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I am obsessed with paper arts at the moment, origami in particular. So much so, in fact, that I made an origami Valtentines Day card for my boyfriend. I thought I would share with you some stunning examples of paper art that I have come across.

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Marc Trotereau’s WireShades are more sculpture than shade like, nestling into crannies, hugging wall corners and dropping from the ceiling. The lampshade becomes a unique object, and can by custom made for any type of space. The traditional method of producing lampshades is based on brazing metal rods; a relatively flexible and easy process. Marc Trotereau has challenged this design norm via the creation of a jig, which makes it possible to braze three metal rods together at the same time (see pics below), enabling the production of three-dimensional cubical shapes. The frames are then covered with corrugated plastic or ‘Correx’, a flame retardant and antistatic material. What a result. I particularly love how Trotereau wraps the structure around corners. The result is akin to some forgein matter, secretly observing the world from above.

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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/

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.

The holiday-rental website, Airbnb, recently revealed their new San Francisco HQ, a 100-year old renovated warehouse (my ideal home). Named 888 Brannan, the great expanse of space has been modelled on eight Airbnb listings from around the world, including (rather sweetly) the original apartment from which the founders launched the website. Great idea.

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All images from http://www.dezeen.com/

Scandi chap, Eric Therner, has designed these retro yet romantic diamond light bulbs. I just love them. On his website, Therner states that he “like(s) to think of Diamond lights as a structure, with a function”. Agreed.  This product looks as good switched on as switched off. No shade required is a requirement here. Let those damn fine angles flaunt themselves.

diamonds! diamonds! diamonds!Diamond Lights | Designed by Eric Therner

http://www.erictherner.com/box.html

Lyon based designer Olivier Abry, founded Wo & Wé in 2010, a design studio producing striking handmade lamps by restoring and re-assembling vintage industrial components. The self-titled “light creator-assembler”, Abry’s work is made up of single and double armed as well as adjustable articulated wall and ceiling lights.  

Industrial, recycled and minimalist. Design heaven.

Check his blog http://lewoandwe.blogspot.fr/ and the collection’s website http://woandwecollection.blogspot.co.uk/

Today I was walking past The Conran Shop on London’s Marylebone High Street and in the shop window stood a lampshade which stopped me in my tracks. It was one of the pieces from Issey Miyake’s IN-EI collection, co-developed and manufactured by Artemide. For those in the know, this is old news as the collection was released mid 2012. I just felt these images ought to be shared again. For me, the shades are incredible works of art, that could almost be mistaken for sculptures. Miyake used a material derived from recycled PET plastic bottles which are processed using innovative technology that drastically reduces both energy consumption and CO2 emissions. IN-EI (Japanese for Shadow) includes floor, table and pendant lamp designs, all of which were created using 2 or 3D mathematic principals. All pieces are foldable, which then extend into the lampshade, causing a play of light and shadow through the layering. The collection represents a continuation of the ‘132 5. Issey Miyake’  2D/3D folded clothing design research undertaken by Miyake’s reality lab. Check ’em out.

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category

IN EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide in home furnishings  Category