Wireframe | BASKET CONTAINER

basket-container07_akihiro_yoshida These Basket Containers are one of the latest projects of prolific Japanese brand nendo. Inspired by artisanal wire netting cooking tools, they gave minimal, contemporary design a hint of ancient craftsmanship. The conatainers are the result of a collaboration with Kyoto-based Kanaami-Tsuji, a firm that has carefully preserved old traditions and arts.
Each basket is hand-bent and can be used separately or as a table, when used with the matte frames. The table comes in three heights, two colours and two shapes, so combining is not a problem at all. The eyes in the wire are also just big enough to put the table legs through, allowing them to be stacked, mixed and matched.

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Windhoek | MARTA VELASCO VELASCO

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Marta Velasco Velasco is a young multidisciplinary designer who studied Visual Communication at ELISAVA in Barcelona – where she was born and raised –  and who recently graduated from Textile Design at Central Saint Martins, London.
For her last project, Windhoek, Marta created a series of fabric pieces inscribed in different contexts such as fashion, surface design or set design.
The Sound Tiles series for instance, sets up a collection of insulation panels conceived to cover walls while controlling the acoustics of the space.
Marta drew inspiration from the Namibian culture. Combining reality and fiction, she takes us on “a journey through extreme landscapes, bizarre post colonization traces, people with extraordinary costumes and abandoned German towns in the middle of the Namib desert, all wrapped with almost magical stories about the diamond mining in the early 20th C.”
Influenced by materiality and the african custom of reusing, most of the components she used were sustainable recycled or upcycled materials. She applied a mix of techniques to achieve a combination of screen-printed and digital print finishings, which results in a unique range of patterns and textures.

Windhoek was recently exhibited during London Design Festival as part of the Restless Futures exhibition.

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Cheerful Choices | WHIM

blu Whim is not your ordinary online shop. Quality and creativity are put way above quantity, which has led to a petite but pleasant compilation of brands and objects. Whim wants to support small labels and emerging artists, with a focus on creativity and originality. You can find socks by Bonne Maison for example, or pompom hats by All Knitwear.
The pictures by Claudia Zalla – colourful, playful, sharp – only add to the fun: all objects live happily together in a world of cheeriness and splendour. Whim serves random objects of beauty, which will probably make your hand move to the ‘put in bag’ button … on a whim.

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The Fine Line I MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES

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Throughout history,  the basic textbook definition that ‘creation’ means only as much as the process of building an object from scratch and gradually adding more and more details, has been a golden standard. Michael Anastassiades believes it should be the other way round. This London-based Cypriot designer has been working on product-, furniture and environmental design since he founded his studio in 1994. Whatever he does gains nothing but praise, putting his name on top of the It-list of contemporary designers. Although the objects he creates are totally utilitarian, they border between fine art and design. No wonder his work is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art and the V&A, and leading design companies like FLOS come knocking on his door. If that already isn’t enough to gain our full respect, he has been running his own selected eponymous company line MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES since 2007, which consists of his signature pieces, a collection of lighting, furniture, jewellery and tabletop objects.

Anastassiades’ style has been described as neo-modern and his vision can surely stand next to that of modernist predecessors like Charlotte Perriand or Mies Van der Rohe. He has chosen the path of thoughtful simplicity, making intruiging compositions with merely basic forms. Anastassiades loves balance. Through the fine, flowing lines of his design, he lets form and exquisite materials lead the way so that the beauty of marble, glass and copper can come to its fullest splendour. The elegant lamps and objects are so ethereally pure that they almost seem to be floating on air. His work looks rich and poor at the same time: it may all look very basic and clean, but his lamps draw upon state-of-the-art engineering (they even come with manuals and remote controls). That’s a rather ambiguous kind of ‘effortlessly chic’ that certainly calls for closer inspection.
All in all, Anastassiades illustrates that sometimes the simplest things in life are really the most sophisticated. That truly is going back to the essence of modernism.

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Tundra | CHIYOME

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Sharp lines, subtle colors and smart proportions.
The recognizably clean and minimalist perspective influenced by contemporary art, architecture and furniture remains the storyline of New York based label Chiyome.

Tundra is an affirmation of raw simplicity. Anna Lynett, the designer of Chiyome, experimented with alternative materials, while new methods of structuring led to the complete exclusion of hardware. Only vital elements remain.

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Look and feel | FEBRIK

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FEBRIK develops and manufactures its collection in-house, which allows great freedom when it comes to design and customization and which also has significant consequences on an environmental level: they take great care of minimal impact, endurance and quality.
Collaborations with top-notch interior brands and designers like Andersen & Voll, Bertjan Pot, Patricia Urquiola and Form Us With Love definitely make this brand one to watch.

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10 dagen / 10 ontwerpers | INTERIEUR 14

©Sam Gilbert 11 During the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, 10 dagen / 10 ontwerpers was the playground of ten young furniture designers who decided that more is more and joined forces. Bram Kerckhofs, Tim Vranken, Alexandre Lowie, Ben Storms, Nel Verbeke, Pierric De Coster and Jonas Blondeel from DIALECT, Brent Neve, Jozef Scholliers and Jielt Gregoire temporarily relocated to Seymour Park in Kortrijk. Each designer brought along their materials, tools and working gear. Together they created a makeshift communal studio that was open for public: everybody could walk in and see what these young guns were up to. Rough sketches, material studies and prototypes aplenty.

Instead of focusing on own projects, it was their aim to really share and work together. Each designer had to be open for suggestions and input of others, which lead to a most interesting cross-pollination between disciplines, materials and also between designer and audience.

After 10 days, they looked back on what they had done together and were ready to show the result. Every object that came out of this experiment was really a joint venture: one designer started and others went further with what they had in hands. There were no plans or no big scheme but everything came naturally and intuitive. Nobody knew what was going to come out of this experiment, or whether there would even be any output at all, so it was surprising to see so many different types of objects as a result.
In the end, 10 dagen/10 ontwerpers turned out to be a beautiful example of how working together and stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to unexpected, creative solutions.

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Bones | ESPECES

especes x Baroness O. Espéces is Marie Artamonoff and Sébastien Lacomblez, a Belgian combination of an artist and a jewelry designer.
Inspired by the graphic qualities of bones, they create a line of unisex jewelry. The collection is an engaging reflection on life, death and timelessness, wanting to reconcile the dead and the living. The idea behind the collection arose when Marie purchased an animal skull for Sébastien’s birthday and made a single cast for herself.
Espèces reveals the intricacy and delicate aspects of bones, without removing any of their mystery. Turning them into desirable and aesthetically pleasing objects, bones become unique artifacts, which challenge key notions of time and mortality. And which look good around your neck.

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Fluxus Capacitor | LA FILLE D’O

la fille d'o x Baroness O. The future of women’s appearance is the main inspiration source behind the new la fille d’O collection. Murielle Scherre, the designer of la fille d’O took her Fluxus Capacitor – the motorcycle from Back To The Future - for a ride into what will come and had a peek of how women fill feel about themselves and their bodies in the future.
What she saw is that modern technology has and will have a huge impact on our self-image. The Fluxus Capacitor collection is a self-fulfilling prophecy because, according to la fille d’O, we will actually, finally  become friends with our self-image in the future and embrace what we have instead of trying to be what we’re not.
The pieces of this collection can be worn as underwear, under a transparent dress or by itself as a piece of clothing. This crossover between lingerie and fashion is seamless, provides new opportunities and has absolutely no restrictions whatsoever.

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Eltipo | 10 QUESTIONS

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Eltipo is a graphic designer with skills ranging from typography to illustration. His work always originates from hand drawn images, letters and layouts. We asked this talented guy our 10 questions.

1. How would you describe what you do?

I’m a graphic designer who spends most of his time at work behind a computer. After working hours (if there is any difference between working & playing), I find it relaxing to go back to basics and draw on paper. Doing this, I have the opportunity to really do my own thing, which is difficult in a world where you design for commercial brands. I do a lot of dot-shading, a technique which you can compare with pointillism. You control your color tones and shadings simply by using more or less dots.

2. At what time do you start your day and what do you do first?

At 8 o’clock and then I hit snooze at least 3 times!

3. What is the reason you started doing what you do? What makes you so passionate about it?

I always wanted to be creative, to do things with my hands, I don’t know why. Maybe because of my dad who was always working on cars and creating things in his garage. Finding the right words to describe why you love doing what you do, is difficult. Defining where the passion for this kind of work comes from is hard to do.

4. What or who is your source of inspiration?

My entire environment. There are so many things that stimulate me or spark my creativity: from a nice mansion in the street, a color scheme in nature or simply a bad day at work …

5. Which is your all time favorite design?

Can I simply say typography?

6. Do you think you’ll keep walking down this path in the future or do you have other creative calls?

Always up for a challenge, but I’ll just take it as it comes.

7. Which piece of work would you consider your very own masterpiece?

I don’t consider it to be a masterpiece, but if I have to give you one work it will be “A cat’s brain”, a work I did for my first exposition. Not because it took me 5 days to finalize it, but because it has a deeper meaning to me.

8. If you had a time machine, in what year would you be living?

2014, because your own identity will always be the same.

9. Cookies and milk or chips and soda?

Simply rum or beer will do.

10. If you could give yourself one single piece of advice before you started this adventure, what would it be?

Practice fucking more!

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Images by Sarah Van Looy, except images 2,3 and 4 by Tom Verstraeten. 

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Colourful beauty in desolate corners I SANDER MEISNER

Sander-Meisner-Metro_1_o Sander Meisner is a self-taught photographer living and working in Amsterdam. His photography deals with themes and ideas like public space, abstraction and the passing of time. He mostly photographs overlooked corners of the urban infrastructure, focussing on geometric shapes and lines.
Because his photographs are mostly made at night, he works with extremely long exposure times. By doing so, the artificial light creates shapes and colors which can’t be seen with the naked eye. He transforms grim spaces and sad concrete environments into colourful and interesting shapes.
These works are photographed all around the world, exploring the urban environment in the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Canada, China, Japan and Vietnam.

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Former Writer I THOMAS ALBDORF

Albdorf1 Thomas Albdorf creates sculptures with objects he finds on his wanderings through the city. He specifically looks for littered and abandoned objects and stages them in a sort of sculpture. He also uses spray paint on the objects and sculptures to transform them and place them in a different context. Then he takes a photograph.
In his studio he uses these spontaneous arrangements in public spaces as an inspiration to create a sculptural work.

The connection between the outside work and inside work is intriguing. The similarity between them is striking yet the objects used are not the same and their context and the time of their creation are very different.

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Inspired by you | INTERIEUR 14

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10 days at the Biennale Interieur 14. It seems like yesterday.
Fun, exciting busy, tiring, crowded, inspiring,…
We have gathered some  images to show you our impression of the biennale. Some of the things that caught our eye and that left a lasting impression.We weren’t only inspires by the expo and the cultural programme, but also – and maybe more – by all the other designers and visitors.

Many thanks for all the enthousiastic visitors, the other talented design duo’s, Pool and Studio Dessuant Bone, and last but not least Alexandra, Anne-Sorya, Hannelore and Lauren aka our kick-ass interns.

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Photo’s by AnneHanna and Hannelore.

 

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Inspired by the XPO | INTERIEUR 14

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Tranches de vie by Lachaert & d’Hanis – Mademoiselle by Artek – Chair One by Konstantin Grcic – Stool 60 by Artek – iconfetti by Doorzon – &tradition

 

10 days at the Biennale Interieur 14. It seems like yesterday.
Fun, exciting busy, tiring, crowded, inspiring,…
We have gathered some  images to show you our impression of the biennale. Some of the things that caught our eye and that left a lasting impression. A lot of the fair booths in the expo showed a great deal of creativity and serves as a good source of inspiration.

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Photo’s by AnneHanna and Hannelore.

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Inspired by the city| INTERIEUR 14

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 Jointed by Filip Janssens – Buda fabriek by 51N4E – Closet by Anne Van Assche – Shirt by Anne Van Assche – Arbijt Motel room at Eyes/Nights Only by Dift – Shoes by Anne Van Assche – Lamp by Vormen at Eyes/Nights Only by Dift – A good night’s rest at Eyes/Nights Only by Dift

 

10 days at the Biennale Interieur 14. It seems like yesterday.
Fun, exciting busy, tiring, crowded, inspiring,…
We have gathered some  images to show you our impression of the biennale. Some of the things that caught our eye and that left a lasting impression.
There was a lot going on in the city, from exhibitions to workshops and more. It was very inspiring to be part of this programme and to see all these shaped and forms of creativity combined.

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Photo’s by Anne, Hanna and Hannelore.

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Piñata | IMITATE


Usually, piñatas keep their content hidden. This piñata on the other hand reveals its secret stash at first glance. No smashing required, a bit of candy and confetti only make these geometric shapes more interesting to look at.

NEED
Polyethylene plastic sheet (like the ones you find in cheaper photo frames)
Black washi tape
Cutting mat
X-acto knife
Metal ruler
Filling: candy, confetti, etc…

DO
Create a triangular shape template.
Draw its outlines onto the plastic sheet and cut it out eight times with an x-acto knife.
Start by taping together two triangles with the washi tape. Continue until you have four triangles and are able to make a pyramid shape. Tape the first and last triangles together to secure the pyramid.
Repeat the previous step one more time.
You should now have two pyramids. Tape these together and before you close the piñata completely, fill it with whatever your heart desires.
Hang it up and smash away.

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Necklace | IMITATE


A finishing touch is all it takes to go from no to go. This necklace will become a concrete point of interest, lifting your outfit up to a whole new level.

NEED
Necklace chain
Quick-drying Concrete
Black pigment
Ice cube mould (or any kind of cubic mould)
Dremel

DO
Prepare the concrete and add pigment until you achieve the color you are after.
Pour the mixture into the mould and let dry.
Remove it from the mould and drill a hole through the cube with the dremel.
Take your old necklace chain, and slide through the hole.
Hang it around your neck, walk out the door and shine.

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Vase | IMITATE

Sometimes, a flower needs some power. It’s not always rainbows and sunshine.This vase will balance out the frilly, girly side of your bouquets with the strength of a robust pile of concrete.

NEED
Quick-drying concrete
Black pigment
Varnish
One big and one small PVC pipe
Saw
Plastic tape

DO
Cut both pipes open lengthwise. This will make it easier at the end when the vase needs to come out of the mould.
Cover the bottom of the pipes with plastic tape to prevent the concrete from leaking out.
Prepare the concrete according to the instructions on the package.
Add the pigment and mix thoroughly.
When the concrete reaches the right consistency – about the same texture as wet sand: perfect to make sandcastles – you can pour or spoon in into the biggest pipe. Starte with a layer thick enough to form a firm bottom for the vase.
Place the smaller pipe on thop of the layer of concrete. Add more concrete around it.
Let the concrete dry according to the time indicated on the packaging.
When dry, remove from mould.
Add a few layers of varnish inside the vase. Without the varnish, the concrete will absorb water.
Fetch a bouquet of roses an place them on the table.

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Towel | IMITATE

A clean slate, a blank canvas. This towel will clean your dishes and your mind. It’s a blank page, ready to be filled with expressive patterns and drawings. Be creative and get personal. This piece of fabric is entirely yours to fill.

NEED
Textile paint
Leftover pieces of cotton or a cotton sheet sized 52×72 cm
Ribbon
Sponges
Scissors
Plastic tablecloth or trash bag
Sewing machine

DO
Cut shapes in various sizes out of your sponges.
Cover the table with a trash bag or plastic tablecloth to prevent to paint from staining the table.
Lay the piece of cotton flat on the table.
Dip your sponge into the paint and use it as a stamp to print on your piece of cotton, creating a pattern of your choice.
Let it dry and iron the fabric to make the print permanent.
When finished, take the piece of fabric and sew a hem on every side.
Cut a small piece of ribbon an attach it to one of the corners of the towel, so you can hang it on a hook.
Do the dishes.

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Soap | IMITATE


While a rock might not seem like the most pristine surface, this one is. This piece of marble will make you shine. Hack off a piece when you need one, and do as your grandma did and clean yourself up without plastic bottles and unknown chemical components.

NEED
500 g olive oil
64g sodium hydroxide (NaOH)
178g water (H2O)
Silicone mould
Scales
Measuring cup
Safety goggles
Immersion blender
Cooking pot
Wooden spoon
Thermometer

DO
First, mix the water and sodium hydroxide together. This creates lye.
Measure the correct amounts of water and sodium hydroxide. Use a heat-resistant pitcher when measuring the water, and a mason jar with the sodium hydroxide.
Add the sodium hydroxide in a slow and steady stream to the water and avoid splashes.  Do not attempt this the other way around (adding water to sodium hydroxide) as this can invoke a volcano-like reaction.
Store the sodium hydroxide away safely, making sure not to spill on furniture or clothes.
Gently stir with a wooden spoon until the sodium hydroxide is completely dissolved. Due to the chemicals reacting the mixture will start to get hot – about 200 degrees Celsius – and may even start boiling, so be careful.
After stirring, store the mixture away in a safe place to cool.
When the mixture has cooled to about 50 degrees Celsius, it is ready to use.
Once the lye has been made and is cooling down, start making the soap.
Measure the olive oil into a cooking pot. Slowly heat the oil, until it reaches about 50 degrees Celsius. Take your time, as oil heats faster than lye cools down.
When the oil and lye reach the same temperature, slowly pour the lye into the oil while stirring. The mixture will become cloudy when combined.
Use the immersion blender to keep the soap mixture moving. This can also be done by hand, which would require about an hour of on-and-off stirring. Using a blender speeds up the soaping process. The mixture will gradually thicken after 15 minutes of blending (or an hour when using a spoon). You can check this by drawing a line with a wooden spoon through the mixture. If the spoon leaves a trace for a while, the mixture is ready to pour.
At this point, add fragrance oils and/or colouring. Mix well to combine.
Pour the soap into the mould and let it rest for 24 to 36 hours, until it becomes hard. When the soap is hard enough, cut and slice as you please. Let the pieces of soap sit for another two to four weeks, so the chemicals can fully react and the water can evaporate.
Wash your hands and feel clean!

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