Monday, 31 March 2008
Sunday, 30 March 2008
Inside, the house is all clean lines and a simple palette of black and white, broken by vibrant dashes of lime green.
Love the green Leaf chairs by Lievore Altherr Molina for Arper, and the slatted timber Glide chaise by David Trubridge.
Friday, 28 March 2008
This year’s event will be held in George, and 20 lucky Deco readers have the chance to win a set of 20 double tickets , by just emailing us at email@example.com. Quick, it's almost April already!
For more information on the Expo, visit the Homemakers Expo website.
Read more about how to go about organising your own trekking trip on page 150 of Issue 54, and see more of Ruan Benade's photographs at his Flickr page.
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
His Open Lab 2.0 event closes on 10 April, and interested readers can email him for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about Jan and his work on page 70 of issue 54 of Elle Decoration SA.
Monday, 24 March 2008
This is Peter Van Riet's Sit'n Read from my previous post, but in Tord Boontje's funky colours.
Haldane Martin's newest couch came straight from the Joburg Art Fair to Open Lab 2.0. Respect. To be honest, I would recommend the people from Design Quarter to buy this couch, as it works perfectly in that architectural surrounding.
Urban forest is a light installation aiming to bring back nature into our cities, or at least respect for nature. This is a concept that I wanted to show in a commercial environment like Design Quarter.
Urban Forest consists of objects shaped like irregular tree trunks, made from recycled plastic. It criticizes our consumption attitude, using waste to start reflecting on our human behaviour. The built-in LED lights can change colour depending the atmosphere, the soundscapes, the seasons or other emotions linked to the location of the forest or the reason for gathering. The forest therefore can be silent and contemplative, or assertive and loud.
The inside can also be used as drinks cooler, turning the light objects into a lounge accessory. The art installation becomes a guerilla tool or a design object, to be used at outdoor events in cities and forests, but always creating reflection and respect for our surrounding. Material: recycled plastic, LED spots, ice, cool drinks
(The Urban forest shown here is a prototype in perspex. It looked better with the ice and the beer. But for some reason the cold beers have gone...)
Friday, 21 March 2008
Sit 'n Read (Peter Van Riet for Juventa)
Read more about this design for Juventa in Peter's labfile on Addictlab. In the version I had shipped over, the seatcovers were designed by Tord Boontje.
And of course, we try to blur disciplines: I'm proud to have shown real life models wearing Clive Rundle & Amanda Laird Cherry's newest collection.
* If there are any South African schools interested in this kind of workshop, just drop me a mail at email@example.com . The results are stunning, now and then.
Thursday, 20 March 2008
Will post pictures tomorrow. Well, depending on my physical status after tonight's opening...
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Here in South Africa, my adoptive country for three years, people add to the Valentine's Day madness by dressing in red and on high heels. The bad red and deep cleavage truly challenges me on my eternal aesthetic quest.
Now my sense of aesthetics is heavily under attack again with the next consumer war on its way - we're about to be bombarded with Easter eggs, bunnies, chicken and more of that Easter yellow and green horror. The story of the guy on the cross with nails in his hands and feet is far away, since Easter turns today's society into some sort of commercial Teletubbie country.
To add some perspective to all of that, this design by labmember Kensaku Oshiro for Belgian label Vlaemsch() certainly does its bit.
It's a money box. Ceramic eggs, to save your money in.
Jan's vision forAddictlab.com is a global creative laboratory that attracts multidisciplinary creative talent from all over the world, providing a bridge between that talent and industry that needs innovation.
Browse through one of the 25 Ad!dict Inspiration books he's published, to see some of the amazing work coming out of Addict Labs. You can read more about his latest publication in an article on Page 70 of the latest issue of Elle Decoration SA.
We're most fortunate to have such an out-of-the-box thinker in South Africa, finding and nurturing our design talent from the bottom up. I can't wait to see what inspires his creative thinking and energy while he guest blogs for Elle Deco. Thanks, Jan!
Monday, 17 March 2008
Friday, 14 March 2008
Bronwyn Vaughn-Evans - Home is where the Heart is (Vaughn)