Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Sunday, 25 December 2011
Running until 14 January at Antonia Jannone Gallery in Milan, the exhibition Tavolini by Michele De Lucchi presents 19 small tables and new sculptures. In Italian, Tavolini literally means small tables. They represent a very special world for the designer, who explains: “I suppose they are distinguished from normal tables because they are smaller. However, no one has ever explained, nor theorised, what smaller means – how much smaller, how much narrower, thinner, lower and so on”.
Friday, 23 December 2011
|Camron PR's 2011 Christmas card by lighting designer Moritz Waldemeyer|
Merry Christmas to all our readers! To celebrate the festive season, here are some of the best Christmas cards we have received from designers, retailers and manufacturers this month.
WGSN-homebuildlife will continue to post throughout the winter break, sharing visual inspiration from around the world, and will return in full force in 2012 to keep bringing you the best in design and interiors.
WGSN's A/W 13/14 macro trends and colour direction are now live!
Our macro trends outline the need-to-know cultural and design forces shaping your thinking, planning and design in autumn/winter 2013/14. We present these big ideas, themes and design tendencies in a highly visual format as an inspiring start to your conceptual thinking. Subscribers, access them here.
The corresponding A/W 13/14 colour direction provides a comprehensive palette for the season, walking you through colour themes, usage, levels and key hues to base your colour message around.
Thursday, 22 December 2011
|551 FL Bianco Carrara Lucidato by Q-BO, image via Strata Tiles|
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Gypsy Interiors from Carlo Gianferro on Vimeo.
Gypsy Interiors by photographer Carlo Gianferro (Postcart Edizione, 2009) is a series of portraits that capture the private yet exhibited world of the sometimes forgotten Western subculture of gypsies.
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
|Handpicked vegetable box by Alain Passard, head chef at L'Arpège, Paris|
|Shoulder Pads Room by Malu Gehner © Mirjam Bleeker|
The Exchange in Amsterdam is based around a new hotel initiative combining fashion and architecture by Otto Nan and Suzanne Oxenaar. Eight students from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) were selected to work on the rooms at the hotel; each based their designs for a room on a fashion metaphor.
Founded in April 2010, Cloud 7 is a German pet brand offering contemporary fashion accessories and interior solutions for dogs and their owners to enjoy equally. The company's design ethos is to create products that "enhance and strengthen the relationship between humans and their beloved pets".
|John Lewis iPhone app|
Monday, 19 December 2011
|Steve McCurry at MACRO, Rome; photo by Pasquale Formisano|
Running until April 29 at the MACRO museum, Rome, is a remarkable exhibition of more than 200 photos by Steve McCurry. Designed by Italian designer Fabio Novembre, the structure of the exhibition is inspired by a nomad village and the curation, also by Novembre, is based on similarity of emotions rather than more traditional categorisation.
|Benjamin Hubert's 2011 Christmas card|
Thursday, 15 December 2011
London's V&A museum is the latest British institution to unveil its Christmas tree for this festive season - a large-scale sculpture designed by Studio Roso which is over 4 metres high and made of 3.3 miles of elastic cord.
|What a Melon by Field Candy|
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
|Photo by Danni.Lee|
20+12: Design Stories from Helsinki by Katja Hagelstam, Piëtke Visser and Eva Lamppu (WSOY, 2011) is a guide to the 2012 World Capital of Design as seen "through the eyes of architects,designers and artists". The book includes 20 interviews with Helsinki-based creatives, and 12 essays reflecting on various aspects of the city itself.
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
This week, new magazine Disegno will launch its first ever issue. Investigating the areas of architecture, design and fashion, Disegno is a biannual publication which aims to offer insight into key events from the last six months, and serve as inspiration for the coming six.
Written by the team behind British interiors magazine Ideal Home, Home Shopping Spy gives an informed and informal overview of the UK retail industry - posts are written in a chatty tone of voice, but the content is reliable and updated regularly. Good for retail catch-ups, and sneak peeks of collections.
HBL loves: the recent round-up of alternative Advent calendars.
|Gaga's Boudoir at Barneys, New York; photo courtesy of Barneys|
The unveiling of store holiday windows continues to be one of the most anticipated events in New York City. This year, Lady Gaga's workshop at Barneys carried through to its four windows featuring Gagamachine, Gaga's Boudoir, Gaga's Crystal Cave and Gaga's Constellation.
Monday, 12 December 2011
|Freya’s Cabin by Studio Weave|
Freya’s Cabin, by UK architects Studio Weave, is part of Freya and Robin, a project to build two structures on the banks of Kielder Water in Northumberland. The structures provide stopping points for visitors walking or cycling along the lakeside path, and exemplify the current move towards design as storytelling.
|Portable typewriter Valentina by Ettore Sottsass Jr. for Olivetti (1970). ADI Collezione Compasso d’Oro Foundation|
Disegno e design is not the usual sort of show about Italian design. Instead, it talks about Italian creativity from a technical point of view. Hundreds of patents, drawings and trademarks, conserved at the Central State Archives and at the Italian Patent Office, are on show.
Friday, 9 December 2011
Spanish designers CuldeSac have created an innovative collection of paintbrushes for Valentine. Described as "genetic mutations", each one encourages the user to rethink the common painting tool - either by solving a common problem or by injecting some creative flair into the process.
|Galeries Lafayette Rock 'N Mode Christmas tree|
Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette will host a series of nightly live rock'n'roll shows to be viewed from the shop's windows in the lead up to Christmas 2011, featuring a variety of famous rock and folk artists.
|Tangerine Tango by Pantone|
Pantone have announced their 2012 Colour of the Year: Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange which "emanates heat and energy". The announcement ties into the recent rise of red - as reported on by WGSN-homebuildlife back in August.
Thursday, 8 December 2011
Andaz Hotel, Liverpool Street has collaborated with designer Eyal Burstein of Beta Tank to create an advent calendar inspired table for the festive season. The display shows all the crockery needed for a tea party - which has been moulded into the table to appear as if it's melting.
|In Flakes by Mount Fuji|
|Arieto by Harry Bertoia, Knoll International, 1952. Photo courtesy of Museum of Arts and Design|
On show now at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, Crafting Modernism demonstrates how the period between 1945 and 1969 proved a key transitional era for American craft and design - using furniture, textiles, tableware, ceramics, glass, jewellery, sculpture and painting to make its case.
Labels: Print and Pattern
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
|My Green City|
My Green City: Back to nature with attitude and style, edited by R. Klanten, S. Ehmann and K. Bolhöfer (Gestalten, 2011) provides a guide to the contemporary designers, artists and architects who are working on bringing nature back into our cities - from guerrilla gardeners and urban farmers to food and product designers.
Loyal Luxe aims to bring a design-led approach to each pet product it creates. Its founders, Maud Beauchamp and Marie-Pier Guilmain, are both from an industrial design background and describe their product line as "rustic with a modern chic".
Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Each holiday window features a specific material that depicts exotic animals from around the world, and is intricately decorated with painstaking detail. The paper window uses over 300 different papers used in black, gray, and white to make zebras, Dalmatians, and other monochrome animals.
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Normann Copenhagen has launched Fruity, a simple plywood fruit bowl which is supplied flat-pack and can be used either flat, suspended or free-standing.
Labels: Product Design
|Halley VI Antarctic research station by Hugh Broughton Architects|
The inaugural iq2 If Conference took place November 25-26 at the Royal Geographical Society in London. More than 30 speakers across a wide range of disciplines presented future thinking on subjects involving digital gaming, experiential travel, extreme ageing, self-hacking, and the importance of making.
|Selfridges' Christmas 2011 windows; photo by Andrew Meredith|
Inspiration is taken from traditional sources in the English capital this festive season, as Christmas carols, rhymes and bright white winter wonderlands are envisioned with contemporary twists and playful narratives in the windows of London's leading department stores.
Monday, 5 December 2011
The big lamp Marie Coquine is inspired, its designer Philippe Starck explains, by Mary Poppins. An umbrella is opened on a crystal rain while, at the other end of the steel stand, there is a camel-coloured leather punching bag. Here the Marie Coquine is showed at Via Garibaldi 12 in Genoa.
HBL loves: The Travel section, which highlights up-and-coming destinations and reviews new hotels with a twist - such as the Lisbonaire apartments, 19 centrally-located and affordable apartments in Lisbon, each customised by a local artist or designer.
Friday, 2 December 2011
Norwegian photographer Christopher Jonassen's Devour series re-contextualizes a collection of worn-out frying pans to make them appear like undiscovered planets from outer space. The collection is featured in this week's WGSN-homebuildlife surface report, which explores reflective surfaces and iridescence in design. Subscribers can see the full report online here.
Vivienne Westwood has launched its second range of stationery, drawing on the brand's iconic use of tartan to introduce two winter tone tartan fabric covers as well as a typographic Vivienne Westwood design and geometric Squiggle print.
Thursday, 1 December 2011
|Rainbow book binding by Present Present|