Champing and the other news uses during Clerkenwell design week

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The new luxury will be to camp or live inside a church, the new trend camping; may be th inspiration to create a bedroom at St John’s Church, from the XVIII century , came from there. An installation made by Nulty Lighting design and the furniture company Michael Northcrofts during Clerknwell design week.

Another scenery occupied during the design festival were the dungeons under the street, a Victorian detention centre; this space gathered all the conditions to better value the quality of the Camila’s handcrafted loudspeakers and her stand: honesty with in design and materials. This neighbourhood has his history tangled around craftsmanship.

Fabric, the night club, was another space occupied by the exhibition; previously accommodated the old cold Smithfield’s market warehouse, with its impressive brick volts. Bang&Olufsen, sponsoring Icon House of culture couldn’t pick a better place to present their products; they created a light and music installation that empowered their brand.

On the other hand was the proposal of Artworks, half way between graphic design and acoustic solutions. They work with standard materials but putting added value.

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Video FINSA stand at architectatwork Barcelona

I am a teacher and space expert at ESdesign and I wanted to explain how we work on a project, based on a real case.

We listen to the client; create a concept and then develope it until the end. In this case two materials were presented at architect at work, first edition in Barcelona. Greenpannel is light but very resistant. Compacmel is also resistant to scratching and indoors stands high and persistent moisture levels throughout time. 

We actively listened to learn which clients they were targeting. They wanted to get to hospitality: restaurants and hotels. That is why we created this suspended sculpture that is hold only by two green panel boards. You can watch the video about how we built it!

We used the Compacmel material in their more luxurious finishes Vison and Moka chic, applied to geodesic, dodecahedron shapes. We wanted to trigger the clients imaginary with this diamond shapes.

FINSA, ESdesign, architectatwork

 

 

Ethereal succeeds at Milan Salone 2017

Source: designboom Nendo invisible outlines

Source: designboom Nendo invisible outlines

Source Swine Studio

Source Swine Studio

Milan has as many readings as people visit it. You only need to pay attention as you wonder to have a clue about the next trend, even without going to Fuori Salone or the Fair itself.

Source Swine Studio

Source Swine Studio

Milan strengthens the ethereal message, that started this year Maison Objet, (jannuary 2017) with the silence as trend . COS installation by Swine Studio was design to be a experience. A sculptural tree made of aluminium where air, water, vapour bubble flourish; they only explode when they touch human skin. Azusa Murakami (architect) and Alexander Groves (artist) is a duet known for their sensibility and for their work with non conventional materials as human hair or plastic retrieved from the ocean.

Formafantasma

Formafantasma

Formafantasma studio presented their work for Flos bare of ornaments. The installation explains the creation process, their research and focus on design with light, more than a product. Products, that behind their timelessness appearance, they try to leave the smaller waste as possible.

The borders between fashion and design seem to disappear at Nendo and Jil Sanders’s collaboration, if they ever existed. A forest made of polystyrene sculptures of 5mm, where we find Oki Sato creations.

Read this post at Esdesign Escuela Superior de diseño Barcelona

Studio Swine

Formafantasma

Nendo Jil Sanders

Source: designboom Nendo and Jill Sanders invisible outlines

Source: designboom Nendo and Jill Sanders invisible outlines

The future is nearly here, houses that work for us

Source: Effekt Studio

Source: Effekt Studio

Source: Effekt Studio

Source: Effekt Studio

Based on the fact that 33% of our salary goes to our rent, energy expenses related to our home, would it be possible to design homes that produce clean energy, fresh food and water?

Effekt studio is already working on it. Technology is applied to create a community in Almere, half an hour train distance from Amsterdam. Community design, providing clean energy, water and food.

Their goal to use aquaponic farming to reduce the land used and freeing it to build family units that go from 80 sqm housing + 20 sqm greenhouse, up to 140 sqm housing + 50 sqm terrace and 10 sqm greenhouse.

Effekt Studio Infography

Effekt Studio Infography

House-hold waste will be reused, the organic shall be used to get biogas, what remains will be used as compost, that will feed the flies that will follow the food chain up to the fish farm. The fishes’ waste will be used as plant fertilizer and so on.

25 housing units organised in a circle, food production facilities are placed in the centre: aquaponic farming, animal farm, communal spaces; the housing units are encasted in a glass envelope, to increase the greenhouses and 8 squares are connected to charge electric cars; they will also be used as drop off zone. A commitment to biodiversity and permaculture, since the free space up or better they don’t take it away from nature, reducing the footprint.

Read this post at ESdesign Escuela Superior de Diseño Barcelona

Effekt Studio

New uses: coworking at London Clerkenwell’s Church

Which urban tribe surrounded but did not go inside Saint James Church?

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This London neighbourhood is rich in designers and creative people. Their strong commitment with design is not only because they have their own design week, but it has one of the higher densities of showrooms, architect studios per sqm.

Andrew Baughen, church vicar, found the inspiration as he was visiting New York public Library. The feeling of being welcome got him from the very first moment. An inspiring space, with history and a good wifi connection was provided.

The coworking’s phenomena is catching even in temples, sacred places, which also need to reinvent themselves. We celebrate this initiative that provides a space to work, meet and where different venues take place related to design and spirituality, which are not necessary on bad terms with each other.

3d weaving > Milan Design Week 2016

This year I decided to make my choices and choose a couple events in each Milano design quarter: obviously Fundazione Prada  and Rossana Orlandi were included! But I didn't miss Lambrate, and the new Dutch expansion in Isola; Brera, something from Tortona, visual merchandising at "Quadrillatero dela moda" and Salone Satelite.

Last year trend merging 3D and artisans has evolved into weaving technique: trying to blend intricrate crisscrossing with this new technology.

Studio Plott 

Studio Plott 

So at the end of Lambrate, via Private Oslavia I found Envisions. I have checked what it means at the dictionary and it says: "to picture in mind, imagine". That is what these 9 Dutch designers do; they try to foresee the future in industrial design, but focusing on the materials and process. Tijs Gilde investigates in Cored, what would happen if he changed the cord's core. He applies his experience in sailing; he got inspired and found new shapes, colors and ways of expressing with this material. Even he obtained new ways to fabricate joints.

Jim Chen-Hiang_Hu

Jim Chen-Hiang_Hu

Also in the same exhibition I discovered Studio Plott, Rudi Boiten and Mireille Burge, who try to incorporate a human touch to technology. They focused on weaving techniques and translate them into patterns. Their main goal is to devolope a material with both functional and aesthetic value.

In Brera I found the espectacular FRAME exhibition: "What's the matter? Design for phygital world",  where Jim Chen-Hsiang-Hu showed his XI collection. This Taipei born fashion designer has added 3d dimension to the planar porcess of weaving. Setting "bridges between the phyisical world and the digital one".

Nike exposition

Nike exposition

Finally close to Fondazione Prada, Nike revelead all brand's conceptual projects at "The nature of Motion". All of them gave a twist, but working in the same direction as Envisions and Frame, Bertjan Pot pushed manufacturing boundaries and experienced with textile and weaving techniques. His main role character the wheel, that in our imaginery is associated to movement, was upholstered, attached to the earth with ropes, Nike laces and belts. 

Tijs Gilde

Tijs Gilde

White mediterranean interior photoshooting

Photography Joan Cabacés Alomar

Photography Joan Cabacés Alomar

I am glad I can start spring talking about the making of a very special shooting. I work with the most personal space, homes. I believe that interior designers, we need to listen to our clients and help them shape what they already have in mind. Some already come with a mood board, like Montse! It helps you a lot to find the way to express their personality. She is a red haired woman, curly hair and strong personality. So her apartment should reflect her character and the mixture of cultures born in Paris raised in Barcelona, philologist and exterior commerce; Montse is the Country Manager at Hans Boodt Mannequins for Spain and Portugal, so she travels a lot; she needed a space at home, that she could use some times as a home office, a canvas to pin ideas that inspire her,...

She offered us a white cube and the challenge to dress it without becoming overwhelming. She has a special gift to find treasures at markets, the street, family objects; so our job was to help her choose what to show, put some order, as if her home could be her vintage gallery. That's why we proposed String as the only possible storage/distribution solution. 

Photography Esther Rico

Photography Esther Rico

Photography Joan Cabacés Alomar

Photography Joan Cabacés Alomar

Photography Esther Rico

Photography Esther Rico

Photography Esther Rico

Photography Esther Rico

Clean lines that would strengthed the character of all the objects collected in different circumstances. But we always kept in mind her mantra: “I love the feeling of light, open space, freedom”. 

While we had a white canvas, she wanted a space with color brushtrockes, a mixture between nordic space filled with ethnical references and green.

Walls are not dividing the rooms so the use of it is defined by the furniture. The open area should have many functions, a livingroom that should also be dining room;

We will be publishing the whole shooting soon!

Design objects to remember: we are forms

Photo: weareforms

Photo: weareforms

This year I couldn't assist to Nude16 but I consider them a talent source so I always have a look at what they are showing. This year I found Carlos and Helena who share designs and the way they understand life. Their inspiration comes from pure shapes that make an impact on you: Volcano and Eclipse.

Photo: weareforms

Photo: weareforms

Our chaotic day to day makes us struggle with order, so why not create an object that can contain and even give peace to your mind. The VOLCANO shapes remind me of some Zen Japanese garden. WE ARE FORMS have combined ceramics and a light texturized wooden top. Beautiful and functional, because they have thought you will be holding your mobile on one hand while you try to put your keys without nearly looking inside VOLCANO.

Photo: weareforms

Photo: weareforms

ECLIPSE was born while playing with light and how it attracts us. They were looking for a source of light that will catch your eye, but that you could look straight to it. Since it doesn't have a predefined position, the have design it with 360 personality. It has been manufactured with resins, marble powder and texturized metal.

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Discover London's Village Underground and Boxpark

Photo: Esther Rico

Photo: Esther Rico

Once a month I visit London, since we are doing a renovation refurbishment project in Clerknewell. Fifteen minutes away I have discovered in Shoreditch two gems: Village Underground and Boxparx.

Let me explain why you shouldn't miss them. Underground village takes place in two spaces: a renovated turn of the century warehouse and on top four recycled Jubilee line train carriages. So they have created a space that can host shootings, performances, concerts, club nights. They have found the balance to operate as a self-sustainable cultural organisation and social enterprise. Incredible but true: an affordable, environmentally stable space for artist in East Central London.

 

In the same hood, some blocks away you can find BOXPARX,opened in 2011 as a pop-up unique shopping destination; it will be opened for the next four years, after the success they had.

They built this odd ephemeral street mall, with striped and refitted shipping containers. They are filled with global and local brands  packed with talent, innovation an attitude.  I found three of them very interesting Playn, frame and lenses, Decorum, homeware and furniture and Newcomerwines, Austrian wine revolution. On the upper floor, they have different dining concepts, and open terraces.

Photo: Monikerprojects

Photo: Monikerprojects

Photo: Esther Rico

Photo: Esther Rico

Photo: Esther Rico

Photo: Esther Rico

Photo: Esther Rico

Photo: Esther Rico

Immcologne: starting 2016 with Germany design news

19th January, when Christmas's seems far away, I did a one day visit to start the tradeshow calendar. I focused on Halls 4, 3 and 2, since immcologne 2016 presented Pure Talents (emergent designers) in those halls. 

I was strocked by the great Zanat's roof, where wood was the star. Their added-value: they emphasize craftsmanship and they blend it into modern design.

Designers Tower

Designers Tower

Designer's collective called my attention; they are poping up everywhere; it makes sense, independent designers are trying to get to their market and new technologies provide the tools to make it possible. But joining around a collective gives them more visibility and strengh;I would like to emphasize three of them: DESIGNERS TOWERafilii and ISTANBUL'DAN; each one has a its own focus: first one on regions (Austria, Switzerland, Germany), second one in the market segment: kids; the last one in the collection's starting point: a tribute to Istanbul; products made by local craftsmanship and designed by German industrial designers.

Afilii

Afilii

Istanbul'dan

Istanbul'dan

What may happen is that these collective grow and become designer editorials, as Petit Friture and that immcologne will shine again as an Internation trade fair.

Petite Friture showroom

Petite Friture showroom

Croacia's Summer discovery: a window to paradise

Photo by Esther Rico

Photo by Esther Rico

Tuesday, September 15th, the official return to schools and even with the good taste of summer trip. 

Imagine a Dominic monastery, partly converted into a boutique hotel; high ceilings, white, black and blue as minimalist color palette; they kept the orginal big windows which had this great sea view and cradled us  night and day

Our main holiday’s goal was to connect with nature, the sea; in a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, Bracc. We felt in love with Bol, a small town with direct ferry from Split. A treat for the senses, we were surrounded by olive trees, lavender; small coves connected by roads, unhurried and friendly people.

But how did we get there? Thanks to the invaluable help of Mireia Borderia , who runs her own travel agencyZumba Viatges; she proposed destination and accommodation; she allowed us to travel to paradise with a two year old baby. I am so grateful.

Photo by Esther Rico

Photo by Esther Rico

Photo by Esther Rico

Photo by Esther Rico

Photo by Esther Rico

Photo by Esther Rico

Furniture that embraces you: silla Revés

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Let me ask you a question: what is the predominant sense nowadays? I would answer that we are mostly visual.

But imagine for a second that touch would recover the top position; what if it became trendy as vintage. 

Let's take it a step further, imagine yourself, first hour in the morning; you hear that horrible sound that everyday wakes you up; doesn't it feel as if your bed hugs you and asks you to stay? Now imagine that you could feel that coziness in an office, a hotel lobby. A  soft Gabriel fabric holds you. What else?

You can upright the chair's back, and it will become a cocoon; it will provide shelter and a private space; with a simple hand movement you can switch back to a talking or meeting way.

Silla Reves + Balea
Silla Reves + Balea

Future Nostalgia: Split Flap at MWC

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Solaris_TWA_500

Solaris_TWA_500

The unmistakable sound track that used to be played in airports, train stations and other "non-places" (defined by Marc Augé) is the starting point of this artistic production. The aim of the project is to find a new way of expression, involving craftsmanship but also industrial production; that’s the reason why I wrote the word artistic in italics.

Solaris_Cifra 

Solaris_Cifra 

I will try to explain the main futures without revealing the magic. Imagine 135 flap clocks. Are you Strong in math and combinatorial analysis? Don't worry; what really matters is that they express both alphanumerical and graphical contents. Add up a gear that detects in which position the flap is found and software that controls the movements and we have this wonderful kinetic sculpture, inspired in the work of art The Moment We Meet by Hsin-Chien Huang.

NY Central

NY Central

I want to emphasize that keeping the entire aura but enabling it to adapt to the project's circumstances has meant a humongous effort. In this case past and future meet: from the Solari’s clocks to the #MWC15's novelties; Exit Design, who believed in the project has made it possible. Even more, they invested their creativity and in their magicians, who have made this installation come true.

Fotografía Lupproducciones- Thomas Williams

Fotografía Lupproducciones- Thomas Williams

Jordi Ruiz who analyzed production flows, supervised calibrations, all the process from the start to the end; Carlos Jovellar brought in his know-how in mechanics and his experience in the toughest scenarios with la Fura dels Baus; Esteva contributed with the electronics and improved them so that Fezoo can program the pieces and parts; they made sure that all spoke a common language, so it wouldn’t finish as a tower of Babel. I hope that this creativity outburst, perseverance and goodwill shown at this window to the future, will go after the #MWC15 and will brighten up its capital, Barcelona.

Fotografía Lupproducciones- Thomas Williams

Fotografía Lupproducciones- Thomas Williams

Fotografía Lupproducciones- Thomas Williams

Fotografía Lupproducciones- Thomas Williams

Fotografía Lupproducciones- Thomas Williams

Fotografía Lupproducciones- Thomas Williams

Jordi Ruiz

Exit design

New way to join: Intube steel furniture collection

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"Pedro and Javier, study Design and live in..." this would have been the introduction at the famous "1,2,3" talk show, for this partnership achodoso (in spanish sound like H2O in a creative Murcian way).

Javier attacks his sketch book and Pedro uses all his experience to cut, cast and test prototypes until finding the one that perfectly matches. Powerful abilities...

The combination of both strengths can be noticed in Intube, very simple, but so powerful. A new way to join, without welding; they leave the open wound seen, two colors and no scars.

 

 
Armchair In_tube

Armchair In_tube

Colección In_tube

Colección In_tube

Doble or nothing: Silbando bajito ceramics and Aparentment design

They didn't let us enjoy Palo Alto Market's full program, let me make a double online proposal! Some may ask themselves why two and not more? Because it came to my mind the great ad from Villar-RosàsDouble or Nothing!

Expectation created I introduce you silbando bajito cerámicas (whisper whistling) and aparentment (seemingly).

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No nos dejaron disfrutar de lo lindo en directo de Palo Alto Market, así que ahí van un par de objetos online! Silbando bajito y Aparentment. Diréis porque dos y no más, pues porque quería aprovechar y hacer mención a ese gran anuncio de Villar-Rosàs Doble o Nada!.

Sin más dilación os presento silbando bajito cerámicas y aparentment.

 

Inspiration: design gifts starting Blackfriday until Christmas's

Christmas's presence detected! If you are one of those who enjoy this time of the year, but do not share its looks, three proposals that will change your mind; slate ready to go, geometric ornament and last but not least we exchange incense, gold and myrrh with wood, leather and beer!

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Invasión navideña a punto! Para aquellos a los que les guste el período que se avecina pero a veces no comulguen con las formas, tres propuestas:  pizarra aérea, adorno geométrico y para acabar cambiamos el incienso, oro y mirra por madera, piel y cerveza!

 
SlateGo - iSkelter                   

SlateGo - iSkelter                   

 

No country for old men furniture collection

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Weekend is coming! Any plans? I propose you that you imagine a future where all ages fit in design! Because some activities are already taking in account that fatherhood comes later in our life, me included, then I also ask for design in the next steps.

I want to be able to enjoy SonarPrimavera Sound... L+W (Lanzavecchia+Wai) are a step ahead and have developed a collection: No country for old men; Assunta is one of them, a chair designed to enable sitting. Another initiative to help us get up from them!

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Fin de semana a la vista, cuales son vuestros planes? Yo os propongo imaginar un futuro en el que el diseño sea para todas: las edades!

Porque ahora todo está adaptado a los padres, más mayores, entre los que me incluyo, pues también pido diseño para la siguiente fase! Quiero poder disfrutar del SonarPrimavera Sound, ... L+W (Lanzavecchia+Wai) se han adelantado y han desarrollado una colección: No country for old men; Assunta es una de ellas, una silla diseñada para facilitar el sentarse. Una iniciativa más para que levantarse de la silla sea más fácil!

 

http://lanzavecchia-wai.com/projects/assunta/

http://sonar.es/es

http://www.primaverasound.com/

Assunta - Lanzavecchia + Wai

Assunta - Lanzavecchia + Wai

Together Lanzavecchia + Wai

Together Lanzavecchia + Wai