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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!

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Spiral(e) Shelf by Argue Design

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

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A bit cheeky… but hey aint that us.

Shortly after we published the shortlist, we quickly covered Linda Brothwell‘s Repair Project … and for reasons of time – the winner will be announced in about three hours – we re-hash it here.

Linda Brothwell’s Repair Project  was part of the 2009 Experimenta Festival in Lisbon. Invited by the British Council to participate in their “Timeless” contribution, Linda, along with her fellow participants was asked to respond to the dual implications of the subject – urgency and the passing of time.

Linda’s response was to use traditional techniques – for all wood inlaying based on traditional Portuguese embroidery patterns – to repair damaged park and street benches in the Portuguese capital.

Linda herself initially  studied metalwork and jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University, before going on to study goldsmithing, silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery at the Royal College of Art in London.

What we like about the repair project is the fact that, rather like Nina Tolstrup’s Pallett Project, it is a simple – and in a way obvious – project that can be rolled out as required anywhere in the globe. It performs a necessary function, with a delightful style and grace…and benefits the community.

But it ain’t furniture design, and doesn’t teach us anything new about creating repairable furniture.

And as such, much as we like and approve of the project, we can’t really see how it can win.

Repair Project by Linda Brothwell

Chances of winning the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Award: low

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Linda Brothwell Repair Project

Linda Brothwell Repair Project Lisbon

Linda Brothwell Repair Project Lisbon

A degree of ambiguity in design provokes interpretation through performance. Design does not end with production; it becomes a life embedded in the work.

Sharing a space is a dynamic ritual, one that is open to improvisation. The seating design of Polytopia allows it to participate in the physical and social play of its environment. Polytopia acts as a spatial organ as it is flexible as well as programmed to sustain key functions, creating interconnected chairs, armrests, tables, voids, eddies and flows. Polytopia begins as a familiar but ambiguous geometry that offers seams and folds awaiting interaction. In any given state the Polytopia is incomplete and demands further adjustment by rotating, sliding, closing and opening. As an exercise in modular design principles, Polytopia has been reduced to three basic forms to facilitate the ease of production in recycled plastic using standard rotational moulding techniques.

Lucas Chirnside

And that’s about all we can say about Polytopia by Lucas Chirnside

Because it is another of those products that hides… almost as if it doesn’t want to be found.

Shame

Polytopia by Lucas Chirnside

Chances of winning the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Award: Impossible to tell, beacuse we just can’t find anything resembling useful information.

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Polytopia by Lucas Chirnside

“Most managers think that if you are away from your desk, you’re not working. It needs progressiveness to recognise that someone who sits on a sofa can still be creating value for the company.”

Tom Lloyd, PearsonLloyd

Back in the day when men wore hats, women wore aprons and we all believed in a future with rocket powered cars, office design was simple.

A big room. Thousands of desks.

Then along came the cubicle, an invention that may have brought us Dilbert, but very little else of note.

And since then various office design concepts have come and gone.

But not only office design concepts, office work has also changed remarkably over the decades; changes that provide real challenges to office furniture designers.

PARCS by PearsonLloyd for Bene is an attempt to rise to the challenge.

Founded in 1997 by London Royal College of Art graduates Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson, PearsonLloyd focus, in their words, on “the commercial and industrial realities of mass production”

The development of the PARCS system started with a meeting between PearsonLloyd and Bene at the Orgatec 2006 office furniture trade fair in Cologne and focused principally on a thorough analysis of different ways of working. From this analysis arose a design concept that prioritized improving the performance of individual tasks.

The  end  result may not be earth shatteringly new; by mixing and matching different products, companies can create areas for concentrated individual work, team work, brain storming , relaxing or holding presentations.

Bene , however, claim that PARCS is the “first industrialised product line of its kind with a holistic and cultural approach.”

Our question, however, is:Iis such a range truly necessary?

We don’t think so.

We believe that through using products from different ranges, different companies and different materials it is possible to create a much more productive atmosphere than though the clinically, sterile atmosphere created by PARCS. Looking at the Bene product images we know that we would rather starve to death than work for the “company” in the photos.

Excellent and high-quality as all the individual elements are, for us the complete image is simply Cubicle 2.0

And we already have Dilbert.

However, the concept behind the project, the innovation that PearsonLloyd have brought into play in creating the project and the new approaches that have arisen, fit wonderfully with the intentions of the Brit Insurance Design Awards, and as such it wouldn’t surprise us if they won it.

PARCS by PearsonLloyd for Bene

Chances of winning the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Award: Excellent.

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PARCS by PearsonLloyd for Bene

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Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson in PARCS for Bene

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PARCS by PearsonLloyd for Bene - excellent product, but would you want to work in this office?

Pallet Project by Nina Tolstrup is the only piece of furniture in the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Awards shortlist that doesn’t exist.

Extrusions sort of exists.

Palindrome isn’t intended for series production.

But the Pallet Project is just a concept.

Danish born designer Nina Tolstrup initially studied at Les Ateliers School of Industrial Design in Paris before completing a BA in Marketing from the Business School in Copenhagen. Her studio, Studiomama, is based in London and undertakes numerous design, architecture and product contracts.

The Pallet Project is intended to provide the basics from which anyone can produce simple, quality furniture from discarded pallets: a concept that not only reuses an item commonly discarded as waste, but which also allows local scale furniture production without the need for supply chains.

Aside from the wonderfully light form of the items, we find the concept fantastic.

Although we would find it an awful lot better if Nina made the construction guidelines available free on a website rather than charging ten pounds for them.
Then it would be sustainable. Then it would be global.

Pallet project by Nina Tolstrup

Chances of winning the 2010 Brit Insurance Design Award: Very good.

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Pallet Chair by Nina Tolstrup

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Pallet Lamp by Nina Tolstrup

One of our all time favourite pieces of furniture is Kast by Maarten van Severen via Vitra.

A truly genial piece of furniture Kast visually deceives through its combination of materials, colours and layouts.

And Object by Mats Theselius and Andreas Roth for minus tip does it’s best to repeat van Severen’s trick.

Composed of five materials – marble, brass, corian, glass and oak – Object creates a wonderfully deceptive impression; which despite the scale of the beast appears to stand almost annonymous in the corner.

At least in the pictures, we haven’t actually seen Object in the flesh… or better put in the marble, brass, corian, glass and oak.

We’re very taken.

Object by Mats Theselius and Andreas Roth for minus tio

Excellent!

Object by Mats Theselius and Andreas Roth for minus tio

Object by Mats Theselius and Andreas Roth for minus tio

It’s hard to imagine a more Germanic product that the shoe cupboard.

In the entrance halls of all good, clean living Germans you will find a cupboard for storing shoes.

And they are all impractical, ugly and hideously cheap.

The shoe cupboard is truly the most senseless piece of furniture every invented.

Or was.

Until Berlin based Harris/Kohl set to work redesigning the design catastrophe.

One of the basic problems with shoe cupboards is that they take up a lot of space, and then the door tips to a 30 degree angle … and so you require even more space to get your shoes out.

Useless.

Harris-Kohl have beautifully navigated this problem by allowing their show bench to open by 90 degrees… and then to incorporate a seat into the system.

It still takes up a lot of space but transforms a previously impractical and clumsy object into something useful and functional.

And the construction looks solid and reliable.

We are very impressed.
We’d still never have one in the house… but that’s just us.

But the Germans. They love ’em

Shoe bench by Harris/Kohl

Genius!

Shoe bench by Harris Kohl

Shoe bench by Harris/Kohl

...slowly it opens...

...slowly it opens...

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... and is instantly useful

As already stated we sadly can’t attend this years Stockholm Design Week: Too much work, too little time.

Fortuitously thanks to the power of the internet (@Design studio Bernstrand & Co, pay attention) we can have a look at whose doing what where.

One product that caught our collective eye is Off the Wall by Kerdema Design.

Marketed as being “3D wallpaper” it obviously isn’t – as 3D wallpaper exists, is called wood-chip wallpaper and has been marketed since 1864.

Off the wall is technically a system that “hides” shelves behind the wallpaper and in doing so creates the most delightful storage solutions.

The shelves are formed from thermoformed acrylic sheets and come in various forms; including a  dust catching book stand. The wallpaper is printed-on-demand, how modern, in Stockholm and is currently available in 15 different patterns.

We really are very impressed with Off the Wall, not just because the product breaks the monotonous predictability of walls, but also because it allows, indeed forces, new ways of thinking about relations hip with shelves, walls. And wall paper.
And the effect is visually delightful.#

Off the Wall by Kerdema Design

Stor!

Off the Wall by Kerdema Design

Off the Wall by Kerdema Design

Off the Wall by Kerdema Design horse

Off the Wall by Kerdema Design - various design options

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Off the Wall by Kerdema Design - bookend

A blog is a lot like the history of the European continent.
You think you know it, think you understand it … but it always surprises you.

In this context, as we were preparing the Christian Lessing post, we wanted to compare Lessing’s Collectuer with Gangsta Lean by Matt Braun.

Only to discover that we hadn’t yet written about Gangsta Lean.

Which we quite frankly can’t believe.

Because for us Gangsta Lean is the must have product amongst all must have products.

Leaning record storage boxes.

Need we say more.
We don’t think so; because such as wonderful, ingenuous and beautifully execute product speaks for itself.

Gangsta Lean by Matt Braun

Absolute genius!

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Gangsta Lean by Matt Braun

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Gangsta Lean by Matt Braun ... stackable

Gangsta Lean by Matt Braun detail

Gangsta Lean by Matt Braun .... detail

In Cologne only very few designers were represented at both Designers Fair and at IMM; one of the few was Christian Lessing.

And that with two wonderful products.

In the Rheintriadem Lessing had his own stand where, amongst other objects, he showed his ingenious stool Collectuer.

We all, but all, know the problem – what to do with all those glossy magazines you’ve read, but want to keep.

Most of us simply leave them lying in uncontrolled piles in the corner of a room and hope that our partners don’t notice.

They invariably do, and we are obliged to move them to another location under the pretence that we are “in the process” of filing them away.

Christian Lessing has however now solved the problem.

His Collectuer stool ” collects” magazines and not only stores them in a dignified form; but also uses them to support the stool seat.

In the “low” position the magazines simply sit, passive, under the seat; however, once the magazines reach the underside of the seat they cause the two pieces of steel from which the stool is constructed to slide over one another. Alone the magazines, therefore, maintain the height of the stool.

We must admit we didn’t make a note of the minimum and maximum heights – but rest assured they are both very sensible heights.

Available with or without a cushion, Collectuer can also be used a side table.
And it looks wonderful.

As does Lessing’s Card Trellis which we found at IMM; but because the retailer involved doesn’t feel the need to list it on their website – we don’t feel obliged to advertise them.

If you want one, buy it direct from Christian Lessing.

Constructed from spring steel, Card Trellis is/are strips with clips at irregular distances  for holding postcards, notes, letters and all those other things that you don’t want to throw away, but for the life of you can’t think where you should store them.
Available in four colours Card Trellis is one of those wonderfully simple ideas that only achieves its usefulness through its thoughtful execution.

Both Collectuer and Card Trellis can be used just as well in the home,  in the office or even in a public waiting area of, for example, a dentists.

Christian Lessing

Quality design!

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Collectuer by Christian Lessing

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Collectuer by Christian Lessing ... detail

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Card Trellis by Christian Lessing

christian lessing card trellis detail

Card Trellis by Christian Lessing ... detail

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