All posts filed under: Balanced Self

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Biophilia in Design

According to biologist E. O. Wilson, Biophilia is an “innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world”. This concept was introduced in 1984, underlying the relationship between us, humans and nature, studying how nature can make us happier human beings. As this is not new, urban Architects have been exploring this concept, knowing that our future relies mostly on urban spaces. The intention of this concept is ultimately, to connect the “outdoors feeling” back to interiors where nature communicates through different objects. This is a giant world of possibilities in different areas and disciplines. As a result, the tendency for major brands is probably to adopt this concept as mere visual stimulus, with the recreation of materials and textures as fake objects’ reproductions, to achieve a more commercial area. In this article, we’ll just say no to that option, suggesting more natural approaches to design and giving you some key points relevant to Biophilia’s concept. Natural Materials: Choose natural organic materials, such as wood, stone, or local materials available in your region. Prioritize artisanal elements …

Design and the art of Hygge

Almost all of us are familiar with the Danish term Hygge, when we accidentally leafed through the bookstore a book about this Danish concept, or after reading an article about Scandinavian lifestyle. Nevertheless, it will be advisable to go to the root of the term: HYGGE: [mass noun] A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture) Oxford Dictionaries. After understanding the definition, we can ask ourselves: how do we get to this feeling? First things first: Hygge definition might be subject to reinterpretation, accordingly to our times and needs. In this super-connected world, constantly online, the feeling of well-being is just not simply be lying on the couch with the TV on and texting our friends about the last gossip. But maybe it does mean, to have enjoyed reading a book indoors on a rainy Sunday or to have a meaningful conversation, in a creative and comfortable environment, great food, and most important, no WIFI. Without forgetting the importance of close friends, the environment plays a fundamental …

Artificial Formations by Davide Ronco

«Concrete, the most widely used material in the world after water, is an evident manifestation of the human imprint on our planet.»   The relation with the user is something that goes further than just functionality and shape. To get closer to this and learn more I decided to enroll my self to the master with the focus on ceramic materials. These years of studying and researching changed the way I see the design and its power. Emotional design especially is a branch which I’m really interested in and lately, thanks to my latest studies and experiences, I started diving more into the world of installation, art, and crafts. The ‘Artificial Formations’ project is the outcome of this journey and represents where and how I want to act in the world of design. Working and researching the materials, properties and especially the expressions and story of the objects and their materials. ARTIFICIAL FORMATIONS We consider a bird’s nest as nature, then how should we consider the products of our civilization? We often consider “Nature” everything …

PAS PERDUS rugs by Charlotte Jonckheer

«I believe that in a society which is more and more digitalized, people go back to objects that they can grasp.» PAS PERDUS are nature inspired rugs, designed for pacing up and down. To be explored barefoot. ‘La Salle des pas perdus’ literally translates into the hall of lost steps. The expression traditionally refers to the large hall in courthouses where people wait for their trial or verdict; nowadays it is also used for public waiting rooms. Similarly, this carpet invites people to pace up and down while they wait, make phone calls, think or worry. Horsehair, wool, cotton, and chenille in various lengths and patterns create a tactile surface that prickles the senses – especially when you take off your shoes. The black surface does not reveal its variety at first sight, but rather adds an element of surprise to the experience. The rug is hand tufted and developed at the Textile Museum Tilburg and the horsehair is bundled at the Handweverij Tilburg with much care and attention. The jacquard weaving is done with great precision at EE labels. …

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 …