Salone 2008 is upon us and if you’re not one of the 200,000 plus people flocking to Milan to inspect the cream of cutting-edge design, don’t panic. We’ll do our best to keep you updated on the best of all that happens with the help of our friends in the blogosphere.
Matthias Hiller must have had a few knocks and bruises in his life to have come up with such a neat and useful product. “Jumi” is a silicone handle made for cabinet handles or drawer pulls. Designed with two things in mind – safety and organization. With the soft silicone handle, Jumi allows for no more bumps and the pictogram allows for the user to see what is behind the closed door or drawer.
Designer: Matthias Hiller
OK, wait a minute. Rims on a table? Well, if you are Beth Fuller, then yes! Fuller has taken objects from the streets of New York Cities’ junkyards, and created beautiful recycled objects. All materials used in the creation of the “Junkture Table” are sustainable. They are found locally, and are either 99%-100% recycled. With the imagination of Beth Fuller, “Beautiful things CAN be made from junk”.
Designer: Beth Fuller
I am no Italian Chef, and so I have always struggled with getting just the right amount of pasta cooked for the guests sitting at my table. Thanks to German Design studio, ding3000, the answer to my noodle problems has been solved. Noooodle is a device designed for measuring spaghetti portions. Noooodle allows you to measure off just the right amount of spaghetti from one to up to four people.
Designer: ding3000 Studio
Inspired by Korean smoke alarm towers called Bongsudae, this trash bin retains the graceful organic shape of the former. The pattern even has an Asian aesthetic without being too traditional. My only gripe is the narrowing of the top. Makes it easy for things to come in, but a chore to get out.
Designer: Denis Oh
Inspired by the 1950s “jet set” lifestyle of the rich and famed socialites, this ‘green’ chic solid state illumination coupled with sensual flamboyant mirror finish aims to reawaken the sense of interactive live-work-play realism within self and the surroundings. Having a dual purpose nature of a wall lamp and up-lighter, its usage is functional and adaptable.
Designer: Charles Cha
The highly anticipated, not to mention comprehensive, Salone del Mobile is one of the world’s most revered furniture and design shows. With over 2,500 exhibitors from nearly 40 different countries, it goes without saying there’s quite a bit to see. We are literally days away now, it will run from 16 to 21 April, and to save you scouring more than 200,000 square metres of exhibition space, we’ve put together a preview of the designers, products and projects we’re most excited about.
It seems the family dinner at the dining room table is a thing of the past, another victim of cultural change. Perhaps Fumiaki Goto can breathe new life into this tradition with her musical dining table. Built like a marimba, The varying sized top surfaces create different tones when struck.
Designer: Fumiaki Goto
We all know CFC and HFC’s damage the ozone layer, and it’s only a matter of time when HFC’s will be banned just like CFC’s were in 1996. But what our freezers? There’s been much debate regarding passive eco cooling and thermoelectric cooling – now Oceania, designed by Tez Patel brings both technologies together in his eco fridge design.
Designer: Tez Patel
The highly anticipated, not to mention comprehensive, Salone del Mobile is one of the world’s most revered furniture and design shows. With over 2,500 exhibitors from nearly 40 different countries, it goes without saying there’s quite a bit to see. This year it will run from 16 to 21 April, and to save you scouring more than 200,000 square metres of exhibition space, we’ve put together a preview of the designers, products and projects we’re most excited about.
A shower head with a guilty conscience – that is to say you’re conscience. When you use it, the segmented joints break apart acting like a timer as they slowly snap back into place. It’s a very visual way to communicate the idea of water usage and far more tactile than say a timer clock. It should also be noted this concept is called Happy Tap. Why’s it happy? I’ll leave that to your imagination.
Designer: Julia Treutiger
No that isn’t a mispelling, just an intentional act to drop the ‘e’, reinforcing the idea of a chair and table existing together as one because separately they are incomplete. This point of tension is explored by forcing one’s function to work by embracing the other. In this way, this chair can be a table and vice versa.
Designer: Melvin Ong