Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the past few challenging months have made us realize (hopefully!) that our homes can be our sanctuaries; the place where we feel the most comfortable and safe. Never has there been a time in recent years where we have had so many people carrying out every single aspect of their daily work and personal lives at home. Thus, spending all this time at home has given us the opportunity to rethink and reinvent our spaces, especially in terms of how we can spruce them up with some interesting and vibrant pieces!
In this article, The Artling brings you the 10 of our newest and most interesting, newly-listed design pieces that could be perfect for your living space! Read on....
This Cabinet, designed by Japanese Designer Yuma Kano, is a beautiful color board made of acrylic and copper. “Rust Harvest” is an experimental material project focused on rust. The prevention of rust is an age-old problem in manufacturing. Rust has brought down planes, slowed ships, disabled engines, ruined bridges, spread through reinforced concrete, jammed guns, broken washing machines, and reduced unnumbered bicycles to useless scrap. While constantly cast as a devil, a closer look at rust reveals a variety of startlingly beautiful patterns and complex mixtures of color.
With this in mind, Yuma believes that the attractive expressions of rust could be produced in quantity and used in new textures and products. Through trial and error, the designer was able to develop a technique that allowed him to transfer only the rust from metal plates using acrylic resin. He exposed these plates to light, rain, earth, and seawater to create rust, collect the rust, and then subject the plates to more weathering, which created another crop to harvest in a process similar to an agricultural cycle. While he still uses natural rust, he has taken into account manufacturing, distribution, and costs to create a complete system of production that has moved beyond the scope of design alone.
Unlike metal, the light penetrates rust trapped inside the acrylic resin, which creates a frozen moment from a process that has taken years. Because the resulting material can be used like ordinary acrylic resin, it holds limitless possibilities for various products, interior design, and construction.
Culture Club v1, designed by Karen Lee, aims to explore ideas of use-value through stacked radially symmetrical vessel forms. All forms are hand turned or blown in both wood and glass and will have slightly different shape due to handmade nature of craft objects.
Karen leverages both woodworking and vessel making processes to explore new and unexpected forms of empathetic systems. Because vessels serve as loaded social and cultural objects that typically act as an intermediary between people and space, what happens when their intended use is obscured or reconfigured? What sorts of new space or cultural realities are created from these formal investigations?
Paw series is surreal looking furniture pieces inspired by toy figurines, cartoons, and street art by South-Korean designer Hakmin Lee. The project began when the designer became fascinated by the blurred line that exists between art and design, luxury and street fashion, high culture, and subculture. Therefore, Hakmin attempted to combine furniture with toys and figures to create the sculptural ‘paw’ furniture series. The designer uses an aluminum sand casting technique to capture the details of the object's textured surface, resulting in a very tactile appearance. the playful design integrates oversized paws, whether serving as the feet of the bench or clutching the glass surface of the side table. in this way, the series brings an element of humor to typical chair and table products.
D-SOBAN by South-Korean Designer Ryu Jongdae is a small table featuring unique details of the tile roof form motifs of oriental traditional architecture. With this piece, Ryu delivers a specific message: In order to reduce the environmental pollution caused by the use of plastics, Ryu uses environmentally friendly plastics extracted from corn starch that can be recycled as the main material. In addition, Ryu tries new works to make our everyday life more enriched by using the latest 3D printing technology and lacquer which is an eco-friendly paint of Orient.
In the pressure series, Tim Teven uses material deformation under extreme pressure as a tool to design. The deformation of metal by exerting pressure leads to exciting technical details, as well as new optical and haptic qualities. The Pressure vases are made of steel tubes which are pressed in under extreme pressure. Exposing the tubes to up to 45 metric tons of pressure makes them yield and beautiful folds appear, making the normally hard and cold material look soft and tangible. The folds do not only change the appearance of the metal tube but also hold in the bottom disc, giving the tube it functions as a vase.
Each piece is sold separately.
This small fragile and precious table installation piece by Italian designer Simone Crestani represents a more essential variant of Sumi-e, the delicate paintings of the Japanese tradition. The design is inspired by the oriental practice of admiring the spectacular panorama of blossoming cherry trees not only during the day but also at night, when the faint glow of a candle provides further, poetic beauty. Every piece is unique, made from satin brass and borosilicate glass.
Splash is a Stacking Vessel inspired by the organic grace to be found in flower petals, designed by Utopia & Utility (by Pia Wüstenberg). The piece consists of a set of two individual containers, stacked together to create a sculptural vessel shape. Once disassembled each part becomes functional, serving as a wood bowl and a glass vase.
The challenge in the craft is to create a two-coloured glass bubble. The initial glass bubble of one colour has to be dipped in a second colour, resulting in an asymmetric glass bubble out of which the piece is blown.
The Vessel is handmade in Europe, by individual craftsmen: handblown glass (Czech Republic), hand-turned wood (Finland). The materials then come to the designer's warehouse in North Germany, where they are fitted and assembled.
Mamma is a sculptural stool by Japanese designer Hiroyuki Nishimura and zone carved furniture. The material used is Yoshino Cherry, and this work is carved from a log with some kinds of chainsaws. Most of the wood he utilizes for his works is unusable for any other purposes. The wood then is a suitable material for furniture or architectural use, and Nishimura uses them to avoid having them being left to waste.
The Balance collection is composed by pieces of different materials that challenge the laws of equilibrium. Making use of the same typology and different scales, the collection shows in each composition, the balance between the technique, the people, and the ideas that inspire us. Each piece was produced using different traditional trades, craft techniques, and Mexican industrial technologies that Joel Escalona has explored at different points in his career.
Balance in wood is produced in a workshop in Mexico City. Joel thinks of carpentry as more than an everyday trade, and more as one of the noblest processes to design and for that reason, he wanted to break with that comfort and challenge this material.
Working with clients in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia, Joel Escalona has positioned himself as one of the most influential designers on the Mexican scene due to his broad-spectrum projects: those that address an industrial need, propose an innovative solution and have had massive commercial success; and others with high conceptual content granting great artistic value. Balance is the conjunction of these two aspects of the designer's work.
This wood coffee table designed by Venezuelan Designer Ana Volante is part of her Moon Collection. This is her first furniture collection inspired by the brutalism movement, evoking raw, geometric, and clean form. Her work in wood and metals harkens back to the 60' and '70s with her focus on the circle, in all of its views, angles and sections become the vocabulary to express forms and function.
Check out these beautiful design pieces here, available on The Artling!
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