Aren’t these fascinating? Christina Schou Christensen is a Danish ceramic artist who has taken some seriously interesting turns away from the traditions of the media. I first came across Christensen when looking through the wares of London Design Week this year, there she exhibited her oozing, dribbling, gravity works which seriously made me stop and take a second look. After goggling her I saw that she also creates these beautiful puffy, folded pieces. Both collections, in my view, have an incredibly unique aesthetic.
The gravity works (my own title) are created by allowing the glaze to ooze out during the firing process in the kiln. She is literally capturing gravity at work. What’s also interesting here is that Christensen has transformed the properties and functions of the glaze from being a purely decorative element into one of function. Not only is it there to add finish, but it’s responsibility has also become a supportive one. The other aspect that’s really nice is how Christensen has embraced the element of chance. Her set ups allow gravity to be in creative control. A really nice idea that I’ve never seen before in ceramic work.
I’ve found little out about her folded pieces but I can only assume that once again, gravity is a major player in the finished look. The soft, saggy, billowing clay looks like it’s on a downward droop creating a very organic look. The brushed, pastel finish is also perfect.
Take a bit of time to watch the clip, it’s unpretentious and gives a nice little insight into the creation of the work. And take a peek at her Instagram… more images here than on her website strangely.
This slick, bold website design for Lowdi speakers instantly grabbed my attention as I was searching for something to write about. I know next to nothing about coding or the ins-and-outs of what is required of user-friendly responsive web design, so it’s the content and visuals that leave an impression. Well, Lowdi certainly did! Designed by Momkai, a digital creative agency based in the Netherlands, this website successfully communicates the voice of the Lowdi brand to it’s potential customers, managing to stand out in the saturated market of portable wireless speakers. Momkai is a founding partner of the brand and was responsible for the interface and hardware design as well as illustrations, packaging, art direction and the identity.
Lowdi’s website is a visual feast of bold splashes of well-paired, retro inspired hues that accentuate the influence the 60s and 70s era upon both the identity and product design. It is divided by a simple curved visual device which directs the flow of one section onto the next and beautifully responds to varying browser sizes. I also like the way an embedded animated video (by CRCR) seamlessly blends into the background. With its clean layout, attention-grabbing colour and super polished product illustration, this website is the whole package. It’s definitely doing the job of enticing me into visualising one of these speakers lounging upon my desk… You can have a browse yourself here.
I’ve grown up surrounded by delftware, the blue and white pottery that hails from Delft (surprise, surprise) in the Netherlands. I’m rather partial to it, and it is for this reason that these two collections of cups and plates by collaborating companies Supermama and Kihara Inc caught my eye.
One could be forgiven for thinking that these objects are from the past, yet they have been created in the now, with the ‘past’ as inspiration. The top collection of cups has recently been released by Singaporean retail gallery Supermama’s in-house label Democratic Society. Kihara Inc is a Japanese ceramic company, with 400 years of ceramic-making under their belts – they were behind the production of the cup collection (top images) titled From Another Time. Five contemporary Singaporean designers were asked to cultivate illustrations that ‘responded to a specific period in Singapore’s history, to re-visit or re-imagine the people, places, events or objects that define that period.’ The enchanting result is a mish-mash of souvenir inspired artefacts that have a modern, and often quirky twist. From Another Time has just been showcased at Tokyo Design Week, and is retailing here.
This isn’t the first time Supermama has teamed up with Kihara Inc; I had to include the above plate collection as I think the originality of the designs are superb. Titled Singapore Icons by Democratic Society, this collection explores the concept of finding new icons to represent Singapore. For me the standout design is in the bottom image on the right; at first glance it looks like simple geometric patterning, but in fact it’s a reference to the HDB flats that eighty per cent of the population live in. The design was abstracted from photographic imagery of corridors, kitchen windows and night time illuminations.
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Doshi Levien is London based studio, established in 2000 by dreamy design duo of Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. Nipa was born in Mumbai and met her Scottish counterpart Jonathan while both were studying in London. The designers blend two different creative approaches, perfectly complimenting one another’s strengths, while sharing the commitment to making beautiful objects developed from rigorously crafted ideas. They have designed everything from shoes to furniture, cookware, interiors and even an ice cream cake. Over the past few years they have worked with the likes of Cappellini, Moroso, Habitat, Tefal and Camper.
Recently, Grand Hornu Images asked Doshi Levien to put together an exhibition for the Europalia 2013 International Arts Festival, which has chosen to celebrate Indian culture and heritage this year. The focus of the exhibition, titled “Living Objects – Made For India,” are the humble objects that are entrenched in the daily life and rituals of this complex, vibrant country. Included are a number of tools and common consumables: kitchen things, toiletries, toolbox necessities, artifacts pertaining to religious rituals and household chores. The styling and arrangement of these quotidian regulars is stunning. The curated collection provides an interesting insight into the routines we often dismiss, but that make up much of our daily experience. The objects on display look so lovely and well-used, you can just feel the collective years of craftsmanship that have gone into these hardy tools.
“Living Objects – Made For India” is up until 16 February. Be sure to see Doshi Levien’s own work on their website. Their designs are a fine-tuned balance of contemporary cool and retro inspiration, bursting with lively energy and tactile warmth.
Peter Marigold reminds me of all the reasons why I love design. Aesthetically his objects are pretty damn different from the sophisticated designs of Karen Chekerdjian, featured on the blog yesterday. But they are no less well thought out and lovingly crafted. He opens up playful possibilities in ordinary materials objects that many of us are probably all too accustomed to to think about in any new ways.
Marigold primarily focuses on furniture, often using reclaimed or left-over wood pieces, and incorporating scavenged logs and tree-branches. This contrast between raw material and treated wood emphases the beauty of the natural forms, as can be seen in the Split box shelves. The Dodai bench is also a good example – it was made by splitting a huge tree-trunk in two and turning the inside texture to the outside. Topped with a woven grass covering which conceals internal storage, this bench is certainly unique. Peter Marigold’s work can look a little rough, but it is very honest and shows a deep respect for the materials and their inherent properties.
A sense of humour is definitely present in a lot of the objects, such as the ingenious Jam Jar Shelf (why didn’t I think of this?!) and the mobile Arm Rest that can turn any old chair elbow-friendly. The Vegetable Lamp made me laugh outright, it is essentially a light-bulb on a fork that you can stick into any heavy-weighted object, such as a potato, to make a customised lamp. I love it! Peter Marigold’s website lists all his projects in chronological order. He was awarded the Designer of the Future award by Design Miami, has exhibited at MoMA New York, the Design Museum and the V&A in London, and recently showed his work at the London Design Festival 2013.