Category - Design

Travel Back in Time to Ikea’s 75 Years of Furniture Design

When you think about furniture, it’s difficult not to think of Ikea. That’s how iconic the brand is when it comes to furniture design. And why wouldn’t it be? This furniture giant from Sweden has been influencing the world of design for 75 years now!  ikea-vintage-gratulera-collection-design_dezeen_2364_hero-1-852x609Yes, that’s right. This year marks Ikea’s 75th anniversary, and they are releasing an anniversary collection made up of their most iconic pieces. Aptly named “Gratulera” (which is Swedish for congratulate), their collection will have three separate launches, or sub-collections: 1950s to 1960s, 1970s to 1980s, and 1990s to 2000s. The first one, 50s to 60s, is set to be released this August. The next one will be around October. And of course, the final collection will be released in December along with the holiday season. So be sure to mark those calendars!3f9dfc3cdce9fc6c6196a1167105b02239ca8e5eGratulera will not only include their most iconic furniture, but will also feature lighting and tableware collections. One such piece is the LÖVET table (now known as LÖVBACKEN), which is the company’s first knock back product. This collapsible concept was apparently brought into life when one of their employees dismantled the LÖVET’s legs to fit it into his small car. Fast forward to today, almost all of Ikea’s pieces are flat-packed and can simply be assembled at home for convenience. This very concept, catapulted Ikea to furniture design fame, making it almost impossible to imagine that this giant furniture company started by just being a small post order business ran by a teenager. ikea-vintage-gratulera-collection-design_dezeen_2364_col_9-1704x1278 The 70s to 80s collection will be just exciting as the company will relaunch the original Klippan sofa, which we have seen grow and adapt throughout the years, along with other Retro-inspired items.ikea-vintage-gratulera-collection-design_dezeen_2364_col_32-1704x1278Finally, the 90s to 00s collection will include Thomas Sandell’s sculptural furniture, such as the iconic small bench with wheels, which was another game player in the world of furniture design. Ikea announced that each design will be released in limited edition, so be sure to plan your purchases wisely.
References: en.wikipedia.org  hikeamuseum.com  www.ikea.com  www.apartmenttherapy.com  www.dezeen.com/

Modern design and traditional arts and crafts in the Balkans

Folkk is a social enterprise based in Belgrade which aims to network artisans and young designers from the Balkans, particularly in Serbia, so that they create high quality home products inspired by tradition. One of the main ideas of this project is to preserve old-fashioned crafts and prevent them of dying out. The revitalization of rural life is the goal.novaiskra-projekti-FOLKK-06 novaiskra-projekti-FOLKK-15Small entrepreneurs are challenged by increasing migrations from rural parts of the Balkans to larger cities, due to economic issues. Therefore, Folkk’s goal is to revive traditional design and make it more appealing to local and international markets. The use of local materials is also one of the key mechanisms of sustainability. novaiskra-projekti-FOLKK-13 M_Cilim_Workshop-velika7sjioKilim production is common in countries once part of the former Ottoman Empire, such as Serbia. The trademark of Serbian handicraft is the Pirot kilim, named after a city in the southeastern part of the country. Folkk products, such as kilims and pillows, use redesigned common motifs seen in the city of Pirot. They are hand-woven from 100% locally-sourced wool and dyed vivid colors. M_Womens_Center_Uzice-mala2 These economical and ecological production methods should provide a stable income to artisans. Jobless women for instance are educated and encouraged to participate in the process of sewing and weaving. Also, part of the income is reinvested in the development of new products. Hopefully, the project will expand across the Balkans and engage more artisans and enrich the world of design.home_grid-milan_04

Uselessnism of everyday conformity – industrial design of Jasper Morrison

English designer Jasper Morrison, born in London, started his carrier in 1980s, and since then he has been designing products and furniture for many famous manufacturers of furniture, lighting, electronics, shoes, wristwatches. Rowenta, Samsung, Punkt, Camper, Muji, Vitra and Tate Modern are just some of his clients. In 2001 he has become Royal designer for Industry in UK.  00_projects_architectural_tate_tate_edit

architectural_tate_tate_edit_02Tate Edit, Tate Modern shop in London, 2016; Photography: Nicola Tree

  00-projects_instrastructure_vitra_bus_stop_01Bus Stop, Vitra’s Weil am Rhein site, 2006; Produced by Vitra, Switzerland; Photo: Jasper Morrison Studio

 00-projects_infrastructure_fsb_1144_handle_011144 Handle, 1990; Produced by FSB, Germany; Photo: Tim Rautert

It shouldn’t surprise us that Morrison’s design philosophy incorporating idea of Bauhaus movement. While he was attending postgraduate studies at Royal College of Art in London, he spent a year at Berlin’s Collage of Art. The main principles of Bauhaus school of design are to keep the creativity in the manufacturing process and to maintain the functionality of the object.00-projects-seating-maruni-t1-chair T1, 2016; Produced by Maruni, Japan; Photo: Maruni

00-projects_chairs_cappellini_thinking_mans_chair_01 Thinking Man’s Chair, 1986; Produced by Cappellini, Italy; Photo: James Mortimer

Inspired by the simplicity of hand-blown wine glasses from junk shops, Jasper Morrison defined what design should be – “Super Normal” or the “artificial replacement for normal”. By this he meant that there is no need for attention attracting designs by vibrant colors, shapes or superfluous details.00-projects_tables_vitra_rise_table_01Rise, 2014; Produced by Vitra, Switzerland; Photo: Miro Zagnoli

00-projects_accessories_punkt_dp01_01DP-01 Dect Phone,2010; Produced by Punkt, Switzerland; Photography: Jasper Morrison Studio

Precisely observing the object Morrison develops its form subordinated to the functionality. Main aim of his designed objects is to make pleasant atmosphere of everyday modern life. His rounded and smooth forms mostly made in wood, glass, stone and stainless steel are appealing to a viewer. To ignorance of fundamental goal of designing an object to be useful he gave a therm “Uselessnism”.

00-projects_kitchenware_rowenta_brunch_set_02Brunch Set, 2004; Produced by Rowenta, Germany; Photo: Christoph Kicherer

 Since 2015, his first retrospective exhibition “Jasper Morrison. Thingness” of his 35 years lasting carrier has been shown at Grand-Hornu in Belgium, Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich and Tate Modern in London, and currently is on view at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin.  00-exhibitions_2010_2019_grand_hornu_thingness_2015_07

exhibitions_2010_2019_grand_hornu_thingness_2015_05Photo: Tim Van De Velde