The Italian accessories brand Alessi has brought together a range of collaborators — from star architects to new talent — for their Spring/Summer 2017 collection of tabletop products. Below are a few of my favorites from the new collection. Forma Grater by Zaha Hadid The Forma Grater was the late Iraqi architect’s final project for Alessi. Like many of her works, its shape was inspired by organic, natural forms that have been smoothed over time by water and wind. It consists of two elements: a sculptural black melamine base holding a mirror-polished stainless steel grater. $80 Va Bene by Miriam Mirri The Va Bene cooking utensil for testing pasta, vegetables, and other hot foods is produced via a complex sheet metal processing technique of molding, cutting, and welding to create a form that recalls part of a musical instrument. $45 T-Timepiece by Titus Wybenga Inspired by the shape of an antique pocket watch, this infuser was a result of the “Life in Transition” workshop organized in collaboration with Dutch University TU Delft, with a mission …
The British lighting brand Anglepoise and renowned British designer Paul Smith have collaborated on a third edition of the Type 75 Desk Lamp that evokes the primary colors of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s De Stijl style. The lamp has been launched to coincide with the run up to next year’s De Stijl centennial. The lamp has had quite a history. Designed by Sir Kenneth Grange in 2004, the Type 75 lamp is inspired by a 1970’s version of the Anglepoise Model 90, which was in turn inspired by the Original 1227 design launched in the 1930’s. The lamp features a matte paint or brushed aluminum finish with an aluminum shade and utilizes Anglepoise’s constant tension spring technology. The UL-listed lamp is wired for the U.S. and is supplied with a 13-watt, E26 CFL bulb. $240. All images courtey of Anglepoise. Photos by Jake Curtis and Styling by Despina Curtis. Images shot on location at Paul Smith Westbourne House.
Labor Day has come and gone which means it’s back to school – a bummer for most kids but a massive relief for most parents. Kikkerland, known for their quirky gift designs, has put together a round-up of some of the best new products for making back-to-school a little more joyful, including a range of fun options for lunch time. Here are a few of my favorites: All images courtesy of Kikkerland.
I met the folks behind Revolution Design House during last May’s ICFF exhibition in New York City. The brand was part of the Design Milk “Milk Stand” of curated vendors selling items on the show floor. I liked the modern style and quirky take on handcrafted pieces including salt cellars, candles, plant holders, and other pieces, all made in Portland, Oregon. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the collection. For more info, visit. http://revolutiondesignhouse.com/shop/. All images courtesy Revolution Design House.