Meike Harde’s cushy comforts

Category: Furniture Design, Interior Design

I spent five years living the student life in New Zealand. This translates to moving around from one shared house to the next, sweetly cajoling my lovely parents into hiring moving vans and dragging my furniture up and down stairs. Well, I imagine they would have been much happier carrying around Meike Harde designed furniture, rather than my cumbersome belongings! I am sure anyone who has ever bought one of those horrible portable clothing racks that fall apart under the weight of more than a few coat-hangers can relate to my excitement at seeing Harde’s lovely version. From the London series, it’s accompanied by several other ingenious storage devices, constructed from adjustable metal frames and fabric exteriors. They are light, easy to pull apart and are as decorative as they are practical.

Material experimentation is important in the development of many of Harde’s pieces and she is awfully clever at taking something ordinary and using it in an innovative way. Take Zieharsofika, for example—here we have standard components of a couch or stool: rubber foam and a wooden base. But, instead of applying the usual process of upholstery, the foam mat is covered in fabric and attached to the simple stool with skillfully woven elastic bands. Limited materials have achieved a functional, comfortable object that can easily work as the centerpiece of a lounge, thanks to the beautiful pattern formed by its method of construction. Another one of my favourites is Stockwerk, a sizable shelf that can be folded down a quarter of it’s full size without losing any of its sturdiness. This is perfect furniture for anyone with itchy feet!

Meike Harde will be taking part in the Salone del Mobile Milano 08–13 April. She will be in booth No. B-15, so be sure to check out her clever objects in real life if you’re there! And… look back here over the next few days for our favs from Salone del Mobile, it’s promising to be a good one.

Anna Tokareva

Photographs by Meike Harde, and Stockwerk images by Johannes Höller; baemstudios.de

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A good old fashioned Meltdown

Category: Fine Arts, sculpture

When I came across the work of Skyler Brickley I was reminded of a guy I used to share my studio with at art school. Said guy would shoot bullets through giant sheets of metal, it was a gutsy aesthetic that was all about the media and the arbitrary nature of creating. The art work was solid, random and oh so very tactile; Brickley also ticks these boxes with the above body of work, hell, the two of them should start a club!

Sitting somewhere between the realms of painting and sculpture this series titled Meltdown came into fruition last year. Brickley uses large plastic sheets of PETG (Polyethylene terephthalate) and transforms them into hard, beautiful, moving objects, caught in rippling movements. There is a delicacy to these parodies of modern manufacturing; Brickley manages to tame his material, making it work in unexpected ways. The crimson curtain Thorotrast, 2013, (bottom right) holds so much tension as it hovers just above the gallery floor, its sides appear to curl and singe as though a flame lies beneath it.

While Brickley subverts notions of painterly tradition through use of industrial media he simultaneously references its concepts - I’m reminded of the Abstract Expressionists and their use of color to elicit different emotional responses. Deep, dark and brooding through to light and joyous are what I’m getting from these sculpted paintings, what I wouldn’t give to see them in the flesh, they’d suck you right in.

Skyler Brickley lives and works in New York. He has exhibited widely throughout the States and is also represented by the Mottahedan Projects in Dubai. Check out his website here.

What could be better than melting and bending the shit out of plastic? Not much. That’s why this is so good.

Renee Barker

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Tribal tableware

Category: Book, Design, Fine Arts, Industrial design, Installation

Eidenhoven based, Israeli artist Ma’ayan Pesach, casts a wide net of research and investigation when creating her work. Capturing anecdotes, rituals, recipes and interviews of experiences and memories related to food and eating, Pesach created her intriguing two part explorative food project. The first result of this extensive survey is the evocative anthology ‘Food for Thought’ that captures events, smells, textures, sounds and aspects of the anthropology of human interaction with food in a beautifully design book.

Based on this book Pesach went on to re-create the origin of food in the form of a unique totemic dinner set. The series ‘Tribaling Mass Production’ is a collage of objects integrating tableware with organic and inorganic waste produced by the food industry, including bones, hair and skin “linking the origin of the species to the species at the table and forging a more respectful relationship between the hunter and the hunted”. As abstract and surreal tableware the series “raises questions about the future of eating, culture, and rituals, repurposing the leftovers of our hyper-consumerism to create new meanings for potential scenarios to come”.

Recently exhibited at Object Rotterdam, these peculiar objects carry the imprint of the controversial relationship we’ve had with food over the centuries. It’s interesting and slightly bizarre. A perfect combo.

Kyle Glass

Photographs: Ronald Smits

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Design Scholarships to Milan!

Category: Advertising, Design, Environmental, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Furniture Design, Industrial design, Installation, Interactive, Interior Design, Landscape design, Packaging Design, Photography

Here’s your chance to dream big! Our partner institutions NABA & Domus are offering you some amazing scholarships to one of the hottest design destinations on the planet. Milan, Italy!

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Yes, it’s raining scholarships to Milan today on Frontier!
Our two partner schools NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti and Domus Academy have just launched some great competitions for international students. The winners will receive some exceptional scholarship opportunities.

NABA is an internationally renowned innovative arts and design academy based in the heart of Milan’s design scene. NABA is internationally ranked among the world’s best schools of design by Frame Publishers and Domus Magazine.

For undergraduate studies, NABA is giving away three 40% scholarships. All you have to do is submit your portfolio and do the assessment test. Easy enough! See the requirements here!

The legendary Domus Academy is also located in Milan and it was the first postgraduate design school in Italy. Throughout the years, DA also asserted its importance as a school, in the full meaning of the term: a place for postgraduate education and research labs investigating innovation and design topics.

Domus Academy is working with top brands and influencers like Scott Schuman from the Sartorialist, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Swarovski, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Cartier, Electrolux and Coca Cola just to name a few … No wonder the institution was named as one of the best design schools in the world by Business Week, Frame Publishers and Domus Magazine.

Domus Academy is offering 70%, 50% and 30% scholarships to Masters programs in Accessories Design, Car Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Urban Vision and Architecture, Business Design, Visual Brand Design, Interior and Living Design, Fashion Management, Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising, Product Design and Luxury Brand Management.

Well this is a LOT of opportunities to change your life and achieve your wildest dreams. We say go for it and do it NOW!

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Studio Job’s sparkling monkey

Category: Design, Furniture Design, Industrial design

My Dad likes to exclaim ‘the mind boggles’ at seemingly random occurrences in his life. Well, I think my my mind is still ‘boggling’ after stumbling across Monkey Business last month at Design Miami. I’m not sure there are words to describe the above objects but I’ll give it my best shot. Studio Job’s eclectic mix of furniture shows a powerful mix of humour and more than one stroke of genius. I want them all!

So let’s start with the monkey. I’m channeling the creepy flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz in a big way here; those monkeys were mischievous on a good day, and one might say, evil on a bad day. His hand-painted face gives off a shifty look, and the Swarovski Crystals that cover his hide only heighten the ‘how dare you touch my treasure’ vibe that is going on here. Other materials used in Monkey Business include polished and gilded bronze, aluminum casting cladded, glass plate and an LED light. Studio Job simultaneously test the boundaries between art and design, functionality and the decorative here, as this piece fits into all of the above.

Ornamentation is often a word used to describe art of the past. However, the above pieces are clearly contemporary in their concept and design. The Chartres cabinet references the medieval Cathedral of the same name in France. Its replication is incredibly detailed and reminds me of an architectural drawing. Yet the way it is unnervingly thrown onto its side allows it to take on a new life and energy. And the Black Cat with the glowing eyes and plug up its bum? Scary shit. But still awesome.

Studio Job have been around since the year 2000 and are based out of Antwerp and the Netherlands, consisting of the tallented Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel. These works are for sale through the Carpenters Workshop Gallery, check them out here. Ok, I really feel I’ve gone on enough. Studio Job rock and that’s all there is to it.

Renee Barker

Photos: Dezeen and Carpenters Workshop Gallery

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