Design

Wood Wood x Champion

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Danish contemporary lifestyle brand Wood Wood has partnered with heritage American sportswear brand Champion in order to release a limited edition collection. The capsule collection for Champion Select line is available in Urban Outfitters stores in the United States and Canada, and in Europe in W.W. stores. This collaboration is part of a bigger project which also features capsule collections from Craig Green and Timo Weiland.

The seven-piece range includes menswear and womenswear, aiming to update the signature sportswear classics. Retaking the iconic pieces such as coach jacket, tennis dress, button-down polo shirt or baseball jersey, the Wood Wood x Champion capsule collection delivers clean solutions for a smart urban wardrobe.

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Rotten Salad

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Originally from Geneva, Kosuke Araki is a Japanese designer living in Tokyo. He studied at Tama Art University Tokio and he also has a MA degree in Design Products from Royal College of Art London. Kosuke Araki interned at Nike and his projects were displayed in various exhibitions. His work covers different areas, questioning the values and sensitivities of our age, dealing with consumerism and the process of rapid modernisation.

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Kosuke Araki – FOOD WASTE WARE -in Kitchen (2013)

With his project Food Waste Ware, Kosuke Araki gives new life to food waste. Food waste is a global problem and Araki puts it in a very personal way. And it’s not only about sustainability. Designer uses food waste from local markets, shops and his own kitchen to create a wide range of tableware – food waste bowls crafted from rotten vegetables, leftover bones and even tea bags. He also delivers a booklet called A New Life for Food Waste that teach us how to replicate the results at home.

These photos show how much food is discarded from food markets, shops or kitchens on a daily basis. Araki asked food shops to put aside some organic waste for him so he went to collected the pieces after the closure. According to one report, even people who believe that their household wasted no food were shown to be discarding 88 kg of avoidable food waste per year. As he says:

“I could imagine that most of us are unaware of the amount of food we throw away, so I took a one-month record of food waste from my kitchen. I am living alone and cook only for dinner, but even so, every week I could have around 1 kg. Every day, food waste is produced at a huge industrial scale as well as a small domestic scale. Although some of it is processed into something useful, most is disposed of in landfills, contributing to environmental problems.”

The idea of Araki’s project was to revive wasted lives by giving them new roles. Designing the set of bowls, he researched alternative ways of reshaping the material trying to avoid the usage of a silicone mould, which is derived from petroleum, and to make all the process done only by natural materials. Aiming to enable users to design their own tableware out of the food waste they produce daily, he also invites the audience to become more aware of the amount of food waste they generate day by day.

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Levi van Veluw x Hermes

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On 12 September 2014, Hermès celebrated the Grand Opening of the Hermès Maison in Shanghai. The Maison window display by Dutch artist Levi van Veluw installed for the opening depicts a horse traveling from France to China, representing the relationship between Hermès and China. Actually, the horse symbol brings together Western and Eastern traditions in an inspired way.

To create the sensational installation for Hermès, Levi van Veluw had worked for 4 weeks together with 16 Chinese workers in Shanghai’s industrial area. The items in the window display are all handmade in wood veneer, with craftsmanship that reflects a human touch and attention to detail.

The Hermès Maison in Shanghai is the fifth of its kind worldwide, after Maisons in Paris, New York, Tokyo, and Seoul.

 

NikeEams

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NikeEames‘ model by Ora-Ïto, inspired by the famous Eames Lounge Chair

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Eames Lounge Chair, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company(1956)

‘Dare to Dream’ Design Awards

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Melco Crown Entertainment, with the support of DESIGNBOOM, has launched its signature CSR series “Dare to Dream” by presenting the Dare to Dream Design Awards themed with 『着物×きもの×KIMONO』. “Dare to Dream” design competition aims to preserve and to promote the understanding of the history and beauty of the traditional Japanese kimono while bringing new possibilities and sustainability to kimono.

Devided in two categories – Free Design (delivered in form of fashion, product, architecture, interiors, industrial design, graphic design and lifestyle) and Graphic Design (seeking original and innovative motifs and patterns for kimonos), the competition is open to applicants from every country in the world – from professionals, students, to design-enthusiasts. Registration is free.

For further information check designboom

Alexander Wang’s Flagship Store Design

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We know that, apart from his usual fashion collections, Alexander Wang adores designing objects. He already sells jump ropes, inflatable black pool rings, pocket chains, water bottles with holder or shot glasses with case, ashtrays or bottle openers. It seems that this time he decided to move to another level. His recent collaboration with the Australian brand Haydenshape led him to develop these marble-like surfboards displayed in Wang’s new flagship store in Soho, as part of an installation containing a black metal cage and a black wave sculpted from sand. Truth is the five surfboards adorned with different graphic patterns inspired by marble slabs may appear rather as conceptual art pieces than design objects.

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images via designboom.com

Design Concept – ‘Fondue Slippers’

A graduate from Tama Art University’s design department, SATSUKI OHATA is a freelance designer currently based in Tokyo. His ‘Fondue Slipper’ project, recently displayed at Milano Salone Satellite 2014, caught my attention not just by ‘the look’, but mainly by the daring concept that it promotes.

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Pay attention, because this project is interesting for several reasons.

Firstly, it challenges the traditional style of shoe making. Satsuki Ohata wanted to design absolutely new footwear, easy to produce and perfectly matching with wearer’s foot. Secondly – proposing a DIY formula, the designer involves the customer, inventing a technique which can be easily performed at home. How it works? You just dip your foot into a liquid and dry it. The idea was inspired by Swiss cuisine (because the production process is similar to cheese fondue).

As a result, the shoe looks like a second skin, it’s easy to wash clean after use, it is designed to wear both inside and outside (it can also be used as slipper by folding the heel).

After all, the concept is smart, easy, fun, creative. And it also leaves room for customization and further improvements.

Of course, what we have here is just a prototype, made out of PVC. The right material is under developing, as Satsuki Ohata aims to develop a kit which allows anybody to fabric his/her own Fondue Slipper at home. We love the idea and support him in this creative adventure!