Pews and Perches

There’s nothing like a design competition to activate the creative community. It is a wonderful way to challenge conventional thinking and encourage the unexpected. Wallpaper Magazine partnered with the Royal Institute of British Architects to provide designers the opportunity to do just that. The program was simple. Design a bench. From the assembled projects, the Zombie bench by emerging practice NEON, formed by George King and Mark Nixon is a standout, hands down. Go ahead take a seat.

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Tonfisk Design

Tonfisk Design is a Finnish design group with an eye for modern and innovative design solutions. Each product is developed to solve a functional problem, beautifully. ’All Tonfisk’s ceramics are produced by hand at Tonfisk’s own factory in Turku to ensure good quality, the possibility to innovate and the well being of those who make a Tonfisk product.’ The Warm Collection offers a coffee and tea set. I am impressed by the sleek, minimal design aesthetic, but even more so with its practical and sustainable design solutions. The wood sleeve keeps the hot crafe elevated, so there is no need for a coaster. It also functions as a barrier, providing insulation to the vessel within, and to your hand as you hold it. The all natural cork stopper provides insulation and heat retention as well. The Newton cream and sugar set is another great example of Tonfisk’s inspired product design. The sugar bowl remains horizontal while pouring, and can easily be removed for filling the creamer and cleaning. All of these design elements aside, these dispensers and collectors are elegant additions to any table top. Enjoy.

Images and excerpts sourced at Tonfisk.

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Vipp Kitchen

 

Vipp is one of my all time favorite brands. At once utilitarian and refined, the attention to detail in every piece they design is without compromise. Beautiful proportions, sophisticated colorways-  While reading Wallpaper I was thrilled to learn of their recent kitchen introductions. Vipp has always created accessory pieces for the kitchen and bath. Now, a gorgeous new line of kitchen cabinets. Not unlike the simplicity of St. Charles cabinets of the 1950′s, these new Vipp creations are simple, strong and true. The mechanisms of the drawer construction, and detail of the ‘floating’ countertop, are a welcomed addition to the ever growing kitchen market. I find even some of the most well known modern kitchen lines to be over-scaled, and often overwhelming to residential clients. Vipp’s line has managed to create clean, modern casework, that is scaled for  the user, and possess’ a feeling of welcome and comfort. “The complete Vipp kitchen concept unfolds in every detail. Even fixtures, drawer pulls and inserts, range hood as well as gas knobs are developed in respect to Vipp’s design DNA injecting a functional and visual cohesiveness into the kitchen. The kinship in the Vipp collection is unmistakable in both the choice of materials and style. New products are manufactured using the characteristic Vipp materials, steel and rubber, enhancing Vipp’s more than 70-year-old tradition for excellent craftsmanship.”

‘Morten Bo Jensen is the creative mind behind recent years’ new Vipp products. At the rather tender age of 27, Morten Bo was entrusted to carry on the Vipp family’s design legacy. Educated industrial designer in Denmark and with a past working for the Biomega Bike brand, Morten Bo took on the challenge of bringing the 70-year-old Vipp design DNA into the future.

From the company’s headquarters in Copenhagen, Morten Bo runs Vipp Design Lab that continuously seeks to combine aesthetics and functionality in order to reach new dimensions’.

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Tea time…

It all started with this Eva Ziesel teakettle a few years back. I have often thought about collecting teapots and teakettles. Don't ask me why, it's just one of those strange and funny notions. I have yet gone and purchased a second one to start my collection though. Mostly because I honestly don't have the room for them, but also what exactly am I going to do with them all??? I was just at an antique store the other day, and of course fell in love with two vintage enamelware teapots – a bright orange one with the most delicate white floral pattern on it, and the other, a cobalt blue that is so vibrant and intense that you can see it from a mile away. Part of me wanted to spend the $30 on them, but the other part of me kept saying, no, really, you've got enough "other" collections to keep you busy for a long while. But then again, the thought of opening up a cupboard and seeing an attractive array of teapots and teakettles in all shapes and sizes, colors and finishes, kinda makes me want to pursue this idea again. Perhaps one of these days I will dedicate an entire kitchen wall to them and nothing else. But for now, I have these beauties to daydream about…




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