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Sunday
May242009

Clouds by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have designed a modular room-dividing system called Clouds for textile manufacturers Kvadrat.

Clouds consists of textile pieces held together with elastic bands to make free-standing or hanging structures, which can be used to divide space and absorb sound.

The project is a continuation of North Tiles, designed in 2006 by the Bouroullec brothers for Kvadrat’s Stockholm showroom.

The Clouds system is available in two fabrics and seven colour combinations; components are sold in packs of eight or twenty-four pieces.

Photographs by Paul Tahon and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.

Here’s some text from Kvadrat:

Clouds - a new typology

The ground-breaking textile company Kvadrat is now introducing yet another new design that revolutionises the use of textiles. Clouds is not about furniture or curtains. It is an innovation in interior design: a new typology developed by the brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Textiles making a comeback

Anders Byriel, CEO of Kvadrat, says that the soft textiles are making a comeback in the public space and in private homes. “For many years there has been a trend of using fewer and fewer textiles. Curtains and carpets have vanished, and even our chairs have wicker seats and backs. Interior design has focused on glass, concrete, stone and wood, all of which are attractive yet hard materials. But this trend is turning now as more and more people discover that the soft materials are not just soft to the touch, but also have an aesthetic beauty and significant impact on sound in our rooms. In fact, we have realised in recent years how important the sound level is to our everyday well-being,” says Anders Byriel.

Clouds is an extension of North Tiles, which was developed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat’s showroom in Stockholm in 2006. The task was to create a showroom that could exhibit Kvadrat’s textiles in a way that the textiles were a part of the room. North Tiles is now known for its innovation and special click system - a system that is also found in Clouds, which features a simpler construction and fewer materials for use in the retail market.

“Once in a while I flip through a design or architecture magazine, and I am often scared by all of the cold rooms,” says Ronan Bouroullec. “Therefore, when we got the Kvadrat assignment we wanted to create a design solution that is both soft and welcoming. At the same time, we aimed to design a solution that was so simple and well thought out that it didn’t require expensive workmen, but could be set up by everyday people without having to be polished, adjusted or given additional treatment,” says Ronan Bouroullec.

Democratic and personalised design
Clouds makes it easy, simple and quick to get the soft materials into our rooms, with the exact surface and colour desired by the individual. “The point of Clouds is that we do not have to replace all of the things that are already in our homes. Clouds is an extra and new element that provides the opportunity for personalised design where individuals are the architect, designer and workman. The ingenious click system, combined with a couple of simple screws and strings makes it possible to create anything from a wall to a specific figure and expression to fit one’s taste. Clouds enables all imaginable uses, as it can be hung on walls or from the ceiling, placed on the floor or add colourful liveliness to railings and stairs. In other words, Clouds represents a new typology, or a new interpretation of the use of textiles,” concludes Anders Byriel.

Choose your own materials and colours
Like North Tiles, Clouds comes in Divina and Tempo, and there are seven different colour combinations to choose from that can be combined in innumerable ways. Clouds is sold in packs of 8 or 24 pieces, so it is always easy to change a figure, make a wall higher or create two clouds instead of one in a foyer, as the module system enables maximum flexibility and variation, keeping in the spirit of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

www.kvadratclouds.com

Source: dezeen.com

Sunday
May242009

Modular Bench by Shizuka Tatsuno

Young Japanese designer Shizuka Tatsuno has designed an upholstered bench that can be converted into a chaise longue or an armchair and side table.

Designed for single-occupant living, Modular Bench can be reconfigured by moving upholstered elements that slot into holes in the base.

Tatsuno exhibited the bench at 100% Design Tokyo in November.

Here’s some text from the designer:

Shizuka Tatsuno is a product and furniture designer who moved to the UK in 2005 and graduated with the first class honor from the product and furniture course in Kingston University London in 2008. She exhibited in New Designers Exhibition, Tent London and 100% Design Tokyo Prototype in 2008 and is currently based in Tokyo.

Products revealing quality from using over time

Modular Bench is a modular seating unit for a live-alone. The bench can be changed to an arm chair with a small table, and a couch by sticking the arms and back in different holes and transforming the cushion.

 

Source: dezeen.com

Sunday
May242009

Ricort by Isolation Unit

Yet more from Japanese architects Isolation Unit: this is a beauty salon for Japanese brand Ricort in Tokyo.

Wooden chairs are positioned in front of tall mirrors leaning on walls and birch trunks, which puncture the interior of the salon from floor to ceiling.

Photographs by Takumi Ota.

Source: dezeen.com

Sunday
May242009

Echos by Pour les Alpes

Swiss designers Tina Stieger and Annina Gaehwiler of Pour les Alpes have designed a collection of furniture called Echos.

There are three pieces in the range, all created in collaboration with traditional, local artisans in the Swiss Alps.

Neugierde (top image) is covered with hand-cut spruce shingles, referring to a local roofing technique, while the inside is coated in luminescent red paint.

Ehrfurcht (above) is covered in ebony and opens to reveal a jagged, hand-carved interior made of Swiss pine.

The third piece, Sehnsucht (above), incorporates hand-woven lace in blue, grey and white tones, supported by a fibreglass panel.

“Our vision is to create products in close coorporation with the traditional crafts from the Swiss alpine culture,” explain the designers. “The idea focuses on creating strong and unique objects of desire, which have a recognisable cultural identity.”

“In a time of global mass production we consider the need for individual products as essential,” they add.

Neugierde and Ehrfurcht were on show at Gallery Franziska Kessler in Zurich, Switzerland, until 31 December.

Photographs by Till Forrer.

Here are some more details from the designers:

Collection ‘echos’ from ‘Pour les Alpes’

‘Pour les Alpes’ is cooperation between artisan craftwork and contemporary product design. Based on that concept, the two designers Tina Stieger and Annina Gähwiler create products which are inspired from the Swiss Alps. ‘Pour les Alpes’ is looking for individuality with the main focus on creating unique objects with a strong originality.

The furnitures ‘Ehrfurcht’, ‘Neugierde’ and ‘Sehnsucht’ are part of the collection ‘echos’ from ‘Pour les Alpes’, which has won an award in 2007 announced by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

The concept of the objects is based on the themes reverence, curiosity and desire, which describe the designers personal point of view of the alpine surroundings. They have been created in close cooperation with traditional artisans such as a carver, a shingle-maker and two lace-makers; artisan techniques which are still rooted in everyday life in the Alps.

The unique objects are a tribute to the Swiss Alps and are, in a formal and symbolical way, referring to a in the alpine culture rooted identity. They are telling exceptional new stories, which awake familiar memories but still offer enough freedom for own interpretations.

DESCRIPTION PRODUCT ‘EHRFURCHT’
Prototype of a limited edition of 6 pcs. + 2 A.P.

The furniture ‘Ehrfurcht’ is inspired from the raw and unpredictable nature of the Alps. Archaic and heavy in its design, an inner hidden space is vaguely perceptible only through a crack, which draws through the whole object. The ebony coating of its outer skin contrasts to its raw inner space, which is hand-carved from precious Swiss pine.

Material
Swiss pine, hand-carved
2-K multiply coated
Ebony
Dimensions
680 mm x 810 mm x 350 mm (wxhxd)

DESCRIPTION PRODUCT ‘NEUGIERDE’
Prototype of a limited edition of 6 pcs. + 2 A.P.

The various wooden layers of the furniture symbolise the rich variety of the Alps, which can be explored. The narrow gaps enable a glimpse into its inner space which is vaguely perceptible behind its shingled facade. The caverns of the furniture surprise with a luminescent red color, which refers to the alpine glow.

Material
Spruce, origin Appenzell,
Shingles all hand-split
2K-multiply coated
Luminescent color red

Dimension
680 mm x 935 mm x 350 mm (wxhxd)

DESCRIPTION PRODUCT ‘SEHNSUCHT’
Prototype 1 pcs.

The furniture ‘Sehnsucht’ catches one’s eyes with its unfamiliar use of lace, which winds along the leg in a playful way. The pattern and the colors are inspired by the glaciers of the Alps. Various tones of grey and blue are mixed with light white tones. The delicate lace, which was made within 200 working hours, lies on a half transparent glassfiber construction and gives the required stability to the leg.

Material
Chestnut
Fiberglass, epoxy resin coating
Lace silk and cotton

Dimension
680 mm x 1000 mm x 350 mm (wxhxd)

Source: dezeen.com

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