Friday, August 29, 2008
"nendo designed the cabbage chair for XXIst Century Man exhibition curated by Issey Miyake to commemorate the first anniversary of 21_21 Design Sight in Roppongi, Tokyo.
Miyake asked us to make furniture out of the pleated paper that is produced in mass amounts during the process of making pleated fabric, and usually abandoned as an unwanted by-product. Our solution to his challenge transformed a roll of pleated paper into a small chair that appears naturally as you peel away its outside layers, one layer at a time.
Resins added during the original paper production process adds strength and the ability to remember forms, and the pleats themselves give the chair elasticity and a springy resilience, for an overall effect that looks almost rough, but gives the user a soft, comfortable seating experience.
Since the production process is so simple, we thought that eventually, the chair could be shipped as one compact roll for the user to cut open and peel back at home. The chair has no internal structure. It is not finished, and it is assembled without nails or screws. This primitive design responds gently to fabrication and distribution costs and environmental concerns, the kinds of issues that face our 21st century selves. Thus, the cabbage chair fits active, optimistic and forward-moving "21st century people", the kind of people who, to borrow a concept Miyake expressed during a meeting with us, "don't just wear clothes, but shed their skin"."
LightBench by Frellstedt, Germany, is based on modern RGB LED lighting technology. Thanks to LED it can be lit in millions of adjustable shades of bright or soft colors.
One color or smoothly changing colors
The choice is yours: Choose from a set of fixed hues or a predefined set of changing colors. Their smooth transition create a relaxing ambiance.
For indoor and outdoor use
The bench is suitable for indoors and outdoors, and is weather resistant and rugged. You can use it almost everywhere: at your private home, your business office, or in public places e.g. parks or gardens. For a more dramatic effect several benches can be combined together.
Easy to handle – simple assembly
The LightBench is operated by an individually pre-programmed remote control that is simple and intuitive to use. It’s very easy to set up and only needs to be connected to a normal mains supply. Because of the special dirt resistant coating, even cleaning is easy.
Artwork in itself...
The LightBench is an artwork that draws attention, supplying the necessary ambiance for creative and communicative environments.
Made in Solingen/Germany
The LightBench is produced in Solingen, Germany (worldfamous for it's cutlery and knifes) under strict quality control. Ultimate perfection in all components used is our main aim.
Thanks to its LED lighting technology it only requires about 95 watts of electric power, which keeps operating costs down and protects the environment."
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
box chair storage
"This piece offers seating for both adult and child, whilst also acting as a seat and play surface for a child. It has a wipe clean laminated finish and the internal space provides toy storage, with a hinged lid and lid stays. This product is a blatant expression of how one form is removed from another leaving a negative space in its absence."
Saturday, November 24, 2007
with the ability to shift 14 different position, you are bound to find one that fits you.
the caterpillar by anna bullus
"Using the unique mechanism, the piece is capable of changing into at last 14 positions. Caterpillar is an exceptionally versatile piece of furniture inspired by a bicyle chain."
Thursday, November 22, 2007
my sleep quality has been really bad for the past few months. i could really use one of these.
the night cove by zyken.
"Inspired by nature, guided by medical and scientific knowledge and supported by the latest high-tech innovations.
Night cove uses a world of sound and light whose sole purpose is improving your sleep.
A revolution based on exclusive scientific and technological innovations allowing this high-concept product to work intelligently to improve the quality and architecture of your sleep."
Monday, November 19, 2007
i really like splash design of these. they are called burst, but i like the term splash better.
"These new plates are bursting out and onto the scene! Comprised of three sizes of petal shaped plates. The series' visually appealing design and bright white color give your fruit, or whatever you choose to place inside, the attenstion it deserve by offering an elegant way to showcase"
Saturday, November 17, 2007
this is just a lot cooler than a tissue box.
the kasan by nendo.
"When placed on top of a stack of tissues, this mountain-like dispenser creates the impression of plumes of smoke, billowing out from its hollow core. Translates as 'volcano' in Japanese."
Friday, November 16, 2007
feeling like a goodie? or want to spice things up? make your choice with the spice boys salt & pepper shakers. the holes in the angel and devil figures are the same size, so they're completely interchangeable. even if your angel prefers it hot, the devil will still be worth its salt.
looking for that perfectly brewed cup of tea? help is here in the form of the penguin teaboy. the timer can be set up to 20 minutes, once time's up, the well-groomed tuxedoed bird picks up its beak and your tea is ready. cute. can be used as a regular timer too. nice.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
arkiane's kephren pyramid fireplace is a great modern design using the ancient egyptian pyramid.
"The Kephren pyramid, built many centuries ago, stands next to the great Sphinx, and still mystifies those who observe it. Arkiane has created a new concept with this timeless form: a fireplace without any apparent smoke shaft, a marvel for your entourage. Here, everything is but flames and beauty, freedom, calm and serenity."
in case you're wondering how it works without a chimney, the pyramid fireplace has four tubes hidden beneath it, which draw down smoke and evacuate it via a horizontal tube linked to a vertical chimney. the duct can be under your floor or under a platform that disguises the system. thanks to the innovative venting system, your fireplace can be placed anywhere in the room and at any height.
bad day at the office? get the agression out and relief some stress with everlast's desktop speed bag. your boss driving you crazy? go ahead, go crazy on the bag. but don't get carried away with it and tape your boss' photo on the bag; or you won't even have a desk to put this on.