Thursday, December 18, 2008
These are simply fun, fresh, festive and have a Barcelona feel spelt all over them. John Lemon’s lemon squeezer by Studio Cha-Cha, mat ceramic and soft rubber cover. Retail for $38.
Avaliable at :: Commissaires, 5226 St-Laurent Montréal QC
The cabinet is a collaborative effort between British artist Richard Woods and designer Sebastian Wrong. Woods, renowned for work that is often based upon abstractions of domestic patterns, has in this instance applied his signature woodblock print over a particularly spartan cabinet of Wrong’s design.
Retails for $4895. Avaliable at :: Bombast, 27 E Pender St. Vancouver
Born from a love of crystal and a vision inspired by fusion of materials, K.STUDIO is a brother and sister duo based in Montreal. Creative design consultants specialized in crystal application for furniture and decor, they also design K.COLLECTION, a decorative hardware line with Swarovski® crystals inserts, available in various shapes, colors and a choice of aluminum or chrome base. Retails from $16 to $55.
Calgary :: Banbury Lane Design Centre Ltd - www.banburylane.com
Vancouver :: Cantu Bathrooms & Hardware Ltd - www.cantuhardware.com
Toronto :: Neff Design Studio - www.neffdesignstudio.com
Designed by emerging new talent, Emmanuelle Moureaux, a Tokyo-based French architect & designer whose innovative approach to chair design wowed the crowds at last year’s 100% Design Tokyo, will be exhibited at the upcoming 100% Design London 2008. The design of the Stick Chair was inspired by “Mikado”, a pick-up sticks game which originated in Europe. The oblique placement of 7 round wooden sticks supports a heavy piece of acrylic, creating a perfect equilibrium. The strikingness of the design comes from its beautiful illusion of refraction: the sticks appear as if they are being soaked in water. Hideki Tanaka (Photographer)
This self-watering plant pot’s main feature is a medical drip feed. This unique characteristic allows the plant to be nourished with water and food as it is required. Included with the lightweight fibreglass plant pot is a height adjustable metal rod, a refillable I.V. bag and a flow regulator that allows you to set watering rates to suit your plant. The drip feed provides a striking design focus as well as acting as a reminder to its owner as to when it needs topping up.
Retails from $240.
Pending his first solo show at the R’ PURE gallery in New York, Jean‑Marc Gady is releasing two de luxe vases - one for Baccarat, the other for Bosa - at the Maison & Objet fair in Paris. With its low-angle lean and cut base, ‘Amphora’ is a crystal vase - that makes innocent fun of a house of Baccarat icon. The ‘Royal Rose’ is an octagonal vase, that can be placed on any flat surface, made from bosa ceramic.
Amphora retail price :: 2600 euros
Royal Rose retail price :: 263 euros
Sleep Safe Tape is a roll of standard transparent 1/2" wide tape that has pictures of an eye printed along the length of the tape. Many situations exist where it is taboo to sleep despite the natural inclination of humans to rest their tired eyes. Examples include meetings, lectures, and conversations. With Sleep Safe Tape, users can get the shuteye they need while appearing to be wide-awake. Of course, Sleep Safe Tape is a novelty product and might not be used as advertised except by those audacious enough. Those less bold may choose to use it as a regular roll of tape.
Toronto design company Luflic introduces a unique technique by appliyng a crocheted nylon or felt sleeve to a tubular steel frame. Thirty feet of sleeve is required to upholster one chair. It is carefully designed to ensure no slippage of cheeks when sat upon.
Prices start at $2600
Designed by Winnipeg Industrial designer, Matthew Kroeker, Saw Table pays homage to our ancestral furniture makers. The solid wood table contains several stylized “saw cuts” into which the nickel-plated lamp post is inserted, each providing a different intensity of light or no light at all when placed in the resting slot. A true reflection of Canadian design.
Retail price is $6500
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Made from wenge and zebrawood veneer by Kino Guérin, in Quebec. The harmonization of contrasting veneers brings a new facet to the notion of equilibrium, which, without being directly inspired by nature, nevertheless emanates from its essence.
Retail price is $1900
Traditional piggy banks have had it all wrong. Jonathan Sabine, at Mat Cult Design Studio has ‘coined’ a new appropriate graphic for the money savings vessel. Add Bank will soon be available at Ministry of the Interior, in Toronto.
Retail price is $45
NY designers Lovegrove & Repucci introduce their new ‘Delft’ street life dinnerware collection. Rendered in the Dutch Delft vocabulary, modern London takes on a new ‘classic’ look. The ‘Concerto’ table takes the form of a grand piano with an iPod dock to host any dinner party in Grande style.
Concerto retails from $14,000
Delft dinnerware set retails from $100
The Geneva Speaker will put any ipod dock to shame. With a regal piano lacquer finish, the XL model has clear sparkling highs, detailed mids, and shake your house bass. Available in hot red, mean black or slick white.
L Model $979, XL model $1,749
The minipod is essentially an amalgamation of three spheres to form one pressure-vessel, allowing sound waves to move more freely, but you won’t have to worry about having to hide these Scandyna speakers as they will fit in with any urban loft or funky interior.
Retails from $500
Italy’s Nacsound has created a line of speakers which look like something you’d find in a contemporary furniture store. Most speakers hide behind a black mesh, but the Kayak single stereo loudspeaker bares it all with a suspended double cone shaped coaxial drivers; the acoustic reflector in the middle is for accurate stereo.
Retails from $2900 - $11,500
If you have $180,000 burning a hole in your pocket, then consider the Grande Utopia EM. It offers mechanical adjustments in order to optimize the perfect listening G-Spot. The 4-way, floorstanding bass-reflex loudspeaker has an adjustable spine, tweaked via an integrated crank system. 1458 possible adjustments for total sound personalization.
Grande Utopia EM $180,000 for a pair
These unique subwoofers are based on the ultimate woofers, yes man’s best friend. The “Woofer” speaker system, designed and custom engineered by Buro Vormkrijgers, comes as a set of two dog-shaped co-axial speakers. The ‘Woofers’ definitely have more bark than bite.
Set of two dogs retails from $875
Photography: Niels van Veen, Sander Mulder.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Flod stools by Martín Azúa and Gerard Moliné for Mobles 114 make an artistic statement in an organic shape that's light enough to be easily moved around yet completely stable. Though the design is created to withstand outdoor elements, it's sophisticated enough to be at home indoors.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
This fall, Danish design company VIPP has teamed up with supermodel Helena Christensen for the VIPP Charity Auction, a benefit for Food Bank For New York City and Chernobyl Children’s Project International. Leaders from the worlds of fashion, design, art and entertainment put a fashionable spin on the classic VIPP waste bin with customized creations sold in a silent auction benefiting the two charities. Selected from the ranks of the international creative set, the thirty-four participating designers include Bono, Todd Oldham, William Sofield and Karim Rashid, among others.
The bins will be displayed at The Conran Shop in New York City from September 4 - 17, when pre-bidding will begin. Those who wish to continue bidding will be able to do so at the silent auction on September 18th. This may be the only time you hear chic applied to trash!
VIPP Charity Auction for Helena Christensen; Public Viewing and Bidding at The Conran Shop, NYC.
Vipp Trash Bins custom designed by :: (from left to right)
Karim Rashid, Helena Christensen, Eric Cohler, William Sofield, Todd Oldham, Mattia Biagi, Robert Verdi
Starting Bids range from $500 - $750
Jacket by Jean Paul Gauliter, Holt Renfrew
Shirt by Prada, Holt Renfrew
Denim trousers by Evan Biddell
Shoes by Yves Saint Laurent, Holt Renfrew
Concrete Rings, Konzuk.com
Ledge shelves by Kazuhiro Yamanaka, Pallucco
Felt chair (limited edition) by Marc Newson, Cappellini
Time table by Prospero Rasulo, Zannotta
Algol Brionvega TV by Marco Zanuso & Richard Sapper
Jacket and Skirt by Fifth Avenue
Shoe Repair, Gravity Pope Tailored Goods
Leather Pants by Obakki
Shoes by Pierre Hardy at Holt Renfrew
Gloves by Ports 1961
Kennedee sofa, armchair and pouf by Jean-Marie Maussaud, Poltrona Frau
Bedside & Lounge Gun by Philippe Starck, FLOS