Prize.

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