introducing the kickstarter funded grip on heat – isolator cup by rotterdam based studio lorier. made of porcelain, a highly temperature conductive and sometime slippery material, fins on the outside reduce heat and create a non-slip grip.
chicago designer craighton berman‘s coffeemaker nº4 is a pour over brewer that celebrates the ritual of slow coffee. designed to be a serious pour-over brewer as well as a beautiful countertop object, nº4 heightens the manual brewing experience.
originally launched on kickstarter 5 years ago (and boosted by uncrate), nº4 is the latest iteration of his signature coffeemaker. since this was the product that originally launched manual, he decided to create an anniversary edition to celebrate. the defining design gesture of the manual coffeemaker has always been the hand-crafted sculptural glass dome, so for this edition he created a new ceramic base—available in three colors. for the anniversary edition of Nº4, we are offering plates in matte black, matte white, and stoneware.
“i know in 2019 that a kickstarter campaign comes with some baggage—will it deliver? will it be any good? i have launched all manual products this way—this is actually my 12th kickstarter campaign—and i always deliver what i promise! coffeemaker n°4 is live as of monday, and is available at an early backer price of $80. after one week the price will move to $100, with a final retail cost of around $125.”
[ vitals ]
> you can make as little coffee as a 8oz cup (240 ml) or as much as 20oz (800 ml)—enough to share
> the coffeemaker does not use plastics (only glass and ceramic)
> packaging is 100% compostable (no foams to protect glass, only molded pulped paper)
> brewing process is 100% electricity-free—if water is heated on a gas stove
> low-waste in brewing, as the filter and grinds can be composted vs coffee pods, which are rarely recycled
[ neocon’s 51st edition ] since 1969 neocon continues to serve as the world’s premier platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. below are events with the merchandise mart as well as off-site satellite offerings.
neocon at the merchandise mart | 222 west merchandise mart plaza chicago [ directions ] /
[ show info ] /
monday 10 june 9am > 5pm
tuesday 11 june 9am > 5pm
wednesday 12 june 9am > 3pm
lockdown cut-proof bag by travelon / home organization + storage / booth n6031
with features like safetex cut-proof strap and body material, sold brass lock and one-piece construction valuables are safe when on-the-go.
safetex material cannot be cut with knives, scissors or razor – nor can bolt cutters cut the strap. lockdown bags come in two sizes, one for essential items the other for larger iPad size items.
theft is a crime of opportunity and the travelon¨ anti-theft lockdown bag stops theft.
below> fledge – flip edge cutting board by dreamfarm / kitchen hand tools + cutlery / booth n8107
fledge is the world’s best cutting board. fledge has unique flip up edges that prevent food from falling or rolling off the sides when being transported to a pot, bowl or table for serving. both fledge and the double-sized big fledge (coming soon) have non-slip rubber feet and knife-friendly patterns on both sides, and a generous juice groove for carving on the underside. won’t warp in the dishwasher.
below> flex by joseph joseph / bath + personal care / booth n7900
the concept behind the head is appearing in a variety of products. what makes this product standout is the unique head design and elegant packaging that easily stores with its minimal footprint, even if you don’t have a utility storage room.
conventional toilet brushes hold dirt and liquid, making them messy and unhygienic to use and clean. also their bristles can distort and wear, meaning they need to be replaced regularly. flex™ is an innovative toilet brush designed to solve all these problems.
it features a flexible, d-shaped head that reaches all areas, even under the rim. it has widely spaced bristles that prevent dirt clogging, allowing liquid to drain quickly and minimising drips between cleaning and storing.
it also has durable bristles and comes with a slimline holder for neat storage.
dry your dishes right where you wash them. made with fda-approved silicone and reinforced with stainless steel rods, this simple, sturdy mat allows runoff from freshly washed items to drip directly into the sink. you can even use it to rinse and drain fruits and vegetables. roll up and put away when you’re done. that’s how to-do becomes ta-da.
below> sensor mirror compact by simplehuman / personal electrics / booth n7735
a simple concept tweak creates a must-have travel companion. tru-lux light system simulates natural sunlight, allowing you to see full color variation, so you’ll know when your makeup is color-correct and flawless. the 3x magnification gives you a hyper-clear view of every detail. sensor turns light on automatically when taken out of the sensor pouch, and turns it off when put back in. the power button lets you toggle between 650 or 300 lux dual brightness settings. a fold-out ring handle is secure and comfortable in your hand, or can be used as a stand for hands-free viewing — and it comes with an attached button strap that keeps the mirror secure inside the pouch. the mirror is rechargeable, and one charge lasts up to 1 week with typical daily usage.
below> titan – trash compactor by joseph joseph / household + home electrics / booth n7900
titan is an innovative waste solution with a patented, hygienic compaction system. this allows it to hold up to three times more than a similar-sized household bin. compacting your rubbish means you empty your bin less often and use fewer liners. titan also features an anti-tear design that won’t stretch or pinch the liner and a replaceable odour filter to neutralise any unpleasant smells.
below> cuisnart venture portable gas grill submitted by the fulham group / cook + bakeware / booth s1672
the cuisinart venture portable gas grill is not your average “tailgating” gas grill. the sleek and modern aesthetic, with store ‘n go design inspires adventure and helps couples enjoy those intimate moments. perfect for the date night picnic or small group gatherings. the wooden lid doubles as a chopping board; simply remove the cutting board from the top to prepare your meal or use it for cheese and crackers to enjoy while sipping a glass of wine. the grill grates are porcelain enameled cast iron, giving off more heat and holds heat longer than steel. a simple, complete, and compact portable grilling system.
below> globe watering can – jet and shower watering can by eva solo / home décor * gifts / booth8324
globe watering can allows the user to select between a jet watering or shower watering with a simple turn of the spout. practical hole in the side for easy filling. perfectly balanced for easy pouring.
below> messy mutts travel water bottle and bowl by jascor / pets/ booth s1217
perfect for your thirsty mutt on the go! just fold up the silicone bowl and press the quick release button. unused water drains back into the 700ml or 24 oz stainless steel bottle after use and the bowl folds back over the bottle for easy portability.
care > disassemble and hand wash with warm water and mild soap or place in dishwasher. hand wash recommended. do not microwave. silicone bowl can be removed from cap. bpa and pvc free.
below> cubit by plott / smart home products / booth L14000
cubit is the first tool that can bring your dimensional data to your smart device and also extract it back into the real world after you have manipulated it. this means that after you measure your space and arrange it to your liking in the app, cubit will then guide you to make your design a reality bringing your project to life. editor’s and gia judge note: with regard to category strength the smart home products category contained quite a few exceptional products and a shame we couldn’t have had a tie amongst two or three products.
thawthat! deluxe defrosts meat right on the countertop without any external heat or power source for a gentle, even thaw in less than half the time of traditional countertop thawing.
dissipates cold and draws ambient warmth to the surface / eco-friendly / rugged anodized aluminum, abs, polypropylene construction / cleaner than soaking and gentler than microwaving / faster (up to 2.5x) than traditional countertop thawing / concave surface directs melted liquid / green – no wires or batteries required / hand wash recommended
promeco has created tempcontrol® technology which keeps dinnerware warm or cold for more than 30 minutes.
this technology is presented via the calido onyx black dinner plate by sanodegusto, offering the perfect backdrop for a culinary tour de force. the anti-scratch structure ensures multiple use without devaluing the design. moreover, the integrated revolutionary tempcontrol® technology makes sure any dish stays warm for at least 30 minutes. sanodegusto is a division of promeco.
[ gia global innovation awards – product design ] the iha innovation awards have honored the best in product design at the international home + housewares show for the past four years. the award’s name and tagline have now changed to the iha global innovation awards (gia), honoring product design excellence.
all products entered into the new product showcase will have a chance at winning. innovative products will be judged by a panel of experts that includes designers, retailers and news media.
product finalists selected by the judges were announced prior to the show and will be featured in each buyers club and at the iha global innovation awards display in the lakeside center lobby.
editor’s note: ron kovach has been a judge since inception of this award.
enigmatic purples have long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. musical icons prince, david bowie, and jimi hendrix brought shades of ultra violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of pantone 18-3838 ultra violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.
prince, bowie, and hendrix.
we do like the color – enjoyed finding examples for this gallery – but ultra violet has very limited applications. not a quintessential first choice for durable goods such as furniture. in an interior, more likely to be an accent and not a dominant color. and maybe not a very long shelf life, typically a year from collection to collection.
but then again this year, a homage to prince. and bowie. and hendrix…
above > luminaire lab² / 4100 ne 2nd avenue – suite 104
in addition to its distinguished gallery program presenting 34 design galleries from around the world, design miami/ – 6 > 10 december 2017 – offers an extensive series of collaborations, satellites, events, retail and hospitality offerings as well as site-specific design commissions for visitors to enjoy throughout the fair week.
above > luminaire’s latest design district outpost, lab², comes alive with an illuminating investigation of the future of domestic design. in conjunction with the launch of the monograph, this will be the place, cassina’s recently appointed art director, patricia urquiola will join the book’s editor and pin-up magazine founder and editor felix burrichter along with renowned german industrial designer konstantin grcic to interact with guests and sign copies.
event >cassina: this will be the place venue > luminaire lab² / 4100 ne 2nd avenue – suite 104 date > wednesday 6 december / 6 > 9p [ rsvp ]
above >homage to kuramata by synthesizing the familiar with the avant-garde, japanese designer shiro kuramata created a dynamic and wide-ranging oeuvre that is still celebrated today. on thursday, december 7, luminaire lab opens its latest exhibition with a look at prolific designer featuring a collection of pieces produced by cappellini that highlight his sensitivity to form an abundance of creativity.
event >luminaire to open shiro kuramata exhibition during art basel 2017 venue > luminaire lab / 3901 ne 2nd avenue date > thursday 7 december / 6 > 9p [ rsvp ]
above >luminairex in collaboration with neushop will host creativemornings / miami presenting designer and dj lia figueredo who will share her experience throughout her career in design, marketing, and music through an interactive talk over breakfast. creativemornings has reunited new york’s creative community and engaged the city’s creative talent, connecting like-minded individuals based on a global theme. today, attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of experts on different topics.
above> the rila collection is ideal for contemporary cocktails. available in 3 sizes, usd retail $80 – $90 per set of 2.
with an international namesake brand, the concensus on chicago designer felicia ferrone, is a singular almost signature look with regard to her glassware. a very rare feat in this typology. she brings european influences including experience as an architect in milan, and timelessness to her carefully crafted objects. ~ rk
this season felicia introduces several new collections that capture the spirit of entertaining. each of these pieces are unique in their silhouette and function and recall a time when entertaining with friends and family was an art form.
also for the first time, introducing a selection of beautiful gift sets, intended to be given and cherished.
above >with the elegance of a forgotten time, the sofia collection is available in 3 sizes, usd retail $80 – $90 per set of 2.
above>just as the small town is known for the healing properties of its hot springs, so are the evenings we spend with good friends. the bessho collection, now available in a collins glass, medium and large bowl. from usd retail $70.
above >available in medium and large, from a single stem to a beautiful bouquet, the stella vases highlight any flower arrangement they contain. from usd retail $140.above> bessho & rila gift set – this gift set includes 1 bessho carafe and 6 rila large glasses. usd retail $342.
above >bessho & rila gift set – this gift set includes 1 bessho carafe and 6 rila large glasses. usd retail $342.
above >this gift set from our revolution collection is comprised of an elegant cocktail pitcher, a stainless steel strainer, a stainless steel stir, and 4 rocks / martini glasses. usd retail $322.
cocktail strainer and stir designed by christopher gentner, 2014.
glassware designed by felicia ferrone, 2001.
above >perfect for everyday or formal dining settings, this gift set of 8 dearborn mini glasses and a margot decanter will enrich any occasion. usd retail $342
above >this gift set includes 1 talise fluted decanted with 6 mixed small glasses. usd retail $387.
you can find several additional sets available on our website as well. [ fferrone design ]
we are visiting italian bathroom fixtures specialist fantini in their new chicago showroom in the luxehome design resource center in chicago’s merchandise mart and speaking to riccardo conti, managing director / fantini north america. one’s first impression when looking at the products is striking sophistication and a leanness in form.
[designapplause] riccardo, welcome to chicago. please tell us what’s unique and special about fantini. [riccardo conti] first of all this year is special as we celebrate 70 years. i think over the last few decades fantini has been particularly successful because of consistency. for example, every time we introduce a new collection it’s always a collaboration with a designer, and though each designer brings their own personal vision to their solutions, everything is very much aligned with a style that tells you it’s a fantini product.
and that’s always been the case but recent introductions the company has become very aggressive to a change in mindset. we have entered a new phase that while preserving a fantini style of simplicity and elegance, we’ve have added a more transitional look.
[da] looking over your presentation in this showroom you are an exception to the rule. it’s very rare for a showroom to successfully mix and match iconic simplicity with iconic traditional. the two esthetics usually are served up as diametrically opposed —— and people normally like one or the other. fantini has managed to maintain simplicity while adding classic sumptuousness. [rc] yes, i certainly agree and thank you. the new vision goes together well with what is existing. our designs are never too loud, more quiet but very elegant with a good sense of proportion.
a good example is our fontane bianche collection designed by italian architect and interior stylist elisa ossino, a fusion of stone and water. in addition i’d like to say the collaboration with salvatori for the fontane bianche collection is not new to fantini because we have collaborated with others before, especially boffi which is ongoing. and coincidently, salvatori is also celebrating 70 years.
above/below> fontane bianche
the materials in this collection is more industrial with a sort of delicate touch. industrial elements are rough and unfinished surfaces. the idea behind the collaboration with salvatori was not to just introduce a line of faucets, but also include sinks and accessories that tie into one concept. maybe some clients would prefer just the faucets or just the sinks.
and this idea is precisely special and unique because today companies try to be include too many iterations together and lose some focus on being a specialist. we do have kitchen products but maybe we are not yet very strong. in fontane bianche, fantini remains a bathroom specialist.
another new introduction is a collaboration with belgium architect / designer vincent van duysen, who is also the creative director for moltini, to create icona which offers two distinct concepts, icona classic and icona deco which communicates two sentiments, one of timelessness and one of memory.
above> icona classic / below> icona deco
[da] a noticeable detail is a distinctive metallic-like matte finish. how did the matte concept appear? [rc] the finish is not new to us, it’s pvd (physical vapor deposition) treatment seen typically on jewelry, aerospace and biomedical applications and permits an unlimited range of color tones. pvd is more durable than chrome and aligns well within a bathroom environment. the new color palette comes in three options, matte gun metal, brushed copper and matte british gold. the finish permits an aged look but in fact it doesn’t age like real metal that tarnishes.
interestingly the use of color go way back to 70s and back then there were many colors. in recent years, black and white started trending although the trend never really took off. in addition to black and white, we added numerous other colors (all on custom request based on the “ral” range of colors) and it’s been quite successful, applied to the balocchi collection first and then extended to the whole range.
[da] what else is new? [rc] two new looks for us is lamé and venezia by italian designer matteo thun and spanish designer antonio rodriguez. lamé is an interesting shape and interesting to the touch, a square shape with rounded edges. it comes with a polished chrome finish with a unique and a choice of a contrasting matte black or white handle. a surprisingly well received new look are beautiful round crystal handles found in venezia which communicates style, tradition, elegance and refined luxury. venezia also has another classic lever handle in black or chrome plated metal.
above> lamé / below> venezia
[da] this finish looks like stainless steel. [rc] for many years we’ve done the brushed nickel finish. but we’ve discontinued that finish and we now use stainless steel 316 as it is marine grade and highly resistant to corrosion. it’s used a lot in outdoor applications, it’s recyclable and really eco-friendly because when you do brass/nickel finish there’s a lot of chemical processes you have to go through.
we now have four collections made entirely of stainless steel two of which are new in 2016. one designed by naoto fukasa is called aboutwater, a collaboration with boffi. aboutwater is the result of an exploration into the simplification of forms. the faucets and shower system become discs and cylinders; the taps look like the controls of a stereo. the design is so reduced the aesthetic quality of materials is emphasized.
above> aboutwater af21 / below> mint
another new stainless steel product is mint and designed by angeletti (silvana) & ruzza (daniele). mint is a first in the marketplace, a square faucet. why is it the first? the reason everyone stays away from this shape is the difficulty to execute in production. with circular shapes you work with materials already available on the market. this shape is completely custom.
below> fantini in the luxehome design resource center in chicago’s merchandise mart
structure, the second exhibition of contemporary norwegian craft and design at milan design week, put the scandinavian country on the map.
showcasing the work of 26 designers or design studios from norway, structure was a collaboration between four norwegian organizations: design collective klubben, contemporary craft resource norwegian crafts, the norwegian centre for design and architecture, and norwegian paint company jotun, who provided a colorful backdrop from which the work could shine. the show, in milan’s ventura lambrate, was curated by renowned interior stylists jannicke kråkvik and alessandro d’orazio and editor in chief of swedish design magazine resident, hanna nova beatrice. “structure aims to bring together the best of contemporary norwegian creativity,” says a statement from the team, “…and foster ground-breaking collaborations and manufacturing partnerships, in a single state-of-the-nation exhibition that exists at the intersection of design, craft and art.”
above> twice ‘norwegian designer of the year,’ and one of norway’s most experienced designers, andreas engesvik, created vigeland for the exhibition as a personal response to oslo’s sculpture garden by the same name. the vase is made from patinated bronze using a method called ‘lost wax casting’ in which the piece is first made from wax, a mould is formed around it, and then the wax is melted away and replaced by molten metal that forms the final piece.
tumble by new designer falke svatun is a spherical stoneware vessel with a cut-out section in the base which allows it to sit over the edge of a shelf or cabinet, challenging perceptions of the solid form.
also challenging perceptions were noidoi, a design team established in oslo in 2013 by kathrine lønstad and cosmin cioroiu, who created meld. the pendant light is made from cast stoneware, and designed to present a familiar material in an unexpected context. the lights can be hung alone or in pairs or groups and cast a focused beam of light, making them ideal for hanging above dining tables or work surfaces.
above> sara wright polmar’s between is neither a sofa nor an armchair, but something in between. “between facilitates different ways to sit alone or in the company of others,” she says. this piece is a prototype and in manufacture users will be able to choose fabric combinations to create different looks.
above> having launched an innovative range of textiles at the london design festival in september, the multi-talented design duo günzler.polmar (sara polmar and victoria günzler) has now turned to ceramics. pour is inspired by ancient and archetypal water pitchers and basins. the cast porcelain pitcher, glazed on the inside only, creates a contrast with the rough stoneware basin.
yet more beautiful ceramics, this time from ann kristin einarsen: stilleben is a collection of ceramic bowls and pots, again glazed only on the inside, which has been designed to be as simple as possible. the minimalist forms and understated colour palette enable them to stand alone or be used in combination with each other.
kristine bjaadal’s sfera is a spherical container made from larvikite or ‘blue pearl granite,’ a material only found in norway and canada, and turned ash. “i find the human inclination to collect memories and keepsakes fascinating, and throughout the last few years i have often returned to work with different kinds of containers,” says kristine. “a container keeps something. it could be something as trivial as beans, coins or cotton pads – a purely practical function; or maybe the container is used to keep objects you love, and in this way keeping your memories.”
above> oslo-based interdisciplinary artist and designer anette korgstad created her steinlav collection to resemble the lichen common to rocks and trees in the norwegian countryside. the hand-thrown stoneware platters are glazed three times to create the desired effect.
above> product and furniture designer sverre uhnger conceived trace, a collection of wooden trays and platters, in order to imbue digitally manufactured objects with a ‘trace’ of their making process. whereas hand-made objects often carry the marks of their maker, the grooves left by cnc (computer numerically controlled) machinery are usually removed.
and finally, christina peel’s untitled project: christina meticulously folds wet porcelain squares, like origami paper, and then tessellates them together to create art pieces that play with idea of repetition, shadows and fragility.
>> american design company wolf-gordon introduces level / will be previewed in spazio rossana orlandi – space g5 / via matteo bandello 14/16
a collection of eight interior surfacing products created in collaboration with amsterdam-based textile designer, mae engelgeer. the collection, comprising four upholstery, one drapery textile, and three digital print wallcoverings,
wolf-gordon collaborated closely with engelgeer to design a cohesive collection characterized by repetitive geometries of varying scales. engelgeer’s graphic elements and diverse explorations of texture evoke the craftsmanship and authenticity of dutch modernism. engelgeer draws heavily on her knowledge of traditional weaving techniques, interpreting them through a 21st century lens. the resulting collection is a series of patterns that celebrate dynamic equilibrium—asymmetrical yet balanced—clean lines, abstract geometric forms, rich textures, and simple, sophisticated detailing. the palette for level includes a broad range of elegant neutrals and muted hues, many incorporating accents of metallic threads.
mae engelgeer: perhaps because of my background in fashion, i always tend to think in terms of a collection in my design process. the challenge of finding a color combination or a graphic element that can be used in different ways across a collection is very rewarding. the result is a cohesive, contemporary collection that combines sleek, urban 21st century design with a sense of craftsmanship and authenticity.
>>bora. i bicchieri singolari by carlo moretti / duvetica showroom – via senato 41/a
the complete history of the “bora” drinking glass on display in the duvetica space designed by tadao ando. its unique and original shape with its curved lines – “as if the bora wind had blown against it” – is a design of carlo and giovanni moretti. a collection of over 130 pieces of the venetian artisan factory realized from 2001 to today in murano crystal. 12 > 22 april 2016
to celebrate the launch of splatter-painted last stool splatter by british designer max lamb, hem has collaborated with italian gelato maker gelateria rigoletto on four custom gelato flavors inspired by stracciatella gelato – one to match each style stool. tuesday through friday, hem will be hosting ice cream socials with philippe malouin, karoline fesser, max lamb and studio deform. 12 > 15 april