These fire drawings by designers Tim Simpson and Sarah van Gameren of Studio Glithero remind me of hours of pyrographic fun we had at my primary school’s creative class: it was the thrill of the actual process that excited most, the idea of burning your mark on a bit of plywood. According to the duo:
“Only an explicit account of the process can lead to a real comprehension of the design object”
This trademark led them to a larger public in 2010 with their project Blueware: a collection of ceramics with cyanotypes, a process of capturing direct impressions of botanical specimens on earthenware, using photosensitive chemicals. And a project that married the inventions of their Anglo-Dutch predecessors.
Studio Glithero are British designer Tim Simpson and Dutch designer Sarah van Gameren, who met and studied at the Royal College of Art. From their studio in London they create product, furniture, and time-based installations that give birth to unique and wonderful products. The work is presented in a broad spectrum of media, but follows a consistent conceptual path; to capture and present the beauty in the moment things are made.
While the world has yet to find a cause (and solution!) for colony collapse disorder more and more city farmers reintroduce bees to urban areas and teach us cosmopolitans about the basics of nature. A mesmerizing short film of urban farmer, chicken wrangler and beekeeper Megan Paska promoting the importance and benefits of beekeeping on her rooftop garden in Brooklyn, NY. If you’re not convinced by the video, read her top 10 reasons to become a beekeeper in the Huffington Post.
via Made by Hand: a short film series celebrating the people who make things by hand — sustainably, locally, and with a love for their craft.
The Dutch have a great saying: rest rusts – the five 83+ old protagonists (and GREAT characters) of this inspiring and witty documentary Autumn Gold are the living proof. All training to be in top form for the Geriatric Olympics in Lahti, Finland, we get valuable insights into an alternative way of aging. They’re not scared of death or giving in with old-age limitations (it’s all in the mind!) but focus on life and Lahti. So they battle their body, and battle time but most of all they battle competition: they’re in it to win…
There are many ways for a design process. Each project is different and asks for flexibility in skills, knowledge and behavior. I admire objects that show an experimental discovery, translated to a functional design. A visible concentration in any scale I work on.
On another note (or stool…) Jólan is also the co-founder of Black Pudding – an upcylcing design label based in Amsterdam delivering UNIQUE NOTEBOOKS on request for as little as €7.50 ex p&p. Just send them a theme, word or any other note of inspiration and they’ll make a unique little notebook for you.
Just 2 weeks ago I discovered Chris Kabel’s invisible vases and now I stumbled upon vases that multiply! Italian designer Giorgia Zanellato focuses on the functionality of a vase – not just to hold flowers & provide them of water but to display the flowers to their greatest potential. So she uses mirrors to draw attention to the role of the flowers – from a simple reflection to a kaleidoscopic effect. They’re made in borosilicate glass, powder-coated aluminium and mirrored stainless steal.