Oh lordy! The extreme levels of awesome are making me hot under the collar. Someone bring me a glass of water. Please. No, but seriously – could this be the hottest trestle table you’ve ever seen? Quite possibly, and you know it. The man behind this super beautiful product is a young Belgian designer Ben Storms.
Within the iconic Cité radieuse in Marseilles designed by Le Corbusier, Apartment N°50 was scrupulously protected in its original 1952 state, classified as a “Historic Monument” in 1995. It opens regularly to the public during the summer months to exhibit the work of a few of the most talented contemporary international designers within this outstanding space. A short series of scenographic installations has been realised over the years; Jasper Morrison (2008), Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (2010) Konstantin Grcic (2012), and now for its fourth session, the French designer Pierre Charpin.
After running a successful online store for a year, brothers Alexandre and Anibal Furtado opened this monster cool menswear store called Damage Playground in Rotterdam. A combination of lifestyle and art, it’s difficult to tell where the product placement ends and the art begins, when in fact there is no clear boundary. The minimalist design has a gallery feel, with canvasses, projections and prints meshing perfectly with the neo-mannequins.
It’s the first Monday of the month, and you know what that means? It’s Yellowtrace Spotlight time! In this months’ edition of Australian Design News we are sharing a whole bunch of cool stuff like an elegant brick house in Melbourne by Inglis Architects; a new concept store for CAMILLA AND MARC – one of Sydney’s must-visit fashion shopping destinations; Swine & Co – a sexy but sinister new restaurant in Sydney located in the former building of the Bank of New South Wales; stunning products & accessories including lamps, furniture as well as a quirky leather tote bag made from tin.
The first – and smokin’ hot – installation and collaboration between Vitra + Artek recently opened at VitraHaus loft in Weil am Rhein. Officially joining forces in 2013 after Vitra acquired Artek, the two furniture companies enlisted the help of Ilse Crawford of Studio Ilse who created a glorious space to introduce the union of the two brands. Rather than simply display their products alongside each other, the shared brand is introduced in the form of a story: an imaginary home of a fictitious Finnish-German couple, Harri and Astrid.
Tom Fereday is an industrial designer based in Sydney. His design studio, Fereday Design, is multi-disciplinary, creating furniture, products and spaces. Fereday Design is all about innovation and products that use the environment as “a positive constraint to guide intelligent and thoughtful design outcomes.” His dedication to an understanding of materials and manufacturing process has recently won him the 2014 Space + Moooi Design Residency. Today he’s here to answer a few questions about his work and upcoming adventures in The Netherlands.