In first instant it is the gripping tool for humans: the hand
Mute people use them as communication medium but also all the other people express something by hand signs or emphasize what they say with hand gestures.
Their usage is prohibited in a football match if it isn’t “the hand of God”, as it was in the world championship in 1986. Of course the origin of “the hand of God” dates back to religion, where it was a very traditional and wide spread religious symbol for the power of God and therefore ornaments numerous church windows and paintings. Many profane artists also concentrated on the hand, such as Albrecht Dürer in his image “best hands”.
Studying the co-ordination and movement as well as the proportions of hands is also very important to immortalize this image. This is why there are according hand models out of wood.
The Danish company Hay offers such a model of the hand with its “Wooden Hand”, which offers further usage possibilities. Whether as pen holder, as storage of rings and other jewelry or simply as decorative object in the living or working room – the functions of Wooden Hand are versatile.
The Wooden Hand is made out of high quality Samak wood and available in three different sizes. Also the pendant “Wooden Feet” is available suiting the Wooden Hand.
Eleanor Pritchard´s delisciously woven blankets come in a couple of designs that jump out into the crowd. All are designed and sampled by Eleanor in her London studio and are then woven at a small traditional mill in Camarthenshire, Wales, from 100% pure new Scottish wool with a blanket stitch edging. The “Signal Blanket” shown here is characterized by bold geometrics with a strong graphic feel - referencing sound waves, radio transmission and morse code, this blanket has a white reverse face.
Founded in 2005, The Home Project is a design studio that focuses on finding solutions with an origin – responsible design innovation that unfolds from an exploration between people and place.
It’s an integrated design practice that explores cultural research as an approach to authentic, engaged, sustainable material culture. Fueled by a curiosity and passion for technique and materials, it is also a sensitivity and value for tradition and the process of making.
In a sense, Álbio Nascimento and Kathi Stertzig are designing a return to craft, but this is a revisit that credits technique and knowledge with the potential for renewed engagement and value.
The concept of all this is perfectly presented in The Home Project’s handcrafted salt holder. Made of quality, natural Portuguese olive wood, the dispenser was designed especially for the Algarve’s famous flor de sal and features a pleasingly multifunctional lid that, once removed, doubles as a spoon.
Founded in 1954 by Peter Holme, La Boutique Danoise is currently led by Alain and Benjamin Chapuis. It is a stronghold of the present danish culture located in the heart of Paris. It assembles renowend artists and designers in every sector of danish furniture design and applied arts.
Here, the sought-after collector’s items infatuated not only visually but also impress with their high quality workmanship. Clean lines and precious materials such as walnut, beech and leather to give furniture and accessories an exclusive touch - perfect for all mid-century lovers who prefer a home to purist and timeless aesthetics.
The HORIZON desk by Nathan Young is made from solid American walnut wood. Thanks to the clean look only at a second glance it reveals its space wonderness: Hidden drawers provide useful office implements a safe home.
The “Bolle” bottles designed by Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala in 1968 for Venini are presenting the artistic “Incalmo” technique.
The incalmo technique of making glass began in the sixteenth century when Italian glass makers wanted to achieve the look of two or three different colored sections of glass to make it appear as if it was one piece of glass. Venice was the center for this method of glass making and soon spread across Europe and eventually America, where highly skilled glass makers make this beautiful glassware.
Each piece of glass that is to be made into one is blown separately and must be the same width at the base or top where it is to be fused to another piece of glass. This second piece must be placed directly at the edge of the first piece and fit perfectly so there is no overlap with the edges. The finished piece is two or three bands of color in a vase or bowl, sometimes with an added decoration, but usually left plain. The final glassware can be for practical or decorative use.
Tapio Wirkkala became world famous as a glass and wood designer, taking his inspiration from the raw Finnish nature and landscape. For Wirkkala, no material was alien and he left no area of design unexplored. He worked in metals such as silver and copper, but also in porcelain and plastics. Tapio Wirkkalas design from the 1950’s reflects natures own forms such as leaves, mushrooms and melting ice. These forms with pure and elegant contours are easily recognized in the laminated birch dishes made in a technique called aeroplane veneer. This for Wirkkala so typical plywood was also used for larger sculptures. One of his plywood pieces was voted as the most beautiful object of the year in 1954. His artwork and unique objects are to be found in the worlds leading museums.
The Chinese signs of the Zodiac consist of a 12 year cycle, each year is named after a different animal whose distinct characteristics affecting the respective year.
Many Chinese believe that the year of aperson`s birth is the primary factor in determining the person`s personality traits, physical, mental attributes and degree of success and happiness throughout his lifetime.
Dragons are eccentric and here life is complicated in every way. They have a very passionate nature and abundant health. Very late in life she married monkey or rat. The dog they avoid.
The MEISSEN Ming Dragon is one of the Manufactory’s best-known patterns.
It dates back to 1740 and yet seems to be incomparably modern again today.
Since the early 13th century, Europe’s ruling houses had been importing porcelain at mind-boggling prices from China. Research aimed at cracking the secret of how porcelain was made commenced at Meißen early in the 18th century. Those involved were Johann Friedrich Böttger, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, the Freiberg Mining Counsellor Gottfried Pabst von Ohain and further mining and smelting specialists. The research was commissioned by Augustus the Strong, Elector Prince of Saxony and King of Poland.
The work proved successful. The first white porcelain was produced in 1708 under the direction of Johann Friedrich Böttger. Europe’s first porcelain had been born.
These scissors from HAY MARKET are extremely useful in your kitchen, and so beautiful they dont deserve to be put away in the drawers. They are made of iron, and are available in 2 different sizes.
Eleanor Pritchard produces a woven blanket collection each winter. The designs are developed and sampled by Eleanor on her dobby loom in the London studio and the production runs are then woven up at a small traditional mill in Wales. All of the blankets are woven in 100% pure new wool and have a blanket stitch edging.
All of the design work, sampling and bespoke hand-weaving is carried out at Eleanor’s studio in South East London. The studio is open to the public twice a year, and can be visited by appointment at other times
A love of pattern, colour and texture runs through all of Eleanor’s work. Her designs celebrate traditional British fabrics, reinterpreting them in a contemporary context. Her practice includes large-scale projects, bespoke and commission work, mill-woven design and design consultancy.
Alongside her own work, Eleanor is also an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins.
From 2002 to 2004 she contributed hand-woven lengths for Christian Lacroix Haute Couture.
Referencing analogue television, this blanket draws its name from the number of scanning lines per inch for TV transmission – 405 lines per inch for black and white TV, and 625 per inch for colour.
OX design is a Danish company producing exciting furniture based on stainless steel and high quality vegetable-tanned leather, both for home and institutional lounge areas. Based in Copenhagen ad with branch offices in Buenos Aires and Madrid, they supply superior quality products to customers all around the globe.
The backbone of most of the OX Design’s products are made from cattle that are bred at the famous Pampas plains of Argentina. Pampas are home to about 70 million cattle, making Argentina one of the leading leather manufacturers in the world. The fact that Argentina’s cattle lands roam free during most of their lives means that nature leaves marks such as insect bites. These brands embody a natural product.
The Butterfly chair was originally designed by three Argentinean architects in 1938. In Argentina, the chair is almost a national symbol (the chair is seen especially in Buenos Aires), as it is is Argentina’s most famous contribution to modern furniture design.
Israel product designer Hilla Shamia has created a fantastic series of furniture blending aluminum and wood.
There the negative factor of burnt wood is transformed into aesthetic and emotional value by preservation of the natural form of the tree trunk, within explicit boundaries. The general, squared form intensifies the artificial feeling, and at the same time keeps the memory of the material.
To create her pieces, Shamia takes a whole tree trunk and incorporates it into steel tables, chairs, and stools. First, molten aluminum is spread over the wood, scorching the surface; the log is then sectioned into square forms, which according to the designer, “intensifies the artificial feeling, and in the same time keeps the memory of the material.” The individual sections are paired with differently sized frames–ranging from a coffee table to night stand–used to cast the metal body of the furniture. The hot liquid metal is poured into the molds, which are removed once the aluminum has cooled and set to reveal the now-sutured log and metal legs, enjoined by a dark band of char. Each piece is unique, with the metal “leakage” varying from one product to another.
Katsuyo Aoki works principally in ceramics, creating incredibly complex pieces. Her Predictive Dream series is especially impressive, comprised of a number of skulls formed by lacy, swooping, and fragile ceramic tendrils that seem to be made of corals or icing. These mind-blowing pieces prove a superb craftsmanship.
”The decorative styles, patterns and symbolic forms I allude to and incorporate in my works each contain a story based on historical backgrounds and ideas, myths, and allegories. Their existence in the present age makes us feel many things,; adoration, some sort of romantic emotions, a sense of unfruitfulness and languor from their excessiveness and vulgarity.”
Areaware is a New York City based producer of everyday objects that are both functional and unusual. Our goals are to create thoughtful products that inspire an emotional response and to explore design languages as a means of creating new syncretic forms. We like to think we have a good sense of humor and that our objects are poetic. We wish to create a forum for young and local talent and together, we hope to become a strong voice for American design. We believe that appreciation for beauty is central to what it means to be alive and want to embody this principle in even the simplest things.
This figural box represents a “power” animal - a totem for our individual ambitions. Its simple and gestural depiction is intentional - allowing the symbolism of the animal to be maintained. With the addition of hinges, it has the ability to guard important small objects. On the shelf, it is sculpture. On the side table, it’s a totem. On the counter, it offers a hiding spot.
based in Paris’ main fashion street, rue Saint-Honoré, Astier de Villatte is a treasure trove of home accessories displayed with the eclectic charm of a vintage shop. Originally focused on tableware, the cult brand has now begun to create its own fragrances, bottled in suitably chic mouth-blown glass flacons from Florence, and looking as if they too have been unearthed in an antique shop. Top perfumer Françoise Caron created the colognes that are lasting but not overpowering with classic, clean aromas.
Oulan Bator Incense
Wild escape upon a desert steppe. An encampment, a herd of goats. Crude, supple leather steepedin tobacco and wood smoke from the campfires. Ambergris and Angelica Root essence. Box of 120 sticks.