|School||Masters in Economics @ London School of Economics (LSE), Fashion Journalism @ Central Saint Martins (London).|
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Panama’s Biomuseo by Frank Gehry
February, 21 2014 • 10:00
After nearly 10 years in the making, Panama’s Biomuseo by Frank Gehry is about to open its doors to visitors. Placed at the entrance of the Panama Canal, it’s bright colour and shape is inspired by the area’s isthmus and diverse tropical environment. Below the collage of undulating roof panels, the 4,000 square metre building contains eight permanent exhibition galleries, designed in conjunction with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, temporary gallery spaces, a public atrium and an outdoor botanical garden which can host open-air exhibitions. With views of the canal waters and Panama City on the horizon, the Biomuseo will become one of the central attractions of the city, offering a space to host art, science and cultural events throughout the year. photos © Victoria Murillo
Walking on... strings
February, 14 2014 • 10:00
The design collective Numen/For Use has built an inflatable social sculpture: self supported by thousands of strings, the bubble generates a 3D grid where visitors can feel the immensity and absence of space. The prototype, currently set in the outskirts of Vienna, is based on the geometric system of large inflatable objects. Thin parallel ropes are tied on opposite sides of the volume: when the volume deflates the ropes lay on the ground enabling the compression of the installation, while when the volume inflates the ropes tense up to keep the structure in place. The created space resembles a Dadaist collage, where visitors are allowed to fly (or climb) on the ropes and feel the immensity of space. Photos courtesy of Numen/For Use
Keirei by Torremato
February, 12 2014 • 10:00
Keirei is a lamp inspired by the traditional Japanese reverence and respect for nature and its powers. Designed by Fabio Schiavetto and Riccardo Furlanetto and produced by Italian lighting manufacturer Torremato, Keirei (which means “to bow” in Japanese) is an outdoor lamp made from glass and cast iron that has been bent like a straw towards the ground, as if “bowing to nature”. “A tribute to an oriental ritual that results in a lamp with the look of a tube bowed downwards with a strong expressive power.” says Torremato. “Glass and casting of iron bend in a surprising bow; the lamp expresses all its evocative potential thanks to the material charm and to the clean essentiality of the shapes.”
A Cabin in a Loft - New York
February, 10 2014 • 10:00
When you move into a converted Brooklyn loft with no walls or room dividers, how do you share the house with your flatmates? Simple, by building a home within a home, or a cabin, or, why not, a tree house! Artist and designer Terri Chiao is the brains behind “A Cabin in a Loft”, an open space in an old Brooklyn textile factory where the artist lives with her partner in a self-constructed tree house, while guests can stay in the wooden cabin, currently listed on Airbnb for travellers and passers-by. “As an artist and designer trained in architecture, it was a chance to play and build a space I would also be able to live and work in,” Chiao says. “The forms, materials, and layout of the cabins came from a long process of sketching and modelling many different ideas, but ultimately these forms were both practical and visually appealing to me. I'm inspired by living with nature, and yet I live in a city--the cabins and tree houses may have been a subconscious way to bring the outdoors in.” The cabin has enough space for a double bed, nightstand and a suitcase, giving guests the necessary private space to live in for a few days, while still being part of a shared loft. Images by Andreas Serna
Rope Trick Lamp by Stefan Diez
February, 7 2014 • 10:00
Presented at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014, the Rope Trick Lamp is an LED light built onto a simple rope design mechanism: by sliding the head up and down rope, the lamp can be easily oriented into multiple positions. Designed by Stefan Diez for Danish/British label WRONG for HAY, the aim was to create a new and intuitive way to manipulate light without using the traditional and complex mechanical solutions. This resulted in the design of an extruded and textile covered plastic profile, which carries the LED head. With the head magically sliding up and down the rope, the lamp can be directed in a wide range of positions, while the dimmable switch in the handle allows you to control the brightness with just one hand. Its minimum design takes inspiration from a traditional Indian rope trick, traceable back to the Buddhist and Hindu philosophy: the illusion of a rope rising vertically into the air with no support and a ‘magician’ balancing himself on the top of it. Images © Stefan Diez
Sucabaruca by Luca Nichetto + Mjölk
February, 5 2014 • 10:00
The Sucabaruca coffee set is the latest product designed by Luca Nichetto in collaboration with Mjölk gallery in Toronto, Canada. Mjölk, set up in 2009 by husband and wife John Baker and Juli Daousti, is a gallery exhibiting work by artists and artisans from Scandinavia and Japan, and also a lifestyle store with inspirational design objects. Having met Luca Nichetto in September 2013, they encouraged him to create a product that would fit within their gallery/shop using only the resources available in the local area. Inspired by the idea that filter coffee is an international ritual that connects people and countries, Nichetto created a set that reminisces the “Carmencita” from the famous character created by Armando Testa in 1966 for the TV show “Carosello”. The hand engraved lines emphasize its unique ceramic design, while the tray is manufactured using Canadian maple wood or marble, typical of the area. The set can be easily be stacked and combined with three different colour palettes: total white, inspired by fashion designer Martin Margiela, pastel tones, characteristic of Japanese architectures, and pop colours, a tribute to the eclectic artist Jean-Paul Goude. Images (c) Luca Nichetto
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