nendo border tables in tokyo

so simple, so good. I had the fortune of seeing these little tables in person in tokyo last month and they are super. I loved the way they seemingly float away at the edges but are so crisp & geometrical at times too. nendo. 

max lamb spoon study 2008 <3

I admire the way max lamb explores materials and design. simple beauty coming from simple inquiry. taking this with me...sr

jahara studio 

playful little guys from Jahara Studio in Brazil. I'd love to have that entire collection in the center photo to move around at home, stack & unstack. :)

sr 

patricia urquiola shimmer 

yesssss. into patricia urquiola's new pieces for glas italia. it looks like she had fun making these, & fun in design is something to hold tight to. :) sr

max lamb exercises in seating !

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VERY inspired by this show of Max Lamb's 'exercises in seating' at Garage Sanremo in Milan this week. I really wish I could see all of these pieces in person! The work in the show spans 10 years of Max's 'exercises in seating'.

What I find most inspiring about this exhibition is that it speaks directly of Max's creative process- that he continues to work in a way that is experimental & embedded in curiosity. I feel that this is something I continually try to return to in my own way of working- to let go of the end result & to let the process inform me and what comes of it. 

-sr

wearable bodies

these new pieces from céline caught my eye today. 

xo,

sr

2 objects, gareth neal

these 2 pieces by gareth neal caught my eye today. his process & materials are enviable. 

happy monday,

sr

nendo cocoa

I love these little chocolates by nendo! 

Each chocolate is directly named after Japanese expressions used to describe texture.

1. “tubu-tubu” Chunks of smaller chocolate drops. 
2. “sube-sube” Smooth edges and corners.
3. “zara-zara” Granular like a file.
4. “toge-toge” Sharp pointed tips.
5. “goro-goro” Fourteen connected small cubes.
6. “fuwa-fuwa” Soft and airy with many tiny holes.
7. “poki-poki” A cube frame made of chocolate sticks.
8. “suka-suka” A hollow cube with thin walls.
9. “zaku-zaku” Alternately placed thin chocolate rods forming a cube.

more & more I find myself attracted to design & designers that are making small, playful, joyful & not always practical or 'useful' in the traditional sense, little things. why? I think because it seems fun. & fun is so important. 

sr

 

getting weerd

Pretty into these spindly, toothy Tim Van de Weerd planters with roots found this morning while rambling around the internet. More here

 

haas bros.

some work from the haas brothers. weird, beautiful.

I'm also into some things that they said about creativity in this interview. Here is one excerpt that struck a chord for me-

"I think creativity for me would be more like unbounded curiosity or unhindered curiosity. That works across science, math, art, anything. If you’re curious about something, in a way that hasn’t been told to you — I know I keep on saying this, but the idea of first principles. Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea of electricity. If somebody wanted to study electricity or come up with a new way of doing it, they would have to abandon what he did and start over again. That would be fully formed creativity. It’s curiosity about not Ben Franklin’s electricity, but about electricity itself. Basically you have to forget most of what you learned and approach something as if it’s the only time you’ve ever seen it."

 

improvised cooperation - anton alvarez

I was lucky to catch a glimpse of this workshop in action at boisbuchet this summer. 

anton alvarez led his group in an experimental cooperative design process, with a seat being the end product. participants were assigned a material combination to start each seat, then the seat was passed along to the next person, with the next set of materials & so forth. by the end, the seat passed through 6 or 7 hands & 6 or 7 different material combinations. I loved seeing how freeing & playful this experiment (blind-folded splatter painting!) was for the group & the results were awesome. 

it reminded me to play more & to experiment with design, letting go of the final idea & allowing the process to take over. 

cheers!

-sr

le corbusier in India

Villa de Madame Manorama Sarabhai, Ahmedabad, India, 1951

Villa de Madame Manorama Sarabhai, Ahmedabad, India, 1951

Palais de l'Assemblée, Chandigarh, India, 1955

a couple of gems from the Fondation Le Corbusier site from the 50s in India. 

love the shapes, forms, color & playful pieces in these two projects. 

happy monday!

sr

shigeru ban paper tube relief shelters

Hualin Temporary Elementary School, Chengdu, China, 2008

Paper Log House, Turkey, 2000

Paper Log House, India, 2001

Paper Log House, Cebu, Philippines, 2014

Paper Emergency Shelter for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Yumba refugee camp, Rwanda, 1999

Paper Emergency Shelter, Haiti, 2010

Paper Emergency Shelter, Haiti, 2010

Probably one of the most inspiring designers I know of & try to learn from; especially with these projects- his paper tube relief shelters constructed in the aftermath of disasters around the world.  

Shigeru Ban is a genius humanitarian to me. I only hope to do something 1% as meaningful as this work is someday. Here's to aspirations!

Happy Friday all,

-sr

sources:  archdaily

peter marigold - dodai

I had the pleasure of meeting Peter Marigold this past week at Domaine de Boisbuchet in France, while he was teaching a workshop there. I was very inspired by this piece, Dodai, that he showed during a presentation of his work. For this project, he worked with Japan Creative - It was shown at the Milan Salone di Mobili 2012.

His description of the work:

"They were realised by the respected Japanese furniture company Hinoki Kogei following visits to their factory in Japan. 

The benches are created from a log split into two pieces. On top of this is mounted a covering created from woven grass (igusa) and hiba rods. This can be rolled back so as to use the interior space for strorage. It is held in place with colored bungees stretched over dark hardwood turned knobs. The wood used is 'hiba' a type of Japanese Cypress. Both the igusa and hiba have fantastic natural odors.

'Dodai' means 'base' in Japanese and the benches loosely reference architectural beams laid on the foundations of houses."

I think they are beautiful. 

-sr

on the road again

back after september 3rd. 

enjoy the holiday weekend,

sr

naniboujou

'spirit of the woods' - naniboujou - a minnesota lodge finished in 1929, right before the stock market crashed & dashed the developers' dreams of creating an exclusive resort on the north shore of lake superior...

the dining hall ceiling, filled with amazing patterns, color & spirits from the cree tribe, hasn't been re-painted since it was completed in 1929. 

a feast for the eyes...

xo, sr

half dome / silver birch 

a recent family trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota. I was struck by so many things here- for starters, this little half dome structure with its brightly painted seating & the beauty of the peeling, striped, eye be-speckled birch. 

enjoy the day! 

sr