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Objects that seem like half-finished sketches of candle holders, vases, bowls and bottles won British designer Maya Selway second prize in the Object category of the Interieur Design Awards at the Interieur design biennale in Kortrijk, Belgium, last week.
Each object in the Kishu collection is carefully weighted at its base to support its lopsided structure. “I worked for a long time to get the balance just right,” Selway said.
The delicate pieces are made from oxidised copper, and the vase also has a shallow silver dish for holding water. The bottles and bowls are purely decorative, but the candle holder and the vase can be used as shown.
Selway trained as a silversmith and jeweller at Camberwell College of Arts in London and Bishopsland near Reading, and has also worked making props and building sets for theatre and film.
There should be a special Nobel Prize set aside for geniuses who find ways to improve the simplest things in life. And this year’s award would go to Shapeways user OliveBird, whose Button 2.0 turns any shirt into a convenient headphone wrangler.
It’s not to say that the traditional button design isn’t useful. It’s just that with the addition of a subtle clamp on one edge for holding headphone cables no thicker than two millimeters, the Button 2.0 is approximately a thousand times more useful. And this isn’t some design student’s thesis on how to make the world better. It’s an actual product you can order from Shapeways in different colors ranging in price from $3 to $4. Expensive for a button? Yes. But this is the bleeding edge of shirt fastening/cable wrangling technology.
This birdfeeder is made for the fastfood generation of birds. “Fly thou” is equipped with solarpannels to give light in the signs and the house when it gets dark and on opening hours. The house is build of recycled wood and freshly 3D printed objects.
The birdhouse is a prototype by Brian Wolter.
Flickr photographer Patrícia Almeida recently shot these great photos of a wonderfully whimsical umbrella art installation in Portugal. Like something out of a fairy tale, the umbrellas look almost like they’re magically floating in mid-air. As she writes, “In July, in Águeda (a Portuguese town), some streets are decorated with colorful umbrellas. I felt like a kid, amazed by all that color!” She calls it Umbrella Sky.
Love this kind of outdoor art. Bonus points that it provides nice shade for those strolling along the street. According to the Daily Mail, this installation is an initiative by the council in Agueda, Portugal and is a part of an art festival called Agitagueda.
There are many designs that are simply done. Such is the colorful tree ring lights by Judson Beaumont, a designer at Straight Line Designer and a Vancouver firm dealing with furniture designs.
It is termed as Tree Rings and the lights have been created from shells of beetle pine topped using mirrored Plexiglas allowing the cool embedded lights from fluorescents to glitter within the dark surroundings.
They might not seem to have practical applications although the lights seem like they could be put to use as rather miniature tables and even stools since they are able to hold enough weight.
Ever wished you were cuter and more portable? Foldable.Me lets you create little cardboard sidekicks to look like you or your friends.
Foldable.me allows you to create a customized cardboard version of yourself or a friend via a Web interface that lets you modify hair, facial features, skin color and the like. Then, for $11.99, you can have it delivered anywhere in the world. When it arrives, you just need to fold up the flat cardboard printout that you receive (no glue is needed) and you have a little mascot to do with as you see fit.
Weighing in at just 10 grams and standing only 8.5cm tall, your foldable character is smaller and cuter than your good self, but more likely to suffer irreparable damage if it gets wet.
Customize yours at Foldable.me
06 Oct / Rag Chair by Tejo Remy
Tejo Remy is a European designer who has an impressive collection of work all made with creative reuse of materials. Above is his Rag Chair creation, which has garnered alot of buzz lately in the design world.
The Rag Chair is made using recycled rags and metal strips. Each chair is unique and you even have the option of sending in your own recyclables for use in the creation of the chair.
The pieces in this exhibition at Gallery Fumiwere made by construction workers, before being embellished by Brazillian architect Marcio Krogan of Studio MK27. The collection was produced in collaboration with Italian architects Manuela Verga and Paolo Boatti.
Every single piece exudes rustic charm: they’re all made from materials found on the construction sites of some of Krogan’s projects. The lamps, iPod docks and tiles were added on later by the architects. The contrast between the rough, solid looking construction of the pieces and the quaint embellishments is wonderful – this is upcycling done very, very well.
The exhibition runs until 30 November, but after today is by appointment only.
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