Off-grid communities such as those in sub-Saharan Africa can pay thousands of times as much as the rest of us for their energy. Designer Jim Reeves has developed a simple, low-cost gear-train and generator that uses a descending weight to power a perpetual light source. Children can do their homework and study, families and friends can eat together and interact after dark adding new dimensions and possibilities to their lives.
Wallpaper* magazine are celebrating the very best of the design world with the launch of their annual Design Awards. We produced the music for a film that peeks into the world of the Bouroullec Brothers and the concept behind their ‘Serif’ TV. They not only won Designer of the Year, but Best Domestic Design too.
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‘aikuchi’ – a project aimed at revitalizing the value of Japanese swords, rolling them out into the global market by bringing in world-renowned designer Marc Newson. Fusing together the spirituality of Japanese swords with revolutionary designs, just what are Marc Newson and Sword Master Saburo Nobufusa Hokke like? Here is an interview with the two of them, at the completion of project ‘aikuchi’.
Danskina design director Hella Jongerius introduces the three latest additions – Argali, Dew and Fringes – to Danskina’s range of rugs and explains how she “always starts with the yarn” when designing new textiles.
Danskina was founded in 1973 by Piet and Ina van Eijken. In 2011, the brand was acquired by textile companies Kvadrat and Maharam, which appointed Jongerius as design director in 2013. The trio of new designs make up the company’s second collection since Jongerius took on the role.
Did you miss The Revolving Room during Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2013, then this is your opportunity to get a glimpse of it.
The Revolving Room was a special installation by acclaimed designer Patricia Urquiola to celebrate her first textile collection for Kvadrat on her new and existing products for Moroso.
‘The Revolving Room is based around constant cycles. Hypnotically circular and repetitious rhythm is emphasised by the oversized embroidered fabrics’, Patricia Urquiola states. The entrance of the installation was illuminated with Philips luminous textiles on Kvadrat Soft Cells, and inside the space a series of three-sided fabric panels slowly revolve creating a dynamic, abstract and vibrant environment that constantly change as the panels rotate.
The Revolving Room was awarded with the Milano Design Award for the best installation shown by international design brands during Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2013.