Most important design news of February 2016
1. Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 7-11 Feb
Stockholm furniture and Light fair took place during the second week of the month. Eight hundred Scandinavian companies together with foreigner designers exhibit their products. Let’s highlight one of the Scandinavian design studio: ‘Himmel’. The Finnish studio launched a peculiarly shaped table lamp. ‘Loop’, that’s the name of the lamp was previously presented as prototype at the Design Week in Milan few years ago. It has now been optimized for commercial production. Loop, as the name suggests, has a dynamic circular shape out of aluminium diffused using opal acrylic. Light comes from a band of LED placed within the arch.
2. ‘Solid vibration’ music 3d printed into ceramic
The abstract nature of music has been transferred into solid ceramic vases thanks to a 3d printed (engineered by van Herpt) able to use audio vibrations and so modulate the printing pattern. The project grew out of two Dutch minds: the spacial sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven, the designer Oliver van Herpt. The vessels are the ‘Objectification’ of sound and each musical genre give birth to a totally different patterned result.
3. ADAM Art & Design Atomium Museum plasticarium
ADAM art and design recently reopened museum in Brussel, is hosting a permanent exhibition focused on plastic objects. 2,500m² devoted to more than 2,000 everyday use and design pieces accumulated over the years (from 1960) by Philippe Decelle. From Joe colombo, Verner Panton, Eero Aarnio to Philippe Starck Charles Kaisin and several others designer’s original objects are exhibit in the space. The museum is also the promoter of several educational workshop and talks alongside temporary exhibitions such as the upcoming ’Eames and Hollywood’.
4. Honey-dipped threedimensional typeface
IED Barcellona students Franc Navarro and Alberto Martinez have experimented 3d typography, coming out with a honey inspired alphabet. Liquids were one the musts from the brief and honey turned out be a successful choice, in order to create good looking honey-dipped letters with as little post-production as possible (second must from the brief).
5. iittala X Issey Miyake home collection
Nature, tactile experience, innovation, movements, folds, pause, ritual are just few of the words related with Ittala new home collection. Thirty admirably designed pieces (tableware and more) created with several materials and techniques but all aiming to harmonize living and enjoying domestic experiences. Textiles are meant to be felt and touched throughout their fold, colors are meant to recall the blossom of flowers. The Scandinavian brand collaborated with Miyake Design Studio and created an exquisite and clever collection.
After 20 years of explorations, it is finally possible to use living cells as ink for a bio-printer and create body parts and organs. The US Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine has lead the experiment – the status of which is still under animal testing. The body parts created have already reached human sizes and they can be colonized by blood vessels.
7. Premiere League new visual identity
As the most watched football League, Premier League has launched a new logo for the 2016-2017 season. The British Design studio, which has also designed Airbnb logo, is the author of the cleaning of the lion. The ball is now gone and the lion shows its regal snout only– instead of the full body. The logo comes associated with a bright, powerful and vibrant color palette. The full brand identity turns around strength, power and courage( considering the really strong color combinations).
8. Tom Dixon designs architectural carpets
Tom Dixon has created a series of carpet inspired by the city of London. The designer have been influenced by London’s patterns in characteristics elements of architecture such as tunnels, railways, warehouses and workshops, expressing somehow the industrial landscapes of the British capital. He cooperated with a Danish carpet manufacturer, Ege.
9. Tall, curvy and petit new Barbie collection
After many years of debate, Barbies are now available in different sizes and hight. The idea started in 2014 with the aim of creating dolls reflecting women’s shape more accurately, in order to increase sales and create a healthier and socially conscious product.
10. January 3NTA rotating editor: Athens
Discover two urban design projects created by the students of Porto.
Author: Giulia Fioravera