Tuesday, 27 April 2010

The new dimension

From paper play to street cred, we've held a long-standing admiration for the Japanese aesthetic. And we're currently transfixed with by what seems to be a trend for all things ethereal...or is it??

Our attention has been held for some time now by the work of Japanese architects, Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima. Partners in the Tokyo-based firm SANAA, the duo have been awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize 2010 for their wow-factor work which includes the New Museum in New York City. As big fans of their now-you-see-it, now-you-don't Serpentine Pavillion last year, which in their own words was a 'collection of atmospheres', we're inspired by their fresh perspective in the often weighty realm of architecture.

We've tuned our eye so finely lately that we've even noticed 'The Invisibles'. Rest assured, Tokujin Yoshioka’s new chair for Kartell is really there and definitely a work of translucent beauty, but it is his 'Memory' chair which has sparked our imagination. Released through Moroso, we think the this is about as whimsical as recycled aluminium can ever be. The future of being seated is becoming oddly interesting.

A true visionary, Yoshioka then really took our breath away with his installation in Milan. Swarovski Crystal Palace is out of this world.

Monday, 12 April 2010

It's a wrap: Design Day 2010

This year's Urbis D
esignday, held in Auckland on 20 March, was arguably the 'best ever' with the biggest turnout in its five-year history. This is great news for all involved, including Ikon who revel in the creative challenge to deliver striking branding for the event every year. We consider the 'bar raised' for 2011 and are keeping a keen eye on Milan this week (Salone Internazionale del Mobile, April 14th-19th 2010)