Horse hair and rodent bones are the eco-friendly materials behind Irish jewellery designer Daniela Cardillo’s delicate accessories. Her jewellery, which includes necklaces, rings, bangles and pins, is made using hair shed from her own horses and rodent bones she has collected or sourced online. The horse hair is dyed a variety of shades, including pastel pink, before being weaved and trimmed with gold accessories. She electroforms the ‘small and delicate’ rodent bones in metal before plating them in 22 carat gold, a process Cardillo says enables the bones to become ‘actual relics of previous lives’.
Ceramicist Tamsin Van Essen has designed a collection of vases inspired by the opulence of 17th century Dutch Vanitas paintings. The collection explores the beauty and the vulnerability of excess and aims to capture the fragile moment when abundance turns to decay. An exuberance of decoration disrupts the vases’ delicate forms, implying deterioration and ruin. Frozen in time just as disintegration begins, the vases hint towards the impermanence of material existence and the inevitable decline of beauty.
The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project has been a neighborhood effort to create a beautiful mosaic running up the risers of the 163 steps located at 16th and Moraga in San Francisco. Sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Trust, artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher started working on the project in January 2003. The mosaic staircase was completed on August 18, 2004 with the help of over 300 neighbours and over 220 neighbors, who sponsored handmade animal, bird and fish name tiles.
Architect Carlo Santambrogio has designed Santambrogiomilano, a project in glass with an exlusive character that allows unique pieces to integrate with all environments of daily life. To showcase his glass furnishings collection, which he has named Simplicity, he has designed two transparent glass concept homes.
Designer and artist Idan Friedman has created a series of portraits embossed on aluminum foil pans. All the people featured in the collection, named Ordinary People and Disposable Objects, are part of his everyday life, ranging from close friends to passers-by.
Young designer Elisa Strozyk has created a daybed using wood as material for the fabric. The quilted wood that she uses shows a process using a paper-thin wood veneer which she turns into a hybrid of hybrid of marquetry and traditionally quilted textiles. The furniture object, based on a found piece from the 1950s, was designed for The Thread That Binds Us exhibition curated by Barbara Brondi and Marco Rainò at Plusdesign Gallery during Milan Design Week 2012.
By considering changes in customer behavior and the online revolution of the retail industry, Studio Toer has created a postable table – aptly named the Postable – which explores the boundaries of logistics. Due to the increase of online inquiring, acquiring and Internet purchasing, the interaction between customers and salesmen is decreasing. By having products delivered […]
Attraction/Aversion is a material exploration of how people can feel opposing emotional responses simultaneously. Through the familiar form of a necklace, and out of a material we take pride in – human hair – Kerry Howely wants to create a balance between the wearers’ feelings of reluctance and attraction. Once off the body, hair becomes an innate source of aversion and the aim of the necklaces were to see if discarded hair could become attractive once again
As children, all we wanted to do was be dirty, play and draw pictures. Handpainting was always a favourite past-time, but artist Judith Braun takes it to another level. By dipping her hands in charcoal, pastels and chalk, they take on the function of a paintbrush, and with this tool, she is able to create incredible pieces of art. Using her own special technique, she produces different kinds of abstract images, patterns, and shapes – all symmetrical, a result of her using both her hands simultaneously as this allows the inherent symmetry of her body to create a gestural archive of mark-making.