I was really surprised coming home from Salone del Mobile in Milan, and the one thing I remembered the most was a small penguin. But this was off course not an ordinary penguin – it was a 72 cm high sculpture made in ceramic, by one of my favorite designers; Jamie Hayon. As usual his projects have more to them, than just what meets the eye – and this penguin is not an exception. It’s called Hope Bird and symbolizes the importance of «an optimistic approach to what lies ahead». I really like the message this little sculpture sends, and would love to have one in my home, reminding me (and my guests) to be standing tall and being positive.
The last couple of years I have seen several designs of objects where you can place your favourite things inside some kind of glass lids. Even though I have seen this trend in both good and bad products, I must say I still love the concept. Curiosity Object by Gaëlle Gabillet Stéphane Villard, is my latest discovery of an object just like that – functioning both as a lamp and a display window for whatever treasure you want to show of.
Its getting closer to Salone del mobile and I am as usual exited to travel back to my «old home» town where i lived for almost 4 years. Its not only the people I am exited to see again, but also all the new furnitures and products that will be presented this year. As usual I am mostly interested in new, up and coming stuff and Ventura Lambrate is therefor a must to visit. Two young designers exhibiting in Zona Lambrate is Wendymaarten, a duo from Design Academy Eidenhoven. I love their elegant, clean and playful stile. Here are some of their products and I cant wait to see them «live».
One of the biggest trends I saw last year at Salone del mobile was the geometrical textures and fabrics. Especially triangles were notable in many different prototypes of products and furniture’s. Now more of them are starting to hit the marked, like the first collection of textile designs “Geo” from designer Mika Barr. I like how the texture feels constructed and resembles origami paper folding. I hope we will see more geometrical products like this in near future.
Once in a while I stumble across products I feel really conflicted about – and this lamp, Ray, from the Norwegian designer Kristine Five Melvær is just like that. My first impression of this is that it reminds me of a strange structure that someone has threaded old stockings over. The textile makes me think of skin and old ladies, and the shape is like a mix of a hat and a mushroom. But then again I like this weird idea of putting on cloths or skin on a structure like this, and I cant help but to adore this strange looking lamps.