The Aalto vase was an international sensation already as the prototype during the Paris World Fair in 1937. This best known design object from Finland is at the same time one of the most famous glass objects in the world. In Finland, the majority of households keep a vase designed by Alvar Aalto, who deserves to be called a national architect and designer.
Siba Sahabi is a utterly unique and poetic designer, as her works are on the border of design and art. She is inspired by the European and Middle Eastern history of ceramics, showing how one culture can influence another, leading to renewal and cultural richness. Imperfection drives her process of work, as well as passion for crafts.
Taking wood splinters as the main design motive for the whole furniture collection, design studio Nendo has created the Splinter. This collection is alligned with the identity of Conde House for which it has been designed – known for the use of traditional techniques and wood furniture crafted at their mill in Japan on the northernmost island of Hokkaido.
First commercial spaceflights for private space tourists are about to become reality in late 2013. Crossing the final frontier will be at first reserved only for the travelers with an extra $200,000 per ticket. This new industry will be operated from 3 Spaceports: Spaceport America in New Mexico, Spacesport Sweden in Kiruna and Spaceport Abu Dhabi. The spaceflights will be carried out by Virgin Galactic – the world’s first commercial spaceline.
What’s forgotten, isn’t lost forever. In the time of crisis, it’s not strange to reach for heritage, aiming to vivify your identity. During that proces we might discover it’s not only objects that reflect us, but also our everyday habits and choices. For instance, each bite we take, we express our personal nutritional identity. Such a vivid story has been told by „Those well-fed and those hungry“, an exhibition held in gallery Holy Hearts in Pula (Croatia). It testified how human interactions „at the table“ create new values, memories – creating the hallmark of their own culinary identity.
In a time of crisis, of alienation, of social networks and virtual reality and of rapid mobilisation, we are becoming increasingly critical of the notions of norms, eternal progress and economic growth. As loss creates longing – an empty space opens that needs filling. „Isn’t it romantic?“ is an exhibition that will try to gauge the wave of romanticism in design. At the beginning of 2013, the exhibition will open at the Museum of Applied Art Cologne curated by Tulga Beyerle, director of the Vienna Design Week.
Owing to the Generation Y – the fastest growing segment of today’s workforce – the workplace is undergoing a true revolution. The Belgian brand BuzziSpace heralds this niche and has just presented its 5 office revolutions at Orgatec in Cologne, while its products are already omnipresent at IT giants such as Facebook and Google.
Niko Kralj is the most significant Slovene designer of all periods. His role can be compared to the Aalto’s in Finland or the Eameses in USA. Through their modernity Kralj’s chairs have come to represent a key part of the Slovenian cultural identity.
With its latest ad “The Next Big Thing is Already Here”, Samsung frontally attacks Apple in a humorous yet intelligent and subtle manner. So subtle in fact, that it does so without even mentioning the Apple’s name.
The work of Naomi Paul mirrors „back to craft“ age where we admire the craftsmen technique and his sensibility. Glück, Sonne, Hanna and Monika are such bold lighting statements crafted by hand using traditional crochet techniques, with each piece holding its own unique narrative.