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Designed by a group of young international designers from Fabrica Research Center in Italy for PLEASE DO NOT ENTER, Da Vetro is a limited edition glass collection of vases, carafes and containers that are inspired by human gestures, postures and scale.
There are eight designs in the collection, all of which are hand-blown in Italy by glass blower Massimo Lunardon. Only a limited edition of 30 pieces are made for each design.
308 s by Lukas Valiauga from Lithuania has a futuristic, space-inspired shape. It’s actually a sand timer that counts down to a Martian five minutes, which is 2.8% longer than Earth minutes.
Slipped My Mind by Elena Bompani from Italy has a lower figure that’s inspired by the shape of a bust while the handle is inspired by the shape of a face, alluding to the idea that memories, like flowers, can be short and fleeting.
Corolla by Guglielmo Brambilla from Italy has two components, a cylinder and a cone, to protect a single flower.
Lorea by Ainhoa Garmendia from Spain has multiple smaller vessels for additional flowers and leaves to grow.
Little Flower Lab by Jo-Chieh Huang from Taiwan is a place for everyday flowers that we might deem as insignificant.
Wealth Distribution by M Wingren from USA is a cheeky interpretation of global wealth distribution, where the majority of the vessel is “non-enterable.”
Organicum by Silvia Matias from Portugal evolves and follows the curve of the plant from stem to tip.
Cuddle by Myungsik Jang from Korea has two separate glass elements that make up of a whole vase inspired by the embrace of a mother and child.
Da Vetro will be a part of an exhibition called “Short Memories” at /THE LAB/, a creative platform by PLEASE DO NOT ENTER to highlight contemporary art and design. The exhibition will be held at the NoMad Hotel in Los Angeles from March 15 – April 8, 2018.
Last year VitraHaus enlisted the talents of British designer Jasper Morrison to takeover Level I of their headquarters in Weil am Rhein, Germany. This year, they reached out to London-based Israeli design duo Raw-Edges to revamp the fourth level loft into their Happy Places installation.
The pair created a colorful, happy interior, combining living and workspaces, using an eclectic mix of Vitra and Artek furnishings. The playful results are their vision imagining as if they were living there with their own children, making it important to deck the space out for adults and kids alike.
Photos by Lorenz Cugini, except where noted.
If history is any indicator, it’s almost guaranteed the Samsung Galaxy S9 and its larger iteration S9 Plus will reign supreme above the legions of Android-powered devices yet again. The larger S9 Plus model is especially remarkable for its hyper-bright and clear edge-to-edge 6.2-inch Infinity display and perhaps more notably, its new low-light camera outfitted with a very cool mechanical aperture capable of switching between f/2.4 and f/1.5 (earning it a DXOMark score of “99”). If you’re an Android devotee, these might be the flagship devices you’ve been waiting for.
Of course, recognizing new phone owners will feel compelled to accessorize their newest device, we set out to hunt down the best looking add-ons available today to supplement the new Galaxy S9 line, each one picked to complement its sleek aesthetic design and extend its abilities:
Sebastian Holmbäck is an industrial, product and lighting designer, based in the Danish capital Copenhagen. He enjoys a good challenge, tries to inject emotion into everything he makes and really just wants a year off – Design Milk caught up with him to find out more…
What’s the most important thing to know about you?
Haha, good question! I think I’d prefer to let others be the judge of that.
Tell me about your childhood – what’s your earliest memory of doing something creative?
Drawing – I’ve always done it, just doodling away, and still do. It’s a wonderful feeling to just let go and see what streams from your unconsciousness onto the paper.
What did you study?
I studied design in Copenhagen and wasn’t really happy with my school, but we were a bunch of guys having a good time creating our own space. That was really rewarding, and while doing that I realized that I wanted to work independently. I’ve had a few business partners over the years but never a boss. Even though I’m occasionally attracted to being part of bigger studio or corporation, I really cannot let go of being the creator of my own life on a day to day basis.
Tell me about Emma the Electric Kettle – the kettle seems like something that was well overdue a good redesign…
Actually, the kettle was the first sketch for the Emma series, but for a number of reasons the Thermos flask came first. The thing with the kettle is that you’re basically left to buy the least ugly one – not something you really desire, because it just isn’t there. And now I really enjoy it when people tell me how happy the Emma kettle makes them, because it’s one of the things in the kitchen you use so much – and that they think it’s beautiful.
You say “the greatest products are the ones that we become emotionally attached to” – as a designer, how do you create that emotional attachment between the things you design and the people you design them for?
It’s a secret formula! No, it’s really about human nature; for instance, an element of something recognizable is comforting, and thus leaves us more perceptible to the element of ‘new’ (a shape, a function, a material or a color, or a combination of these things). So with the Emma series, for example, the wooden handle is the recognizable element, used in a new context. Overall, it’s about understanding what affects us on a subconscious level, which is where we make decisions a long time before we actually decide what we think intellectually. Aesthetics is a strong force, yet mystically divided between our conscious and unconscious selves – working with the concept of emotional attachment is a truly holistic approach in how to give form to an object.
The about page on your website ends with the words “Please challenge us” – what does a really good client challenge look like?
Moving into unchartered territory; be it manufacturing, functionality etc, but going beyond my comfort zone. It is exhausting, but equally rewarding. 98% of new product design these days are purely entertainment that makes the wheels turn, but every once in a while something truly innovative appears and that only happens when clients really have an agenda.
Talk me through your design process.
I think you’re born with certain skills and abilities that just flow in you, and for me, it’s not really a process it’s more the way I function; it’s an underlying motor that’s always running. I see things that spur new ideas, new ideas pop into my mind, and of course, sometimes I really have to do some serious analysis, but most of the time it’s about letting go and just being open to what comes to mind. I always have my sketch book and love working with the computer, because it’s so fast to model something, render it to see it materialize and perhaps 3D print it (I have my own – it’s the best toy ever!).
What are you most proud of?
I really love my work, but nothing makes me prouder than the fact that my wife (still) loves me and that we’ve created three wonderful independent creatures together.
What advice would you give a young designer?
You have to be really, really dedicated to choose this profession. There are designers in abundance out there, and as much as the world loves design, making a (good) living from it is not an easy feat. I suppose it’s not much different from choosing music or arts, but the odds, unfortunately, are not in your favor. But then again – this is from a guy who is getting older, so if you love it, do it!
What’s next? What’s the dream?!
Taking a year off! I got very inspired when I read about how Stefan Sagmeister does it every seven years and figured it could be a fun thing to do. Whether I’ll be staring at a wall or climbing a mountain I have no idea, but changing my narrative after many years doing the same thing seems appealing.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, every Friday in March we’ll be featuring women in the design world in our Friday Five column.
Since 2000, Miriam Fanning has been the principal interior designer for the multidisciplinary studio, Mim Design, an award-winning practice she founded in the South Yarra suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The studio handles high-end residential, hospitality, hotel, and retail projects not only throughout Australia, but New York and Los Angeles, where the team of 25 gives the clients what they want along with the unexpected. Pulling from her time working overseas and traveling around Europe and the United States, Fanning brings her worldly experiences and creativity to each project, along with her keen attention to detail, which can be seen throughout the studio’s popular Instagram feed. This week’s Friday Five delves into the prolific designer’s favorite things, including a designer, a product, and an iconic house.
1. Stahl House
I visited the Stahl House a couple of years ago and I was completely overtaken by its simple proportion and strength in architectural statement. The Stahl House is a case study house (#22) designed by Pierre Koenig, built in 1959. This project perched high on the Hollywood Hills overlooking Los Angeles was an absolute treat to visit.
2. Natural Stone
I love and use a lot of natural stone. I find the product fascinating as each piece is unique and much like artwork in my eyes. Stone can be strong and bold, such as the Viola Calcutta (above) or soft and sinewed. I love that it can be chiseled, polished, hammered or honed for differing effects. Stone, to me, is an absolute “go to” on a project. I’m not a fan of reproduction stone at all!
3. Patricia Urquiola
I am a huge fan of Spanish born Patricia Urquiola. As a designer and a woman, she has pushed the boundaries in the manufacturing and design world. Her design focuses on Modern Industrial design melding with a distinct handmade quality. Patricia Urquiola is all about the craft of detail; whether it’s through furniture, interior or homewares.
4. Colour & Art
Art is something I hold very dear to my heart. I love colour and form. Phillip Low’s ‘Refractions’ are sculptures formed from acrylic that visually change colour and form through acrylic light prisms. Phillip, a New York based artist, has mastered the art of reflection and refraction.
5. PP225 Flag Halyard Chair by Hans J Wegner
One of the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat in. Comprising of a solid stainless steel frame and 240 meters of straw flagline, the chair was developed in 1950 when Hans J Wegner dug a hole in the sand to create a comfortable seat to watch his children play on the sand.