December 22, 2010

No two are ever the same

It is likely that snowflakes can be the same, but it is not probable that any one person would see those similar snowflakes if they did exist.  Nonetheless, I prefer to stick with the thought that every snowflake is unique, just like the design its natural beauty inspires.

Designer Philippe Bestenheider's "Nanook Chair" was inspired by the molecular structure of the snowflake, though they also remind me of autumn leaves–another natural beauty that falls from the sky.

This snowflake table design by Claesson Koivisto Rune for OFFECT is the world's first furniture to be massed produced and yet, one-of-a-kind.  The tables are cut using a computer program that changes the pattern with set perimeters for each table with the aim to achieve the same variation that is found with real snowflakes.

These ethereal white snowflake chandelier lamps are intended for holiday decorating, but are lovely enough to become part of the decor year round. I think they would be just as at home on an outside deck glowing over a summer night gathering of friends like snowy stars.  

Inspired by winter memories and the shape of a snowflake, this Flake Blind designed by the Finnish company Woodnotes, is made from Tyvek which looks delicate, but is durable, dust resistant and recyclable.

Designer Tina Chen's snowflake sculpture was inspired by the formation and interaction of real snowflakes.  The modular designs lets the client design the sculpture according to their needs–and, the pieces can be recycled into new ones. Mmmm?  Where have I heard that before? Brilliant minds think alike.

Japanese designer  Tokujin  Yoshioka created an installation using hundreds of transparent plastic sticks with the intention of giving visitors the experience of walking into a snowflake.

Called "Snowflake,"  the installation displayed Yoshioka's Invisibles collection of clear plastic furniture this past April at the Kartell Gallery in Milan.

Not to be left out of the snowflake design equation, a few humans had taken it upon themselves to become a medium, as photographed by Gregoire Alexandre.

Or, better yet, some of us are blessed to have the ability to become a snowflake and float in the air with effortless grace.

And let's not forget how any one of us can be inspired to create a flurry at the window with a few scraps of paper, scissors and our own imagination.

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3 Responses to “No two are ever the same”

  1. Sarah Says:
    December 22nd, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Lovely images.  Thanks for sharing!

  2. Doreen Says:
    December 22nd, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    You’re welcome. I think nature is the most profound inspiration for design and anything else for that matter. These talented designers and artists are proof of its effect.

  3. Sheri Says:
    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Great images. Love those snowflake chairs and the snowflake stick installation, not to mention those lamps. Fabulous!