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Source Materials by MSDS Studio

Source Material by MSDS Studio

The latest collection, Source Materials, from Toronto-based MSDS Studio was recently launched at Greenhouse, part of the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Source Materials explores form and material in a modern context by maintaining each piece be made from only one material, which, in turn, informs the design itself.

Above: the Ancestor lounge chair, is a broad, spartan form based on a mid-1600’s design that suggests but predates the classic Windsor. Aluminum combines a classic pendant shape with modernized material by way of sand casting to add organic texture to a typically shiny surface. The Ware lamp is a one-piece slipcase pottery lamp that explores the “formal plasticity” of stoneware, by using dimension and soft reflection value.

Below: Trio consists of three tables, similar in size, but each rendered in a different material: aluminum, wood, and composite; the pieces converse when together, but emphasis on exacting form is obvious when standing alone.

Source Material by MSDS Studio

Source Material by MSDS Studio

More at: MSDS Studio
Photos: MSDS Studio

Piece in Brief: Trombone by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup

Trombone lamp, Fog & Mørup

Trombone lamp, Fog & Mørup

The Trombone lamp (1966), available in table and floor variations (Trombone I and II), is a design by Johannes (Jo) Hammerborg, produced by Fog & Mørup of Denmark.

The design’s name suggests the lamps similarity to a well-honed instrument. Sleek in style, Trombone not only offers direct light through its brushed aluminum reflector, but the thoughtful detail of slits in the metal emit a subtle, projected light across the room. With a chromed-steel body and lacquered base, the lamp is sharp and direct-in-design.

Johannes Hammerborg started his professional career as a silversmith, before becoming head of design at Fog & Mørup. Under his direction, the company saw its most successful run of designs, where Hammerborg’s clear artistic vision extended from the pieces themselves to the smallest details of labelling, packaging, and showroom displays. His designs, many iconic and representative of midcentury Danish lighting, are worth studying.

Trombone is no longer in production; Fog & Mørup pieces are available online through vintage dealers (and eBay). Expect prices on the higher end, not only a reflection of increased interest, but often speaking to the quality and materials involved in Fog & Mørup designs.

Photos: Pamono

Listening / Viewing: MMOTHS – Eva

Directed by Jonas Lindstroem.

Filippa K AW16

Filippa K AW2016

Filippa K AW2016

Filippa K AW2016

Filippa K AW2016

For the A/W 2016 collection at Swedish label Filippa K, Creative Director Nina Bogstedt collaborated with two artists to achieve a decidedly signature presentation, Seeking Patterns. Julia Hetta and Åsa Stenerhag not only share the aesthetic values of Filippa K’s calm, clean approach, but also happen to be childhood friends. Hetta, Stenerhag, and Bogstedt created an environment that communicates with the clothing, whilst also providing a backdrop and supplement to the garments themselves.

Hetta, one of Europe’s foremost fashion photographers, chose Floragatan 13, the former Czech embassy in Stockholm, as the location for shooting the images. The 1970s building is designed around values that align with those of Filippa K, such as strong simplicity, longevity, and intelligent detail; here, the A/W collection falls perfectly against Brutalist architecture.

Åsa Stenerhag (who has worked as part of Filippa K’s design team), created placid artworks to accompany the collection.

 Filippa K AW2016

Filippa K AW2016

The creative collaboration that is Seeking Patterns, which includes textile and fashion design, photography, art, and architecture, allows you to explore the collection’s designs with the benefit of complementary media.

More at: Filippa K

Leaf by Thomas Brown and Andrew Stellitano

Leaf, Thomas Brown

Leaf, Thomas Brown

Leaf, Thomas Brown

Leaf, Thomas Brown

Described as a “study of beauty in decay,” Thomas Brown’s Leaf series, an ongoing collaboration with art director Andrew Stellitano, captures decaying leaves, portrait-style, against rich, textural backgrounds.

As the leaves decline, new sculptural, almost skeletal forms emerge, reminding us of the temporary quality of natural beauty. 

More at: Thomas Brown

Listening / Viewing: BASECAMP – Surrender

Directed by Hunter Hampton.

Momentum and Pūrificātum by Fabian Zeiljer

Studio Fabian Zeiljer

Studio Fabian Zeiljer

Studio Fabian Zeiljer

With the intention of addressing the subject of air we breathe indoors and its quality, Fabian Zeiljer’s Design Academy Eindhoven graduation project consists of a series of high-design devices, Momentum and Pūrificātum, that marry technology and simple human action.

Momentum is a trio of aerometers that elegantly give warning of air quality issues: a teardrop-shaped device indicates lack of humidity, a half-sphere suggests low oxygen levels, and a matte black disk gauges particulate matter. When the objects detect a concern, they quietly and subtly rotate, catching the attention of the user whilst exercising the subdued elegance of their design and material quality. Momentum’s notifications serve as cues to manually adjust your environment, opening windows, evaporating water to increase humidity, or using the secondary device, Pūrificātum, to address particulate matter. A discreet induction plate is used to charge the units.

Pūrificātum (in standing and tabletop variations) works as a personal air purifier, doubling as a lamp with two lighting options: cool white to promote focus and productivity, as well as a warmer setting to promote relaxation.

Not intended to replace advanced air cleaning devices, this series, instead, artfully reminds us that personal health is so directly affected by our environment and behaviors.

More at: Studio Fabian Zeiljer
Photos: Fabian Zeiljer / Lisa Klappe









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