1-100: SECONDARY RESEARCH 1
Three different wired steel shaped can be intercahnged and inserted into the concrete base to create flower arrangements. I love how this piece is geometrical and uses a variety of shapes in the wire inserts to give the simple conrete base a new look. In my opinion I like how the concrete and powder coated steel go well together because they do not compete for my attention. I find this vase clean and interesting. It's also very neat and user friendly to change the wire toppers because of the small holes in the top of the concrete that allow extensions of the steel to be inserted.
Producer : --Prototype--
Materials : Concrete , Powder coated steel
Dimension : Base:150 x 210 x H135 mm /
Steel: A.135 x 200 x 155 / B.135 x 200 x 265 / C.135 x 260 x 270
Colour : Black / Red / Yellow
Spora: 3-Tier Ceramic + Leather Planter
These three handmade high fired porcelain ceramic containers hang from a vegetable-tanned leather strap, perfect for herbs and other plants. The porcelain containers have a smooth matter look, which to me is very classic and allows the plants to become the focal point. I like the natural colour of the leather against the clean and light surface of the porcelain.
Made from ceramic, these pyramid like sculptures are perfect for housing air plants. I really like how they give you the option of having them sit on a table, or the option of being hanged. The are matte on the outside with a glaze on the inside. I find the shape very interesting because of its smooth surfaces and aggressive points.
- furniture, interior, exhibition design and public art for arts, cultural and corporate clients
- specializes in a "tailor made" approach to design
- projects are carefully researched and every solution is an individual response to the project`s particular needs
- designs have narrative at their heart and are derived from careful problem solving rather than styling
I love the way these ceramic pendant lights have been squished in to appear as though they have been squeezed and strangled by the cord that is wrapped around them. To me, it tells a bigger story than just having a beautiful ceramic pendant encompassing a light.
I love the quarkiness of this salt cellar, with it's simple colours, basic writing of "SALT", and the gold accent on the spoon. Handmade from porcelain, it has a clear glaze on the inside, and the outside has been left without any finishing. It's neat how the spoon is hand-built because each one will be unique.
- uses clean and classic forms and shapes
- bold and unconventional glazing processes and colours
Made from a simple cylinder shape with square ceramic pieces outside of the shape, this piece caught my attention right away. I like how the square pieces appear randomly placed because it takes simple shapes to a different place with an edgier look.
I like how this ceramic piece includes an area to store fruits below the area to grow herbs. The design is very sleek in design, and lets the colourful fruits and herbs give it a pop of colour. The design is interesting because the clay it is made from absorbs water and when the water evaporates it cools the storage.
1-100: MATERIALS RESEARCH
"Leather is a durable and flexible material created by the tanning of animal rawhide and skin, often cattle hide. It can be produced through manufacturing processes ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry. Leather is used for various purposes including clothing (e.g. shoes, hats, jackets, skirts, trousers and belts), bookbinding, leather wallpaper, and as a furniture covering. It is produced in a wide variety of types and styles and is decorated by a wide range of techniques."
Top 4 types of leather:
- Full-grain: unsanded or unbuffed hides where the natural markings and inperfections are not removed, very strong and durable, breathable, often used for high quality furniture and footwear
- Top-grain: second highest quality of leather, the split layer is removed so it is thinner than full-grain, has a sanded and finished surface which makes it less breathable with a plastic feel, better resistance to stains than full-grain leather
- Corrected-grain: inperfections are removed and sanded off then has an artificial grain pressed on to the surface, often stained or dyed
- Split: made from the leftover fibrous part of the hide once the top-grain is removed, sometimes can be split into multiple layers, has an artificial layer applied to the surface and a grain embossed onto it, also used to create suede
"“The leather jacket symbolizes different things for each person who wears it, whether they are a motorcyclist, celebrity or a top designer,” says Bill Davidson, vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum."
"Cotton rope is a simple but quite interesting and pleasant material. The majority of objects crafted with the use of the rope are woven, which makes the object manufacturing process more complicated. My intention was to create an utmost simple and modern object avoiding the use of complicated weaving techniques. In order to create volume of the illuminator, I used the bottle, which in my opinion had the best shape to fit in."
"Entirely held together by the tensional force of the tautened cord, these structures project a deceptive simplicity and inherent strength. A series of exploratory tensegrity models soon developed into ideas for the Bound Basics, a furniture line that uses ropes instead of nails or screws and investigates the structural advantages of tensegrity....The choice of the materials —FSC-certified ecological HPL multiplex and hemp rope..."
*These steps are to create a holder that hangs approximately three feet and holds a small potted plant
1. Cut four lengths of rope eight feet long. Thread through ring so that the rope doubles over at midpoint. There will be eight pieces of rope hanging down.
2. Grasp the rope tightly and tie with a length of floss close to the ring. Continue to wrap the floss tightly and firmly around the rope. Tie off floss at desired length and switch colors, covering the ends of the previous color with new floss. Continue in this manner until you have reached total length desired and then trim the ends.
3. Hang the ring from a hook and measure down 24 inches. Grasp two lengths of rope and tie using a grouped overhand knot. Repeat three more times with remaining six lengths of rope, taking care that the knots are even with each other.
4. Take two sets of knots and tie one piece of rope from each together about 6 inches down. Work your way around tying the remaining length of rope to one from the adjacent knot. Gather all the lengths of rope together about 3 inches from the last knots tie and wrap with floss as you did at the top. Trim rope ends to desired length.
5. Place pot in the holder and spread out rope so that it is held securely. The first group of knots should be above the pot and the second group should be at the mid point of the pot. You can always adjust the level of the knots to suit the size of the pot you are using.
Hang from a hook and enjoy!"
1-100: MACRAME RESEARCH
This macrame chair has been hardened by resin and is very light weight. I love the idea behind it and the rawness of the rope used.
These hand knitted shapes are intricate and beautiful. When I see them I think they are very dynamic in the sense that they are to be worn on the body, but also look like they could be part of a home furnishing object.
"Citing Japanese rope bondage and tribal jewelry as references in seasons past, Amoroso creates each one of her pieces from scratch, creating body and texture through permutations of the thousands of knots she ties by hand."
These garments take macrame knitting to the next level. Each piece appears to be extremely intricate with amazing craftsmanship.
I like the detail and craftsmanship of this piece. It's neat how the entire seat and backrest is all made from knots.
This porcelain bowl is designed so that the user embroiders it themselves. I like that the idea is simple and interactive.
In this series of vases the idea is to have the concrete base to hold the water for flowers and the wire frames to support the actual flowers and stems. I like that two pieces that make up these vases depend on eachother to function. The idea and execution is simple, and reminds me of Scandinavian design. I like how the lines of the steel frame are very clean and minimal.
Materials : Waterproof concrete, Powder coated steel
Steel Colour : Black
- based on quality, function, beauty and community
- return to meaningful consumption by providing artistic, one-of-a-kind, American-made accessories for the home
- products inspired by the vivid simplicity of the natural world
- products are locally sourced and produced, designed by a network of independent artists in Brooklyn, New York
- strive for perfection of form and function, while keeping manufacturing fair
This series of ceramic cups sitting on solid maple hexagon stands were really interesting to me because they can serve more than one purpose. They are perfect for growing minature plants, and are easily used for serving spices or sauces. The ceramic cup is matter on the outside and glazed on the inside. I really like how it combines two very oppposite shapes.
1-100: SECONDARY RESEARCH 2
I like the organisation and the various tiers created to house pots with herbs. It makes the visualisation a littler more interesting than just having them sitting on a table or wood crate.
Made from a mixture of concrete and wood fibres, these bag stools are cast from moulds inspired by paper shopping bags. I love the industrial materials used and how the look also has an industrial feel. It's easy to see the natural folds and texture of a paper bag in the concrete.
- small batch, handmade porcelain shop created by Courtney Hamill
- designs and executes small-scale porcelain sculptures by hand
- each piece that comes from her studio has been hand-made, either on the wheel or cast from an original mold
- makes them one-at-a-time so that no two pieces are ever exactly alike
I love the texture on this simple and elegant porcelain bottle because it gives it a new dimension. The hand-carved design has been glazed with gloss, and accented by a gold rim and cork stopper. I like the basicness of this bottle, as it can be used for a variety of things like homemade bitters, spices, herbs and more.
I love the way this planter is hung from a basic cotton rope. It is able to suppost the planter, but isn't over bearing to take away from the beauty of the planter. The bold blue brush strokes are a nice touch, giving the piece a cool dinamic.
1-100: SECONDARY RESEARCH 3
I think this design is absolutely brilliant because of its innovative design and functions. The design is simple, but the fact that the plant actually hangs upside down is amazing. I love how it helps to save space, and makes the herbs really accessible to the user.
"The leather strips are fed through narrow slits in the trestles and then tied together to create prominent knots, removing the need for screws or other fixings."
"A rope is a group of plies, yarns or strands which are twisted or braided together in order to combine them into a larger and stronger form. Ropes have tensile strength and so can be used for dragging and lifting, but are too flexible to provide compressive strength. As a result, they cannot be used for pushing or similar compressive applications. Rope is thicker and stronger than similarly constructed cord, line, string, and twine. Ropes made from metal strands are called wire rope."
Styles of rope construction:
- Laid or twisted rope: normally three strainds and twisted to the right, the Z-twist rop is a right-handed twist, S-twist is a left-handed twist,fibres are gathered and spun into yarns, yarns are twisted into strands, the twist of the yarn is opposite to the twist of the strand and then opposite to the twist of the rope
- Braided rope:made from a flat braid of odd number of strands, usually made from high performance fibres (nylon, polyester, polyethylene, HMPE, aramid); Single braid: even number of strands (typically 8 or 12), strands interlock in a twill or plain weave, can have a large or small hollow middle; Double braid: has an inner braid filling with an outer braid, may be different or same material, often outer braid is more resistant and inner braid is stronger; Solid braid: all strands travel in the same direction, strand alternate with being the inner and outer rope, popular for general purpose rope
"8" diameter white ceramic orb with 28" long woven sisal cord. Total drop is 36" or less."
1-100: KNOT RESEARCH
"The “lark’s head knot” – also known as the “cow hitch” “tag knot” “lanyard hitch” or “ring hitch” – is a popular knot for starting decorative knotting/macramé projects. It is also a good way to hang a tag – put a string through the hole in a tag and tie it into a loop, then use a lark’s had knot to attach it to your bag handle so it can be removed without cutting."
"The Chinese Crown Knot is a decorative knot that looks like a crown, a shamrock or a flower, depending on your perspective. This knot is used less frequently than the square knot, but it’s still a good one to know."
I love the colour scheme of this hanging pot and rope. I also hope to find a rope in the same thickness to finish off my project.
"Recycled glass pots rest in intricately woven and knotted jute hangers."
These chunky knit seats on the stools are interesting and attention grabbing. I love the different patterns and colours.
1-100: SECONDARY RESEARCH 3
I love the knotting work on the handles of these bowls. The knot is repetitive but looks sleek and well done.