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  • Designer profile: Bertjan Pot

    Bertjan Pot is a young Dutch designer (born: 1975) who is probably best known for his 2002 Random Light, designed for Moooi. Bertjan starts each of his designs based on experiments with different materials, enabling him to discover production techniques and aesthetic developments.

    Designed by Bertjan Pot and introduced in the Moooi collection in 2002, the Random Light has become a best seller right from the beginning. It transmit a feeling of simplicity, softness , lightness and a touch of magic in contemporary style. The production process is a special story by itself: a resin drained yarn is randomly coiled around an inflatable beach ball creating a translucent 3D fabric. The beach ball is then deflated and extracted from a round opening in the lamp. At the end the skin becomes the product. Soft and magic. Designed for Moooi in 2002, the Random Light became a best seller immediately. It transmits a feeling of simplicity, softness , lightness and a touch of magic. The production process is a special story by itself: a resin coated yarn is randomly coiled around an inflatable beach ball creating a translucent 3D fabric. The beach ball is then deflated and extracted from a round opening in the lamp. Available as a pendant light or a floor lamp.

     

    The results of Pot's experimentation lies within unusual and attractive patterns, colours and structures. His eccentric lighting designs explore familiar shapes such as clouds and plants using atypical materials.

    moooi_milan_peerlindgreen_bigo The Moooi Heracleum Collection of Suspension Lamps is inspired by the Heracleum plant, commonly known as Cow Parsnip. The white "leaves" or lenses extend out from one branch creating a very natural structure. By using the technique of coating conductive layers, the lamp is very thin and delicate. Available in five options.

     

    moooi-heracleum-ii-suspension-lamp-11 The Moooi Heracleum Suspension Light works in both residential and commercial situations. A lovely, delicate light that adds a natural element to any room, big or small.

    The Moooi Carbon Chair was designer by Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wanders The Moooi Carbon Chair was designer by Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wanders. The Carbon Chairs' incomparable lightness, both visually and physically, is due to the structure. Also available as a bar stool.

    Since 2010 Bertjan Pot has been working on a series of face masks that grew out of an experiment to stitch rope together to make a carpet. When the material would not lie flat, Bertjan came up with the idea to make face masks with the curvy results.

    Masks-019B-039-SBP-567 "I meet new faces everyday" - Bertjan Pot. Handcrafted, very experimental, and pushing the boundaries, these masks are part of a series made in the Berjan Pot Studio in the Netherlands.

     

    Bertjam Pot also is known for light sculptures, including a large piece for the Rotterdam Central Train Station.

    This Bertjan Pot Sculpture called, Downstairs Light, 2012, This Bertjan Pot sculpture, Downstairs Light, 2012, is made of aluminum, metal, plastic and rubber. Installed at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

     

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  • Happy 100th Birthday to Florence Knoll

    Last week marked the 100th birthday of Florence Knoll whose signature style and pioneering spirit are at the core of everything Knoll. Her influence on the "total design" sensibility of Knoll cannot be overstated. Florence broadened the company’s existing array of furniture offerings, developed the Knoll Planning Unit, an interior design division of the company that set the standard for the mid-century modern interior, and in 1947 she launched a textile program to fill another gap she perceived in the market for furniture upholstery. This would later become KnollTextiles.

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    Florence Knoll's early life was marred by tragedy when she was orphaned at age 12. After boarding school Florence enrolled at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where she met Harry Bertoia, who would also collaborate with Knoll on modern furniture designs. During her formative years studying architecture in Chicago, Florence met many of the leading architects of the time, including Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe.

    In 1941 she met Hans Knoll who was the third generation of a Stuttgart-based furniture manufacturing family, who sought to bring European Modernism to a new audience in the United States. They married in 1946 and renamed the company Knoll Associates.

     

    With a spare, geometric profile—an expression of the rational design approach Florence Knoll learned from her mentor, Mies van der Rohe—the sofa is utterly modern and totally timeless. Compared to the standard Florence Knoll Lounge Collection, the relaxed edition offers a softer version, with deeper proportions for a more relaxed sit. Consistent with all of Knoll’s designs, it has a spare, angular profile that reflects the objective perfectionism of modern design in the early 1960s. With a spare, geometric profile—an expression of the rational design approach Florence Knoll learned from her mentor, Mies van der Rohe—the Relaxed Lounge Sofa is utterly modern and totally timeless. Compared to the standard Florence Knoll Lounge Collection, the Relaxed Edition offers a softer version, with deeper proportions for a more relaxed sit.

     

    In 1945 Florence Knoll started The Planning Unit, an interior design division of the furniture company that set the standard for the mid-century modern interior. Florence Knoll’s meticulous methods of assessing a client’s needs were clear in her sketches, annotations, and especially the "paste-up" cardboard models she used to demonstrate envisioned spaces.

    Finding the marketing lacking, Florence Knoll also designed individual pieces of furniture. "I needed a piece of furniture, it was not there, so I designed it." - Florence Knoll.

    The Florence Knoll Executive Desk exudes executive quality and epitomizes Mies van der Rohe’s impact on Florence’s approach to design. Each detail was endlessly refined to achieve simple, seemingly effortless beauty. The Florence Knoll Executive Desk exudes executive quality and epitomizes Mies van der Rohe’s impact on Florence’s approach to design. Each detail was endlessly refined to achieve simple, seemingly effortless beauty. Available in six table top finishes.

    Florence Knoll's Credenza Collection Perfectly proportioned and immaculately detailed, the iconic Florence Knoll low credenza works as well in the dining room as it does in the office. Florence Knoll's Credenza Collection is perfectly proportioned and immaculately detailed. The iconic Florence Knoll Credenza works as well in the dining room as it does in the office.

     

    In 1947, Florence Knoll  launched a textile program to fill another gap she perceived in the market for furniture upholstery. This would later become KnollTextiles. "It became apparent to me that suitable textiles were not available for our furniture and interiors," she wrote.

    Florence's use of small fabric swatches—the simple but effective practice of stapling fabric samples to pieces of cardboard—in client presentations led her to develop a tagged sample and display system that eventually became an industry standard. Florence's use of small fabric swatches—the simple but effective practice of stapling fabric samples to pieces of cardboard—in client presentations led her to develop a tagged sample and display system that eventually became an industry standard.

     

    In the early 1950s, under Florence Knoll's stewardship, the company developed a distinctive graphic identity, collaborating with Swiss photographer and graphic designer Herbert Matter to design everything from advertisements and stationery to the company’s distinctive logo.

    But in 1955, her life was struck by a second tragedy when Hans Knoll was killed in an automobile accident and she suddenly found herself as Knoll’s sole owner. In 1957 she married again and continued in her capacity as Knoll's president and later as its director of design, but eventually sold the company to Art Metal Construction Company in 1959. Even after her departure from Knoll, the company continued to be inspired by her synthetic view of design and rigorous standards.

    To celebrate a century of Florence Knoll and her inspired brand of modernism, Knoll expanded the Florence Knoll Collection with the addition of new and archival products.

    Revived from the Knoll product archive 70 years after its initial introduction, Florence Knoll’s Model 75 Stool is now available as the Hairpin™ Stacking Table. The early design was based on Shu's wire studies done while she was a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which were eventually translated to the immensely popular design for Knoll. Revived from the Knoll product archive 70 years after its initial introduction, Florence Knoll’s Model 75 Stool is now available as the Knoll Hairpin Stacking Table. The early design was based on her wire studies done while a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which were eventually translated into the immensely popular design for Knoll.

    The discipline of her practice and the inspired arrow of her ideas were lifelong attributes. In 2002, Florence Knoll Bassett was awarded the National Medal of the Arts, the highest honor for achievement in the field presented annually by the President of the United States. In 2002, Florence Knoll Bassett was awarded the National Medal of the Arts, the highest honor for achievement in the field presented annually by the President of the United States.

     

    In the lasting acclaim for the planning projects she spearheaded and the pieces of furniture she quietly designed, Florence Knoll has continually proven her own mantra—that "good design is good business."

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  • Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, France's design duo

    Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (France, b. 1971, 1976), took the design world by a storm with their first joint projects in the late 1990s and have continued to produce exceptional designs ever since, many of which have already become icons in international museums.

    Shapes from the world of vegetation serve as inspiration for Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec's new Vegetal chair Shapes from the world of vegetation serve as inspiration for Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec's Vegetal Chair, designed for Vitra in 2008. Vegetal is available in six colours, is suitable for indoor or outdoor applications and can be stacked up to three chairs high, which permits flexible use in a variety of settings and in large numbers.

    A 2002 meeting with Vitra’s Rolf Fehlbaum was the beginning of a special partnership that has borne fruit in numerous projects, including Algues, the Alcove Sofa, the Worknest, and the Slow Chair.

    Designed in 2004 for Vitra, Algues are at one and the same time interior design components and decorative elements. Reminiscent of plants, the plastic elements can be linked together to form web-like textures - from light curtains to opaque, thick room dividers. Designed in 2004 for Vitra, Algues are both interior design components and decorative elements. Reminiscent of plants, the plastic elements can be linked together to form web-like textures - from light curtains to opaque, thick room dividers. Available in 7 colours, 25 pieces per pack.

    Since 2004, the Bouroullecs have also been working with Magis, for whom they have designed two complete furniture collections, including the Steelwood Collection. The Steelwood pieces combine the warmth of wood with the strength of steel and include chairs, tables and shelving units. A versatile design that fits well in both casual and elegant spaces and everywhere in between.

    Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, who designed the Steelwood Chair, describe it as “stable and democratic, universal and long-lasting.” A very good dining chair for both small dinette spaces and luxurious dining rooms. Over time, the steel and wood components develop an attractive patina. Just what you want in a chair already on its way to being a classic. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, describe the Magis Steelwood Chair as “stable and democratic, universal and long-lasting.” A very good dining chair for both small dinette spaces and luxurious dining rooms. Available in various finish options including red, white and black.

    The Bouroullec brothers continue their study of simplicity and elegance with their Losanges Rug Collection for Nanimarquina. It’s about reinterpreting the traditional Persian rug using the ancient kilim technique.

    Technically complex, the Losanges collection requires great skill as it involves combining 13 colours through the geometrical rhombus shape, a great challenge for the craftsmen of Northern Pakistan. As well as being crafted by hand, the Afghan wool is also spun by hand, which allows for some unique colour tones to be highlighted which make each rhombus different and each rug a unique item. Technically complex, the Losanges Collection requires great skill as it involves combining 13 colours through the geometrical rhombus shape, a great challenge for the craftsmen of Northern Pakistan. As well as being crafted by hand, the Afghan wool is also spun by hand, which allows for some unique colour tones to be highlighted which make each rhombus different and each rug a unique item. Two colour options.

    Today Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec design for numerous manufacturers, including Vitra, Magis, Alessi, Mattiazzi, and more recently, Flos and Iittala.

    The AIM is a form of modern pendant lighting that is constructed from a varnished aluminum sheet with a photo-etched optical polycarbonate shade and an internal reflector of a photo-etched ABS. The cable can be adjusted to allow the fixture head and light distribution to be aimed. The cable has a total length of 29 ft 5 inches (9m) allowing the lamp to be suspended up to 9 ft 8inches (3m) from the ceiling. The Flos Aim Suspension Lamp is design stripped to its most basic—and beautiful—essence. A modern pendant light that is constructed from a varnished aluminum sheet with a photo-etched optical polycarbonate shade. The cable can be adjusted to allow the fixture head and light distribution to be aimed. The cable has a total length of 29 ft 5 inches (9m) allowing the lamp to be suspended up to 9 ft 8 inches (3m) from the ceiling. Available in black or white.

    Each Ruutu vase is unique - mouth-blown into a steel mould and polished by hand. Designer engraving on the bottom of the vase. Difficult shape and intensive colours of the Ruutu vases require very skillfull craftsmen to work during 24 hour production process of one vase. It takes 7 craftsmen to blow one vase. The fluidity of mouth blown glass and the vibrant quality of the flat surfaces create an elegant combination with the geometric shape. Each Iittala Ruutu Vase is unique - mouth-blown into a steel mold and polished by hand. The difficult shapes and intensive colours of the Ruutu Vases require seven craftsmen to blow one vase. The fluidity of mouth-blown glass and the vibrant quality of the flat surfaces create an elegant combination with the geometric shape.

    Both brothers have worked together as joint partners in their own Paris-based design studio. Their work ranges from small utilitarian objects to architectural projects. In addition to the design of domestic and office furniture, vases, porcelain dishware, jewellery and diverse home accessories, a primary focus of their work is the design and organisation of interior space. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec work together as joint partners in their Paris-based design studio. Their work ranges from small utilitarian objects to architectural projects. In addition to the design of domestic and office furniture, vases, porcelain dishware, jewellery and diverse home accessories, a primary focus of their work is the design and organisation of interior space.

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