Friday, January 31, 2014

Wooden Apple Tv Holder Makes The Device Part Of Your Furniture

We can’t argue against how well-designed Apple products are, but we do have a few things to say about its practicality in daily life. Take for example the Apple TV. From the ads, the little black box is a tiny device that should fit into any home regardless of furniture design aesthetics. In reality, it’s more than just that: since most of you will be attaching an HDMI cord to your Apple TV, you might have already noticed how the cord is heavier than the Apple TV itself. Frustrated by the same problem, designer Austin White crafted a wooden placeholder to prevent the device from tilting around. Thus, Blocs were born.

“The weight of the HDMI cord is greater than the Apple TV itself [so the device] kept turning skew,” White tells Digital Trends. “So when I went to use the remote, I needed longer arms to hold out to the side to point the remote at the front of the Apple TV.”

With the Bloc wooden placeholder, your Apple TV and remote always have a place to go. White says he chose wood for the design because woodworking has always been a hobby, and the contrast of cool technology and classic wood seemed like a neat way to show both items off. The selection of Walnut, Cherry, or Maple wood colors also makes it easy for you to match the accessory to your current furnitures. Out of the box, the Bloc does have a pretty strong scent of wood — which totally proves it’s the real deal — but overtime, the smell does dissipate for those who may be a little put off.

It’s a neat design with a simple solution, and thankfully, a modest price tag to go with. The American-made Bloc, in three available wood colors, retails for $40 and comes just in time for the holiday shopping season. Put this on the list for your diehard Apple fan, or those who can appreciate minimalistic design to change the way you aim your clicker at the Apple TV forever.

Glow Your Mind - The Tea Set For Light Relaxation

Rotterdam – Argentinian product designer Agustina Bottoni has created the Glow Tea Set, which aims to engage all the senses with a slower tea-making process that is enhanced with a contemplative visual experience.
The set includes a flask designed to rotate when serving the tea, and which also functions as a magnifier that maximises the light emitted by the small candle on which the tea is brewed for 3–4 hours. A cork sleeve provides insulation and keeps the tea aromas in the bottle.

The aesthetically minimalist tea set, with its laboratory flask and golden illumination, gives the tea-making an atmosphere of an alchemist’s scientific experiment, aiding contemplation during long, dark winter days. The muted tones, along with the basic shape, enhance the natural colours and organic textures of the tea leaves.

Drinking tea, as an ancient way to maintain well-being, is gaining in popularity, and designers are increasingly exploring the potential of combining gastronomy with visual effects in order to provide a multi-sensorial experience.

Sucabaruca Coffee Set by Luca Nichetto for Mjölk

About - The collaboration between Luca Nichetto and the Mjölk gallery started during the first visit of the Venetian designer in Canada, where, taking the suggestion of his friend Eero Koivisto, he visited the Mjölk gallery. There he met with the gallerists John Baker and his wife Juli Daoust.

The warm and elegant environment, fitted out with finely crafted objects from all over Japan and Scandinavia, put Nichetto immediately at ease. During pleasant conversations with John and Juli, their common passion for design and detail have led them to think of a collaboration, which resulted in a product specifically designed for their gallery, along with a solo exhibition containing some of the projects, the designer, has created in his career.

The product created for Mjölk is the coffee set called ‘Sucabaruca’. It is a project that, from the start, has been involving people from different cultures and countries: Juli and John who, with passion, collect and distribute in Canada products mainly from Scandinavia and Japan; the Canadian ceramist Alissa Coe, who made the prototypes, skillfully interpreting their project; Lera Moiseeva, designer and artist of Russian origin, but New Yorker by adoption, who contributed to the development of the coffee set in collaboration with Nichetto’s studios in Sweden and Italy; and Elena Freddi, collaborator at the studio in Stockholm, who took care of the set up for the exhibition “Luca Nichetto + Mjölk” in Toronto.

All these people have enriched the project, making it an extraordinary melting pot of ideas and energy on an international scale. The main cone-shaped body is reminiscent of “Carmencita”, the famous character created by Armando Testa in 1966 for the TV show “Carosello”. The patterns, hand-engraved by hand in the ceramic, are meant to emphasize the uniqueness of the pieces, as well as for the tray, manufactured using material such as Canadian maple wood, which always reveal new and unique patterns when carved.

Just like in a game, the set elements can be stacked and combined as desired, indulging in the different personalities offered by 3 colour palettes, from total white, inspired by the fashion designer Martin Margiela, to pastel tones, characteristic of Japanese architectures, and eventually pop colours, a tribute to the eclectic artist Jean-Paul Goude.

Permafrost Designs Next Generation Seating System For Stokke

Leading Norwegian baby brand Stokke selected Permafrost for the task of designing its newest children’s seating system. The result is a highly versatile and user-friendly modular system that accommodates children’s seating needs from birth all the way through childhood.

The new products will be introduced alongside Stokke’s iconic Tripp Trapp chair, further strengthening Stokkes’s position as a leader in ergonomic children’s seating.

Named Stokke Steps, the new seating system consists of a baby bouncer that forms an infant recliner when attached to the chair; a toddler module that creates a safe and functional high chair; and the chair module itself with its versatile and adjustable construction.

The final design is the result of an extensive process of user testing and refinement, aiming to combine intuitive handling, user-friendly ergonomics and a visually appealing exterior. It is the perfect marriage between art and technology, employing modern day materials and an innovative construction to achieve a fundamentally user-centric product.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Legacy Kitchen Set by Malle W. Trousseau

Time and again, our itinerant lives require a molting process. When leaving home, changing jobs, and chasing our dreams, we are forced to shed our possessions in a series of yard sales and Craigslist ads. The objects we desperately cling to—the cooking pot, the paintings, and the dinnerware set with a chipped plate—are the ones that carry our ideas of home in them.

So when the French entrepreneur Isabelle Mathez’s 18-year-old daughter decided to move out, the soon-to-be empty nester discovered that she might end up with a bare kitchen as well. Her daughter wanted to take a treasured chopping board made by a friend of the family, a cast-iron casserole designed by Timo Sarpaneva in 1959, and a Corsican knife, among other things. “She wanted to carry with her the rituals that have been in her life since she was a child,” Mathez says.

That’s how Mathez ended up creating the Malle W. Trousseau, a set of 43 handpicked and custom-made tools to help modern nomads set up a world-class kitchen no matter where they go. Out of the objects she had collected over a lifetime for her two homes in Paris and the Alps, as well as the items she had noticed on her travels, Mathez and her business partner, Juliette Thevenin, packed a beautiful wood-and-cardboard trunk in three layers—containers, cooking utensils, and cutting tools.

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