Posts Tagged ‘Design’

NEWS///DESIGN///FOR THE LOVE OF SHELL CHAIRS

November 24, 2008  |  Design  |  Comments Off

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Have a seat, but check your wallet at the door...

Being admitted design snobs and chair porn junkies here at Supertouch, we couldn't help but stand at attention when we learned that one of the most gorgeous midcentury seats of all time, the very clinically-named CH07 SHELL CHAIR designed by HANS WEGNER, was being reissued after decades of being MIA. The elegant three-legged shell chair was originally introduced in 1963 and only a few limited series were produced before the project came to a standstill. It wasn’t until the chair was relaunched briefly in 1997 after 34 years of oblivion that the seat finally made its mark on the design world. This special masterbuilt anniversary edition is limited to 250 pieces each of which bears a numbered sterling silver plate, and is crafted from “zebrano” veneer (so named for the wood’s stripes). The only problem? The price, of course. With the world economy on the verge of collapse, the nearly $5,000 USD pricetag this little beauty carries might be more than prohibitive for the average consumer. Of course, bad economies do breed dreamers…

And while we’re on the topic of shell chairs, now’s the perfect time to watch this little period film on the creation of the ultimate mid-century seat design, the EAMES SHELL CHAIR:

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PRODUCT TOSS///DESIGN///HOUSE INDUSTRIES’ AMPERSAND SCULPTURE

November 13, 2008  |  art, Design, News, Product Toss  |  Comments Off

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If only most girls were this curvy...

Speaking of design nerds, one would be hard-pressed to be counted among the ranks of the typographic elite without this sand-cast 6 1/2 lb aluminum AMPERSAND SCULPTURE by Delaware's own HOUSE INDUSTRIES on your shelf as a badge of honor. The perfect accessory for hurtling across the room during a domestic dispute or simply as a weight in a pillowcase to beat back escaped convicts with, the glory that is this sexily rendered ampersand (even the word is sexy) is the perfect gift for that font fanatic in your life. Or, if it's used in the aforementioned pillowcase, to remove them from it.

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Just one of the myriad uses for your very own Ampersand...

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DESIGN///CYCLE KILLERS///THE PLUS BIKE

November 12, 2008  |  Design, News  |  Comments Off

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No, it's not called the "iBike" but maybe it should be...

From Italian designers FABIO BORTOLANI and ERMANNO RIGHI of DOVETUSAI, Comes this incredibly mod fixie known as the PLUS BIKE that incorporates internal light projectors into the oversized top tube. It doesn’t look fast but it definitely looks cool. We’re guessing it’s for featherweights only.

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FASHION///FOOT PATROL///ZAHA HADID’S “MELISSA” SHOE

October 31, 2008  |  Design, Fashion, News  |  Comments Off

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Prince's new kix, size men's 5... 

It's safe to say that we at Supertouch have a serious shoe fetish, but it's not often that we get to legitimately obsess over women's kix. The recent release of this sculptural pair of asymmetrical heels by London-based Iraqi modern architect ZAHA HADID for the little-known Brasilian eco shoe company MELISSA, however, proved to be just such an occasion, and stopped us in our tracks and made us stare just a little too long. And a model wasn't even wearing them. To celebrate the collaboration, Melissa has created a massive pair of the shoes as sculpture currently on display in their flagship boutique in Sao Paulo. Marc Newson, we expect your response in shoe form within six months. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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PARIS///DESIGN///PHARREL WILLIAMS DEBUTS HIS “PERSEPECTIVES” CHAIR AT GALLERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN

October 25, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Design, News, Openings, Paris  |  Comments Off

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Skateboard P makes sure the chair color matches his Ferrarri key...

As if being one of the world's foremost music producers, trendsetting fashionistas, streetwear entrepreneurs, ladykillers, and Louis Vuitton designers wasn't enough, the starmaking PHARRELL "SKATEBOARD P" WILLIAMS has now added high-end modern furniture design to his extensive resume with the official debut of his "Perspective" chairs at GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN in Paris this week. A seat supported with the legs of both a man and a woman, the "Perspective" chair was created to resemble a street-level view of a couple in the midst of getting it on, is rendered in slick acrylic, and available in four colors with the choice of leather, incredibly un-PC veal skin, or velour leather for the seating material. Priced well out of reach of Pharrell's loyal legion of young streetwear zombies (the chairs cost a wee bit more than the most expensive pair of Bapes), these pricey walkers are sure to be the furniture of choice for a new wave of rap videos to come. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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DESIGN///MUST-HAVE ITEM: THE “SOFT HERCULES” STOOL

October 15, 2008  |  Design, News  |  Comments Off

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The resting place of the gods... 

Admittedly, it's not often that we're left totally speechless when trying to describe a piece of furniture. In this case, the word "wow" seems excessively appropriate. Created by visionary designers FASHION ARCHITECTURE TASTE (aka: "FAT") especially for inclusion in "From Now to Eternity," a show exploring the use of plastic that took place during The London Design Festival last month, "Soft Hercules" captures a classical bust of the Greek god in soft "memory foam" rubber that easily molds to the occupant's nether region when sat upon. In the words of the artists: "'Soft Hercules' is a stool cast from foam rubber—the soft squishy stuff that is usually used to make stress balls. The bust of Hercules, usually something solid both in its material and the culture it represents becomes unexpectedly soft, deforming a recognizable object into stranger shapes when it is sat on. It uses the plasticity of rubber to suggest a more uncertain and doubtful state."

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No caption necessary...

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TOKYO///DESIGN///LOVING THE HONDA PUYO: A CAR WITH NO EDGES THAT GLOWS IN THE DARK

October 7, 2008  |  Autorama, Design, Japan, Kustom Kulture, News  |  Comments Off

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HONDA's wondrous soft glow-in-the-dark egg of a concept car with the dirtiest name of all time, the "PUYO," has been making the car show rounds for a minute now but our fascination remains undiminished. Created entirely without hard edges, inside and out, the new Japanese family commuter pod operates without a steering wheel (a gamer-friendly joystick handles the "directionality"), runs on an advanced hydrogen fuel cell, is enclosed by a totally transparent dome, is surrounded by a silicone "gel body" that literally glows in the dark, and contains an interior that spins a full 360 degrees so that the car never needs to reverse. It also flys and swims underwater. Not really, that doesn't kick in till the 2011 model. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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DESIGN///THE INSA x ROUSSEAU BUBBLE CHAIR

September 23, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Design, London, News  |  Comments Off

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Something tells us she looks better in the chair than your hairy, drunken roommate... 

Paying homage to the bubble-shaped behinds so beloved by English street artist INSA, this new collaborative edition by UK design house ROUSSEAU adds an innovative twist to the iconic Pop furniture staple. Featuring his iconic spiraling high-heeled graphics, the limited edition Lucite chair was unveiled at last week's DESIGNERSBLOCK LONDON and is set to hit retail this fall. The unexpected added bonus? In this real estate market, it's the perfect time to go shopping for the perfect mod crash pad to put the chair in...

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DESIGN///THE POLISH MAKE GOOD MOVIE POSTERS

September 11, 2008  |  Design  |  Comments Off

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The Polish version of ALIEN pops...

It's a little-known fact that in addition to great potato wine, the Polish crank out some incredible movie posters that put their American counterparts to shame. When Western movies are released domestically in Poland, the original poster imagery goes straight out the window and a legion of unsung resident artists like Andrzev Klimowski, Jerzy Treutler, Wojciech Zamecznik, Jacek Neugebauer, Andrzej Pagowski, and Bronislaw Zelek were brought in to create incredible works of art specifically for the domestic market, proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that good design is alive and well in some part of the world. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///ART + DEISGN///JOHN PASCHE’S ORIGINAL ROLLING STONES LOGO ART ACQUIRED BY V&A MUSEUM

September 4, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Design, London, News, Rock of Ages  |  Comments Off

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Pop/graphic artist JOHN PASCHE’s original artwork for THE ROLLING STONES' iconic lips & tongue logo—based on Mick Jagger's big mouth—has just been bought by the VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM in London for $92,500 USD. The acquisition funds were secured with the help of The Art Fund charity, which donated 50% of the cost. The 14-inch square color separated, handpainted artwork comes with a color print. Paid just paid £50 for creating the artwork in 1970 while still an art student at the Royal College of Art at Jagger’s request, Pasche’s enduring image has since become one of the most recognized pieces of graphic art in the world and an icon of an era. The logo’s first use was on the inner sleeve of the 1971 Album “Sticky Fingers” featuring cover art by Andy Warhol, a fact that led to the Pop artist being erroneously credited for the image since its inception. The newly acquired piece will be housed in the V&A’s permanent collection, which represents largest assemblage of decorative arts and design in the world. The fact that Pasche used to wander the halls of the museum as an art student is a particularly fitting bit of irony. To read the full story of the logo’s creation, READ ON: Read More

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