Archive for March, 2010

not so nervous system

March 27, 2010

To continue with the nature inspired design, i found these adorable jewelery line by Nervous System. Despite their name, I find their design very peaceful and even tranquil. I like how they divided their collection not only by the type of jewelery but also by the concept, which by themselves are very unique. Cell cycle, plant cells, radiolarians or moon cycles, all that is combined with the interplay of different materials, scale and proportions. Too bad the holiday season is long behind.

undergrowth earrings $50

pinch bracelet $75

full moon series $60orchid necklace $150

secant root brooch $75

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convallaria flower lamps

March 27, 2010

After a week of silence while studying for my finals I’ve collected quite a number of notes on posts that I’ve wanted to do here. Since I  was the only one who haven’t had a chance to enjoy the spring coming, I really need to catch up.

And I decided to open up my new post avalanche with these absolutely lovely lamps by Polish Pink Pug Design team.

Convallaria ia a collection of lamps inspired by nature, made of polyester felt. Available in a wide color range. Those green ones would be perfect for my space.

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the old new: skylights vs. lights

March 19, 2010

This old new reference came across while I was browsing the coolest design website ever. The Japanese interior design company Wonder Wall, established by Masamichi Katayama, has a large variety of very inspiring projects and this one, which I  found  rather inspired….by Alvaro Alto Viipuri Library, Finland.

The NEW: The dining area of the Cinagro Kitchen & Market, Tokyo 2007.

This is an organic food market and cafe restaurant located in the Omotesando area. The aim was to create an atmosphere that would exude freshness and comfort.

Here the effect is achieved by the recessed ceiling with the cove lighting.

The OLD: The Viipuri Library by Alvar Aalto, 1935

The Library in Vyborg (Viipuri Library) was designed by alvar Aalto and completed in 1935. It is a masterpiece of International Modernism in both European and global terms.

Here the the ceiling planes is punctured with the skylight to bring in the natural light into the reading areas of the library.

So which one is your favorite?

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magic bulb trick

March 17, 2010

Following my yesterday’s post on light bulb inspiration, it’s time to show my creation. I was really captured by the idea of light shimmering in the water, especially after seeing the plastic water bottles wall in the Morimoto restaurant, when lit from behind, it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

My original idea was to fill up bulbs with water and some how arrange them around the light source. But the my husband showed me the magic bulb trick on youtube and the light bulb inside my head went on! If I don’t need any wires to supply the bulb why don’t I…well, check it out.

…yes, I submerged my whole fixture under the water. Not only the light looks surreal under water, but also the regular frosted bulbs appear as if the glass is a kind of liquid steel (like the bad guy from the  old Terminator movie). How did I do it?

First, drilled the holes in a few bulbs and filled them up with water. These would serve as the weight for the rest of the bulbs to actually stay under water and do not float up.

Then, I took 2 magic bulb (bought them at the local magic shop) and wrapped the base in foil to lit them up.I’ve put some hot glue around the base where it touches the glass to make sure that water is not leaking through.

And I assembled the whole thing. too bad the battery life of the magic bulb is not that long, so by the end of the show one bulb went off.

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light bulb

March 16, 2010

For one of my school projects we are to design a light fixture. With the abundance of contemporary lighting nowadays it seems like everything has already been invented, so I decided to stick to the basics and get my inspiration for the regular incandescent light bulb. I absolutely LOVE the shape and would it be my wish, I’d lit my hole apartment  with Edison incandescents. After browsing a little while I came across this compilation of light bulb inspired designs and found it absolutely amazing!

Flat Bulbs by Joonhuyn Kim have slim shape that allows them to be easily stacked and prevents breakage.

You do not need electricity for this light bulb

Creative Siamese twin bulb, with two bases and one head.

Scheisse pendant lamp shaped like a broken light bulb.

Vaka concept by Ian Bach combines a designer light tree with mobile light bulbs. The bulbs are made from silicon and are rechargeable, meaning that they can be removed from a tree and will still work.

A levitating wirelessly powered lightbulb

Creative Pocket Light by Hyun Jin Yoon & Eun Hak Lee.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Summon-The-Wolves

My absolute favorite by Ingo Maurer

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not your boring fluorescent

March 13, 2010

The ’systemX’ fluorescent lighting system was created by Ross Lovegrove for yamagiwa Lighting Design and is really a unique and interesting twist on standard fluorescent tubes. The system is composed of modular ‘X’ pieces made of plastic and aluminum that each contain 2 T4 21W fluorescent bulbs. These ‘X’ pieces can be combined in different geometric layouts including large planes for lighting up an entire office space or smaller circles for illuminating a more intimate dining room table.

Nice design move which might revamp the fluorescent industry with the whole world of LED stepping on its heels. Unfortunately, this product is only available in Europe for now.

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the old new: urband dwelling

March 12, 2010

Looking through another Best Building of the Year 2009 Award Winner, gave me that “I-think-I’ve-seen-it-somewhere” though. But urban dwelling is a timely issue at any decade and here improving the old concept can be only beneficial.

So here we come:

The OLD: Habitat’67 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada by Moshe Safdi for “Man and his World” Expo in 1967.

Safdie’s dwelling complex ‘Habitat’ was designed to give privacy, fresh air, sunlight and suburban amenities in an urban location. The project was designed to create affordable housing with close but private quarters, each equipped with a garden. The building was believed to illustrate the new lifestyle people would live in increasingly crowded cities around the world.

The NEW: The Mountain Dwellings by BIG Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark.

But here, the program is 2/3 parking and 1/3 living. How many ugly parking structures are out there, so why don’t we use them as the base for the terraced housing blocks? The parking area needs to be connected to the street, and the homes require sunlight, fresh air and views, thus all apartments have roof gardens facing the sun, amazing views and parking on the 10th floor. The Mountain Dwellings appear as a suburban neighbourhood of garden homes flowing over a 10-storey building – suburban living with urban density.

So which one is your favorite?

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feeling felt

March 11, 2010

Felt is a material which is experiencing a renaissance. Not just in fashion but nowadays also in product design and architecture, more and more creative spirits are exploiting the potential of this material. I can’t get enough of it. With its textile qualities it is so architectural and … eco-friendly. Such a great budget solution to achieve the curvilinear look without The Yas Hotel bank.

There’s even an exhibition in Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, called Fashion Felt. Click here to see more objects and to learn the process.

Scallop wall panel by Anne Kyyrö Quinn

Origami wall panel by Anne Kyyrö Quinn

Elbac wall panel by Anne Kyyrö Quinn

Village SOUNDWAVE® by OFFECCT AB Gallery

Delight by Innermost Ltd

felt rocks by molo

Coral seating module by studio aisslinger

Dots  Limited Edition

Wosk Theater, Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance

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the yas hotel, dubai

March 10, 2010

Recently I’ve really attracted to the architectural structures of curvilinear shape. The swooping curves of these spectacular structures make me pause and stare and my eyes can’t get enough of it. I got plenty of the eye candy browsing through the yet another oh-spiring Dubai structure, The Yas Hotel by Asymptote Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture, voted the best building of the year 2009 in the category of Hotel/Restaurant.

The Yas Hotel, a 500-room, 85,000-square-meter complex, is one of the main architectural features of the ambitious 36-billion-dollar Yas Marina development and accompanying Formula 1 raceway circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Asymptote envisioned an architectural landmark embodying various key influences and inspirations ranging from the aesthetics and forms associated with speed, movement and spectacle to the artistry and geometries forming the basis of ancient Islamic art and craft traditions.

Of architectural and engineering significance is the main feature of the project’s design, a 217-meter expanse of sweeping, curvilinear forms constructed of steel and 5,800 pivoting diamond-shaped glass panels. This Grid-Shell component affords the building an architecture comprised of an atmospheric-like veil that contains two hotel towers and a link bridge constructed as a monocoque sculpted steel object passing above the Formula 1 track that makes its way through the building complex.

And as exited as I was to see the interiors (as I’m currently very puzzled by the integration of the interior into exterior and vice versa), only a few were up to par with the architecture. Well, it’s hard to compete with this beauty or…may be they just ran out of money:)

Hey, I’ll give them the best pool award hands down.

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asian art exhibit

March 6, 2010

Don’t even ask me how I found this images. It was one of those link, following link, following link situations. The Masters of Bamboo art exhibition took place in the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco in 2007. A bit too long a go, but I just find this shapes so gentle  and inspirational so I couldn’t help but stick them here in my notepad. Hope you’ll enjoy them just as much as I did.

Flower basket entitled Shimmering of Heated Air, approx. 1969, by Shono Shounsai

Galaxy, 2001. By Honda Syôryû

Spherical Dream, 2003, by Monden Yuichi

Model for Funabashi Shore Park Exhibition, dated 1999. By Kawashima Shigeo

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