// archive for August 2007
Stumbled across Context over the weekend, and was impressed with their work. My favorite line is the William & Mary Collection (top), which updates a more traditional style by having the side profile of each piece read as a section. Context reinforces the graphic nature of their furniture by including a dark, hardwood stripe in each piece.
The Roberts Street Chaplet Project initiated a series of travelling chaplets, designed to be easily broken down and moved from site to site. Moorhead and Moorhead designed what I think is the best of the six chaplets.
From the M&M site:
Designed in collaboration with North Dakota architect Richard Moorhead, Mobile Chaplet is one of six portable spaces for reflection commissioned to travel to rural communities around the state of North Dakota as part of the Roberts Street Chaplet Project.
Constructed on a trailer bed, the conceptual starting point for Mobile Chaplet was the covered wagons that transported settlers to the Midwest. A canopy of thermoplastic composite rods creates a woven vaulted space that is simultaneously intimate and open to the surrounding prairie landscape. A bench floats above the trailer bed supported by the rods which also act as a backrest for the bench.
Read more about the Roberts Street Chaplet Project.
Check out this amazing glassware from Danish glass artists Tobias Møhl and Trine Drivsholm of Møhl Drivsholm Glas. I especially love the Longnecks Installation (bottom image). I think they are vases, but regardless, they defy my expectations of what can be done with glass. I want one!
Jewelry designer Kate Wood dropped us a line about her company Glint Jewellery. I love her clustered pieces – they are so organic and delicate.
We got a little tip in the email jar from Amy Ma of Immedium about The Octonauts series of children’s books from Meomi Design. The Octonauts and The Only Lonely Monster (above) was released in October 2006 and The Octonauts and The Sea of Shade comes out in October 2007. The illustration work is excellent and the book is definitely worth picking up.
I love Heather Guidero’s Lunar line of jewelry. I am curious as to what stone or metal treatment she’s done to the ring on the left – it looks so cool!
IRemba is sort of like Threadless for shoes. You design a graphic and upload it, people vote, and you can buy them. Could grow into a big deal, so they’re worth checking out and uploading some designs.
While Iittala is mostly known for their line of the timeless Aalto vases, they also make these great little glass birds. The Bird Collection features different species every year. Designed by Oiva Toikka, the simplicity and smoothness of the forms is contrasted by the detail in the detail and complexity of the glass coloring. The oriole and barn owls are my favorites.