October 22, 2012

Love this :-

"Art is like masturbation. It is selfish and introverted and done for you and you alone. Design is like sex. There is someone else involved, their needs are just as important as your own, and if everything goes right, both parties are happy in the end." - Colin wright

September 25, 2012

Tent London 2012 - Bravo!

The ‘Dominica’  chair by Bravo! has been one of my favorite pieces for a while. Unknowing to me they had a small stall at TENT. Anyway at TENT I started chatting away to Rodrigo Bravo Ferretti… what a name! One of the founders and Designer in chief at Bravo Diseño Proyectos. We blethered and spoke about furniture making. He also turned out to be friendly and conversational. Anyway he started talking to me  about 1990’s Glasgow indie bands i.e. Teenage fan club, Vaselines, etc. I found this amusing as they are all Willy’s (my work colleague and boss from West End Cabinet Makers), old neighbourhood buddies. This pleased me somewhat as bizarre coincidences do. Like some strange indie music, furniture makers parallel dimension thingy…. Anyway, Beautiful chair! Really nice products. Well finished and well presented design.

Dominica chair

The santiago-based design studio bravo has developed ‘la familia’ a series of containers that combines fine wood from patagonia and copper with the newest technologies, It’s a modular system that defines nine basic parts that can complete more than 40 different objects with different shapes and possibilities. This is the ‘La familia’ range here. They are tactile and warm and subtle, making them visually addictive yet modest in appearance.

Excellent products and very nice people.  http://www.bravo.io/productos.php

September 24, 2012

Tent London 2012

I was only down in London for a day or two and this is what I was attracted to..TENT. I met some nice friendly interesting people like Rafel Oliva the crazy noise spray machine guy. And Rodrigo from Bravo! who’s furniture I’ve seen and liked recently. Not to mention the “Tools for Everyday Life.” project form the students and tutors of Northumbria University. Anyways check it out.

Rafel Oliva - www.rafeloliva.com

He is a very nice chap who spoke to me about this machine. It is essentially a voice controlled, synthesizer sprayer. You spoke into a mic and different colours come out of six different nozzles depending on your pitch. They were coming out of a speaker looking type thing. I decided to use the extra tent re-usable bag which i pinched for a friend to test his weird creation. Please excuse the poor camera quality. Forgot camera due to being in a zombie like state that morning. Used phone.

The set up.

TENT bag

We now have a one-off TENT bag by Rafel Oliva.

It was fun and uniquely expressive, sentimental, and little bit silly.

More from TENT soon.

August 26, 2012

Via Dezeen.

Students from Barcelona’s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia have built a robotic 3D printer that creates architectural structures from sand or soil.

Anna Kulik, Inder Shergill and Petr Novikov suggest that the technology could be used to build temporary canopies or bridges, as pictured.

Stone Spray is a research project by Anna Kulik, Inder Shergill and Petr Novikov, under the supervision of Marta Malé-Alemany, Jordi Portell and Miquel Lloveras of IAAC.

Stone Spray is a robotic 3D printer that produces architecture out of soil. The team’s research was focused on the field of additive manufacturing in architecture, finding means of proposing new eco-friendly, efficient and innovative systems to print architecture in 3D.

The mechanised device collects dirt/sand on site and then sprays it from a nozzle in combination with a binder component. When this mixture hits the surface it solidifies to create sculptural forms.

Because the movements of the robot are digitally controlled by computer, the designer has direct input on the resulting shape. Unlike other 3D printers, the Stone Spray robot can print multi-directionally, even on vertical surfaces.robot spray statue

November 16, 2011
This is the Coracle chair by Benjamin Hubert. The chair consists of a steel frame that has been hand wrapped in stitched perforated leather, a material usually used in the automotive industries. The frame is flipped onto a temporary mould so the desired seating position is achieved. The leather strapping is then interwoven over the “Coracle” frame  in a ‘Tri-weave’ pattern. Coracle being a traditional Welsh fishing boat from the bronze ages that uses the same ‘tri-weave’ technique. The leather strapping is designed to look like cycling handle bar tape and gives the piece a soft and tactile feel. The chair comes with two magnetic cushions that are made from the same perforated automotive leather. Its manufactured by De La Spada.

This is the Coracle chair by Benjamin Hubert. The chair consists of a steel frame that has been hand wrapped in stitched perforated leather, a material usually used in the automotive industries. The frame is flipped onto a temporary mould so the desired seating position is achieved. The leather strapping is then interwoven over the “Coracle” frame in a ‘Tri-weave’ pattern. Coracle being a traditional Welsh fishing boat from the bronze ages that uses the same ‘tri-weave’ technique. The leather strapping is designed to look like cycling handle bar tape and gives the piece a soft and tactile feel. The chair comes with two magnetic cushions that are made from the same perforated automotive leather. Its manufactured by De La Spada.

November 09, 2011
This is the Micado Table by Danish Designer Manz Cecilie. The inspiration came from the “Mikado” game which uses sticks. It is made from unfinished oak and requires no screws or glues. The table top has 3 holes in it. Once the sticks are placed through the holes gravity twists them and locks them automatically onto each other and the table sits straight and up-right.

This is the Micado Table by Danish Designer Manz Cecilie. The inspiration came from the “Mikado” game which uses sticks. It is made from unfinished oak and requires no screws or glues. The table top has 3 holes in it. Once the sticks are placed through the holes gravity twists them and locks them automatically onto each other and the table sits straight and up-right.

October 01, 2011
This is the DIY pen from Glasgow based designer Fraser Ross. Its an ingenious and fun piece of design. Its a pen you make your self! It comes flat packed and is made from thin ply wood. It consists of a spine and several rings made from a small plywood sheet, no bigger than a postcard. The pieces and other sections are laser cut. The construction method is half-lapped and slotted so no glue or screws. There is a central spine which the rings half lap onto, giving you the shape of the pen. Once the pen is constructed you heat seal the rubber outer sheath with a hairdryer and it wraps around and gives you a ribbed cigar like shape.  You can buy them here.
http://www.fraser-ross.com

This is the DIY pen from Glasgow based designer Fraser Ross. Its an ingenious and fun piece of design. Its a pen you make your self! It comes flat packed and is made from thin ply wood. It consists of a spine and several rings made from a small plywood sheet, no bigger than a postcard. The pieces and other sections are laser cut. The construction method is half-lapped and slotted so no glue or screws. There is a central spine which the rings half lap onto, giving you the shape of the pen. Once the pen is constructed you heat seal the rubber outer sheath with a hairdryer and it wraps around and gives you a ribbed cigar like shape.  You can buy them here.

http://www.fraser-ross.com