Category - Design

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

Muista Active Chair: Freedom To Rock and Fidget At Work

Sitting is an inevitable part of any traditional office job. Although this may be the case, a multitude of studies show that prolonged inactivity is horrendous for our health. A Mayo Clinic article even suggests that prolonged sitting can increase the risk of heart disease. In recent years, standing desks have become popular – but if you are not ready to take that step, an innovative design from Aurimas Lazinskas and his team may be the right move, quite literally, for you.64d58d95aeebef20483b7b42637e9ca5_originalEnter the Muista active chair, which gives you the ability to rock back and forth and fidget at work. The chair, which has currently raised over $8,000 on Kickstarter, boasts a number of health benefits for the user. Its Kickstarter page states that because the chair is on a continuous pivot, it better circulates your internal body fluids, promotes a better posture, and can even lead to a better mood and a sense of relieved stress.

muista-1-600x460The chair is available in two sizes, Muista Fit and Muista Big. It has a handsome wood finish, and a variety of colored cushions to choose from. The cushions themselves are filled with buckwheat hulls, a material that provides ventilation and zero carbon footprint. The material gives your backside a balance between comfort and exercise – allowing you to work muscles you normally wouldn’t in a traditional desk chair. Is the Muista active chair the solution we need to save our generation from the dangers of prolonged sitting?

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