Boca Do Lobo
We have predicted before that a lot of people are going to come away from ICFF 2011 realising that there is a lot of very fresh exciting design coming out of Portugal these days. And Boca Do Lobo is one of the stars of Portuguese design. Their pieces are invariably unexpected and bold. The piece above is their Pixel Chest of Drawers. If they bring it with them and, if memory serves us right, you will see padded doors and mirrored drawers. Boco Do Lobo – never, ever, boring!
Design House Stockholm
Design House Stockholm take an interesting approach to design. Rather than commissioning someone to produce a specific piece of work they invite designers to show them their ideas in much the same way, a publisher would ask for a synopsis and a sample chapter or two. The results are distinctly Scandinavian which when it come to design, as Design House Stockholm point out, is about philosophy and aesthetic perspective, rather than geography and nationality. We don’t know if they are going to bring The Cloud Chair, shown above, with them. We certainly hope so. Designed by Liza Widen, it is contemporary but somehow a bit 1950′s. It rocks on hidden runners and it is a lot smaller than you might imagine. The designer talks about being able to rest on a cloud. We just like the idea of being able to say “Hey! You! Get off of my cloud.” And then maybe strut around a bit clapping our hands in the air.
OK, there was no other way of showing you the size and we’re not afraid to shamelessly use the “cute factor” – go ahead, re-tweet this blog, you know you want to.
This table from Edition14 caught our eyes. Partly because it is only available in green and we rather like the confidence with which the designers knows the right color and isn’t going to offer any options. We also like it because it sparkles and we are suckers for a spot of bling. The Tech Coffee table is part of a new collection by Edition14 which features Swarovski Elements. Guess we’ll spot them glittering from the other side of the hall.
LZF are from Valencia Spain where they hand craft lights from wood veneer. They give off a warm gentle light. This is Armadlo by Luis Eslava Studios and available in white and red as well as this deep orange which we think would be rather interesting with the Green and sparkly table from Edition 14.
“We allow grains to spill. We love crumbling bark. We welcome wormholes.” So says John Houshmand, a man who clearly loves wood. And we have to admire the simple flowing lines of this Chaise Lounge made from Bronze and Pine. Everything he does can claim to be a celebration of wood and natural forms.
If you haven’t seen the five previews that were published before this on, they are not far away. More tomorrow.