Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fall and Winter stool and benches collection



This is a collection of stool and benches from the designer Valentin Loellman. He was born in Southern Germany. Loellman graduated at the AFAM (Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht) in Nederland at 2009. After the graduation he makes the great step to make his own studio. This way this great collection Fall and Winter comes to our attention.


The whole collection of stool and benches is composed from unique item as each and everyone is with different dimmensions and structures. What make this collection even more special is that every piece of furniture is handmade, then marked from the designer and numberd with serial. If you get one of these you can be sure that this furniture will be unique with no duplicate. The design looks clean and simple. This make the stools and benches from this collection suitable for every type of interior, modern or even simpler and with little furnirure.


 Desipe the uniquness of each piece there is one common thing. This is the proces of manifucturing. The working process is constituent from connection of mortise-and-tenon joints to hazel branches. The top of Fall and Winter collection is always form an oak wood. The connections are filled and rounded to get smoother look with a mixture of glue and sawdust. The final look of natural wood and black legs is achieved with the technique of burning the wood and then treated with wax.  The top of the Fall and Winter is sanded then polished and treated with oil.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bauhaus interior style Part I





Bauhaus was founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany by the German architect and artist - Walter Gropus. There are new forms of designer furniture in accordance with the laws of ergonomics and The Anthropology. In those years, a new profession is born the "designer". Rationality, simplicity, beauty and artistic qualities – this is how Bauhaus declare their main objectives and principles for mass residential building and for shaping of everyday objects according to the needs and expectations of working people.


A follower of Bakhaus is Marcel Breuer. His chair has a wooden frame with different trim options (belt of red, blue or white fabric, toucan of horsehair or cotton).  Although he rebelled against the heavy furniture trimmings, he was always trapped with the traditional materials. Then Breuer abandoned solid wood for the use of metal. He makes the first metal chair "Vasili" constructed from nickel plated cold bent, seamless tubes and thick upholstery leather. In the camp of the innovators in the modern architecture of the twentieth century, the name of Lao Corbusier ranks high. His artworks are sculpted elegant, tense, and economically. Together with his colleague Charlotte Perrin he designed a series of metal seating furniture, cabinets, shelves and tables. Seating furniture have a skeleton of polished chrome and steel pipes. Supporting part of the upholstery contains spiral springs, which lie on the soft leather cushion or mattress. Finnish architect Alvar Aalto exploit the elasticity of layered birch wood. Each of his furniture is one particular sculpture in which can be seen organic and unexpected opportunities of the tree. Finnish architect creates the majority of his furniture together with architecture and between them there is great harmony.
In the 20th century structure passes into the field of sculpture. The design of the furniture also follows this trend. New forms have sufficient resilience and do not require additional metal reinforcement. Surfaces are pure and clear with possession of great strength. Then they produce plastic furniture, painted in a wide range of tones, they are - cheaper than traditional furniture. Specifically for them is that they have simplified bearing skeleton.

At the vanguard of Brazilian architects brightly stands the figure of Oscar Naymer. His armchairs ON1 and ON2, designed around 1970 have latex seat cushion and backrest, wrapped in leather, that are carried by two chrome, steel strips. The inclination of the backrest can be adjusted according to the wishes of the user and for blocking are used two special screws at the back. To the chair is added a stool with two variations of seat height. There are no unnecessary details. Precision is used in low doses thoroughness characterize these furniture whose lives will undoubtedly be very long. In the sixties of the 20th century Scandinavian designers caused a sensation with their upholstered seats. Design in Scandinavia is not subordinate of time, it is a style of life that is everywhere in daily life.
Creator of curved furniture is Michael Tonet, who started his activity around 1830 he formed a specific furniture style, easily distinguishable from the rest. Especially popular are the curved chairs with a brand "Tonet" - elegant, light, stable and accessible to a wide range of users. They become the main item of what was then Austrian furniture industry. With his chairs “Tonet” makes a breakthrough because by this time we can talk about meeting the various industrial segments of the population with the same product. With its lasting elegance and pure lines, curved furniture find their place in contemporary interior.



The secound part of this article is at: Bauhaus interior style part II

Monday, March 28, 2011

"Volumptuou​s" sideboard by Edward Johnson


The “Volumptuous” is one really modern looking and eye-catching furniture. The designer that created this piece of art is Edward Johnson from United Kingdom. He's idea was to make this sideboard visually attractive to the customers and he accomplished this goal perfectly. The forms, the curves of the sideboard “Volumptuous” are inspired by the waves and the smooth transition from top to bottom. What is interesting is that this modern sideboard is not only great looking but it is also full functional. Despite his form and curves you can normally use the free space inside and operate with it.

Edward Johnson is master when it comes to working with timber as he is working with this type of material from a long time. The “Volumptuous” is entirely hand made from oak and then internally lined with cedar that is made be aromatic. The designer used specially ammonia on the sideboard to achieve the matching color of chocolate brown. This modern furniture will be perfect addition to any home, no meter if you live at the city or somewhere in the country. The “Volumptuous” complete the visual look of the interior and give something special to look at.



Saturday, March 26, 2011

Electrolux Green Air Contditioner




The Electrolux Green Air Conditioner is piece of modern looking home appliance that combines new hi-techs with eco friendly technologies. The project for Green AC is student project with association and help of Electrolux. The idea of the student project was to build a stylish modern looking air conditioner that is also eco-friendly. What comes as a result is that slick looking and shiny AC. 

Sketches of the AC desing

The front cover is smooth black colored. This with the combination of other textures, reflecting materials and mixture of colors on the other parts make this Electrolux Green Ac perfect for a modern looking interior of any house. The mixture of used materials and forms make the look of the AC eco-friendly. The impression of clean and refreshing air is added by the transparent louvers that are made from frosted plastic. The designer added also and some green color on the louvers to make the look even more environmental friendly. To make the Green AC a little bit different from the ordinary air conditioners the designer added LED lights placed behind the front cover. This addition adds soft background light illumination in the room. This helps the customer to make the using of this AC to become more than for cooling or warming. IF released this green AC will be great addition for each modern home, making the interior looking very smooth and eco friendly.





Thursday, March 24, 2011

Gothic style design





Gothic style covers Europe and especially France in 12-15 century. The architecture includes new and dramatic views of space, using a sharp towers, dynamic bars and other radical refurbishments, but furniture design of the 12 century is not affected by the new style. The new cathedrals express abundance and wealth, but in conjunction with interior wealthy donors have enjoyed a simple, functional oak reinforced with metal ornaments and treatment to years about 1400. Then, more than a century to the panels of chairs, tables and chests of all sizes are engraved geometric shapes. The main features are the Gothic expressiveness, ease and mystique.



During the 15th century new forms are introduced. One of them is a kind of shelf with a small storage area secured by high legs, at the top there is space for ornaments, as well there is and a shelf. Cabinets are made ​​with one or more rows of storage space with doors. Another space is a wardrobe space - with two to eight high doors, folding area of 1.5 m to 2m. Together with architectural motifs as arches, columns and decorative items appear based to hanging paintings, pattern known as "folds”. Also for decoration of the rooms can be used mosaic.



The beds are with machined parts and decorated with a canopy and curtains. Chests are from wide strips or trays and frame construction with painting. Overall, the interior was simple, but the walls were decorated with wooden paneling. The main materials of the Gothic style are metal and stone, marble and various types of wood. There were a fireplace and leather on the floor. The main colors used were the white color and the natural color of the wood. Also then were used stained glass windows - stained glass in blue, yellow and red colors.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Glass Kettle by David Knott




This is glass kettle that got our attention with its super slick and modern design. This kettle is very different from what you call a kettle. The designer of this piece of art is David Knott. He made the Glass Kettle for Sunbeam. David Knott is designer from Australia that graduated in University of Canberra in Industrial Design. In 2002 David Knott established his own design studio "David Knott Studio". But enough for the designer and let’s look at the Glass Kettle. The idea was to create a modern looking easy to use kettle that has the ability to check what’s boiling without the need to open the kettle itself. The inspiration comes from the look of the premium water carafes.

The Glass Kettle is cordless making it perfect for any place at the kitchen. The kettle is designed with removable lid. The lid has two general purposes: it has a mesh filter keeping the water clean, and a big opening for easy filling. The body of the Glass Kettle is made form German DURAN Glass that is heat resistant. The vessel can contain up to 1.3 liter water. The handle is made form polished chrome designed for easy holding of the kettle. The boiling of the water is responsibility to the fast boil 2400 watt element that is situated at the bottom of the Glass Kettle. Another interesting idea in the design of the kettle is that is control trough a sensor touch button that is illuminating when the kettle is on and heating the water.

The design of the kettle is not perfect only in visual aspect but also and in safety of the user. The Kettle will automatically switch off after the water boil, and more there is boil-dry protection leading again to automatically stopping the heating. The price is around 140$. The Glass Kettle from David Knott really is something remarkable as design and functionality. If you want something really good looking in your kitchen the Glass Kettle is must have.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

General characteri​stic of the interior





The house is not only beautifully shaped facade and interior space bounded by four walls, but multi-functioning organism with its own life, characteristic of each individual family and bearing signs of each of the occupants. In the interior there participate architectural space and the elements of furnishing of the area. With the right approach in the interior decision, by correct selection of items of furniture and finding compositional, functional and artistic unity to achieve significant results that meet the requirements and understanding of modern treatment of living space. The main piece of furniture for the interior is the furniture, but they do not cover the entire furnishing of the home, they decide only its functional side. Apart from convenience that the furniture provides, any person needs also a beauty and pleasant atmosphere. In creating the individual character of the house, an important role plays building the color of the interior in line with the facing of the building and the theory of colors. Relevant here are and the choice of fabrics, flooring, art and decorative elements, lighting and lamps, flowers and other items at home.

 Solving each interior composition is particularly depending on the factors that affect its appearance and character. The age of occupants, number of members in the family and its changes, sex differences of the children, special interests and inclinations, different professions and many other factors influence the selection of modern home furnishings. Everyone has their perceptions and shape their home in their own way, thus it becomes a reflection of his personality. Furniture in the house is based on the principles of appropriateness and proper organization of life processes. With furnishing the interior, the goal is to establish proper and harmonious relationship between the individual elements of the composition and individual rooms. The simplest form of the premises is parallelepiped it is more suitable to the normal requirements and traditional structures. Rectangular shape of the premises allows the most easily furnishing. In the systematization of internal spaces and the construction of the volume of the interior space structure a number of factors play a role, such as:  use of the building and individual rooms, materials, construction, artistic requirements and others.


In each building various facilities can be divided into three main groups:

  • Major facilities they are carrying out basic functions of the building. Accommodation spaces in a residential building.
  • Support facilities. Have a minor role in the body of the building. These are the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Communication facilities. They serve as a connection between the main and support facilities. Corridors, stairways, passages.
  • All three areas play a crucial role in architectural composition of the interior. Successful or wrong decision on their connections and relationships determines the nature of the composition. Communication links are of great importance for the proper organization of the rooms.  
  • Corridors and staircases etc., the layout of corridors must be clearly and neatly. Corridors themselves have to be directly lit and ventilated. Their length must meet the fire safety and hygiene requirements.

In all historical epochs furnishing is necessity, organically connected with life at home.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Riva Iseo Yacht - Blend of History and innovation





Riva Iseo is a cruiser that is a perfect blend of history and innovation. The yacht is born with exceptional relationship between the designers of Riva Iseo ( which are also designers of the entire lines of yachts Riva) Officina Italiana Design and AYT - AYT - Advanced Yacht Technology, also in the creation of this yacht are involved and Ferretti Group’s design centre, and Centro Stile Ferretti group with their teams of hi-valued designers and architects. Riva Iseo is designed to be used in lakes as well as in open sea waters.
The Design of this boat is trying to combine the best of the glamour elegance and modern look. The designers created the Riva Iseo with clean -cut lines, they used some of the highly sophisticated materials also put careful and great attention to every detail design. The mahogany is used all through the boat.  Riva Iseo is coming with great customer service, they even created custom-made car-trailer to fit perfectly to the boat and give the opportunity of his owner to take it wherever he wants.



As it is expected such class of yacht comes with a lot of features for their owner. The boat will have navigation system, custom made software specifically for Riva Iseo. The users can watch movies, listen internet radio or even open the user manual for the yacht. The yacht will be available with hybrid engine version the so called ZEM (Zero Emission Mode). This engine will not compromise speed. This is achieved by combining electric powered propulsion with diesel ones.
This marvelous yacht will be available for purchasing the summer of 2011. The Riva Iseo will come with three available engines Yanmar 6BY2 powered with 260 mhp, Yanmar 8LV with 320 mhp, and the most powerful Mercruiser 8.2 MAG with 380 mhp. Navigation category of the yacht is B. Riva Iseo will have maximum speed of 38.5 knots for the variant with the biggest engine. Length will be 8.24m with maximum beam 2.5 m. The maximum people available to be on the boat are 6.



The site of the Riva Iseo is : Riva-Yacht

Friday, March 18, 2011

Pill Time - Management System by Vincent Berkeley Chen






The Pill Time management system is unique concept design idea by Vincent Berkeley Chen. This system is intended to help everyday life of elderly people. If you live with or help to an elderly people you know that it is very important to take their medicine pills on time and the right amount. This is the idea of the “Pill Time” concept. The system itself is composed by three components. The firs a pill bottle, the second is personal automated medication assistant and the last component is the loading station.  The PMA (Personal Medication Assistant) is the main part that the user will be using.

The device can be attached to key ring so that it will always be with the person needing it. The PMA is with own battery and is charged when docked in the Loading station. The PMA of the Pill Time system is separated with three internal containers which keep the pills for morning, afternoon and evening. The pills are released only on the programmed time and only the loaded amount. The system has alarm that reminds the person to take their pills. The loading of the pills is automated. When the PMA is inserted in the loading station it not only charges its battery but also load the required pill in it. The loading station itself is loaded with pill bottles for each type of medication needed.

The pill bottles are marked with colors for the different medication and also they have big supporting stickers for easier identification. The loading station has three buttons. Home button is used to release the needed pills for the day. The One day button is used to recharge the PMA. And travel button loads with a bigger amount of pills for longer trips away from home and Pill Time System.


As a conclusion this is one great design system with both modern look and most importantly functionality. This is something that can really help and make life easier and less stressed for elderly people.

More information can be found at : http://www.pilltimemanagementsystem.com/


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Greek Interior style



Greek designers did not follow the free form of the earlier Aegean examples. The tendency to put furniture ornament regular to the whole design is more like Egypt tradition. Despite all, although there are similarities the Greek bench used for meal and rest is made with a horizontal line of rest bar to the height of the table, and not low to the ground. The head restraint is often made to carry a cushion, and there is not footrest at the chair. Although there might sometimes be tracked legs of chairs with shape of animals, in most cases the legs are trumpet-shaped in rectangular designs, based on columns forms. A variety of chairs for seating is used in Greek style design. Folding chairs with X-shaped legs and those with straight legs are made from the 6th century BC to Hellenistic era. There are examples of functional and simple solutions. Further stand out the chairs known as "Klismos", which is lightweight and comfortable chair with a backrest.

Klismos chair

 This chair is very comfortable, and is used in the Archaic and Classical period. He is mostly simple with curved legs and backrest of the seat of simple rectangular panel curved inward from sides to center. The décor of the Greek classic furniture is restrained, elegant and often with ornaments. Tables are usually small size. Rectangular seats are the most popular and most often base consists of three legs, straight and curved, sometimes with animal form, and often backs.

Rectangular seats are the most popular, and often the base is consisted of three legs, simple and curved, sometimes with animal forms, and often with backs. They were moved for evenings and then stowed to open space for different artists’ performances. Round tables of Greek origin were made in the Hellenistic period. Chests in ancient Greece varied in size from miniature to monumental copies and design of flat shapes to those with curved seats. They are made of wood, bronze and ivory and had architectural decoration. The shape of the chest is very old, were first discovered in ancient Egypt, and then this form becomes traditional, continuing until the 19th century.



Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lounge Chair by Kieran Ball




Have you ever looked at your old wine barrels in the basement and thought that they could become a really nice and modern lounge chair? I guess not. But what is interesting is that the Australian designer Kieran Ball did. He created this lounge chair from old used wine barrels. And not only his ideal was great but the result was even better. The finished product of this modern designed lounge chair is so slick you'll never guess what material was really used for creating it. The Lounge chair is build from more than ninety-five percent of old oak wine barbells.



Kieran Ball put the wooden staves form the barrels into a metallic frame which is curved to be perfectly matching your back. To complete the experience when you use the lounge chair they left a little of the scent of that old wine, that once was filling this old barrels.

 The idea of creating lounge chair in this forms and especially form this materials came to Kieran Ball from his visit to tequila distillery in Mexico. So if you like wine, and like the good relaxation, get this lounge chair, grab a glass of delicious wine, play some chill-out music sit, relax and enjoy living.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

All in one bed by Castor & Chouca





We are always approving the modern looking design furniture, but what will always impress us is the combination of this modern design with functionality. The baby bed 'All in one' (also known as The Soleil 1, 2, 3 bed) by Castor & Chouca is example of this combination. The idea of this design came from the demand of always buying new furniture that will fit your fast growing baby. The bed 'All in one' by Castor & Chouca will be always with your baby growing to a little kid. It can transform so it meets your requirements.



As the designers says “This is an evolution baby bed”. The phases of transformation start as a baby bassinet, then into child's bed and the last stage is as child's desk. The good thing for this long to be used design furniture is that the materials used for creating it are quality, recyclable and eco friendly. The mattress cover can be removed to be washed. The base of the 'The Soleil 1, 2, 3' bed is made from 20 mm bamboo slats. The bed is supplemented with adjustable support mattress (which is used for transformation to child's desk). Another great idea of Castor & Chouca is adding little modernistic visors on the front side of the bed. They are great for parent who wants to keep their kid always in sight. One of their openings can be removed and used as an entering point for grow up kids. The security for your kid is provided by four wheels locking automatically.



The bed can be purchased for 1,290 euro’s, and the supporting mattress can be added for an extra of 200 euro’s. The dimensions of the 'All in one' bed are 70x140 cm; the cradle is 40x80 cm. The total weight of the bed is around 80 kilograms.

More information can be found at: Castor-Chouca.com






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