“Craft” Coffee Table by Milk Design


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“Craft” is a coffee table designed by Hong Kong firm Milk Design. It celebrates the beauty of simple materials and a handmade quality, creating a whimsical design that is also eco-friendly. The coffee table has a very simple production process and is completely crafted by hand.

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Its main structure is a folded fan-like construction made from thin 200 gsm paper. The folds lend rigidity and detail to the table’s structure, forming a strong support for the strudy softwood tabletop.

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This folding method allows for the table to hold a weight of up to 10kg.

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The notches on the tabletop increase the surface area for gluing and attachment.

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The simplicity of the construction allows for the table to be readily disassembled and recycled for other uses.

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Design Milk is a product design firm based in Hong Kong. Its philosophy is to provide design solutions that are unique while fulfilling the basic needs of everyday life.

Reference: http://milkdesign.com.hk/

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Scatter Shelf by Nendo


Scatter Shelf by Japanese design firm Nendo is made of glossy acrylic sheets. It is arranged in a grid formation from the front but a staggered configuration from the side.

 When objects are placed on the shelf, they look at if they are caught in the spider’s web when viewed from the front.

The glossy acrylic surface slices up reflections when viewed from an angle, scattering them in all directions.

When viewed on an angle, the glossy acrylic face creates a series of reflections within the shelves, making the ‘opaque’ acrylic appear to be transparent.

The diffused reflections are scattered, forming a kaleidoscopic effect.

The shelf is composed of 5mm acrylic sheets, which are stacked in 3 layers.

Nendo is a Tokyo-based product design firm headed by Oki Sato.

Via: Dezeen

Striving Upwards Everyday by Liu Yisha


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Striving Upwards Everyday (天天向上) is a set of wine pourer conceived by Chinese designer Liu Yisha.

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No, really, that’s all I’ve got.

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so I got lots for you.

Enjoy.

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Liu Yisha is a designer with Hangzhou-based firm Innovo Design. 

Via: Arting365

SMood Collection by Apirat Boonruangthaworn


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SMood Collection is a set of aluminium outdoor furniture by Thai designer Apirat Boonruangthaworn.

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The frame of the chairs and tables in this collection are made with recycled aluminium cast with aluminium extrusion tubes acting as a foundation structure.

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The aluminium pieces are attached to each other with screws and an O-ring system which give the jointed appearance of bamboo, adding delightful details to a contemporary silhouette.

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The seats and table tops are finished with hand-woven PE rattan.

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Apirat has won 17 design awards within the country, namely Best Design Award from Elle Decoration Magazine and Design Excellence Award or DEmark. With his distinctive creations, Apirat was awarded “Designer of the Year 2009” in furniture design category by Silpakorn University.

Reference: http://apiratboonruangthaworn.com/

Cloud x Lamp by Zhao Liping


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Imagine a cloud floating through your window and freezing itself into place. Magical? Then you’d love Cloud by Chinese designer Zhao Liping, which functions as both a hanging and standing lamp.

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In the design of the lamp, Zhao took inspiration from the poem “Chance” by renowned Chinese poet and writer Xu Zhimo (1897-1931):


I am a cloud in the sky,                                                                                                               That is occasionally projected in your heart.                                                                                     Don’t be surprised,                                                                                                                       Or too elated;                                                                                                                             For I shall vanish in an instant without a trace.[…]

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Zhao forwards that the lamp is the concrete manifestation of a cloud lingering in her heart. White, pure, ethereal and playful, the design is a reflection of Xu’s nonchalance on the ephemerality of romantic encounters.

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I guess if you can’t stop a lover who’s leaving, the least you can do is to cast in stone cloud his/her impression.

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Zhao Liping is a Chinese product designer. 

References:  IDSOO, Zhao Liping Design

Mingle & Satool by Alvin Tjitrowirjo


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Mingle & Satool are contemporary rattan furniture pieces designed by Indonesian designer Alvin Tjitrowirjo. Through these original designs, Alcvin T aims to convey a distilled sense of Indonesian culture and traditional techniques, while maintaining a distinctly contemporary language.

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Mingle is a three-way bench that exudes a sense of elegant lightness with its thin profile. Its seating configuration encourages users to sit and “mingle” through conversation and interaction.

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The Satool is a sinuous, organic bench that is created using a traditional weaving method combined with strong synthetic rattan peel. The fluidity of the overall form challenges the more blocky silhouettes of typical Indonesian rattan furniture.

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The alvinT portfolio consists of a variety of products ranging from furniture to lighting. The brand has been exhibited in international exhibitions such as Salone satelitte Milan 2005, Launch Pad Melbourne 2006, Shanghai 2006, Talents Ambiente Frankfurt 2008, Planet Mueble Paris 2009, and also numerous exhibitions in Indonesia.

Reference: http://www.alvin-t.com/

Gourd x Dining Ware by Chang Yung Ho


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Architect Chang Yung Ho, who is perhaps better known for setting up China’s first private architecture firm Atelier FCJZ, has designed a series of ceramic dining ware derived from the form of a gourd.

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The design of the dining ware is inspired by the use of dried gourds as vessels for scooping water and/or rice by farmers in Northern China.

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It is also a word play on the Chinese saying “to draw a ladle using a gourd (依葫芦画瓢)”, which is used to describe a rigid and inflexible person.

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Ho takes the proverb literally by using the gourd as the prototype for the dining wares, which are essentially vessels for food. To achieve the formal variations of the different items, he experimented with cutting the gourd at different angles.

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In doing so, Ho proves that being obvious is not superficial, and that the literal can also be profound. What results is a series of design that is both prosaic and poetic, giving a contemporary twist to the tradition of Chinese farmers.

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Chang Yung Ho is the principle architect of Atelier FCJZ, China’s first private architecture firm. He is currently the Professor of Architecture and the Head of the Department of Architecture at MIT, and used to serve as the Kenzo Tange Chair Professor at Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. 

References: Zhulong, IDSOO