Jurrijn Huffenreuter’s new Blocks project is part of a self-coined craft movement called Open Craft, enabling individuals the freedom to create a range of products through low-tech, basic materials and processes. His mold system allows for an endless combination of shape-forming resulting in countless end-uses, as demonstrated above. Open Craft becomes a way to involve the user in the design process, a process which reveals itself in its end appearance and bears evidence of the designer-user collaboration.
From Jurrijn Huffenreuter: The form language of the products is a clear result of the mold system. Every product is a reproducible unique piece. The imperfections of the mold parts remain visible in the finished product. This makes it a clear, readable product, showing the moment of creation. If the creator would like to make an object again he only has to stack the blocks around the object to recreate the mold.
Tables covered in paper and then marked with crayons create a new interpretation of the wooden tables’ textural material. Here, Nendo borrows the udukuri technique which wears down the soft layers of the cypress wood, giving prominence to the harder grains. Paper is then laid over top before applying the color, resulting in subtle color and intricate line work.
From the British Council: British-based design studio Raw-Edges has been commissioned by the British Council to design a bespoke travelling bookcase to house one carefully selected work of fiction from each of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. The bookcase will also hold editions of Granta magazine. The highly inventive design means the books themselves take centre stage in the installation. The interactive nature of the bookcase also allows visitors to change the display by repositioning the books. It invites visitors to delve into the stories and also consider the books’ physical qualities and design.
From PROOFF: PROOFF #006 SideSeat has been designed to present a solution to the blending of work and leisure, public and private. How do you provide an environment which allows for changes in work focus and accommodates a full capacity workforce at the same time? How do you ensure that your visitor is free to decide how he spends his waiting time? PROOFF #006 SideSeat provides a solution: a self-contained desk, cupboard and chair which moves with you. It not only encourages users to be interactive and flexible with their working space, but creates privacy in an otherwise public area as well.
From Tjep: Hendrick’s Collection is a contemporary furniture range inspired by the trappings of bygone days and pays homage to the 17th century paintings of Hendrick Avercamp, an artist who devoted his life entirely to the portrayal of Dutch winter scenes. Nostalgia and modern aesthetics, a juxtaposition of old and new, brought together in solidly handcrafted Ash or Oak wood and finished to perfection.
From Itay Ohaly: The Group Project is a non-linear design method – a disconnected collaboration between individual designers. A ‘group project’ starts with a selection of objects that are to be designed. Each one of these objects is divided and broken into smaller parts. All parts are designed according to a specific theme; however, each part is designed by a different designer without communicating with the other designers. When the parts’ design phase is finished, the group meets to perform minor necessary adjustments. Afterwards, all parts are produced and assembled. This kind of method composes a group exhibition within a single object. Each designer’s different approach and style are expressed together in one object, establishing a dialogue between the object’s different parts.
Nati Moskovich – lamp base
Naama Bergman – lampshade
Itay Ohaly – lamp leg
From Dennis Parren: After the result of the CMYK lamp, the idea came to also make a CMYK bulb. Which is easier to produce and you find yourself more in mainstream of lighting. That makes it many times more accessible. It’s the first light bulb that creates colored shadows which also can be very wonderful with existing shades.