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ZACK VITOR bread basket

The gently rounded VITOR bread basket shaped out of mirror-finish 18/10 stainless steel occupies pride of place on any dining table.
The bowl created by the ZACK design label has a tremendous, self-contained presence, its distinctive cut-outs creating a rich play of colours with the bread it contains.
vitor-bread-basket
Brighten your table and order it now at Proleno

ZACK VITOR fruit bowl

The gently rounded VITOR fruit bowl shaped out of mirror-finish 18/10 stainless steel takes pride of place on any table or sideboard.
The bowl created by the ZACK design label has a tremendous, self-contained presence, its distinctive cut-outs creating a rich play of colours with the fruits it contains.

VITOR is the exclusive way of presenting fruit.
Vitor-Fruit-Bowl

Available to order now from Proleno

As always, Proleno is ahead of the game and eagerly awaiting stock of Zack’s new Scala range. The new bathroom series SCALA from ZACK presents itself in a high-gloss, outstanding finish. The exclusive series consists of numerous bathroom accessories which form a perfect combination of functionality and excellent design. They have all been created in the unmistakable design language of ZACK and are made without exception from high-quality 18/10 stainless steel.

When it comes to the kind of wall mounting for the items in the SCALA series you can choose between the traditional screw fitting and the modern adhesive fitting. Yes, that’s right, adhesive fitting will be an option. Finally, stylish bathroom fittings that don’t require a drill or screwdriver. We’ll post an update as soon as the new stock is available.

Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro from Torafu Architects designed the ‘Clopen’ shelf, manufactured by Tanseisha. When pulled, a secret drawer appears, to store your valuables such as jewelry, stamps and passbooks.

The shelf panel is constructed from elaborate aluminum parts, and at 34mm thick, it looks as if it’s made of natural wood. Attaching sliced veneer to a thin structure, they made space between two boards which can be opened using magnetic keys. The impression of the shelf completely changes when its hidden aluminum space is revealed from within the sliced veneer surface.

We haven’t, yet, found anyone who stocks them for saleso if you sell them or know somebody who does please let us know.

Front was inspired by the long life of a LED lamp. Its burning time of almost ten years makes it possible to create a lamp you never need to change the bulb of. The inner dome softens the light and creates the illusion of a lamp without a bulb, blurring the boundary between lightsource and lampshade.

booo studio presents an innovative collection of design lighbulbs by Front Design, Nacho Carbonell and Formafantasma at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan.

booo studio is a new company based in holland and composed by an team coming from different fields and countries to work in between avantgarde design and mass production industry.

LED lightbulbs is the first challenge and for the occasion booo studio have asked Nacho Carbonell, Design Front and Formafantasma, among the most interesting design creatives on the scene, to re-design our usual idea of
lightbulbs.

The result of this research is two collection of lightbulbs one meant for the mass production and one more experimental and released in a limited edition.

The main collection is designed to not need any additional lamp or lamp shade: the lightbulb becomes also the lamp.

Thanks to the new LED technology development these designers have approached the design of a lightbulb in full freedom. They’ve created products which combine state of the art technology with revolutionary aesthetics.

At the same time booo products are aimed to be perfectly produced in a mass production process in terms of costs and prices and it fits perfectly both the consumer and the contract market.

booo wants to play a new role into the design industry as a connector between two worlds which has been separated for too long. At the same time booo develops new technologies inspired by the continuous interaction with the designers and patents them, like ‘Smartbulb’ an innovative system of remote controlling based on wireless technology.

The Limited edition collection is intended to be experimental and we left the designers completely free to investigate the possibilities of LED even with the use of innovative and not conventional materials. The limited edition collection also represent the laboratory for future use of LED resources.

 

Helsinki Design Week Helsinki Design Week 2010 invites design professionals and the general public to a week of events centred around the theme of storytelling.

Now in its sixth year, Helsinki Design Week tells all the best stories behind the creations and processes involved in design.

The week-long series of events, exhibitions and publications is already a story in itself – a tale that communicates the message of design. Design is something for everyone, and it belongs to everyone. Design is important in our everyday lives, but it is also a strategic tool for competitive businesses.

Helsinki Design Week offers design professionals a unique opportunity to display their skills and versatility – and everyone can be a part of the story. Heads are already turning towards the future, and particularly towards 2012, when Helsinki will reign as the World Design Capital.

The story of design will continue into 2012 and on into the future…

Helsinki Design Week 26 August – 5 September 2010

Ok, it’s more funky than functional but I just spotted this from Dutch designer Tim Vinke.

The Office on Wheels, or het Kruikantoor which is a combination of the Dutch (I think) words for wheelbarrow and office which seems apt! It certainly brought a smile to my face.
office on wheels
Manufactured from polystyrene with a hotspray polyurea coating and available in a wide variety of colours it pretty much does what it says on the tin. The image speaks for itself I guess.

Practical? Probably not. Amusing? Certainly. Clever? Absolutely.

What do you think?

New from Italian design company, Insilvis, is a selection of stunning new hook designs.

Seawater
Seawater coat hook
The SEAWATER coat hook appears to arise from the corolla of a flower, of which it takes the pretty delicacy that crystallizes in the density of stainless steel. The structure consists of two opposed conical volumes: the first one allows the fastening of the coat hook to the wall, the second one is the actual rounded knob. The ring engraved on the fastening cone measures and modulates the surface, anticipating the theme of the circle, which characterizes the entire composition. The outer cone, while keeping well-measured proportions, finally opens itself to contemplation, exposing to the light its major base, slightly connected to the lateral surface.
The circular crown catches the eye in a turning movement that ends in the embedded Swarovski. The luminous vibrations of the crystal facets, iridescent and unpredictable as those of a smiling eye, dissolve the formal rigidity and the physical consistence of the material in a rain of enchanted reflections.

Bolt
Bolt coat hook
BOLT is literally a standard object, as a mechanical part. Lightly modified in order to warrant a perfect fastening and utilized as a coat hook, it becomes a readymade object. Strength and formal settlement come from its nature: endowed with an exaggerated vigour for the actual use, it promotes a sort of perceptual short-circuit. BOLT S (pictured) is characterized by an embedded Swarovski.

More details of all Insilvis design innovations can be found at their website at www.insilvis.com.

A Leaf Of Light

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Designed by Valentina Trimani. A leaf of light. As thin as a page of a book, to enlighten rooms and tents, maps and books. Wireless, rechargeable, autonomous.
light leaf

With adjustable brightness, A leaf of light offers private or shared light, for those who read and travel everywhere.light leaf

12 radically temporary structures will be built in New York’s Union Square Park this September.

Biblical in origin, the sukkah is an ephemeral, elemental shelter, erected for one week each autumn, in which it is customary to share meals, entertain, sleep, and rejoice.

The sukkah’s religious function is to commemorate the temporary structures that the Israelites dwelled in during their exodus from Egypt, but it is also about universal ideas of transience and permanence as expressed in architecture. The sukkah is a means of ceremonially practicing homelessness, while at the same time remaining deeply rooted. It calls on us to acknowledge the changing of the seasons, to reconnect with an agricultural past, and to take a moment to dwell on–and dwell in–impermanence.

Sukkah City: NYC will re-imagine this ancient phenomenon, develop new methods and propose radical possibilities for traditional design constraints in a contemporary urban site. Twelve finalists will be selected by a panel of architects, designers, and critics to be constructed in Union Square Park from September 19-21, 2010.
Sukkah city
One structure will be chosen by New Yorkers to stand and delight throughout the week-long festival of Sukkot as the Official Sukkah of New York City. The process and results of the competition, along with construction documentation and critical essays, will be published in the book “Sukkah City: Radically Temporary Architecture for the Next Three Thousand Years.”

If you plan to be in New York in September this is well worth a visit and it’s certainly something that is off the usual tourist grid!