Good things come in small doses. You had to wait a bit but here is another special edition of some of my favorite discoveries of the past months. Hope you'll enjoy what you are about to see after the jump.
One of the most famous designs of Charles and Ray Eames got a little update. I'm talking about the iconic Lounge Chair from 1956. The new all black Lounge Chair was announced in April at Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Going back to 1932… Around that time the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto
finished the Paimio Sanatorium
in Paimio, Finland. The building served exclusively as a tuberculosis sanatorium until the early 1960s, when it was converted into a general hospital. Today the building is part of the Turku University Hospital. The sanatorium was nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ikea launched its new STOCKHOLM collection recently here in Europe (April) and it is coming to the US in August. This new collection is Ikea's answer & proof that they are able to compete against the smaller, specialized furniture stores, in terms of quality, design, and budget. The collection focuses on “Smart Craftsmanship” and aims to bring high-end design to the masses at a low price point.
The trend that inside becomes outside is still going strong. You don't see the difference anymore when looking at furniture, light fixtures and even weather-resistant rugs to make one’s yard look as smart as a living room. The Belgian design firm ZEE
takes this one step further by focussing on the details.
As some of you might know I love to listen to my favorite kind of music while designing. To get an idea of what I listen to read last weeks post of my 5 favorite albums
from 2012. You can only fully enjoy it if you hear the sound as clear and natural as possible across the full sound spectrum. Volume isn't important, quality is. It can only be achieved with a quality headphone or high quality earphones. Since a couple of weeks now I've been testing a set of earphones from a Scottish brand called RHA
I traveled to Rotterdam last weekend to catch the opening of a remarkable exhibition that celebrates a birthday that is as old as the Tour of Flanders or the Tour de France. I'm talking 100 years of existence! There aren't many companies that last that long, especially in the furniture business. It all started On 13 April 1913, a small traditional firm called the 'Utrechtse Machinale Stoelen Meubelfabriek' opened its doors in Utrecht, the fourth largest city in The Netherlands.
Vintage looking bikes, you see them everywhere, and they are becoming a rather popular sub category. Like with anything else, it's an art to create them just right without overdoing it. There is one Belgian company that masters the art of handmade bicycles like no other and they are called Achielle
Anything colorful grabs my attention. Colors have such an impact on our daily life. Imagine a colorful range of tables, cabinets and benches to decorate your house. When I would do that it would closely resemble what Barcelona based studio Lagranja Design
has done for Spanish design brand Sistema Midi
A few months ago Interieur 2012
closed its doors for another two years. I finally had time to sort out all my images. It's an event that I always look forward to. What follows is my impression from this design bienniale in Kortrijk, Belgium.