All posts filed under: Balanced Self

“It translates the most basic need to live in equilibrium, in order to gain time to look inside and find an emotional balance (…) It is imperative to try to relax and reconnect. This mentality articulates health and wellbeing as a priority (…)” trendsobserver.com

Fly collection by Sofia Bankeström

«There is a hierarchy of materials, we value some more than others. I hope that we can be more open to value worked material from sustainable sources.» The FLY collection is a result of flow and pleasure. I started making these carved wooden creatures during an exhibition with more conceptual pieces where part of the display was my workbench. Some people sat down with me for a while and I found that simultaneously working with my hands would take the edge off any awkward silence that occurred. This low-key synergy turned out to be a method for making the spectator want to stay longer, explore the exhibition further and reflect on it with me. So, for me, they are connected with positive energy and as they are brooches they are made to be worn and taken along with you. This is what I want them to do, spread a playful energy and encourage interaction and communication. I define my practice as jewelry, but as I see it there aren’t really any limits for what this …

Cuco Handmade Furniture

«The Collections are composed around the primitive elements (like the themes of NEST and EARTH) that compose the natural world and reflect the patterns of construction that inspire us.»   Cuco Handmade Furniture is a new concept for objects inspiring a closer relationship between human and nature. It was the reflex of a desire to create furniture and objects defining our living space atmosphere. It started 3 years ago with a partnership between two architects who wanted to explore common references. I have an architectural education with a more sensorial approach, passing through experiences with “landart” and architectural practices. Our approach was guided from the beginning by a strong sense of experiencing the pieces, not only in a functional but also in an emotional way. In that sense, it was essential the contact with local crafts and materials from the Portuguese countryside transformed with care by skilled artisans. Other interesting point of view was that imagining the construction of these pieces allowed us to think in a simple assemblage process without any mechanical fixing, just …

Tactile Perception by Lisa Merk

«We live in a time where there is a great need for renewal of our burial-traditions and religious values in terms of funerals.» This concept is a suggestion to change our burial habits, specifically cremation, into a biodegradable system. I wanted to find a way to include mourning relatives actively into the funeral service. The story goes like this: At the funeral ceremony there are mini-urns kept ready for every mourner. The urns are made out of different kinds of wood, polished softly so that they are pleasant to touch. Each mini-urn provides a symbolic part of the ashes. Providing everyone with a mini-urn allows each relative to say goodbye to a part of the deceased person, memories, and history during the whole ceremony. They get something they can hold on to during a sad service. Funerals are stressful – the mini-urns allow, through rubbing the soft and even wooden surface, to reduce the level of stress. Through the mini-urns, the grief of relatives occupies its rightful space. Relatives who want to take the mini-urns …