Modern simplicity if found throughout the works of Fort Standard. There is simplicity not only in the materials used but also in the shapes and construction. Form does meet function as the forms are exact and minimal while the functions are clear. Brass, stone, wood and marble are beautiful in their own natural state and Fort Standard utilizes that beauty wonderfully.
Silvia Song has an amazing talent with wood and respecting its natural properties. The simplistic shapes allow for the wood patterns to act like an intricate painted pattern. I love the ebony bowls, the dark color goes beyond the surface. I love the indigo dipped bowls, I would have never thought to do that. The plates and knives are amazing. I tried turning a bowl once, just once. Silvia is truly an artist.
Some of you may know that I have a soft spot for Murano glass so when I saw the glass Art by Anna Torfs, I was enchanted right away. I love the precision and exactness that her work incorporates. The clear polished edges giver her pieces depth so you can look into the work and see other amazing colors. The almost non translucent bowls are so cool. The pieces can take and manipulate light in such wonderful ways. Amazing work!
Cody Carpenter recently sent me an email about his modern concrete design. I sort of disregarded it because I haven’t seen anything lately that has really stood out, not like I am scouring the web looking for concrete projects. When I looked through the images that Cody sent I was pretty impressed, there are some very cool designs here. I haven’t seen anything like that manta ray looking sink. I really like the integration of functionality in his work. There are thoughts that work past the initial need. The counter continuing into the shower, knife holders, drain racks and so much more. Keep up the great work Cody!
These modern stone designs by Kim HyunJoo are simple and beautiful. Her minimal approach to the objects she creates is stunning. I like so many of her pieces but the one that stood out to me was the Seoul Tray. The shape is elegant the topographic like lines on the interior of the tray ads an interesting texture while holding its content steady.
South Korean designer Kim HyunJoo was born in Seoul in 1980. As an industrial designer and a service design consultant, Kim HyunJoo has worked with Calvin Klein NY, Westin Chosun Hotel, GCS Stone, SK group, KOLON, F.Guzzini, and previously worked in Giovannoni Design Studio in Milan, 2007. Her design style is inspired by nature and natural materials, with an emphasis on oriental aesthetics, and her work has been exhibited at Milan Furniture fair 2014, German Paper world 2014, Maison-objet 2013, and numerous Korean exhibitions.
Copenhagen by Vifa is simply, audio designed. The imagery alone makes me want to purchase this beautiful pieces of audio equipment. The designers of Copenhagen say “The distinct characteristic of Copenhagen is its Nordic expression” They also define the term “Nordic design addresses complex issues and turns them into simple and appealing solutions.” Vifa also teamed up with Kvadrat who makes some amazing textiles. I would love to hear one of these, if they sound anything as good as they are designed, I bet they sound fantastic. I think I would like to see a model without a handle as well, something that would be stationary.