Friday, 29 October 2010

Coffee bench -- beyond standards

Poland-based BEYOND standards is a collaborative design and production studio led by Karolina Tylka (product designer) and Szymon Nawój (interior architect). They are dedicated to research material, technology and space relations, with a focus on searching for the coherent ideas in every product, space and process designed.

At 100% Design, they launched the Coffee Bench, a movable bench and table that is a smart use of space. Inspired by the need to have coffee in the garden with no space for the cup or newspaper, they designed a smart, rotating unit that can be easily adjusted based on your needs.


Manuel Vason

Manuel Vason was born in Padova Italy in 1974. Whilst studying at the University of Social Science, Padova, he decided to become a photographer and moved to Milan. In 1998 he moved to London and whilst assisting some of the most highly regarded photographers in the fashion industry he started the project ”Exposure” a publication on Live Performance Art (Black Dog Publishing, 2001). In September 2003 He graduated from Central Saint Martins in Fine Art.
Manuel Vason’ fashination for the human body found its best manifestation when associated with the notion of Performance. His work could be viewed as series of studies on the possibilities of the human body’s expression.


Thursday, 28 October 2010

Bodies in Urban Spaces - Willi Dorner

“Bodies in Urban Spaces, besides being a wonder of organization and stamina, was a model of public art: free, fun, and transformative.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

At sunrise and sunset, audiences will be led by performers through the streets around Wall Street. As they walk along narrow cobblestone streets, they will encounter dancers transforming themselves into “human sculptures” that extend seamlessly into the surrounding architecture. The performance trail has been determined by Willi Dorner, the work’s Vienna-based choreographer, with the goal of intensifying the experience of the neighborhood, its history, its present, and the relationship of urban design to the human form.

Willi Dorner Bio:
Willi Dorner is a choreographer, curator, and video artist who combines disciplines to subvert and question our perception of movement and dance. He has been active as a choreographer in Vienna since the late 1980s and is regarded as one of the most important choreographers working in Europe today. His pieces have appeared in festivals and venues in Europe, Africa, North, and South America and China. His recent work, Bodies in Urban Spaces was created in France and has since toured in Austria, England, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the US. He has also worked as a guest choreographer for the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Dance Theatre Ireland in Dublin, and the Scottish Dance Theatre.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Brick Couch for Versus

" KiBiSi has designed the Brick series for Versus. The series consists of a pouf, a chair, a two and three seater. KiBiSi set out to make a sofa with strong architectural references since KiBiSi partner Bjarke Ingels couldn’t really find the right architect’s sofa for his apartment.

The point of departure was a classic brick bond forming the cushion pattern. The cushions are tied together and fixed with a tailor quality button. The button, also designed by KiBiSi, is molded of fiber concrete – Yet another architectural reference. Bjarke Ingels of KiBiSi says: “What is a sofa but a pile of pillows for maximum comfort? Turning the habitual modularity of sofa design into a virtue, the Brick explores the tectonic of bricklaying to stack sandbag like cushions into architecture for comfort.” "