Maximilian Löw is a young designer from Weißenburg, Germany, studying Integrated Design at the University of the Arts in Bremen. His work focuses on objects for everyday life, with a playful handling of materials and design in different fields.
One project, titled Edged—Cutlery, combines the elegant soft curves of classic cutlery with sharp, rigorous edges. Cast in bronze, the set is designed to achieve a balance of ergonomics and aesthetics.
On his process, Maximilian states that “It is my impulse to question the essence of objects and to try to get to the bottom of them. Therefore it is really important to experiment and work practically.”
The designer’s work also includes Edged—Lamp, a one meter long pendant lamp made from a single sheet of stainless steel. The design process involved the creation of a paper model before the final result was achieved.
Another inventive and playful project is Cake Server, in which the handles for the cake plate are removable and become serving utensils. The sleek design is accentuated by an elegantly curved handle.
Maximilian will be graduating from his program this summer. We hope to see more from this talented young designer.
Camilla Bo’ is an Italian freelance journalist and stylist. After two years of study in Paris she returned to her native Rome to study architecture. The art of critique proved more fruitful for Camilla and she began to write for the Association of Art and Critic about art and design and on her personal blog Choufouchouf. Focusing on the relation and communication between fashion and art, she decided to follow her creative nature not only giving a voice to the library she has on her laptop but also as inspiration for editorials. She’s now based in London, attending the course of «Art Direction for Fashion» at the Central Saint Martins College of Art.
It has been just one year since this young architect started to devote himself to photography.
He spent his childhood behind science books and numbers, then later joined an architecture course where he was also introduced to the camera for the first time.
Architecture has taught him so much about balance, form, colour and so many other skills which he now apply to his photography, creating his own personal language.
The photographers whose work he admires most are Kris Micallef, the surreal works of Alex Stottard and Brooke Shaden and the poetic scenario of Sarah Ann Loreth. But his stronger influence comes from fantasy movies set in fantasy worlds.
I asked him about the picture with the men’s head covered by flowers. I think this picture is so powerful thanks to the contrast between the male subject and the grace of pink flowers. I was wondering how the concept was born and if it is part of a project…
“I remember watching fencing on the television and thinking to myself that the masks the Olympians wear were so cool and mysterious. I usually always try to find some connection between the relationship that us humans have with nature, so I thought I would try replicate the fencing mask with beautiful, graceful flowers. It is definitely part of an ongoing project that I wish to continue once I graduate from university!”
Fascinated by eclectic references, this young architect is able to filter out unnecessary excess and contrived structures through his camera lens, and communicate only the grace and lightness that he experiences in his inner world.
Sabatina Leccia is a 28 years old independent eco-designer based in Paris. "Eat Up The World" her master project at Saint Martins is a visual metaphor aiming to communicate that we are consuming too much too fast.
Through the invention and reinterpretation of existing objects, two collections of products were created: Haemorrhage and Fragile Breath. Each project is designed to visualise a specific set of data or specific material scenario. Through exploring methods of ‘designed destruction’ and removing calculated portions of material, Sabatina aims also to question if we can design in a more material-efficient way.
In a time of unparalleled material scarcity and increasing population she hopes to use design as a communicative vehicle to visualise the urgent need to reconsider the patterns and speed of our consumption, and bringing these broader global issues closer to home.
“Eat The World Up” is located within the table landscape, aiming to underline the notion we are ‘eating’ our planet’s resources.
Guillaume Dénervaud (1987) lives and works between Romont and Vevey in Switzerland.
Abstract intricate drawings on the colorful canvas exemplifies Guillaume's intense exploration of the medium, which is inspired by early modernism and the aesthetics of abstraction in contemporary culture. The artist is currently developing an ongoing edition project entitled G-GAZET during a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris.
During the presentations of Nomadism, our Summer 2014 forecast in Paris, Guillaume created a spontaneous work upon the canvas in our main salon that we wish to share.
My name is Dienke Dekker and I am a 4th year student at the Design Academy Eindhoven in Holland.
I think that different properties of materials offer a great opportunity to express ambience, tactility and feel of objects. In my work I love to experiment with these properties and to create objects with a strong emphasis on craftsmanship and detail.
The basket weaving craft has been the inspiration for this project about imitation and reinterpretation of crafts.
From imitation of bamboo structure, the step was made to silkscreen printing on silk and other textiles with custom paint stamps, resulting in a series of archetypical objects.
Yuval Azili is 26 years old , he lives in Israel and just graduated Academy of Art and Design Bezalel, photography department.
"The majority of nature's creations where created in couples – as many of the human organs, so can a fetus be created in couples, transforming from semen and ovum to cells sorting process. I have a twin brother. To be a part of a couple and experience everything together is a big advantage in life, the bond, created in the womb, I cannot explain but it has affected me tremendously in consolidating my personality and my self-esteem. Growing with a twin brother can sometimes lead to loss of identity, loss of the individual's oneself, starting from identical clothing, celebrating birthdays together until getting the first summons for the army.
Our names – Yuval and Gal always called together, so are the wings, dependent on each other in order to fly. Chicken wings symbolize purity, sanctity and immature manhood. By using wings in different forms I am trying to express the sacrifice, sacrificing and death, sometimes, African cultural symbols. Working with wings as a material, intrigues me, it is a live-dead material.
Wings allow me to show the clean outline, saint as angel wings. However, the use of wings in my photographs does not wishes to express the above-mentioned. Moreover, the wings in my photographs always wishes to symbol the rooster's slaughter as part of the food industry – an unseen stage.
Photographing control and loss of control interest me; expressed as human control of animals for instance, such as training or butchery. In the still nature photograph with the bed, I have built a construction out of 250 chicken wings, which comes out as a peacock's tail. The magnificent peacock tail has survived through evolution and has preserved, even though it lessens the peacock survival abilities and according to evolutionary history should have not survived. What allowed it to stay was mating issue; tail is presented to females at the reproduction period and the most beautiful, impressive male gets to have offsprings. The impressive tail symbolizes manhood, power and control, however, It also symbolize vulnerability, femininity and care."
27-year-old Dutch designer Ingrid Hulskamp describes herself as a 'design poet'. "My aim is to enchant people with the use of poetic, playful and sophisticated design."
Here are her words to describe her Toys for contemplation :"To pursue time for daily contemplation in an intuitive way, I have developed a series of contemplative toys for adults. The luxurious objects, made from hand-blown glass, remind us of the candid fun we had as a child, when we were able to fully get caught up in the moment.
In order for the toys to catch our attention and create a poetic moment in time, I have created three different sensory experiences: a tactile experience using hand-blown glass, wood, brass plated gold and textiles; a visual experience using coloured pigments that transform when you start playing with the object; a sonic experience through the movement of water and glass balls."
When you think about designed object, lot of super famous designers and object came into your mind, but the essence of design is more about innovation of shapes and matters, then it can become part of our culture.
That's exactly what Elisa Strozyk is making, turning wood into flexible textile : surprising and playful way to use this material ! The outcome is really fantastic, and shows us that innovation is still part of the game, using traditional material to create new forms, reconnecting us to real feelings and a new tactile experience.
As she explained the world around us is becoming immaterial, with all the way we have to communicate with people, by mail, messages, calls, using internet to live, buy, get informations of the world : a society of pictures and waves. The place for printed and matters is becoming tiny, but making it luxury and precious.
And that's what she want : "Giving importance to surfaces that are desirable to touch can reconnect us with the material world and enhance the emotional value of an object."
There is also a part of earth care in her work process, as she said "Another way to save resources is working with reused or recycled objects and material waste. Also it is crucial to aim for a closer relationship between subject and object.This can be achieved through more flexibility and changeability, the possibility of growth or surprising elements. In the future we will have to deal with more waste and less resources. Therefore it is fundamental to be aware about life cycles of objects. That means to use material that is able to grow old beautifully. "
Born in Berlin, Strozyk studied at prominent arts colleges at a young age, ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) in Paris and KHB (Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee) in Berlin, before she received her masters in Future Textile Design from Londons Central Saint Martins in 2009.
There is no doubt the young woman is particularly well-qualified when it comes to design pedigree, but it is the artistry, originality and use of symbolism, in which her works and approach display a depth and maturity beyond her years, considering she is only 28 years old, and is already capturing hearts and minds the world over.
elisa van joolen
Sample (SS 2012, produced 07/21/2011), donated, sent from Beaverton to Brooklyn
1/1 must Showroom Sample (date unknown, most likely SS 2012), donated, Midtown NYC
Garment (date unknown, most likely SS 2011), acquired at a Warehouse sale, Chelsea NYC
Elisa Van Joolen is a recent graduate of the newly initiated MFA Fashion Design and Society program at Parsons The New School for Design. Her graduate work 11” X 17”, was an installation that specifically challenged the confines of conventional fashion collections.
Elisa embarked on a collaborative project whereby she requested and acquired sample garments from industry giants, (Nike, Banana Republic and Calvin Klein, to name a few), as well as sourcing from local stores and independents. She longed to create a collection with multiple entities and brands, like a wardrobe.
Through the process of cutting into these pieces, Elisa created several new assemblages lending itself to a collection in sum.
As a result of this process, garments that had already been deemed complete were given new life and each purposeful cut gave way to an array of beautiful abstractions.
Elisa will be showing at New York Fashion week in September 2012 which will provide a new perspective on her work 11” X 17” as it translates from an exhibition context to runway.
Garment (date unknown), acquired at Salvation Army, Brooklyn
Limited Edition Piece (SS 2012), acquired at high-end store, Soho NYC
"My aesthetic evolves around fusion; contrast of techniques, materials and inspiration. I concentrate on combining traditional, hand and innovative approach to knit, such as using horse hair, untreated alpaca, berries home made dyes. I am fundamentally inspired by non physical subjects; psychology & sociology, however, natures ' multi dimensional elements: such as evolution, preservation, decay.
Texture, remains a source of fascination and often a backbone of visual and textural moodboards.
Currently I am living in Kiev & preparing for a summer internship in Copenhagen."
Daniel Costa is a design poet who hails from the Tyrol. Like a breath of fresh mountain air, his endearing personal style and enchanting optimism mix freely with his creative skills and mature sense of beauty.
After studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Daniel completed an internship at Studio Edelkoort in Paris, where he immersed himself in the city to redefine his work and expand his identity. In Self-reference, Daniel has responded to the organic grains of a found piece of wood before taking it on a journey of transformation to create a series of contemporary fossils.
The contextual designer explains:
"I found a tree trunk in the forest, which was cut every 50cm. A very pragmatic human interaction with the tree as a movement in time and space. I take this found piece and give it a more sensitive shape. Following the grain, the structure, the architecture of the tree. I cast the new shape in ceramic to observe the qualities of this shape in a different material.
The shape is still human – I start to burn and brush it. The grain comes out and the smooth shape starts to have a structure that is logic towards the shape. Again I cast the new shape in ceramic. I burn the shape even more. Deformation. Cast in ceramic. I sand the grain structure away to observe the deformation – anew burning the shape and casting. Anew sanding and observing the deformation...
Autonomous shapes arise that refer to themselves and their origin; shapes and surfaces that need contexts in our world. They show us potentials and new design qualities but also a strong relation to our body. It is a research that evokes an archaic quality that seems to harmoniously combine the contradictions of us humans in our troubled world with the roots of our existence. An alchemistic approach to design and our contradicting lifestyle. My longing for tactility and structure. My wish to appreciate the complex beauty of the most elementary things."
Lee Schein is recently graduated in visual communications and illustration from the Wizo Academy of Design, Israel.
Her final project called "Wild Realms" is an anthropology work about fictional civilization of warriors. Her world is inhabited by strange creatures, well-dressed and accessorized.They look perfect, between Tim Burton and African Art.
Even more impressive in real, her silk-screen printed figures are 2 meters high! "Wild Realms" was showed with a wall of miscellaneous "remains": dental clay models, handmade felt pieces and few pairs of feet made from a mixture of sawdust and mud. Schein's major interests are illustration and wearable art.
Jungeun Lee has been experimenting and researching unconventional methods of garment construction. She is a recent graduate of London’s Royal College of Art (2011) with an M.A. in Mixed Media/Textiles.
Her process eliminates the need for sewing, cutting or weaving. She wraps synthetic fibers around a desired form, and then uses a heating process that transforms the fiber into a three dimensional molded garment. This technique renders both expected and unexpected silhouettes.
Her zero-waste garments are a significant contribution to the fashion industry. Although her materials are petroleum-based, her process is noteworthy nonetheless. By designing in free form without the vast amounts of waste that traditional methods entail, she is paving the way for future eco-friendly praxes. Text by Beth Lauck.
Fiona Krüger is a recent graduate from ECAL/University of Arts and Design. Earning her Master’s in Luxury Industry and Design, she presents her final project, Memento Mori. Drawing inspiration from the 17th century skull watch of Mary Queen of Scotts as well as the artwork of Dia de Los Muertos, Krüger worked with key suppliers from the swiss watch industry to have the pieces made and with a watch maker to do the assembly.
The pieces of the dial were layered to mimic the shape of a skull, mirroring the layers that facilitate the movement of a mechanical watch. A devotion to detail and a dedication to the art of craft make this watch a spectacle for the eyes as well as a tribute to luxury horologists of the past, present and future.
Claire-anne O’Brien — a young, Irish-born, London based-designer and last year’s RCA graduate (MA Textiles) — takes a sculptural approach to textiles. O’Brien is forging a new relationship between textile design and landscape interiors.
Her meticulous praxis uses a combination of hand- and machine-knit stitches.
Without losing our connection to technology, O’Brien’s craft offers a renewed appreciation for artisanal intelligence.
Elsa Lambinet is born in 1987 in Nimes, France. After graduating from Design school in France, she decided to live in Australia for a year in order to perfect her english and build upon her professional experience. She sent her application to the ECAL/University of Art and Design from Melbourne and was accepted 2 months later in MAS Luxe.
She was part, as a student, of the Baccarat/Milan Design Week 2011 as well as Christofle/Designer Days 2011."Don't play with food" is her diploma project : "A new kind of chocolate which can be created according to your taste, thanks to three elements."
"My name is Meriç Canatan. I was born in 1988 in Turkey. I studied painting in high school.And now ı'm studying fashion and textile design in mimar sinan fine arts university in istanbul. I do love to create-draw-illustrate my world and transform to design-print-cloth.
I always feel close to speechless and undisputed free side of life such as art,design and music. This is what ı do and will be doing in the future."
"I`m 23, I live and work in Kiev. Past summer I finished MA course Fashion design in Kiev National University of Technology and Design, then I got a couple of internships in studios of Thakoon and Walter Van Beirendonck. I`m really enjoying to experiment with everything that I could create or change, and a big part of me - is my love to draw and make sketches.
I hope to make an experimental studio to work on different things as illustration, garments and print design and even maybe something else."
Jannis Huelsen is a young german industrial designer graduated in 2011 from HbK Braunschweig.
Xylinum is a research project that poses the question: what could future materials and production processes be like? The title Xylinum is the name of the bacterium which produces an artificial cellulose material. This bacterium consumes sugar and builds a cellulose fibre structure around any given form. Since the process takes place in a nutrition liquid, the wet material can be dried later on, resulting in a durable and 100 % biodegradable material.
The properties of this material can be adjusted by changing the genetic code of the organisms. In collaboration with the company Jenpolymers, a technique was developed to create a »skin« around a wooden stool frame, forming the coating and seating surface.
"THOS claims that it is possible to capture the essence of luck into garment. Its underlying thoughts are meant to provoke a discussion and pose an alternative to the current trend logic. In Mongolia, my native country, we believe in an ancient myth that you can charge your spirit and fortune by standing in the dust of our famous horse races. As I explored deeper, the question branched out into: What is luck? What is luxury?And ultimately how are these things connected to humans desire for spirituality?
Due to its nature, part of this project involved a journey to Mongolia where I explored the other, the eastern side. In Mongolia, the project not only got its essence but also got shaped by all the other occurring experiences and influences. The next evolutionary step of luxury in the west will be intangible."
A graduation project by Tschagsalmaa Borchuu
The designer behind SMJD is Sarah Mesritz, she graduated in 2008 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht. After several projects and internships in Amsterdam and New York, Sarah started her own jewellery label in the fall of 2010. The collection is made of 100% cotton rope, knotted and crocheted in different patterns.
During Milan 2011 SMJD presented, 25 meters of jewellery. Create your own design with jewellery per meter and combine different elements of knotted or crochet rope.
"My name is Christian Sarragúa. I'm an illustrator, graphic designer and toymaker based in Montevideo in Uruguay."
The Amigurumi is a Japanese technique that allows modeling small sculptures by crochet wool.This technique creates textures and unique volumes for natural and organic pieces.
25 years old, he studied at design academy eindhoven (the netherlands)& FIT N.Y.C.
He is working on his new collection and as a freelance designer in paris.
Anna October is 20 years old, she is a designer based inUkraine.
Creation and harmony, utility and functionality are main words for understanding Anna's clothing.