Last October I visited the Milan Expo with my daughter Matilde. We wanted to enjoy the experience in its wholeness, skipping the long, huge lines to enter the pavillons - actually any pavillons, October showed to be the worst time to visit Expo2015
The Milan Design Week is almost over, and the web is full of images and articles about what happened during these last four days. This year too I visited Milan Fuorisalone - a faster than light visit to two of my favorite locations: ZonaTortona e VenturaLambrate. While editing the photographs I took during those exhausting [...]
Sometimes it happens that I shoot pictures, I save them on a hard drive and then I forget where I have saved them. Result: pictures are lost for a long long time, until the day I discover the lost folder while searching for something else. These images date back 2012. I shot them while visiting [...]
I always get very emotional when I realize how beautiful human creativity is, and how many incredible and good things humans can create thanks to it. Today, I have discovered this jewel, Mine Kafon, designed by Massoud Hassani a 25-year old Afghani refugee now living in the Netherlands. Mine Kafon is a mine sweeper which [...]
Yesterday I had a nice email exchange with Lucia Bruni, designer from Lucirmas, a design studio based in Barcelona whose creations I find extremely appealing. Lucirmás designs and produces sustainable glass products which tell a story. They make original, handcrafted objects from 100% recycled glass, offering the quality of a beautiful, artisan product. Lucirmás’ mission is to create [...]
I am a SIGG addicted, therefore when I discovered this SIGG contest on Talenthouse I could not help myself from submitting "something". Being not good at using Photoshop and other graphic design software, I decided to keep it simple. Very simple. And do something by hand - actually, I grabbed my SIGG bottle wrapped in [...]
I bet you have already seen these wonderful Pantone tarts everywhere - they are the last artwork of Emilie Guelpa, a French art director with an incredible taste 🙂 and passion for food! These Pantone tarts were designed for an article on the French magazine Fricote, but if you check her blog you will find [...]
Another very interesting architectural project. Today we are in Soglio, Switzerland, where the Suiss architect Armando Ruinelli has redeveloped an unused farm barn into a single family residence. The dwelling merges the traditional structure with a contemporary aesthetic, maintaining its place within the villages context. The three storeys are set into the steep slope, placing [...]
At first sight I said to myself: "Mmm...the usual boring classic art". Then I took a closer look and ...WOW! Artist Sagaki Keita was born in 1984 and lives and works in Tokyo. His densely composited pen and ink illustrations contain thousands of whimsical characters that are drawn almost completely improvised.
The Spa House designed by Metropolis Design in Cape Town, South Africa, is set on the mountainside on the urban edge of Hout Bay, overlooking the bay and harbour, and surrounded by weathered sandstone formations. The primary design intention was to integrate the building with the powerful landscape and to derive its poetics from the [...]
I first met Mark at the Salone Satellite in Milan in 2009. He had to leave his booth for a sec and asked me and my friend to keep a look at it - and we were very happy to help him, so that we had plenty of time to admire the displayed prototypes which [...]
I did not know Ro&Ad Architecten from Netherland until yesterday, when I received my daily Fast.Co Design newsletter. Simply Wonderful. I would pay to cross this bridge. Then I visited their website and found this project description I would like to share: "At times, it can be good to come up with something senseless. The freedom of [...]
Thanks to Nicole for introducing me to this great artist, Henry Hargraves. His last -delicious and waterfilling - masterpiece is this Bacon Alphabet. Right on time for your lunch?
Another great design related spotted in Nicole's blog. Enjoy this wonderful "ten-ten" (dots) flow by Miharu Matsunaga, talented Japanese Designer, Artist and Photographer. Miharu Matsunaga's Got Me Seeing Spots. In Mihaur's website, you can also find other interesting works, such as the below featured Tarzan.
Some call this a home, some call this a dream, I would call it a great architecture design a little bit intimidating. I would not mind to spend a short holiday there though. Designed by Paris-based Agence Jouin Manku for YTL Design Group, this amazing residence belongs to a Malaysian power family, hosting three generations of the family [...]
Apparently plastic bags are a resourceful means to collect morning dew and many mountaineers use it to collect water. Needless to say, not all climbers are conscientious enough to carry back their litter, and as a result many of our peaks are getting polluted. To offer a better alternative, we have here the Succulent Concept, [...]
When I first saw Vancouver Olympic medals I asked myself "What brilliant mind can create such a great design and cool concept?" The answer was Omer Arbel. The whole process of conceiving and designing the Olympic medals is carefully described in this Boomdesign post. What I would like to submit to your attention are the many [...]
I stumbled upon this interesting and useful project, Cradle to Cradle, discovering that it is not a brand new project but it dates back 2006, when this video was first released. Developed by American architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle envisions an economy based on closed-loop cycles of materials. Imagine an [...]
I have just watched this wonderful TED talk from Richard Seymour about design and beauty and the relationship between emotions and design, suggesting that what designers must pursue is the emotional functionality of things. Enjoy, share and comment!
The iTree is a top-quality iPhone and iPod docking station made out of a simple tree trunk. This is hollowed out using a special technique and specialized tools, expertly proportioned to produce optimum sound quality. Each iTree is unique – costumers choose the wood, the length and the built-in technology. They can even take [...]
The Eindhoven duo takes a look at the world of polymers pre-oil times as well as combining nature and plastic. Botanica is commissioned by Plart, an Italian foundation dedicated to scientific research and technological innovation for the recovery, restoration and conservation of works of art and design produced in plastic. Maria Pia Incutti, founder of Plart and [...]