Tales of the Hunt: Kwangho Lee


In this movie by Brussels gallerist Victor Hunt, Korean designer Kwangho Lee explains how growing up on a farm outside Seoul has influenced his work. The movie is part of a series of interviews called Tales of the Hunt.

Lee is best known for his furniture and lighting woven from garden hoses and electrical cables, or cut from polystyrene foam with a hot wire. See more of his work on Dezeen here.

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100 Years After the Party by Makiko Nakamura


100 Years After the Party by Makiko Nakamura

London Design Festival 2011: London designer Makiko Nakamura will exhibit a tea set engulfed in flowers and foliage at Tent London during the London Design Festival next month.

100 Years After the Party by Makiko Nakamura

Called 100 Years After the Party, the series is inspired by a story Nakamura tells about a tea service left behind at the end of civilisation.

100 Years After the Party by Makiko Nakamura

In the story, seeds land on the disintegrating porcelain by chance 100 years later, consuming the pieces in flowers.

100 Years After the Party by Makiko Nakamura

Tent London will take place from 22 to 25 September at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL, UK.

100 Years After the Party by Makiko Nakamura

Check out Dezeen’s plans for the London Design Festival here.

100 Years After the Party by Makiko Nakamura

Here some more details from Tent London:


Makiko Nakamura is a ceramic artist and designer based in London, and “What a wonderful world!” is a slogan of her creation. She has worked with ceramics in both art and design, making narrative one-off art pieces that have fantasy stories behind them. In addition, she has enjoyed making tableware that focuses on function, form and design. In the both types of works, Makiko combines sophistication and humor.

100 Years After the Party by Makiko Nakamura

Anthology of daydream stories – 100 Years After The Party

Makiko creates her works from stories she generated with some inspiration and her works also play a role as media to approach the stories behind them.

100 Years After the Party by Makiko Nakamura

One hundred years after the party, all the luxury furniture and ornaments in the room have rotten and moulded, and only porcelain tea set has been left. Gorgeous gold paint on the tea set has been washed away by rain and the tea set was absolutely lonely and miserable.

100 Years After the Party by Makiko Nakamura

But on the day, one hundred years after the party, it is nothing short of a miraculous, beautiful bird dropping the seed on the tea set.

100 Years After the Party by Makiko Nakamura

Then, leaves and germs come out and flowers bloom on it. The tea set has got a new life and not lonely anymore.

Happily ever after…

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Watch Sculptures: Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

London Design Festival 2011: a watch featuring a looter running off with a TV while a riot policeman stands and watches is one of a series of one-off, customised time pieces commissioned by Dezeen from Dominic Wilcox. Update: watch an interview with Wilcox on Dezeen Screen.

Watch Sculptures: Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

The series of seven sculptures, each featuring tiny, hand-crafted figures attached to the watch hands, will be exhibited at Dezeen Space in Shoreditch, London from 17 September to 16 October.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

The Looter watch was inspired by the recent riots in London, which Wilcox witnessed first hand. Wilcox says: “I had to walk across Mare Street in Hackney to get home during the riots. I remember seeing a boy carrying an LCD TV down a back street. I noticed how the police seemed unsure how to react, holding their  circular shields while the boy held a rectangular TV.”

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

The series also features a watch with a man so engrossed in his iPhone that he fails to notice an incredible feat of balance and strength occurring right next to him; and another with a young girl trying to stop a butcher killing a floating pig.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Each sculpture is a unique piece, based on a vintage watch and protected by a glass dome. The watches will be on sale for £500 + VAT = £600 each at Dezeen Space, at 54 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3QN.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

See all our stories about Dominic Wilcox, including coat hooks made from paint-encrusted brushes and a nose-mounted device that allows you to use your smartphone while in the bath.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: London Looter. “A hooded youth sprints away with a 42 inch LCD TV while a riot policeman looks on.”

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: The unrequited handshake. “The outstretched hand of friendship is continually rejected.”

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: Rest time. “A brief moment to sit.”

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: A man, engrossed in his iphone, is oblivious to the monkey balanced on the head of a weightlifting boy who stands on the arm of an elderly rollerskater. “That is the title.”

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: Adventures of a young vegetarian OR Pigs shall fly. “A small girl attempts to stop a butcher chopping up a pig by hanging on his arm while the pig floats away.”

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: Hide n seek. “A pig tailed girl hides behind a tree from a searching boy.”

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Above: Watch sweeper. “The numbers and hands of a watch are swept away by a watch sweeper.”

Here’s some text from Wilcox:


Watch sculptures: Moments in time by Dominic Wilcox

Dominic Wilcox has created a series of miniature time-based sculptures using a collection of vintage watches and customised model figures. By attaching tiny figures onto the second and minute hands of each watch, Wilcox has made unique, animated scenes from everyday observations and imagined situations.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Background info

Last September I undertook a project called Speed Creating (shown at the Anti design festival) where I made a new creative thing each day for 30 days. It was during that time that I came up with the idea of attaching figures onto the hands of watches. I decided I should take more time developing the idea so made the decision not to use it in the Speed Creating project.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

Eight months later I showed a prototype to the people at Dezeen and they commissioned me to create a collection of these watch sculptures for September. I wanted to create a series of scenes and fleeting moments both observed and imagined. Playing with the idea of unending repetition.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

The miniature figure on the second hand moves around constantly and the figure on the minute hand appears stationary. I spent time thinking about the relationship between the two people, how one passes another repeatedly and I tried to think about when that situation happens in real life or in an imagined scenario.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox

I altered head and arm angles of found model figures and made objects such as the LCD tv with wire and plug. The glass domes are hand blown to fit each watch exactly.

Watch sculptures - Moments in Time by Dominic Wilcox



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Scatter Shelf by Nendo

DESIGN 2011.09.30 07:13
Scatter Shelf by Nendo

Scatter Shelf by Nendo

Japanese designers Nendo will present this display unit with shelves that are only 5mm thick at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London next month. Watch the movie on Dezeen Screen.

Scatter Shelf by Nendo

The Scatter Shelf is made of glossy acrylic sheets, arranged in a grid formation from the front but a staggered configuration from the side.

Scatter Shelf by Nendo

The glossy surface slices up reflections when viewed from an angle and scatters them in all directions.

Scatter Shelf by Nendo

The piece will also be on show at Friedman Benda in New York from 10 November.

Scatter Shelf by Nendo

See all our stories about Nendo here.

Scatter Shelf by Nendo

Photographs are by Masayuki Hayashi.

Scatter Shelf by Nendo

Here are some more details from Nendo:


Nendo will show a new piece “scatter shelf” at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London during the Frieze Art Fair, and Friedman Benda in NY from November 10th.

The scatter shelf is composed of 5mm black acrylic shelves in a grid form, stacked in three layers and slightly displaced. The resulting shelving unit is not only structurally strong but creates a visual effect in which objects placed on the shelves appear as though caught in a spider’s web when viewed from the front.

Scatter Shelf by Nendo

When viewed on an angle, the glossy acrylic face creates a series of reflections within the shelves, making the ‘opaque’ acrylic appear to be transparent.

Scatter Shelf by Nendo

The diffused reflections caused by the ‘surfaces’ shine and form also separates and scatters the view behind the shelving unit, creating a completely kaleidoscopic effect.

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Today at Dezeen Platform: Sivan Royz

Blooming Structures by Sivan Royz

Dezeen Space: today’s exhibitor at our micro-exhibition Dezeen Platform is Israeli textile designer Sivan Royz, whose laser-cut silk purses were featured on Dezeen earlier this month. Update: watch an interview with Royz on Dezeen Screen.

Blooming Structures by Sivan Royz

Resembling shells, fungi or deep-sea plants, the purses have scorched edges where the laser passed and this colouring is darker where the curves are tighter.

Blooming Structures by Sivan Royz

Parting the layers reveals cavities inside that are perfectly shaped for a lipstick or mobile phone.

Blooming Structures by Sivan Royz

The layers of silk are slotted together with string.

Blooming Structures by Sivan Royz

Read more about the project in our earlier story.

Blooming Structures by Sivan Royz

Dezeen Space is open until 7pm today – see you there!

Blooming Structures by Sivan Royz

Each day, for 30 days, a different designer will use a one metre by one metre space to exhibit their work at Dezeen Space. See the full lineup for Dezeen Platform here.

Blooming Structures by Sivan Royz

More about Dezeen Space here and more about the London Design festival here.

Blooming Structures by Sivan Royz

Dezeen Space
17 September – 16 October
Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

54 Rivington Street,
London EC2A 3QN

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Marcel Wanders for Marks & Spencer

Marcel Wanders M&S

London Design Festival 2011: Dutch designer Marcel Wanders launched a collection for British retailer Marks & Spencer in London last night, including a pair of gloves with one gold finger tip (below).

Marcel Wanders M&S

The collection for Christmas comprises accessories for men and women, confectionary, cosmetics, homeware and decorations.

Marcel Wanders M&S

See our earlier Dezeen Wire story about the collection here.

Marcel Wanders M&S

Wanders also presents a photographic installation with mermaids floating among the Moooi collection in London this week.

Marcel Wanders M&S

See all our stories about Marcel Wanders here and all our stories about the London Design Festival here.

Marcel Wanders M&S

Here’s some more information from Marks & Spencer:


Marks & Spencer Launches Design Collaboration with Marcel Wanders

On 12th October M&S will launch an exciting new Christmas product range under the creative direction of world renowned designer, Marcel Wanders.

Marcel Wanders M&S

The ‘Marcel Wanders for M&S’ collection is a cohesive gifting range that includes men’s and women’s accessories, cakes and confectionary, cosmetics, Christmas decorations and homewares.

Marcel Wanders M&S

Displayed in store in a unique Marcel Wanders designed gift shop, the collection has been created to excite and surprise customers this Christmas, offering a range of individual and inspiring Christmas gifts.

Marcel Wanders M&S

This is the first time M&S has worked with a single designer to create a collection that spans a range of product areas encompassing food, clothing and home. Marcel was selected for his international reputation, as one of the world’s most influential product and interior designers his work is shown in some of the world’s most important collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco and the V&A in London. Synonymous with cutting edge design, Marcel co-founded the internationally renowned interiors brand Moooi and has worked with a host of global design brands as well as working on architectural and interior design projects.

Marcel Wanders M&S

The collection comprises over 150 uniquely designed gifts with the Marcel Wanders gift shop present in 60 stores nationwide and a virtual shop avaible online at www.marksandspencer.com.

Marcel Wanders M&S

Stand out products include the unique Teddy Bear nightlight with illuminating nose, an interchangeable set of cufflinks depicting King Henry the VIII and this six wives and the must-have ‘gold finger’ gloves in red leather.

Marcel Wanders M&S

Marc Bolland, Chief Executive, M&S says: “Marcel Wanders is an internationally acclaimed designer and I’ve long admired his original and cutting edge approach to design.

Marcel Wanders M&S

Marcel brings something new and exciting to our Christmas gifting range and I think our customers will be surprised and inspired by his unique and cutting edge designs.”

Marcel Wanders M&S

Marcel Wanders says: “I wanted to create a new collection of personal objects from my heart to you. Design allows us to reach out and inspire and I am so pleased M&S have joined me in my quest to make beautiful design accessible for everyone”.

Marcel Wanders M&S


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Workshop by Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk
for Bernhardt Design


Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

London Design Festival 2011: Eindhoven couple Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk share a studio but usually work on independent projects. During the London Design Festival they present a chaise for Bernhardt Design that combines her textiles with his metal furniture.

Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

The five textile patterns for the interchangeable seat pads, cushions and bolsters were inspired by configurations of timber offcuts, thread, paper and tape lying around the studio and workshop.

Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

The chaise comes in a right or left version with a metal base in antique copper or brushed nickel.

Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

The London Design Festival starts tomorrow and continues until 25 September. See all our stories about the event in our special category.

Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

See all our stories about van Eijk here and all our stories about van Bleiswijk here.

Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

Here are some more details from Bernhardt Design:


Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

Hailing from the career-making Design Academy in Eindhoven, Dutch designers Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk are the latest real-life couple to join forces in the studio for Bernhardt Design. Leading the new generation of Dutch designers, much of Kiki’s and Joost’s work is based on the traditions of the workshop and a respect of craft. Their personal studio became the inspiration and starting point for their aptly titled collection “Workshop.” Consisting of forty textiles and an accompanying chaise, the project will make its international debut at the 2011 London Design Festival.

Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

Although they have worked side-by-side in their studio since 2001 and often create exhibits together, Kiki and Joost have received considerable attention by focusing on their solo careers. While a student, the “Kiki Carpet” became an instant sensation and propelled Kiki onto the global design stage. Recognized for her nostalgic and playful work, Kiki’s signature design statement is to use multiple layers. Joost, widely heralded for his Outlines Series, is currently working on his “no glue, no screw” collection. His passion for true craftsmanship and historical pieces has led to creating contemporary versions of forgotten objects such as an hourglass and a chessboard. Kiki and Joost have exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide including Moss Gallery and Zuiderzee Museum and have designed for companies such as Moooi, Skitsch and Venice Projects.

Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

A visit to their studio from Jerry Helling, President of Bernhardt Design, was the catalyst for their first professional collaboration. Helling remembers, “The minute I met them in Eindhoven, I realized that although their work is very different stylistically, their chemistry was such that they could do something fantastic working in unison on one idea. I had the same feeling when I asked Jaime Hayon and Nienke Klunder to do their first joint product.” Kiki and Joost’s “hands-on” approach to design made Helling’s proposition appealing, yet as challenging as many unknowns can be. “We agreed with the idea of doing something jointly and since the place we share in common is the workshop, we would develop the story there,” says Kiki. She continues, “It would be a little scary as our relationship had never been tested by working together in this way.”

Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

Eager to begin, Joost laid the foundation using a variety of materials such as spray cans, paint brushes, wood bars, tape and stitching to form a structural base. Kiki, finding his work inspirational, quickly began adding graphic layers. Joost explains, “After working on the structural format, Kiki came in and does what she does best: layers and textures.” The end result is a symbiosis of two very different worlds – Kiki and Joost – to achieve a dense and rich textile collection inspired by their workshop.

Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

The Workshop Textile Collection is comprised of five distinctive patterns in eight different colorways: Connect, Stitch, Block, Score, and Brush. When viewing the textiles, they are quite simple to identify as each name corresponds to the method in which it was created.Using distinctive weaving techniques and a variety of different yarns, each textile is purposeful and markedly different. Connect, a very playful pattern that appears to be random sticks in different sizes, was inspired by an arrangement of wood bars in their workshop. Stitch is a very sophisticated pattern with rather humble origins consisting of lines of paper tape on a worktop with an overlay of string. The intensity of the pattern Block was created by combining wooden bars and squares, then coating with a light mist of spray paint and adding a final layer of paper tape. Score was conceived very spontaneously by engraving score lines through multiple layers of paint on wood. And lastly, Brush is a blurry and artistic pattern composed by using thin strips of tape to create a surface that appears to be painted with a brush.

Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

Carolyn Smith, Brand Director of Bernhardt Textiles, sensed a domino effect occurring during the development process. “As the project came together, it was interesting to see the progression of the textures and how well the patterns complement each other.” After Kiki and Joost shared a sketch of a chaise they designed for their home, Smith thought it would be the perfect way to showcase the fabrics and expanded the collection to include it. Joost concurs, “Since Kiki is a master of layering pattern on pattern, all the fabrics work very well together, especially when upholstered on furniture.”

Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk for Bernhardt

The chaise can be ordered in a right or left arm version with a metal base in striking antique copper or brushed nickel. The clean and spare lines of the Workshop chaise provide a blank canvas for combining fabrics and creating unique and very individual pieces. The upholstered seat, pillows and bolsters can be specified in any combination of Workshop textiles, Bernhardt Textiles or leather.

Aesop said, “In union there is strength.” How true.

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stad: s clinic

DESIGN 2011.09.30 06:33
stad: s clinic




's clinic' by stad in fukuoka, japan
all images courtesy stad
image © hiroshi mizusaki



japanese architecture practice stad (toru shimokawa) has sent us images of 's clinic',
a two-storey dwelling and dental office in fukuoka, japan. featuring a skewed rectangular footprint,
the design elevates the residential program by diagonally cutting across the second storey,
resulting in two roof-top terraces that open up to the immediate surrounding site.



north elevation
image © hiroshi mizusaki



situated next to a busy intersection, the free-standing project establishes a strong and
distinct identity through unconventional angles in its form. the corner closest to the street
has been pushed in to produce an obtuse angle, subtly distorting the perspective of
the overall volume. the roof form slants down in two opposite directions along a diagonal axis,
further skewing the spatial expression of the building.



(left) exterior view
(right) detail
images © hiroshi mizusaki



featuring an exposed wooden ceiling, the ground floor is preserved for the functions of
the dental clinic. a series of clerestories secure natural daylighting, while a private room for
surgical procedures is accommodated in the north east corner of the layout. removed from
the operations of the office, the residence lies linearly along a diagonal strip on the second floor.
simple and compact, the design generates a pair of triangular 'yards' that open up to the surrounding
neighbourhood and the sky.



interior view of entrance
image © hiroshi mizusaki



image © hiroshi mizusaki



clinic space
image © hiroshi mizusaki



roof terrace
image © hiroshi mizusaki



image © hiroshi mizusaki



entry at night
image © hiroshi mizusaki



from parking lot
image © hiroshi mizusaki



night view
image © hiroshi mizusaki



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level +1


project info:

design team: stad
designer: toru shimokawa
structure: wood
floor area: 167 m2

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Today at Dezeen Platform: Evelin Kasikov


Embroidery_EvelinKasikov

Dezeen Space: Estonian graphic designer Evelin Kasikov takes her place at our micro-exhibition Dezeen Platform at Dezeen Space today.

Embroidery_EvelinKasikov

Her CMYK embroidery is a series of hand-made prints that replace inks with thread.

Embroidery_EvelinKasikov

Just as the full range of colours can be achieved in printing by arranging dots of three subtractive primaries on a grid, Kasikov meticulously overlaps crosses of embroidery thread to colour her graphic images.

Embroidery_EvelinKasikov

She began to develop the project while studying at Central Saint Martins.

Embroidery_EvelinKasikov

Each day, for 30 days, a different designer will use a one metre by one metre space to exhibit their work at Dezeen Space. See the full lineup for Dezeen Platform here.

Embroidery_EvelinKasikov

More about Dezeen Space here and more about the London Design festival here.

Embroidery_EvelinKasikov

Dezeen Space
17 September – 16 October
Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

54 Rivington Street,
London EC2A 3QN

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oleg dou: cubs

ART 2011.09.30 05:46
oleg dou: cubs




'cubs' by oleg dou
all images courtesy oleg dou
(above) 'fawn', 2009
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.
image © oleg dou



a modern interpretation of an old practice, 'cubs' by moscow-based photographer oleg dou
is a series of images that draw from the aesthetic and ambience of child funeral portraits.
utilizing a muted palette with a stark backdrop, the porcelain-like subjects are morphed to
display discerning features of various animals, such as a set of slender antlers for 'fawn'
and perked-up ears in 'rabbit'. the result is a whimsical collection of portraits that play into
the innocent adolescence of the characters while still maintaining an eery sense of death
and mortality.

the choice to transform the children into animal-like creatures was spawned from an
unhappy childhood memory of the photographer where he had to dress up as a white rabbit
for a party: 'I couldn't pretend being happy in front of the camera, I hated being photographed.
the image finally reflected my discomfort and my vexation.' conceived from his sketches,
all the costumes shown in the series were tailored by dou's mother.



'mole', 2011
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.
image © oleg dou




'monkey', 2009
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.

image © oleg dou



'goat', 2009
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.
image © oleg dou



'pig', 2010
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.
image © oleg dou



'rabbit', 2010
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.

image © oleg dou



'puppy', 2010
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.

image © oleg dou



'fawn 2', 2010
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.
image © oleg dou


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