BiographyPart Industrial Designer and part Materials Engineer, I try to match these two souls through an analytic and rational design process, with a special focus on the reinterpretation of existing technologies and new materials. I practice photography, both digital and analog, and I have two fetishes: video games and manga (as a matter of fact, my dream destination is Japan). I'm addicted to social networks, but I'm trying to stop. Last but not least, I'm interested in anything involving Design, especially Product and Interior Design. At the moment I am a student.
|Job||Student at POLI.design - Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano|
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Jo Nagasaka wood and resin line for Established & Sons
January, 22 2014 • 10:00
The choice of materials is a fundamental step in the design process, as it greatly contributes to creating the “personality” of an object, the feeling it gives to the user. Pairing materials that come from different spheres of perception can produce striking results, like the ones shown by Jo Nagasaka wood and resin line, designed for Established & Sons. There couldn’t possibly be a weirder couple than these two materials. Wood is a warm, natural material. Because it can be put in use without undergoing many productive processes, it comes in a limited variety of shapes and color. The veins and defects that are naturally found in the primary product represent its richness, as you won’t find a piece identical to another. This is one of the reasons that makes wood a quite fancy material. On the contrary resin is mostly a synthetic and cheap material, but can be easily molded in any desired color and form. Using a traditional Japanese technique, Jo Nagasaka peels off the surface of the wooden top, exposing an uneven surface. A layer of brightly colored epoxy resin is then deposited: it’s shade will be controlled by the depth of the rough surface. By doing this Nagasaka preserves the warmth and the elegance of wood, but also gives it a more joyful touch and a convenient functionality. The line composed by coffee table, side table, credenza and chair presented during the last London Design Festival sprouted from a project that was presented during 2011 Milan Design Fair and it will enrich the catalogue of the British design brand.
Rainbow Pencils & Barber Rubber
January, 13 2014 • 10:00
There are a few items in everyday life that represent quite a challenge for designers who intend to renovate them. Some of the little non-complex objects that we use every day have had standardized, accepted structures for centuries, thus making it difficult for us to imagine them differently from what we are used to. This is the case, for example, of stationery. Young British designer Duncan Shotton succeeded in transforming a trivial and mildly obnoxious task, like sharpening a pencil, into a wonderful delight. Rainbow Pencils are nothing like your average wooden pencils. Firstly, wood is substituted with a much more sustainable body made by layers of recycled paper. Secondly, as the layers are colored with the colors of the spectrum, each time you sharpen the pencil a little rainbow is produced. The project was successfully funded on Kickstarter last October and now you can find the Rainbow Pencils on the designer’s website. They come in two colors in a pack of 5, encased in a box made of recycled paper. The perfect match for Rainbow Pencils is Rubber Barber. This is an even simpler idea than the latter, yet genius. These erasers, produced by Taiwanese company Megawing have little faces printed on it and so with the use you can produce creative hairdos for these characters.
December, 13 2013 • 10:00
Sometimes it happens that you wake up with a sense of anticipation and possibility, as if something good is about to change your life and this is giving you the chills. In Flemish there’s a word for that feeling: “ochtendstond”. Ochtendstond. is also the name of a young Belgian collective that puts together designers and artists, whose goal is precisely to recreate that genuine sensation through simple and emotional design that touches a variety of fields: from furniture to interiors, from graphics to interactive installations. The collective has given birth to works that enhance the strength of primordial, industrial and post-industrial materials, such as Scandinavian wood, metals, ceramics, concrete and reused materials: the Sisters’ lamp series explore the relationship between cold metal and warm light bulbs, while the Lukas bench and chair play with geometry and modularity. Next projects include the collective exhibition in the striking atmosphere of Chateau De Pélichy, the Gent Festival competition on sustainable design and Milan’s Fuorisalone 2014.
The Dynamic Jewels by Andrea Giunti
December, 6 2013 • 10:00
Most of us have a weird little habit that kicks in automatically when, for example, we are forced to wait in a queue, when we feel uncomfortable or simply bored. It could be biting our nails, torturing our fingers or hair, or playing with pieces of jewelry; whatever it is, this spontaneous action gives us temporary relief, a little subconscious break from the stressful and awkward situations we find ourselves. The dynamic jewels designed and produced by Andrea Giunti try, not without a bit of malice, to make their way into these habits, encouraging us to focus on them and their hidden mechanisms, producing wonderful and magical miracles. Arecibo and Magnetica rings, for example, contain little magnets that when put into motion affect the arrangement of the iron powder on their surface. The Slant series has a black laser-engraved Plexiglas sheet that reveals its design only when it’s viewed at a specific angle, producing a diamond-shaped hologram that seems almost real. Lunatica and Lunatica Wood change their shape when turning the little gears, just like a lunatic person continuously changes his/her mood. Andrea, born in Florence 26 years ago, designs and produces his jewels all by himself, matching traditional artisanal techniques with more advanced technologies, like microcasting. His works are characterized by a strong artisanal expertise, which is stunning considering his young age, and an incredible care for the details, underlined by the fact that Andrea handcrafts even the boxes in which these pieces are delivered. Images © Andrea Giunti
Play-i: The Lego of new millennium
December, 2 2013 • 10:00
The March issue of Fast Company, magazine about business and innovation, published a chart listing the 50 most innovative companies of the year. The fact that the first 8 out of 10 of them are digital-based demonstrates that the “digital rush” is far from its decline. In the near future computer literacy will be as essential as reading and writing, not only for information technology professionals, but also for all kind of jobs. For this reason it is fundamental to give kids the right tools in order to be able to shape not only their future life and job but also the world they’re going to live in. Bo and Yana are two toy robots developed by Play-i, a project launched a year ago by three professionals: an engineer, a developer and an inventor who work for the most innovative companies in the world, but are – above all – parents. The peculiar characteristic about Bo & Yana is that they can be programmed to do a large series of actions: Bo can perform basic movements, detect objects and perform complex sequences of operations. Yana is a storytelling device; it can detect when it’s been moved, allowing children to invoke characters. Moreover, both robots can detect each other. Playing with the robots also means learning basic programming language, but this is done differently from the way children learn history or math. The little hackers can use three different interfaces which make basic computer programming accessible to children of all ages: a visual interface for children from 5 to 8 year olds; a simplified programming language that represents different functions like a sort of digital Lego block or classic programming language for teenagers. Images © Play-i
Daigo Ishii + Futurescape - House of Toilet
November, 15 2013 • 10:00
Design and architecture are – like it or not – profoundly twined to the place in which these disciplines are practiced, to the point that analyzing how objects are made is one of the best methods to outline people’s habits. Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, in his essay on Japanese aesthetics “In Praise Of Shadows”, commented on the profound cultural gap that was present between the western countries, where at the time the book was written were undergoing the Industrial Revolution and the proliferation of electricity and electric lighting, and the eastern countries, where these innovations were yet to come. Tanizaki describes his people as lovers of darkness and shadows, referring to the beauty of the undefined, the ambiguous and of what he calls “patina of time”, meaning the darker color worn out objects assume with time, making it (on the contrary of popular belief) more precious, more valuable. The clearest example of this can be seen in the different bathroom designs. While Western bathrooms are covered in shiny white ceramic tiles and fixtures, Japanese ones are often constituted by wooden cabinets, set apart from the main body of the house and left unlit because “in such places the distinction between the clean and the unclean is best left obscure, shrouded in a dusky haze”. What Tanizaki verbalized in the early XX century is clearly visible in Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects “House of Toilet”, a public toilet which was completed in Ibukijima Island of Setouchi Inner Sea for Art Setouchi Triennale 2013. The structural reinforced concrete blocks are finished with an impression of burnt cedar wood, a typical finish of the houses on Ibukijima Island, and are covered with a fiber-reinforced plastic, whose color is based on researching external facades of more than 100 local houses. There is a break space, covered in typical cypress wood, where people can take their shoes off and relax for a while, after the steep walk needed to reach the top of the hill where this House is placed. While during the night there is a dim orange electric lighting, during the day sunlight passes through slits in the structure to give enough light for visitors to see, but preserving that sacred feel of intimacy that only the shadows praised by Tanizaki are capable to give. Images Copyright Future-scape Architects