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In these pages we have often bemoaned the number of designers who against all logic insist on building flash websites.

PDF websites are just as daft.

It’s not that we don’t like the good folks at Adobe, it’s just that their technology is good where it belongs – and less good where it doesn’t.

However we can forgive Ahmet Sismanoglu his flirt with pdf because he has promised a proper website from August 2010

And because his SuperSputnik stool is such a wonderfuly simple piece of design.

Sitting somewhere between Isamu Noguchi’s Rocking stool and Charles and Ray Eames’ “R” frame series, SuperSputnik is a delightfully fresh interpretation on the classic three-legged stool.

And neatly constructed to boot.

SuperSputnik by Sisman

Cosmic!

Supersputnik by Sisman

Supersputnik by Sisman

Supersputnik by Sisman

Supersputnik by Sisman - nice, simple, good

Heimlicht by Leoni Werle is not just a lamp.

It is a lamp that thinks it is an old-fashioned bureau – and as such “closes”

Through the “closure” one can not only neatly hide an unkempt corner but also find “closure” on a days work.

Out of sight out of mind as it were.

And when you are working the large, positional diffuser allows for the perfect atmosphere.

Heimlicht by Leoni Werle

Fantastic

Heimlicht by leoni werle

Heimlicht by Leoni Werle : open

Heimlicht by leoni werle

Heimlicht by Leoni Werle : Closed (photo © annika feuß)

As a general rule we don’t believe in love at first sight… but sometimes we could be convinced otherwise.

As in the case of these ceramic light shades from Camberwell College Of Art graduate Ji-Hyun Chung.

A very simple concept, but as ever an idea that one has to first of all have before the product can be developed.

If ceramic is thin enough, light passes through it.
Mould and colour the ceramic and you have a delicate yet improbably stable light shade.

And that appeals to us.

Ceramic light shades by Ji-Hyun Chung.

Gorgeous!

ceramic light shades Ji-Hyun Chung

Ceramic Light Shades by Ji-Hyun Chung

ceramic light shades Ji-Hyun Chung

detail

ceramic light sahdes Ji-Hyun Chung

wonderful

The first time Table & Lamp by Florian Kallus appeared in our RSS inbox we ignored it.

Which proves that even we can make mistakes.

For it is a joyous product.

It’s a table

And a lamp

Sounds easy.

Isn’t

Sounds unspectacular.

Isn’t.

The lamp can be placed on either the left or the right hand side of the table  and rotates through 360 degrees allowing the user to determine light direction and so atmosphere.

Combined with its wonderful, simple aesthetic we were very glad to get a second chance with Table & Lamp.

Table & Lamp by Florian Kallus.
Genius!

Table and Lamp by Florian Kallus

Table and Lamp by Florian Kallus

table and lamp florian kallus

nice form

table and lamp florian kallus

lamp. detail.

Spotted this wonderful shelf/storage/coat rack solution at DMY Berlin.

Spiral(e) shelf by Swedish design studio Argue Design is a part hanging part stuffing.
Which appeals top our sense of the correct manner on how to store one possessions.
Hang your jackets and such items responsibly – and stuff the rest inside the tube.

Spirale(e) by Argue Design.
Gorgeous!

spirale shelf argue design

Spiral(e) Shelf by Argue Design

spirale shelf argue design

Perfect for those who appreciate order, but not enough to maintain it on a daily basis

One of the most famous furniture design anecdotes is that of Charles Eames about his iconic Lounge Chair; namely, that it should resemble and be just as inviting as a well-worn baseball glove.

Similary Hans J. Wegner wanted his Papa Bear chair to be just as inviting as the arms of a ….

Obviously he didn’t.

But with his Papa Bear Chair, Hans J Wegner did create one of the best of examples of early modern Danish design.
In many ways a further development of Finn Juhl’s Pelican Chair, Papa Bear Armchair was created at a time when “plain” wood furniture dominated and was one of the first full upholstered post-war chairs.
A relatively brave decision at a time when resources and money were still relatively rare.

Also known as the Teddy Bear Armchair, Wegner’s Papa Bear Armchair was released in 1951 by AP Stolen; although from 1953 onwards the frames were produced by PP Møbler, who today produce the Papa Bear chair, albeit marketed as the Teddy Bear Chair.

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Papa bear Armchair by Hans Wegner

hans wegner papa bear armchair

Papa Bear Armchair and Ottoman by Hans Wegner

Wilhelm Wagenfelds 1931 Teeservice is without doubt one of the most iconic examples of product design.

Whilst undeniably formally inspired by Wagenfelds aesthetic wonder, New York based designer Yuki Hirayama has bravely attempted to update the design.

She’s made it electric.
And we like the result.

A lot!

Through the addition of induction plates to a conical indentation in the base the user can boil water in the pot before lowering the tea leaves in.
Following infusion lift the tea leaves out and enjoy.

Thanks to the fact that the induction elements are inside the conical indentation – the tea pot stands flat on any surface.

We can’t comment on if the resulting tea actually tastes any good – but at the moment we’re far to busy being impressed by the design to care.

However, and as so often – it’s a student project.

And so not commercially available – yet…..

FALL Tea Maker by Yuki Hirayama

Great!

FALL Tea Maker Yuki Hirayama

FALL Tea Maker by Yuki Hirayama

One of the guiding philosophy’s of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s work is leaving the end-user to decide what an object is and how to interact with it.

Halle based designer Stephan Schulz has taken the concept to new extremes with his Comfy Cargo Chair.

Part of his final year project at Burg Giebichenstein, Comfy Cargo Chair is not in commercial production  – or at least not yet.

But certainly we hope he finds a producer.

For while we admit it doesn’t look the comfiest of seats per se, we love the options it offers not only for individual design but much more to change its appearance as and when your life requires such.

And you can always sit on a cushion.

Aside from being used domestically we can well imagine Comfy Cargo Chair finding use with, for example, trade fair design agencies who can alter the appearance to match the customer/industry involved as well as with companies looking for a  WOW! factor in their waiting rooms and receptions.

Or a shop looking for a novel way to display goods.
As long as it’s not a  butcher’s shop

Or fishmonger.

Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz.
Genius!

Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz - raw

Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz - raw

Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz - books

Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz - books

comfy cargo chair stephan schulz plants

Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz - plants

comfy cargo chair stephan schulz soft toys

Comfy Cargo Chair by Stephan Schulz - soft toys

Burg Giebichenstein in Halle is without question one of  our favourite German design schools.

Next week they will open their new “Design Haus Halle” project – a business start-up centre for young creative types – be they product designers, fashion, designers, graphic or layout designers.

And ahead of that – a concrete egg cup.

Maren Witopil’s  Concrete egg Cup ain’t new – but is one of those products that can always be recommended.

Half a kilo of concrete. And a spoon

Concrete egg cup by Maren Witopil

Genius!

Concrete egg cup by Maren Witopil

Concrete egg cup by Maren Witopil via mehrwerkdesignlabor.de

We know that we occasionally come across as the Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec fan club, something that Le Freres Bouroullec occasionally interpret as stalking.

And yes we do enjoy their wonderfully pared down and, somewhat irreverent approach to furniture design.

Among the new products they will be displaying in Milan is the Lamp Lighthouse, produced in joint cooperation with London based producer Established and Sons and Murano based glass producer Venini.

Featuring a large Murano glass shade and a black anodized aluminium base, Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec resembles large candle.

If that is how it also sees in real life remains to be seen.

We will however keep you updated.

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Great!

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec ... and a  Bouroullec

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec ... and a Bouroullec

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec Murano glass shade and aluminium base

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

lighthouse ronan and erwan bouroullec

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

lighthouse ronan and erwan bouroullec

Lighthouse by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec .. prototype

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