Monthly Archives: January 2011

Mint is pleased to have work from Olivia Lee and Alienor de Chambrier currently on display at Mint!

Stream of Light is a conceptual sofa made from four seperate items of furniture wrapped and bound in silk, wool and horse hair.

The sofa was built in response to a brief set by Vitra for the D&AD Student Awards 2008 competition.

Both Lee and de Chambrier graduated from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design.

“Our approach started with a re-examination of the sofa and it’s being defined as a piece of upholstered furniture,” explains Lee. “We took the idea of upholstery and started to play with other kinds of traditional craft techniques such as crochet and knit – exploring ways of making comfort part of structure as well.

“We also began collecting a huge array of unusual materials (including horse hair, uncarded wool and unwoven silk) which we felt would build on the uniqueness and eccentricity of the piece.

“It was quite an organic process with both Alienor and myself agreeing that it was almost as if we were having a dialogue with each other through our weaving.”

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At the beginning of January Mint was pleased to announce that ’Taffelstukken’ lighting objects by Daphna Isaccs and Laurens Manders had been shortlisted as part of the ‘Best Domestic Design’ of 2010 in the January issue of Wallpaper*.

Unfortunately they did not win but we were pleased to see that they were included in the feature on some of the best contenders!

Scroll down to have a look at the results!

‘Best Domestic Design’ was awarded to the ‘Wood -burning Stove’ by Yanes Wuhl for ECAL. Brazil-born, Switzerland based designer Wuhl designed this wood burner for his diploma project at Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL). The concrete base can store wood for the cast-iron stove above, while the smoke outlet is at the back so the flat top can be used to warm dishes or boil a kettle. If the enthusiastic response at Wuhl’s degree show is anything to go by, the stove should be in productions very soon!

‘Best Dining Table’ was awarded to the ‘Concorde’ table by Emmanuel Gallina, for Poliform. Shapely legs, perfect proportions and curves in all the right places, Gallina’s ‘Concorde’ is a genuine head-turner!

‘Best Chair’ was awarded to the ‘Comback’ chair by Patricia Urquiola, for Kartell. For plastic specialists Kartell, Urquiola dramatically and successfully pulled the Windsor chair into the 21st Century.

‘Best Mirror’ was awarded to the ‘Dawn/Dusk ‘ mirror by Minale-Maeda, for Droog. This looking glass by the Rotterdam duo brings either a burst of sunrise or a dusky glow to your reflections.

“Best Side Table’ was awarded to the ‘Shift’ table by Patternity & Toby Winteringham. The London-based pattern revivalists bring a new graphic vibrancy to veneer with their colourful ‘Shift’ side table.

‘Best Desk’ was awarded to the ‘Pinch’ desk by Pinch. A desk that will take the load and then a load more. The pigeon holes, which can also sit on the desk , offer even more potential for creative cluttering!

Mint’s personal favorite winner is the ‘Join’ screen by BCXZY, who were awarded ‘Best Screen’. Join consists of a series of three space-dividers. In each piece two lined frames, representing the humble integrity inherent to the craft, are visually merged to create a moment that deviates from the conventional Tategu aesthetic, and introduces angles and shapes that are not commonly used in the craft.

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Mint is pleased to announce that ‘Taffelstukken’ lighting objects by Daphna Isaccs and Laurens Manders have been shortlisted as part of the ‘Best Domestic Design’ of 2010 in the January issue of Wallpaper*. ‘Tafelstukken’ lighting objects in grey ceramic tones were commissioned by Mint as a unique series. We will update you on the results at the end of January!

Made from Oak and Porcelain the five ‘Tafelstukken’ are ‘a contemporary take on the classic centrepiece’, functioning as lights as well as bowls and side tables. According to Daphna Isaccs and Laurens Manders, both graduates of the Design Academy in Eidnhoven, the playful pieces can be used to store or display items such as keys, books, magazines and fruit!

This issue also features designs by this year’s ‘the next big things’ including work from Yuya Kurata and Chiara Onida. Both who exhibited first at Mint as part of the London Design Festival September 2010.

Kurata worked for an Osaka lighting company before starting his MA at the RCA. ‘I focus on enhancing the practicality of the everyday,’ he says. His ‘Stool for Two’ is designed for sharing.

Turin-born Onida has developed a collection of objects, including these water carafe’s and glasses pictured above, that explores the use of sound and rhythm to celebrate the small rituals of everyday life.

This issue also features a tray from the collection ‘Saved By Droog’. Especially for this collection, Droog challenged 14 designers to create new products out of objects from bankrupt’s assets. This challenge has resulted in a series of 19 products, varying from trolleys for dogs to handkerchiefs with the latest headline news.

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