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Terracotta Water Filter by Studio Jose de la O

«The glass pitcher is produced in Mexico City by a family of glassblowers with whom I work frequently with. What I like about this project is that it is involving different communities bringing positive impact through their craft.» The object is inspired on the artifacts used to collect, store and serve water in Tlacotalpan – a beautiful town in the South East of México where I work, mostly organizing the Chair that Rocks workshops. Tlacotalpan had a very interesting tradition of water jar pottery, where they, very rustically, produced terracotta filters and containers to clean and store fresh water taken from the river Papaloapan. This craft is almost lost today as plastic containers replaced the terracotta ones. The only entity trying to rescue this craft is the Water Jar Pottery Museum (MOAT by its abbreviation in Spanish), a community/museum and workshop where they not only collect these amazing old water jars, containers, and filters but also have a pottery workshop where they teach this craft to the community. Perhaps the most interesting things about the pitcher are the …

Basso by UTIL

«What is there that makes us disconnect from this overwhelming digital world and allows us to connect and socialize with our friends and family?» Basso is a mini bar included in the first set of products launched by UTIL last January in Paris. It is interesting to go back and notice that Basso was, in fact, the first product and the typology that triggered the whole concept behind the brand. We were discussing how important it is to choose the right typologies to develop a brand and how they tend to set the tone of it. We arrived to the mini bar as a typology which in terms of shape can be described as a trolley on wheels. I have this blurry memory when I was maybe six and when I used to stay at my grandparent’s place regarding the tea break. At a precise time in the middle of the afternoon, everything would stop and this trolley would come up with tea and toasts. At this time everyone would stop and join together for …

HAKUDO X HASAMI PORCELAIN EDITION by Aoiro

«This distinctive metallic glazed porcelain teacups are fired within the natural beauty of the mountains in the town of Hasami in Nagasaki prefecture, well known for their artisans who have been manufacturing ceramics for over four centuries.» The Fragrance of HAKUDO represents fascinating qualities of the white clay through the scent that are rejuvenating, vitalizing, and purifying to the mind & spirit.  ‘Listening’ to scent allows your senses to be infused & to experience it with one’s entire being. It invites you to take a deep breath, to prepare yourself for the day and to feel a sense of tranquility in the evening. Based on a philosophy derived from KOHDO, the Japanese ceremony of appreciating a subtle & exquisite fragrance, HAKUDO source the finest raw materials selected for both their unique scent profiles & purifying qualities of each plant. Combining essences & absolutes that are extracted from woods, roots, mosses, leaves, herbs & citrus. HAKUDO CANDLE – HASAMI PORCELAIN EDITION The YUNOMI cup with matching lid has been traditionally used in Japan to welcome guests and express gratitude when serving tea. Such a beautiful gesture is easily abandoned nowadays. This fact became a source of inspiration to breathe new life into the almost forgotten item …

Black Pottery by Sara de Campos

«They are made out clay, with a specific firing technique called “barro negro” This pottery technique has always been used in a utilitarian way such as cookware, tableware, and containers to store olives, olive oil, corn, wine or water.» I knew the technique of “barro negro” since I was a child. I decided to research this special firing procedure and I realized that it almost disappeared in Portugal. So I decided to do a project that could use it a way of increasing the chances of its survival and future development. Black pottery is a series of three bowls, which one has a different division in the interior, inviting the user to explore several applications. They are made out of clay, with a specific firing technique called “barro negro”. This pottery technique has always been used in a utilitarian way such as cookware, tableware, and containers to store olives, olive oil, corn, wine or water. The traditional firing process uses a hole in the soil where pieces are placed inside with some burning firewood and then …

True Colors by VISSER & MEIJWAARD

«Being quite fed up with all the soft pinks and blues and greens everybody seemed to use at that point for all sorts of objects we decided to go bold, and that is when Truecolors was born: a collection made of very bright primary colors only.» Our Truecolors collection was our first interior design collection and started as an assigned research into PVC cloth in 2014. Our search started in the technical PVC industry (here the material finds its base), where a lot of design ideas where to be found in technical details and accessories used in the production. For Truecolors we have taken our inspiration from nostalgic practical products from the past. The foldable camping closet and leather gymnastics buck to form the base of this collection that consists of a backpack and a series of benches, stools, and cabinets made from this strong cloth.   Our collection has become a contemporary design collection in which versatility of color and use are key. The cabinets and stools are built up from oak frames with a PVC upholstery. Because …

Baby Blankets by FLINK

«The distinctiveness in these blankets might be the design, they are made not only for babies but for parents too.» The FLINK baby blankets are all designed and produced in the Netherlands, in one of the last Dutch knitting mills. We support craftsmanship being a part of a growing movement that celebrates the beauty of local production. We strive for good design, comfort, sustainability and the use of natural materials. I find it essential that the people that work with FLINK get paid a normal salary as well as working in good conditions. Together we can make a beautiful product and we are really happy about it. The sustainability of FLINK lies in many aspects, one of those, the products are not shipped from the other side of the world, that wool has a long lifecycle (80 years) and is a renewable raw material: the sheep and alpaca acquire a new coat. In addition, wool is 100% recyclable. The distinctiveness in these blankets might be the design, they are made not only for babies but for …

Lilly’s Chair by We Do Wood

«Today many children’s rooms are filled with chemicals, and independent reports state that an average children’s room contains up to 3x more formaldehyde fumes than any other room in the house!”»   We Do Wood designer Sebastian Jørgensen designed Lilly’s Chair for his daughter Lilly Jørgensen approximately 10 years ago. The idea was to create a chair for the 1-6 year old that didn’t talk down to children in terms of design and that was made from clean and sustainable materials. Geo’s Table came soon after to create a drawing table that would match the chair. The material chosen was bamboo due to the sustainability aspects, the strength of the material and due to the fact that it is a clean material. Today many children’s rooms are filled with chemicals, and independent reports state that an average children’s room contains up to 3x more formaldehyde fumes than any other room in the house! The formaldehyde is very poisonous and can come from toys, clothes, paint and…. furniture. Lilly’s Chair has been tested and the formaldehyde …

&Ability by Faberhama

«Our research aims to identify alternative scenarios, in which objects can be the result of a more inclusive society (…) alluding to possible connections between individuals and the knowledge sharing.»   The biggest challenge behind &Ability is to create a framework where different actors and expertise can collaborate together, a network based on mutual trust in order to give value to communities and traditional know-how combining them with new visions and solutions. The various elements are mobile and can be combined creating different compositions. As the expression of a community, each identity contributes to the final outcome, thus resulting in the balance of techniques and materials involved. On the one hand, the modes of expression of traditional techniques are renewed and reinterpreted under a new perspective, while on the other the integrity of the craft culture that lies behind them and their values are preserved. With &Ability, we want to stimulate an open discussion, based on the exchange of stories and know-how. Our research aims to identify alternative scenarios, in which objects can be the result …

Benjamin bike by RAAK Design

«That’s why we came up with Benjamin, this way we like the kids to see the bike as their friend who will make them ride a bike “Benjamin will learn you to ride a bike!”» Together we came across a couple kids bikes in a store, we noticed that the balance bikes were really nice and it was a joy to see kids ride them. We did research to figure out how young kids learn to ride a bike and how the market is like for the balance bikes and small kids bikes. The first thing we noticed is that there are a lot of nice balance and normal kids bikes out there, but it’s really expensive for parents to be responsible for buying expensive products. And so we started brainstorming on a transformable kids bike, from a balance bike into a regular kids bike, our main focus was the ergonomics and how can this bike grow with the child. Because a balance bike is a way for young children to learn their balance (moments …

Wooden shoes by Lex Pott

«Studio Thomas Vailly took a natural element, the Pinus Pinaster tree, ripped it apart – rearranging its elements into man-made materials.» “Reconfiguration of a tree” is a research project focused on Pinus Pinaster, a resinous tree harvested for its pitch. Studio Thomas Vailly took a natural element, the Pinus Pinaster tree, ripped it apart – rearranging its elements into man-made materials. To reveal the full potential of the material, black resin and pine wood have been delivered to David Derksen, Gardar Eyjolfsson and Lex Pott each reconfigured a part of the tree into products. The wooden shoes are made out of traditional Dutch clogs. The traditional shoes have been transformed into contemporary shaped wooden shoes. The exhibition called In No Particular Order will show the new pieces that are still being developed. This project is commissioned by Studio Thomas Vailly for the Dutch Design Week. The wooden shoes are made out of traditional Dutch Clogs. The traditional shoes have been transformed into contemporary shaped wooden shoes. Wooden shoes by Lex Pott Trends: Experienced Narratives.