Thursday, 21 April 2011
Currently on the other side of the world at Milan Furniture Fair, The Other Hemisphere are a group of nine Australian designers who take the act of 'looking' seriously. Each piece is produced to encourage the user to peer into another world which could take several forms. What piqued our interest though is the new Plastic Fantastic range by Liane Rossler (ex Dinosaur Designs) and Sarah K (Curator of The Other Hemisphere). They've taken the ubiquitous plastic bag and turned its recycled form into beautiful vessels for everyday use. While the colours are familiar, the transformation is out of this world.
Monday, 18 April 2011
Earlier this month we hailed that the pallet was reaching new heights in design...and then just last week designer Raphael Charles unveiled his chest of drawers at the Milan Furniture Fair. Modestly called 'Ordinary Day in the Wood Factory' we think it is quite the opposite and possibly the perfect place to stash those precious possessions!
Sunday, 3 April 2011
The humble pallet is stepping up. Often unappreciated there are a few forward thinkers creatively helping to shift the perception. Dutch company Brandbase (above) is putting the pallet to an inventive use by fitting out their temporary office with desks made entirely from them. We also note the potential for effortless moving when the time comes. Rodarte's Spring/Summer 2011 show (below) used pallets to create a theatrical lighting scenario reminiscent of an urban nightscape and a bright white contemporary warehouse set. Inspired by a trip to India, Studio Makkink & Bey exhibited all manner of pallet transformations in an exhibition at London's Spring Projects (below). With pieces as diverse as clocks and trolleys for vacuum cleaners with big name designers including Jaime Hayon, our perceptions about the material value and uses of pallets is certainly challenged. The pallet is certainly proving to hold its own!