|Alarm clock by Lexon|
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
New York-based pastry innovator Dominique Ansel has announced a new creation, the Waffogato, which reimagines the classic Italian affogato (a vanilla ice cream with espresso pour-over) with maple syrup, Belgian waffle bits, tapioca balls and a pinch of salt.
During the Milan Salone del Mobile, Italian fashion designer Antonio Marras interpreted Segno Italiano with Volo a Planare, a fantasy installation in which everything is offset, stretched and soaring.
Monday, 28 April 2014
Portal restaurant on St John Street will be turned into an urban gin garden for Clerkenwell Design Week this year, which runs 20th to 22nd May. The garden will include a special installation by multimedia artist Lauren Baker, a grow-your-own cocktail workshop and mini garden fair hosted by Grow London, and tasting workshops by British gin brand Sipsmith.
Friday, 25 April 2014
Boffi launched its first outdoor kitchen at Milan Design Week this month. Designed by Piero Lissoni, the Open unit is made of stainless steel, reinforced glass and wood, chosen for their ability to sustain all types of weather conditions.
Literally named "the place of treasures", Parisian concept store La Trésorerie just opened its doors in the 10th arrondissement. Faithful to the beliefs of its three founders, it offers "beautiful, useful and respectful" objects for the home, made with love, sold at fair prices and environmentally conscious.
The range of pots have embedded components such as mirrors and lenses which aim to explore our relationship with plants through interactivity and observation.
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Melbourne-based food pop up Jafflechutes delivers its grilled cheese sandwiches to customers by attaching them to parachutes and dropping them out of the window of its fifth floor location.
Republic of Fritz Hansen used creative visual merchandising to bring its Analog dining table to life during Milan Design Week, projecting videos of a busy breakfast onto the tabletop surface to make it appear constantly in use.
|Uncut by Lanzavecchia + Wai produces a single strand of spaghetti, in the style of Lady and the Tramp|
During Milan Design Week, Subalterno1 presented Mondopasta, an exhibition curated by Stefano Maffei which tasked seven designers including Massimiliano Adami, Lanzavecchia + Wai and Brian Sironi with the challenge of reinventing one of Italy's most iconic foods.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Launched last week during Milan Design Week, Mathieu Lehanneur's new wireless speaker Boom Boom is inspired by a piece of fruit. Its faceted form has no top or bottom, and is sized to fit comfortably in the hand.
|From the boundary of the usual by Toni Meneguzzo|
Sustained by last year's success, the Milano Design Film Festival has tripled the seating capacity for its second edition in Milan on October 9-12 and planned an international tour, which sees it touching down on 19 June at Italian Cultural Institute in Paris, for three dates in July at MAXXI in Rome and 24 - 30 September at Beijing Design Week.
Highlights of the festival will include From the boundary of the usual, a short film on Piero Fornasetti’s world by Toni Meneguzzo, and REM, a feature-length documentary by Tomas Koolhaas about his father Rem.
Friday, 11 April 2014
Faye Toogood's new Assemblage collection is a celebration of fertility, with softly rounded forms and oversize woven blankets marking a dramatic change from her last, industrially-inspired collection. Tables and chairs are made of fibreglass in retro-futuristic shades of cream, with their geometric forms taken from a woven tapestry created by Toogood to begin the project.
For the third consecutive year Homebuildlife is the High Point Market official trend sponsor. Every year, exhibitors are encouraged to submit the products that they best feel represent our future seasonal macro trends through a program called Trend Watch. The focus of the project is to demonstrate how the macro trends can be interpreted into commercial products and showcase some of the pieces available throughout the market.
Moooï's 2014 Milan exhibition pays tribute to works of the past while promoting its new collection. Products have been set up in room sets against large-scale photographs of palatial and historic spaces by Italian photographer Massimo Listri. The images add a sense of grandeur to the event, while highlighting the concept of heritage dear to Marcel Wanders.
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Malmö-based studio Swedish Ninja exhibited a graphic yet feminine collection at this year's edition of Salone Satellite. Maria Gustavsson's furniture mixes colour and materials in playful shapes that bring Postmodernism to mind. Marble is used alongside hand-stitched leather and lacquered wood, while neutral greys and powdered pastels are associated with brighter and deeper shades such as coral pink and smoked green.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
|Team 7 at Eurocucina 2014|
Kitchens at this year's edition of Eurocucina show that trends for warm and textured materials are still going strong in this part of the home. Veined marbles in neutral tones or bright colours are associated with rich woods or brushed metals.
The retro aesthetic from the 1950s through to the 1970s is another fruitful source of inspiration as midtone colours such as mustard yellow, faded orange and light blue are introduced on cabinet fronts and accessories.
The spring 2014 edition of High Point Market kicked off this weekend in North Carolina. Twice a year, High Point bursts to life with a surge of international and national exhibitors looking to display their wares to the interiors market.
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Japanese design studio Nendo has created a collections of eco-friendly stools called SU for American manufacturer Emeco, which is being exhibited until April 13 at Milan's Salone del Mobile.
New rum-flavoured beer Cubanisto is marking its UK launch with House of Mask, a series of events that involve masked figures leading visitors into a world of neon skulls and mysterious numbered boxes - once they have confessed to a secret sin and pieced together a puzzle.
Faithful to the style of the company, Smeg's new collection of small appliances delves back into the 50's. A kettle, slice toaster, blender and stand mixer all feature strong retro aesthetics, but coupled with high performance and the latest technology. The lines are curved and sinuous, the products warm and compact.
Cucù Duomo: l'orologio di Milano is a project by Luca Trazzi and Beatrice Mosca which comprises 150 cuckoo clocks in the shape of Milan's iconic Duomo. The clocks are made of materials used to build the Cathedral, such as wood, glass and iron.
Beirut-based design and craft studio Bojka are launching their new Good Things Collection at Spazio Rossana Orlandi this week. For the first time, Bokja is changing direction to present a ready-to-manufacture line of furniture and accessories.
Designed by Zack Cram and Thomas Wietecki of US design brand The Refinery, this mechanically-inspired iPhone dock is made from two-part machined aluminium with cork bumpers and a ridged dial, and is available in four colours: matte black, champagne, frosted silver and matte blue.
Chowtime Junior dry food caddy, design by Shigeo Mashiro, crafted by Kaikado and Shoji Morinaga
Sfera will add to its pet product collection, DOnG, at Milan Design Week next week, launching three new products designed for dogs and those who admire them.
Thursday, 3 April 2014
American designer Stephen Burks has collaborated with outdoor furniture brand Dedon and designed Ahnda, a lounge chair made of woven textile cords and available in two versions, with high and low back rest.
|Escape Room Melbourne|
Escape Room Melbourne offers a time-critical experience design: once in the room, two people have 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles together and escape.
Labels: Experience Design
Made in collaboration with craftspeople in India, Studio Makkink & Bey's totem cheese maker contains every tool needed to make cheese: a juicer, milk jug, spoon, pan, colander, cutting board, bowl, cheesecloth and press. Each component is made of a different material.
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Pop-up restaurant When Mac Met Cheese - tag line "this love affair just got saucier" - has opened for three months in Bayswater, London. Offering comfort foods with a twist, the restaurant's menu serves up three varieties of classic mac'n'cheese, macancinis (mac'n'cheese balls), deep fried Oreos and a select cocktail menu.
Specials like mac'n'cheese toasties are also promised to pop up during the restaurant's run.
|Mon Oncle by RS Barcelona - Photo courtesy of Fleux|
Optimistic Spanish design company RS Barcelona has released a portable tabletop barbecue with a vintage feel. Named Mon Oncle, it is fitted into a briefcase so it can go unnoticed, and can be taken away and set up anywhere. This makes it a useful accessory for spontaneous picnics or for city dwellers with small outdoor spaces such as balconies.
This folding wooden shelf by Portuguese designer Gonçalo Campos is designed to display and showcase special items. Featuring three fold-out semi-circles, the piece continues the trend for consumer curation, allowing owners to style creative compositions in the home that can be updated as the mood strikes.