DELTA VASE BY MART VAN SCHIJNDEL

“The vase Delta is the best known example of Schijndel’s preference for the triangular shape. This design from 1981 is now a Dutch Design Classic.

Unlike any other glass vases from blown glass, this vase is composed of three rectangular glass plates which are bonded with silicone sealant. Of each plate a corner is cut off.

Dutch architect and designer Mart van Schijndel (1943-1999) had his own architectural firm from 1968 until his death in 1999. He has been the name behind a considerable number of architectural and interior design projects, for which he also designed much of the furniture and lighting. His work is characterised by geometric shapes and clear simplicity. He was always keen to experiment with new materials and techniques, often finding simple solutions to complex problems.In 1995 Van Schijndel received the Rietveld award for his private home at Pieterskerkhof in Utrecht.”

text and images via www.deltavaas.nl

ROTTERDAMROCKER BY PELIDESIGN

“The RotterdamRocker is a comfortable rocking bench comissioned by a private collector from the Netherlands (you guessed it, from Rotterdam).

The sides are made from thick, hardened extra clear glass. (for this we cooperated again with VanDijken Glas of Waddinxveen, the Netherlands) The wooden planks (french oak) are tightly connected by an ancient technique: wedges. In this way a very sturdy connection is achieved, which is straightforward and beautiful. The planks seem to hover. The furniture is self assembled within no time.

The RotterdamRocker is part of the wedged series of PeLiDesign. Other members of that family are: The CoatRack and the Laduz table.”

text from www.pelidesign.com
photos by Bas Berends

EVERYTHING BUT THE DESKTOP BY DAPHNA LAURENS

“Following a successful first edition of Transitions, Baars & Bloemhoff once again invited six designers to imagine and shape its decorative materials in Transitions II.

‘On top organisers’, ‘above lamp’ and a ‘beside chair’ are the products designed by the duo Daphna Laurens for Transitions II.

 For Everything But the Desktop! the two designers went in search of the extreme limits of malleability. With a desire to use the material in ways it wasn’t designed for, the duo glued together two layers of Forbo Desktop and thus created a two-tone and also double-sided, flexible material.

The name of the material (Forbo Desktop) then guided the way in considering the objects that would ultimately take shape: as organisers, a lamp and an easy chair for work. These give insight into, and play with, the various properties (colour, texture, malleability) of the material.”

text via www.daphnalaurens.nl
images by Ronald Smits

SENZ UMBRELLA BY GERWIN HOOGENDOORN

“senz° was the brainchild of young Industrial Design and Engineering student Gerwin Hoogendoorn. After a frustrating week, where three umbrellas succumbed to the elements and broke, he felt a calling to devote his graduation project to design the ultimate umbrella. An umbrella that could withstand the elements, specifically wind. True to his word he accomplished his mission. 3400 years after its invention in Egypt, the umbrella was finally taking on a new form!

Despite ridicule from college friends, Gerard Kool and Philip Hess, Gerwin stayed committed to his project. He initially approached existing umbrella companies to work alongside, but was turned down. Undeterred, he continued with the project, alone.

After inventing some extremely clever solutions, Gerwin realized the potential of his umbrella and was able to convince Gerard and Philip of its worth too. Within no time at all they had drawn up a business plan and made the first prototype, albeit on Gerwin’s grandmothers sewing machine! It was at that moment that they decided to give it a shot! With no entrepreneurial experience, they rented a tiny office space and started the company. Thus, senz° was born – quite literally – they wanted their umbrellas to make sense!”

text and images via www.senz.com

LIGHT BUCKET BY RODERICK VOS

“According to Plato every soul desires the good, the true and the beautiful especiallyartists andartisans! These are absolute and eternal qualities that arise from a single source. So anything that is beautiful is naturally good and true, too.  

Is this idealistic? Naive? I admit, we have just stepped into the 21st century. Nowadays everything seems so relative, and Platonic idealism so distant. But I feel a greater kinship with his ancient philosophies than with our last century’s post modernistic view of the world. Everyone is not right, and everything is not equal.”

 

   

text via www.roderickvos.com
images via www.designboom.com