I will have to preface this post by saying, this will probably be the first and the last time a clutch will be featured on Plastolux. I was recently on Etsy and did a search for rosewood and I came across the most beautiful piece of rosewood art and what do you know it was in the form of a clutch. Orli Tesler + Itamar Mend from Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel have created these breath taking clutches that had my head spinning as to what other applications this material treatment could be applied in.
Our recent work has resulted in the transformation of wood into a new textile. The texture, properties and appearance of our “wearable wood” series as a simultaneously delicate, flexible, durable material, we researched the potential of integrating these opposing elements to form new product identities.
I am going to deviate from our regular program for a little self promotion. Some of you may remember the Cube Side Table that Matt Easvold and I put together. The next step was to make several designs from this one that would involve other pieces but we won’t get into those just yet. With the come back of brass (for some people) we really wanted to make these bases in solid brass and marry them with a nicely figure walnut. You have to admit the two look amazing together. The Brass and Walnut Cube Side Table is available through my store.
If you are not into brass, just pretend for a moment that you are, what do you think?
We would love to have your opinion.
I first discovered the work of Linda Geiser and Max Geiser when I came across their stunning beading, Wallter. Linda and Max found a need and a focus for modern products made in the U.S. So what did they do about it? They started a blog and a store, Modestics, with just that focus. I instantly recognized some of the products that were highlighted in their store and I am sure you will as well. Another feature I like is that you read the bio of the designer and maker. Make sure to check out their blog as they discuss some topics surround design in America.
Recognizing there was a void in promotion of American Made Modern, along came Modestics. Although the resurgence of American manufacturing has been a topic of discussion for years, the focus has been largely on the big auto companies. Modestics highlights the small companies and independent designers that are truly making a difference in American design.
Jonathon Litchfield recently contacted me about the work they are doing over at STURDY, I am happy he did. I don’t think I have ever given much thought to resin being a material used in a modern setting. I guess I was wrong as STURDY has some beautiful pieces, that at first glance I didn’t think they were resin. The transparency mixed with organic free flowing shapes and colors really give life to these pieces. At the same time these attributes are contained in well proportion geometric shapes, as if framing these ethereal patterns.
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STURDY is makes sculptural home furnishings using resin, brass, steel and wood. Everything is made to order and handmade. Our studio is zero-waste using locally sourced materials and a team of artisans who have been working with us for decades. In every way we are the opposite of “mass-produced”.
What's this? a sponsored post? Yes folks a sponsored post, you know I don't do to many of these, in fact I think this is the first one that I haven't given anything away. I usually turn down these types of things to keep my message and aesthetic consistent but when I had the chance to post about this collaboration I felt the message fit right in. I instantly related to Pasquale Natuzzi as I had one of his sofas for quite a while. Fabrizio Plessi's work was new to me but I think his artistic flare will compliment the Natuzzi line. The "energy" used in this production will be represented by Lava.
"Fabrizio Plessi" describes his collaboration with Natuzzi: «My work has always been to raise the emotional temperature of the video and enhance it with memory, conscience and passion. Since many years also the humanization of technology is an essential basis of my poetics. That’s way my collaboration with Pasquale Natuzzi was unavoidable: it’s almost a biological link, we have a vision of the future that has its roots in a common – ancestral and primordial – origin of our history and culture»."
These stunning hand blown glass sculptures remind me of a grouping of tress from a kids video game or cartoon or maybe even candy like. The simplified shapes placed in groups make for an amazing transparent piece of art. Simply beautiful!
The Woods is the second collaboration between the Norwegian design studios StokkeAustad and Andreas Engesvik, Oslo. Our inspiration was found in the forests and the lights of the North. A tree changing colours and transparency through the seasons is a fascinating process that we wanted to capture in this glass object. The unique, free standing glass sculpture The Woods, is a made out of hand blown glass. Each sculpture consists of seven trees – joined in two separate sections.