Archives for the month of: January, 2014

Bocci, a contemporary design and manufacturing house based in Vancouver, Canada was founded by Omer Arbel in 2005. His conceptual approach has birthed a unique and striking collection of lighting, furniture, electrical accessories and objects. Their lighting design I am a particular fan of (see images below) and their installation at the V&A for the 2013 London Design Festival was awe inspiring (see video)

Bocci operates as a community of designers, architects, craftspeople, technicians, agents, governance bodies, testing facilities, raw materials suppliers and fine shops. Their aim is to build a network of talent unified in creating high quality, practical and aesthetically innovative consumer goods.

Bocci is committed to manufacturing at their Vancouver factory which reinforces their aim for community moving towards a common goal. The glass blowing studio, office, warehouse and design studio are all in the same location; Bocci employees walk through the factory floor to get to their desks. I just love this and vision for myself the same working environment.

Bocci offers consultation, design, and fabrication services for custom chandeliers of unlimited configuration – from petite to linear to oversized chandeliers. “Our custom capacity is infinite.”

I have pasted the following images below for your viewing pleasure. In my humble opinion, their work is not just lighting design, but art.

For more information, check them out at http://bocci.ca/

“Emojis mean everything and they mean nothing at the same time. They’re completely personal and completely universal. They’re really quite stupid and they’re the best thing that ever happened to our generation. They deserve to be observed and worshipped individually. By finding, posing and sculpting emojis in real life I’ve created a set of shrines to the individual characters, because somebody had to do it.”

Urgh, I love this woman. These are the sentiments of Liza Helen Nelson, the designer of the – almost edible – 3D emoticons below. I will let the prints do the talking. No 1 is my favorite – the turquoise, yellow and royal blue work so well together. Also, check out her tumblr for more information at http://emojiirllol.tumblr.com/

12″x12″ prints for $50 each or 20″x20″ prints for $80 each.
All images © Liza Nelson 2013

THAT PURP🍆PRAISIN🙌MUSTACHE👨POUND IT👊

LICK👅WHO, ME?🙇

MURDERBALL 🔫YUSSS💪

ALL WET 💦DRUGS💊GODDESS💃

Other than the Selfridges shop window designs, nothing generally grabs my attention when walking down Oxford Street. This morning however, was a different story. Bershka, (a shop I visited once to never return again) had in it’s front window a picture of a geometric dress which looked to be made out of folded paper; a piece so striking I got off the bus to take a closer look. The designer was Jule Waibel. I know, I’d never heard of her/him either.

Jule Waibel is a London and Stuttgart based German designer. She studied product design at the German University of Applied Sciences and in 2011 moved to London to study an MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art graduating in 2013. Waibel´s work is influenced by the geometry and simplicity of the Bauhaus. She combines objects, fashion and performance with a focus on geometric shapes. With her two brothers, Waibel founded clothing and lifestyle label VIOVIO ltd. where she acts as fashion designer and art director for the brand.

The image that caught my eye this morning was of a piece taken from her “Entfaltung (unfold/expand/develop): 25 dresses for 25 cities” collection for Bershka. Check out the images and blurb for the collection below. I’m obsessed.

Collapsible structures reflect how our world is constantly changing. My response is to use folding as part of my design process. A particular folding technique can transform simple sheet materials into three-dimensional objects, with the additional capability that they can expand and contract. A dress which changes its shape according to the movement of the body, an expandable bag and an umbrella are all made of Tyvek®, a lightweight water- and tear-proof synthetic paper. The project celebrates the beauty to be found between geometry, transformation and play. Their elegance, efficiency and beauty enhances my life on the move.








All images taken from http://julewaibel.com/

teamLab is a Tokyo based group of multi-disciplinarians including programmers, user-interface engineers, mathematicians, CG animators, architects, designers, artists and editors. teamLab’s eclectic mix of professionals have fused their respectice skills to create a new art installation.

Homogenizing and Transforming World is part of the exhibition Distilling Senses: A Journey through Art and Technology in Asian Contemporary Art, at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. An all encompasing maze of giant suspended orbs, each engineered to morph in hue depending on how it is treated, communicate to each other via wireless connection. They change color and emit different sounds when touched by visitors or bump into each other or other objects. The orbs send color information to other orbs which then spread the information to furhter orbs, changing all the orbs to the same color, representing the spread of information between individuals on the internet. The piece is a metaphor for the internet and globalization in general.

You can see the installation in action via the following video:

I have heard mutterings of Alfies Antique Market for a while and have been wanting to check it out. So, today I did. What a place. Another London gem. I was Alice in Wonderland, walking through a forest of beautiful antiques and collectables; a new site at every turn. I found no mad hatter, but a lovely bunch of passionate and specialist traders looking to politely flog their unique wares. Beaded flapper dresses, Dartmouth glug jugs, boudoir mirrors, art deco rings; I came away with a wishlist as long as both arms and legs. Venture on down to Church Street and take a look, making sure to jump into the pound shop en-route for your £1 adapters and washing up liquid.