Wednesday Workout | BONSOIR PARIS

From the archives of Bonsoir Paris and I-D, we pulled out this Yoga Tutorial to provide you with some mid-week distraction.
Bonsoir Paris is a top notch creative studio based in – where else – Paris. Their state of mind is to shake usual borders, balancing between logic and absurdity, art and design. They like to play with gravity and combine materials that don’t usually belong together.

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Micro Monumentale | STUDIO COLLECT

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Micro Monumentale, the latest collection of the Antwerp jewellery collective Studio Collect, is inspired by the architectural style of the Classical Antiquity. The characterizing monumentality, geometry and symmetry, as well as the formula of the Golden Ration that architects of that time used to determine the ideal aesthetic proportions, formed the base of the latest Studio Collect jewellery collection.

Studio Collect aims to create versatile and accessible jewellery, with a strong and fresh look.  The combination of materials such as howlite, onyx, malachite and pearls in clean geometrical shapes with rough quartz crystals represent the perfectionism of this monumental architecture and the imperfections of their decay.

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Neoplasticism I KATJA WINDAU

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In 2011, Katja Windau created an installation called The Cell of Piet M. Referring to Piet Mondriaan.  The installation was made out of a large amount of leftover foam. The pieces of foam came from the padding for furniture industry and she was trying to think of new ways to reuse the waste. The Cell of Piet M. consisted of a wall covered in a strict arrangement of pastel foam parts creating a sort of pastel isolation cell.

Afterwards she took detail photos of the installation which she abstracted, mirrored and partially re-colored on the computer, creating a digital collage series called Schauma 2011. Looking at the photos you can clearly see the details and texture of the foam. Imagining touching those soft, squeaky pieces of foam gives me goosebumps!

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Not as you know it | STRUCTURAL SKIN

30. Leather is a beautiful, natural material but it has some disadvantages. Jorge Penadés, a Spanish Interior Architect, initiated this project starting from these downsides, instead of focusing on what and how it is usually put to use.

Leather goes through different kinds of tanning processes, but even so, its qualities depend directly on the part of the animal where it came from. The more the body part moved, the lower it is in quality. So no matter how the leather was treated, there is always a large amount of inferior material, topped with plenty of leftovers, offcuts and other discarded materials.

Penadés looked for a new production method that has the possibility to transform the waste – that was deemed worthless – into a useful, innovative material.  The result is Structural Skin, a project that celebrates the inherent qualities of used skins, giving it a new role. Leather is a strong material, with added visual qualities that he plays off in these designs. He emphasizes the capacities of the material, going beyond the two-dimensional uses we are used to see. Leather is given a new role, one that had not been considered previously.

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Shape Love | OFORM

Oform x Baroness O Marble, stainless steel, acrylate – straight lines, rectangles, circles. Naomi Bijlefeld, the talented lady behind the brand OFORM, clearly has a passion for geometric shapes, materials and colors.
She recently graduated at the Design Academy of Eindhoven and decided to put translate her love for shapes into her own jewelry collection.

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Sailboats and Sunglasses I PETIT BATEAU

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Petit Bateau has just launched its Spring Summer 2015 collection. Summery prints and bright colours are combined with the – what else? – iconic Breton stripe.
The playful set was designed by Jean-Michel Bertin for Streeters, and the pictures are by Charlie Engman.
We can’t wait for summer to come.

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The Lady Vanishes | NOE SENDAS

Noé Sendas x Baroness O. Belgian-born but Berlin-based artist Noé Sendas treats found photographs as sculpture, playing with notions of gravity, weight and balance.

Wallpaper’s creative director Sarah Douglas invited Sendas to conceive the cover story for this month’s Style Special. The Lady Vanishes presents the body as an entity that is simultaneously theoretical and material.

The series is on show at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London until March 31.

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Superstar SS15 I AMANDA JASNOWSKI

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Amanda Jasnowski is photographer based in Brooklyn, NY and also very active on Instagram. As she says herself, she ‘believes in fun, the therapeutic power of art and never taking yourself too seriously’ and this is certainly something you can recognise in her photography, style and aesthetic.

Her body of work is built on colors and subjects that are arranged in beautiful compositions. Last November 2014 she shot a series for Adidas as part of their Adidas Originals Superstar Campaign, showcasing the Adidas Superstar in fun yet intimate photographs.

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Architectonic I PHILLIP FINDER

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Phillip Finder is an American artist whose primary medium is clay. But in addition to the clay work, he often adds other media such as wood, steel and pigmented concrete. His work explores interactions occuring between individual elements and materials in a composition.
This series, Architectonic,  consists of geometric combinations of different raw materials. Because of the serene compositions the attention of the viewer is directed to the elegance of the different structures. For example rough, dark grey concrete is combined with a piece of smooth yet cracked oak wood and separated by a fine brass lining.

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Better than plastic | FLORA

S1_014_03_03 Your house plants will perish no more! Flora, an online shop from Barcelona, has made it its mission to bring the outdoor inside, by providing you with some of the prettiest plants, without any risk of killing them. The series of colourful posters will add a natural touch to any room, without taking up too much space or dropping leaves.

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Country customs | BRUNCH CITY

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Brunch City combines food and travel: the actual dishes serve as a pedestal or background for well-known architectural sights and famous landmarks.  The colourful images and delicate drawings are the perfect way to have you dreaming of your next holiday destination. Who knew a Big Ben cupcake topper or a sugar-dusted Atomium would look so tasty.

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Design Auction | ÖRNSBERGSAUKTIONEN

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The Örnsbergsauktionen – the fourth edition is happening right now – has proven to be a successful, inspirational take on design. This Stockholm-based auction house for design and craft has turned from a slightly experimental platform into a real deal as a new way of engaging with buying and selling design.  Its appeal lies in the fact that it connects experimental design with an audience that is fully aware of its value: it knows what design is, how it works and knows that supporting independent designers is of primordial importance.

This year, the inclusion criteria were even more limited then before: participants should be self-producing designers that produce on small scale, but  with a focus on contemporary design. All selected designers have unique practices, use their own invented methods or work as a collective.

In a world where design is usually turned into a mass-produced, big money economy, The Örnsberg Auction focusses on the community around self-producing designers and makers. It combines a diverse range of objects, while gathering in audience or community around this working method. As journalist Julie Cirelli puts it: “The auction presents not only an ideological but an economic paradigm shift, wherein costs, prices and commissions are transparent. Knowing who is paid, why and how much should not be subversive, but it is, and Örnsberg’s is a standard to which the rest of the industry should be held.”

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Back to basics | VIPP SHELTER

Vipp701_Detail_Ladder02_Low Vipp – known for their sturdy, steel bathroom and kitchen accessories – has recently upped their range, expanding it with a very interesting concept: the Vipp Shelter.

This cabin, made entirely from steel as well, goes back to the original sense of a cabin. It provides for basic living, giving you a roof over your head when you need one. The compact 55 square meter shelter is not a house or a mobile home, but it is a hybrid, functioning as a spacious, livable object.
Since its designer Morten Bo Jensen is not an architect, this getaway is conceived more as an object or a product. Unlike architecture, it was not designed for a specific piece of land. The buyer is absolutely free to choose where to put it. Jensen compares it to an airplane or boat: “Large volume objects like a plane or a ferry are a clear reference in the design, like these products the shelter is a voluminous, transportable, complex design construction.”

As a (furniture) design company, Vipp‘s aesthetic approach is visible throughout the whole shelter. It was a priority to match all products in the minimal interior, creating a recognizable, well-balanced look. Steel – the company’s preferred material – is a recurring element in the exterior and interior, and the kitchen and accessories are off course also all signed Vipp. Window frames let in nature, making sure the environment is an integral part of your stay in the Vipp Shelter.

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Homemade Shade | GOLDSON

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Arnaud Eubelen is a young Belgian designer based in Liège. He studied industrial design at ESA Saint-Luc in Liège and at ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels.
In 2014, Arnaud launched Goldson, a new brand of handcrafted sunglasses. Setting up a collection of six different models coming in various shapes and shades, Goldson reinvents the traditional wooden glasses.
The idea was to use simple and natural materials such as wood, brass and glass in order to simplify the fabrication and assemblage of the object and therefore to allow a homemade production.
Several tools have been designed to achieve this project: the laser-cut frames and branches are bent using wooden templates; the frames are then chamfered and dyed by hand. The whole piece is finally assembled following a new system, without using any screws or glue.
This process enables Arnaud to cut the number of operations usually encountered with conventional building methods, to increase the strength, flexibility and lightness of his glasses and to reduce the cost of this must-have accessory.
And the great thing is: Goldson will come in a new range of exotic wood this next coming month!

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Deep Sea I HAUS COUDEYRE

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This Belgian brand – 100% manufactured in Europe – is here for the modern nomad: a confident, strong woman who is always on the go. haus COUDEYRE always aims for sophisticate simplicty, with a touch of fun. Though themes and inspiration change, colourful designs, happy prints and inspiring textures return each season

Ink, the SS15 collection, is inspired by a sea-faring wanderer, adding a maritime touch. Silky curves, sparkling lurex and eclectic prints are topped off with a summery colour palette of deep-sea blue’s, beachy ivory and sunset orange.

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Up in the clouds I LIPARUS

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Belgian brand Liparus launched five new objects during the last edition of INTERIEUR. Liparus is a design atelier that mainly manufactures contemporary pieces, with an authentic approach and an eye for innovation and quality. Each piece in their latest collection was designed by a different Belgian designer, creating an mixture of genres and styles.
One of them is Brussels-based Damien Gernay, who designed the Nuage table. Gernay’s work is defined by the interaction between spontaneity and control, by soft edges and rough sides. Nuage is marked by creative detailing. A secret manufacturing process creates a blurred, clouded pattern in each table leg . Every leg is different, and therefore each table is entirely unique. The table top is available in three versions: electric blue, white and wood.

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The shadow and the self I GABRIEL ISAK
Gabriel Isak, a young photographer from Sweden, started his photographic journey when his father gave him a compact camera. Ever since, he used this machine to document life around him, often with himself as the subject.
 
His series The shadow and the self is inspired by a quote from Carl Jung: “To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle.”
His objective is to bring his experiences to life, in a way that’s relatable to other. He uses his own creativity an combines it with digital techniques. The icy color scheme with grey, black, cool blue and brown underscores his work’s dark mood
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Manual I MICHELE MATHISON

Breaking-Ground Michele Mathison is a sculptor and installation artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Manual studies the the value of common objects, things we use every day and that you can find in places like hardware stores, markets and on the side of the road.
It is interesting that people can regard the same objects in very different ways. By placing mundane objects like spades, picking axes and shopping trolleys in a new context, they are given a new meaning. By combining multiple objects, Mathison creates movement and beautiful sculptures that comment on the ”brutality and integrity” of labour.

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Charcoal I STUDIO FORMAFANTASMA

Charcoal-by-Formafantasma-1 Studio Formafantasma is an Italian design duo based in Amsterdam. Their body of work is characterized by experimental material investigations and by issues like the relationship between tradition and local culture.
In this project, Charcoal, Formafantasma drew inspiration from the tension between the negative connotation of charcoal, causing pollution and destruction, and its beneficent use in healthcare and water purification. Charcoal has been widely used and misused since ancient times. The Egyptians firstly used it as a water and air filter, but it was later banned for causing deforestation and pollution.
With this project, they wanted to highlight the burnt wood’s traditionally healthy aspects. In collaboration with a glass blower and a wood carver, the designers produced a series of jars and wooden water filters made from unusual biodegradable materials.

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The fans I RAW COLOR

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RAW color is a studio based in the Netherlands, working across different disciplines including graphic design, photography, textile … The Fans is an installation created for an exhibition at the LYNfabrikken in Denmark. It consists of a tribune with 15 coloured fans, spread out on three rows. Each blade of the fan has a different color. When the fans start working, the combination of color and motion creates beautiful blended circles.
Because these fans are placed on three different rows they can perform a choreography, on a stage before a pitch blak backdrop. When ‘performing’, the working fans interact with the ones that are standing still creating inspiring and tantalizing motions and patterns.

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