Design

Munna, when design becomes an Art.

Munna, when design becomes an Art.

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis week at luxury activist we are discovering a few portuguese treasures. This time meet Munna. Munna is a furniture Brand specialized in Upholstery. It was created to be part of these atmospheres, with their appeal to elegance, uniqueness and freedom. Established in Oporto, in 2008, Munna’s mission is to transform emotions into products. The pieces result from the combination of traditional techniques and creative innovation. Portuguese experts, among craftsman, designers and joiners, who are committed to deliver only the highest quality, set out to develop armchairs,loveseats, sofas, ottomans and screens that never lose their power of amazement and allure. See here a video from the last Oporto show. Munna | Oporto Show 2012 from munnadesign on Vimeo. Discover here a special limited edition called the Heritage Revisited armchair by the jewelry designer Susana Martins. Heritage Revisited celebrates the club and the fraternity. Its silver back is totally handmade, with inspiration on the traditional Portuguese filigree….

Boca do Lobo,Design made in Portugal.

Boca do Lobo,Design made in Portugal.

Reading Time: 3 minutesMeet Boca do Lobo, a portuguese brand founded in 2005 with the goal to become the best in furniture design and production. It was in April 2005 that Boca do Lobo was founded in Rio Tinto – Portugal. Since then, they achieved international recognition thanks to their presence in Design fairs like the Milano Design show,  the 100% Design in London or the Architectural Digest show in NYC. See here how the Brand describes itself: “BOCA DO LOBO was created to bring excellence in furniture design. Since 2005 we have been working to share the best Portugal has to offer: the knowledge of its people who design and create furniture art, the tradition of working with the noble material of wood, and the artisans and joiners who create the pieces with their years of wisdom and experience and their love and dedication to the art that they perform. We strive to…

Diary of a Carafe by Bib&Sola

Diary of a Carafe by Bib&Sola

Reading Time: 1 minutesThe creative brand Bib&Sola is launching this month a new collection called “Diary of a Carafe“. One simple idea: “For all the talk and noise, it is often the simplest messages that can change your outlook.” This collection is crafted from the finest hand-blown Murano glass, Carafes come accompanied by Glass Sets, each bearing a signature statement that skips from classic to quirky and plays upon Bib & Sola’s fundamental brand ethos – the love and appreciation of water. Inspired by the effortless composure of female water bearers across the globe, the collection is both striking and evocative, yet underpinned by a lighthearted tone of humor and irony. 10% of proceeds from each sale go directly to WaterAId. You can see the entire collection here: http://www.bibandsola.com/collections/diary-of-a-carafe   Water never seemed so self-expressive ! LA   Info sourced in the Brand official press release. All images are copyrighted with no reproduction rights available. 

Alessi, Master of Design.

Alessi, Master of Design.

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn the Design world, Italians are for ever masters. Many italian brands just brought to the world brilliant creations. One of these brands is Alessi, master of design since 1921. In the right heritage of Italian industrial design, Alessi put on stage several designers creations until today. Famous designers and architects such as Philippe Starck, Alessandro Mendini and Ettore Sottsass have collaborated with Alessi, leaving their marks on the brand. Some examples of internationally recognized Alessi design objects include kettles by Michael Graves (1985) and Richard Sapper (1983) and the Phillipe Starck Juicy lemon squeezer (1990). Since 2006, the Alessi product range has been divided into 3 sub-brands: “Officina Alessi”, “Alessi” and “A di Alessi”. The brand “OFFICINA ALESSI” features products that are more refined, expensive, experimental and innovative, with small production runs and limited editions. The brand “A di ALESSI” presents what we call “democratic” design; the best in design…

Parvez Taj, the french collection!

Parvez Taj, the french collection!

Reading Time: 1 minutesParvez Taj is launching a new event on Gilt. He is presenting his new artwork around a beautiful collection called the “French Collection”. From the Grand Roue de Paris to Val D’isere and Charmonix in the French Alps, Parisian locales and the city charm are the inspiration for Parvez Taj’s latest collection. Parvez uses Acrylic and water paints, photography, software and UV cured inks to create his signature style of wall art. in this collection the artist really brought his vision on this french feeling of different icons of the french culture like the parisian metro. All in a very arty way. See here an interesting film that shows the artist’s inspiration: There is an event starting Thursday 22nd March on GILT!!! So you can check it out here: http://www.gilt.com/home/sale/parvez-taj-230 If you want to check more about the artist, please connect to the official website: http://www.parveztaj.com Ready for a french touch?…

DeWulf, the Leaning coffee table in pure concrete.

DeWulf, the Leaning coffee table in pure concrete.

Reading Time: 2 minutesAvant-garde designer James Dewulf continues to apply his expertise in concrete compounding and furniture design to create another heir loom piece called The Leaning Coffee table. The Leaning Coffee Table was inspired by the work of Angelo Mangiarotti, who pioneered the use of gravity joints in the late 70’s.  DeWulf expanded on Mangiarotti’s work with a thinner top, stronger joint, and a shapelier look.  The result is a simple yet striking design that showcases the material’s strength and grace. Materials: Concrete Description: 56 x 22 x 18h concrete coffee table using gravity joint. 1″ thick top. Designed to take up to 55 lbs of weight at far end of cantilever. It is available in Natural Tone, Light Grey, and Charcoal Grey.  The table material is 7000 PSI carbon fiber reinforced concrete which means the one inch thick top is as strong as nine inches of ordinary concrete; and that the…

Lithium table by Peter Harrison

Lithium table by Peter Harrison

Reading Time: 3 minutesPeter Harrison just launched a new beautiful piece of modern design, a Lithium Table. The Lithium Table is 29 ½ inches tall and 48 inches in diameter. It visually creates three layers, transitioning from mass to air with a core of concrete, a middle ring of stainless steel rods, and a perimeter created by the glass. The cast concrete column exudes strength and balances the slickness of the other materials. It is cast with round holes to lighten its mass and complement the airy structure of the stainless steel rods. The mahogany glass support is complemented by the aluminum base of the same diameter; both joined together with Harrison’s signature steel rods and exposed fasteners. The effect is modern without being devoid of details. Peter Harrison has been designing and producing art since 1996. His work has journeyed from one-of-a-kind furniture, to sculpture, to his present line of handmade limited…

Parvez Taj, The white Barn Collection

Parvez Taj, The white Barn Collection

Reading Time: 2 minutesParvez Taj, canadian artist, has released a collection of 50 artworks called the white Barn Collection. A series of hanging wall art pieces using reclaimed wood siding scored from white barns around the country. These barns were built from the mid 1800’s through the early 1900’s.  The siding varies by age, exposure to weather and wood type as most were built utilizing the stands of wood closest to the structure. Parvez philosophy is to make Art accessible. He uses water paints, photographs, UV cured inks and even computer softwares. This makes him quite unique on his style. In 2003, he founded Parvez Michel, Inc, an art design company that produces artwork and accessories for contemporary living. The rich and varied history of the siding combined with their authenticity and product texture provided Parvez the inspiration to use his signature UV cured inks to create unique, eco-friendly art.  Each piece is hand signed…

Peter Harrison, the Divergence Table

Peter Harrison, the Divergence Table

Reading Time: 3 minutesNY designer Peter Harrison has designed and built a really cool hall table for those seeking a clean, modern look and excellent hand craftsmanship.  Known for his use of nontraditional joinery in fine, handmade, limited production furniture, the award winning designer has taken his work to a new level with the introduction of his latest design, the Divergence Table. The Divergence Table is an evolutionary step in Harrison’s embrace of nontraditional furniture fabrication, as it uses an aluminum corner bracket to join the legs to the top. The bracket, which is hand fabricated from a massive block of aluminum, is the first time when the mechanical joinery of his work surpasses the complexity of traditional joinery.  Although the Divergence Table represents a distinct step from Harrison’s previous pieces, it remains true to his aesthetic vision which celebrates materials and maintains a pure feeling that is modern without being devoid of details….

Bib&Sola, essential luxury.

Bib&Sola, essential luxury.

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe designer brand of the month is Bib&Sola. They launched an exquisite collection of Murano glass carafe and glass sets called The Marta Collection. “Water is life. It’s the briny broth of our origins, the pounding circulatory system of the world. We stake our civilizations on the coasts and mighty rivers. Our deepest dread is the threat of having too little –or too much.” –BARBARA KINGSOLVER Bib & Sola is the creative vision of contemporary lifestyle designer Kira Heuer, who has drawn on her International background in Art, Fashion and Media industries combined with her passion for sustainable living have seamlessly synthesized to produce an exquisite collection of Murano glass carafe and glass sets – bringing to life a new concept of drinking. Founded in 2011, the name Bib & Sola derives from Latin meaning ʻdrinkʼ and ʻcomfortʼ and represents all that is valuable, remarkable and bespoke. Check here a short…

The Evolution of USB by Victorinox

The Evolution of USB by Victorinox

Reading Time: 1 minutesThe Swiss Brand Victorinox is presenting a video about one of their new pocket knives, the one with a USB key called the Victorinox Slim. As the Brand was  always motivated by Innovation, Quality, Design and Functionality, Victorinox has a tremendous heritage that you can see on the following video, from the stone to the modern era! “Evolution is just a normal step in all things” – Darwin. Also check my latest Victorinox products reviews here: Victorinox Swiss Unlimited unboxing Victorinox Tomo – The unboxing   Victorinox Damascus Limited Edition LA  

DEWULF, the Triton Pendant – Luxury design

DEWULF, the Triton Pendant – Luxury design

Reading Time: 3 minutesHi, I discovered a very interesting designer called James DeWulf. All the Industrial Design world knows his unique work on hightech and luxury concrete furniture. He is launching a very original, elegant and interesting Light fixture called Triton Pendant. From sinks, tables, fireplaces, outdoors pieces, and coutertops, James DeWulf developed his own style. And today he is evolving towards other materials like glass and metal. In 2004, the artist established DeWulf Concrete, a small design studio and since then he has been working for Architects, interior decorators or even retail stores. He has invented the concept of Concrete-Couture or Concrete Design. It is the art of blending top qualitative and hightech concretes in order to integrate luxury concrete pieces in a contemporary environment. During the past years, James DeWulft design and work grew into a full-scale product line and it is available at exclusive stores. He has several projects, from Los…

Victorinox Tomo – the unboxing by LuxuryActivist

Victorinox Tomo – the unboxing by LuxuryActivist

Reading Time: 1 minutesHi, this month the Makers of the Swiss Army knife, Victorinox, is launching a new product called Victorinox Tomo. It is the result of a beautiful collaboration between the Swiss brand and the Japanese design studio Abitax. We can really say that Swiss Precision meets Japanese Design for a cutting edge product. I have already made an article about it a few month ago, before the launch. You can find it here. There is more information about Mr Yamaguchi work and the collaboration. Now, here below you will find a video of the unboxing I made of the Victorinox Tomo. It gives you a good idea on how great this product is. You will like to collect them all!   According to Mr. Yamaguchi: “for Japanese people, Simple is beautiful”… check here an exclusive interview from the Designer: Victorinox Tomo is definitely a beautiful product with a beautiful story. Visit…

Victorinox Tomo, when Swiss ingenuity meets Tokyo style

Victorinox Tomo, when Swiss ingenuity meets Tokyo style

Reading Time: 2 minutesVictorinox is launching in May this year one interesting 2011 “must-have” products. It is called the TOMO knife. This creation is the result of an amazing alliance of Swiss Ingenuity and Japanese “cutting edge” style. The japanese house Abitak, based in Tokyo got inspired by the functional design of Victorinox knifes. Behind this project, we have Mr. Yamaguti Kazuma.

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