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Hidden hoover

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

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Airpuff 05 BCampeggi’s “Airpouf” - designed by Lorenzo Damiani - is a hoover which can be placed wherever to welcome your guests, comfortable as sitting place but also as home appliance. The fusion between these two elements gives birth to a new typology of design items. An hoover-pouf covered with coloured fabric completely removable. It appears like a sphere with three holes: the first one for the draft tube, the second one for the start button and the last one for the air-escaping; three coloured spheres close the holes while using the pouf as a sit and fly off when you turn on the hoover hidden inside it.

I’ve seen the prototypes early this year in Milano, but I’ve never seen them in a shop until today. Even on their website they aren’t presented. Is there really a market for a “hoover-pouf”? Hmm, wait and see…
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Check their website for more interesting products…www.campeggisrl.it

Belux - nominee for German design award

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

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And another nominee from the lighting sector is…

Belux one by oneBelux ONE BY ONE - designed by Steve Lechot - has a distinctly simple, imposing form reminiscent of a sculpture. The result is light in endless variations. Much attention was paid to the material used for the layers. It is as good as tear-free, durable and non-flammable. ONE BY ONE is therefore easy to clean and compared to traditional paper lights it has an extremely long life span. ONE BY ONE can be steplessly dimmed and blends into a variety of surroundings.

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www.belux.com

Bene & Renz - nominees for German design award

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

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Proceeding to present some nominees for next year’s German design award I want to drive you to my old industry: office furniture.

Bene FiloBene’s “Filo” - Design: EOOS for Keilhauer - is an innovative chair that perfectly meets office communication and work requirements. A new type of chair with great seating comfort for conferences, meetings, executive and front office desks.??Filo’s armrests plus sophisticated yet simple mechanical device provide continuous flexibility and great seating comfort. Filo demonstrates that concentration results from movement. While it instantly responds to minimal movements it enhances the user’s concentration. ?
Renz Size
Renz “Size”
From its founding in 1882, Renz developed from a small manufacturer of fine furniture into an insider brand for office furnishings.

“Size” sticks to minimalism as a principle. Sleek lateral panels and units in different dimensions seem to carry a 60 mm strong tabletop with easiness - an archaic form, that meets the need for tranquillity and clearness in the hectic work environment. Rich materials like metallic lacquers and selected woods open up the possibility for a personal touch in the executive office.

www.bene.com
www.renz.de

Placentero delight…

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

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Placentero-Chair

The guys over at uncrate found this great Placentero chair and we here agree completely that in the world of chairs it has become extremely difficult to find something innovative and new. The Placentero is a unique exception to the boring and mediocre chairs that have launched the past month’s and it’s innovative materials and unique shape seem to allow a multitude of extremely relaxing positions which is very different from the usual - maybe two predetermined settings - the majority of other lounge chairs offer. Well scouted!

Marcel’s Wonders

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

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Marcel WandersOur new friends at Charles and Marie pointed us into this direction and this guy is really phenomenal: Marcel Wanders - Dutch designer who started with the iconic Knotted Chair for Droog Design in 1996. During the following years he cooperated with a lot of goodies from the furniture industry leading to such wonderful cooperations like the one with Bisazza this year in Milano… and now?

Now Wanders’ wonders ecstasize the consumer electronic industry…cooperating with what?…a vacuum cleaner manufacturer????

YES - Wanders’ wonder! …and look at this…
Theatre
“Theatre” is a wooden side table in which a home cinema set is integrated - DVD speaker and subwoofer - everything is included…
Egg
…and should be accompanied by four highly decorated satellite speakers - called “Egg” - for digital surround sound! Thanks to Charles and Marie for this wonderful tip…
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“Reconstructions” from Kimono silk

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

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Sai SoSai So - meaning “reconstructed” - takes fines silk of Japanese kimonos to create contemporary fashion pieces, accessories and furniture.

Japanese culture prizes the flair of the moment, with which each kimono is made and painted and because of which each is inevitably unique. Sai So reanimates those unique silks with a comparable flair, creating new pieces, themselves unique, each a delicate and perfect bridge between an ancient art and contemporary living.

Here are some impressions from Sai-So’s spring/summer collection 2006…
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No more waiting for boiling water

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

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QuookerAnother finding from London’s 100% design is.. “Quooker” a boiling water tap coming from the Netherlands where it is fairly prevalent in professional kitchens.

Three litres of water are constantly stored at a 110°C in a compact tank that fits under the sink. The system features a water filtration system that purifies the boiled water before use and a childproof safety mechanism.

First, water flows into the tank and is heated to 110°C to guarantee sterility. It is then purified as it passes through the water filter and cools off at 100°C as it flows out to make your cup of tea or coffee, sterilise baby bottles or blanch your tomatoes.

Why not having one in your kitchen?

www.quooker.com

ZARA goes home

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

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Zara
It has been discussed since a few month that famous fashion brand ZARA is going to cut a slice off from the home furniture and decoration market.

For the time being ZARAhome is neither in the US nor in Germany out in the market - but there is a ZARAhome website online, a new catalogue for the autumn 05/06 collection available and more and more European ZARA fashion outlets have been furnished already.
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I’ve checked ZARA London during my visit at 100% design last week - but this was not that amazing as the pictures form the website were promising!!!
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Meet Charles and Marie

Monday, September 26th, 2005

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Thanks to Josh Spear, we have made two wonderful new friends this week end: Charles and Marie. His new project is an amazing roller coaster ride when it comes to all things life style, which we obviously adore. A shop which will feature limited editions and pre launches, discerning city guides full of juicy stories, and a daily special really impress us here. And Charles and Marie are some pretty amazing personalities…

So make sure to say hello to Charles and Marie, hopefully you know somebody who knows them as well so you can get an invitation to the ‘invitation only’ area, if not… well, patience is a virtue…

Purobeach - volumen uno

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

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Puro beach musicA few weeks ago we introduces the Purobeach hotel to you, which has been voted one of the top ten places to be - not only by Conde Nast Traveller.

Music is one part that is making a place very special and that’s why… This is the first in a brand new series of double compilations “Purobeach” released by seamlessrecordings.

Leading bargrooves DJ Ben Sowton begins this compilation as Purobeach does its day: A deeply relaxing soundscape awash with soothing beats and unwinding melodies. Expertly selected, this bespoke mix perfectly compliments the poolside calm of Purobeach’s Mediterranean setting - a refined blend of tracks purpose made for such designer slacking.

Amongst them, music from one of The Netherlands’ foremost downtempo producers: Alex Cortiz. If the UK has the likes of Nightmares On Wax; France has Air; Austria has Kruder & Dorfmeister; then Holland has Mr Cortiz. The aforementioned Austrian, Richard Dorfmeister, also makes his mark on disc one clad in his Tosca robes: ‘Chocolate Elvis’ was a mid-‘90s underground hit championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson. Here it appears in its slick Boozoo Bajou Soul Sufferer form.

The soundtrack is a sun-soaked mix of chilled house and downtempo grooves. Buy this album, and bring a ray of mediterranean sunshine into your life!

www.seamlessrecordings.co.uk
www.purobeach.com

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