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.
The Clip Tree from Matthew Plumstead made its debut at ICFF last weekend in NY. The design reinterprets the traditional coat rack’s purpose and aesthetics by adding features to collect a varying range of objects. As some of the most ornate have done in the past, Plumstead’s design creates a playful if not quirky composition, fitting for today’s modern interior.
From Matthew Plumstead: Clip Tree is a configurable valet for use in the home, office, or hotel room. Taking functional inspiration from early hall trees and coat stands, Clip Tree combines both forms resulting in a product that is designed to hold onto all of the things we carry around with us during the day. From cell phones to spring scarves, messenger bags to a child’s raincoat, Clip Tree provides a way to elegantly frame our possessions. Rubber components can be clipped into notches that run the length of each wooden post. This design allows for a flexible platform which accommodates the needs for people of all ages and sizes. And as seasons change or children grow, the clips can be rearranged to receive different objects. Assembly is very simple, requiring only an allen wrench for the floor version and screw driver for the wall version.
Matthew Plumstead: website
Debra Folz’s new furniture ensemble features an array of objects from storage and seating to rugs and carpets. With a unique perspective on construction, Folz incorporates textiles into many of her pieces either for structure, comfort or as symbolic decoration. She plays with form and challenges our standard expectations, as seen in her Askew Shelves and Carpet. Her modern aesthetic is complimented with bold yet understated pops of color. All pieces are made locally in New England and are currently on exhibit at ICFF in New York.
Debra Folz: website
From Field Day: Built around a solid maple frame, The Shingles Pantry houses four shelves and is covered in fancy-cut Western Red Cedar shingles. The natural variance in the shingles gives the piece depth while maintaining a warmth that seems to shimmer. This refined yet rustic piece is handmade using traditional joinery.
Field Day: website
An enhanced solution for wall-mounted bicycle storage, The Bike Shelf from Knife & Saw offers a way for urban dwellers with compact living quarters to neatly house and exhibit their bicycles. Doubling as a display for books or other such items, the shelf improves aesthetic and structural storage of the bicycle when it is not in use. Completing its visual composition once the bicycle is hooked in, The Bike Shelf’s cleverness is at its best when the dweller is home to enjoy it.
From Knife & Saw: While visiting many friends’ small apartments here in SF (and even more so in NY), I noticed that there is a void when it comes to elegant bike management. Bikes always get in the way; there never seems to be a place where they belong. So, I decided to design something to fix that problem. It’s called The Bike Shelf. Designed to easily install into wall studs for maximum strength, only leaving screw holes when gone.
Knife & Saw: website
A reference to the origin of theses designs (doodles from the team’s sketchbooks) Marginal Notes grows out of the margins and into this well-developed, camping-inspired collection full of colorful and graphic components. End forms can be linked to outdoorsy references such as with the log-like Settler benches, the butterfly net-inspired Catch hanging pendant light and the trapping style Keep storage boxes. Friendly color combinations and additions of clear graphic detailing add to the concept while also supporting the modern aesthetic.
From Note Design Studio: We went deep into the forest to explore, measure and collect. With warm clothes, good shoes and woolen caps to protect us, we collected samples and took notes. Butterfly nets and soil sifters worked hard to catch the tiniest living things. When all our cages and boxes were filled we went looking for a shaded glade. With tents, mosquito screens, and some logs to sit on we set up a base camp for the night. After a long expedition, we now had plenty to look through back home.