Plywood Perfection

This out of the box furniture uses both design and architecture combined to make the most balanced unique pieces that are fully functional and are not lacking in creativity. This particular chair caught our attention—

The ‘Counterpoise’ plywood chair

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Motoi Yamamoto

The Saltworks of Motoi Yamamoto are magnificent works of art that are created with just one medium… salt. His work is temporary yet monumental.  The salt symbolizes life and death and at the end of each show the artist brings the salt back to the sea. He has said, “Drawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory. Memories seem to change and vanish as time goes by; however, what I seek is to capture a frozen moment that cannot be attained through pictures or writings. What I look for at the end of the act of drawing could be a feeling of touching a precious memory”. This process is similar to meditation and for him it is all part of the never ending healing process after the untimely death of his sister.  Salt in a wound hurts; it can also heal.

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Rebecca Louise Law

Rebecca Louise Law has a stunning take on recreating the elements of nature for others to enjoy. Typically she uses flowers, both dried and alive in her art installations. Rebecca “replaced paint with flowers” and we are enjoying every bit of it. She brings nature indoors in the most elegant way.

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A Diffused Spotlight

KNGB Creation has a passionate team of artisans that have created the Faro lamp. Each lamp is crafted using raw materials which allows each piece to be unique and authentic. The shade can be adjusted by two leather straps and the ‘projector’ is completely covered to add warmth and ambiance in the space.  It has the feel of a Hollywood spotlight lamp (I’m ready for my close-up) but the bespoke detailing of an experienced tailor.

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Eleanor Ambos a living treasure, keeper of treasures

When asked to name her occupation Eleanor Ambos, looks up and then without pause looks you in the eye and answers ‘crazy’.  Here is a women who has spent the last 35 years renovating an old warehouse on Long Island and collecting many floors worth of furniture and accessories.  Used for interior design projects, photo shoots, and the location of formal events, the Metropolitan building in Long Island and several other locations upstate are her creative playground.

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Nomadique, a creative collective in Brooklyn, has created a short film that captures exquisitely her spirit and struggles as she enters her 80’s and the modern era.  She is truly an original and should be honored as the inner design voice we can only dare to tap into and express from ourselves.

 

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Bringing Curves to Creases

There are many different styles of the ancient art form of Origami.  When we came across Hoang Tien Quyet’s work we had to share his take on ‘wet folding’ which brings a softness to the objects that is not found in the traditional methods.  The detail he achieves is quite beautiful so we’ve shared below a few of our favorites from his gallery.

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Expanding color to object relationships

Emmanuelle Moureaux, a French architect and artist, moved to Tokyo 20 years ago and pulled her inspiration for ‘100 Colors’ from the streets of Tokyo and the layers of colors that make up the city. The 100 Colors Lab is her installation series that divides space using everyday objects in a bright range of hues. By saturating and organizing this way she makes the ordinary into something vibrating with energy.

 

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Source Design Boom ‘100 colors’

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Dutch Redux

Where else but from a design firm in the Netherlands would you find a sparse stool imprinted with images taken from paintings of the dutch masters.  Uncommon materials and uncommon yet simple methods of production inform the work of Piet Hein Eek.   This stool is an example of that ethos, one that we are immediately drawn to.

 

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Architecture: Cabins

The Swedish firm Tham & Videgard Arkitekter have brought a new twist to a growing family’s rustic retreat in Stockholm.

The house has a wide open floor plan and it’s vertical shape allows for plenty of light. All construction and finishes are made out of wood. We especially love the floors that run throughout. The sliding doors are perfect for enjoying the view from inside and creating the perfect respite after a day of hiking and boating.

 

 

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Architecture: Modern within Classic at the Pathe Foundation

The Pathe Foundation, which promotes cinematography and the heritage of Pathe, has recently added a new public space to their offices in Paris, France. Designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the modern space is surrounded by historic buildings. The domed roof is made of glass panels that look akin to scales on a snake. These allow the upper rooms to capture plenty of natural sunlight by day and will then emit a faint glow at when lit from within at night. It is always interesting to see how modern materials and structures find harmony amid classic architecture found in older cities like Paris. This may be a stop on my next trip to Paris, my favorite European city.

 

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