Thursday, January 16, 2014

Little Angel Stool by Furf Design Studio

Even the naughtiest of little brats will look like lovely behaved children when seated in the Little Angel Stool, a project realized by the Brazilian design studio Furf, founded the past 2009 in Curitiba. The recently born team has become well known in Italy thanks to this brilliant chair concept for kids. After the line's international production began, Furf was officially invited as exhibitor to the Fuorisalone 2012, in which it proudly decided to present, among its many projects, this simple yet adorable creation.

The bright sky-blue base holds into place a white, cartoon-like structure in which the child can comfortably lean in and appear to have grown two small angel wings on its back. The delicacy of the stool and the simplicity of its materials makes it a perfect piece of furniture for any style of house, while the colorfulness combined to its very fun design will surely win the love of children all ages.

Electrolux Stand Mixer by Peter Braakhuis

I am a self-proclaimed terrible cook. Not the “can’t even cook eggs” kind (okay, sometimes), but the kind of terrible cook who hates standing over a sizzling pan while some hodgepodge dish inevitably burns. It’s not that I hate cooking, and I certainly love a good meal, but it’s the patience required to cook a great meal that trips me up every time.

Maybe things would be different if I had the Sensi Standmixer. Designed by Peter Braakhuis, the Sensi Standmixer is innovative and futuristic. Instead of standing over your bowl and watching the ingredients slowly, slowly blend into something that resembles a meal, you can detach the top portion of the Sensi Standmixer and monitor your food’s progress through a WiFi-connected camera and display. You can even control the speed, temperature, and time remotely. For an impatient semi-chef like me, this is fantastic news. Think of all the things you could do instead of watching your ingredients blend: reading, writing, online shopping, walking your dog, alphabetizing your bookshelves—the possibilities are endless.

Peter Braakhuis is a Netherlands-based industrial design engineer and researcher of digital and physical products. Of the Sensi Standmixer, Braakhuis states, “I’ve tried to develop a minimalistic and sober stand mixer that excels in intuitiveness. In our fast changing society, cooking and preparing food are regarded as a time-consuming activity. This stand mixer concept provides an innovative solution in which the consumer is no longer tied to just the kitchen.” No longer tied to the kitchen? Sounds good to me.

Hug Armchair by Rossella Pugliatti for Giorgetti

Like a stone trapped between the roots of a tree, the soft pillows of Hug armchair by Italian designer Rossella Pugliatti are held strictly in place to provide the maximum comfort to anyone who decides to seat down or maybe even take a nap in it.

Walnut frame hugs tightly the seat and the back giving the armchair its name. This original work of art is also a cozy furniture piece hugging the person in it in order to achieve the feeling of peace and safety.

Hug armchair was presented during Milan Design Week in April 2013.

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