Estudos Geométrico 3

(Geometric Study 3)

Designer: Naima Almaida

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Remember fuzzy felt?!

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Alameda (business name: Lhama)’s artworks are made with felt pieces cut, embedded, overlapped and glued by hand in her studio in São Paulo, Brazil. The compositions are so thoughtfully considered.

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

The extreme layering in her geometric pieces makes them really luxurious.

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Most of her work is tropical themed and has less of this repeated layering that you can see here but I think she has struck gold with Estudos Geométrico 3. I won’t lie though, it was her rich tropical pieces that caught my eye on Instagram.

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I’m so used to the current Rob Ryan-esque style of cut out art that I wrongly presumed that Alameda’s work was fairly small, about the size of a piece of printer paper.

But this geometric study is about twice that size and all the better for it! Some pieces are much larger again.

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

If you’re going to buy a statement piece I believe in going all out. Why else would I be (moderately) minimal elsewhere in the home? In order to go bonkers with art! The simple, white ‘box’ frame that comes with Estudos Geométrico 3 knows what I’m on about.

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Naima Almaida (Lhama) as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I am one of the 26,547 people who have signed up for the “30 Days of Wild” challenge that The Wildlife Trusts have set up this month in order to help us make room for nature in our lives. Researching into Lhama’s jungle pieces was something I did for myself as part of this challenge, from England to Brazil – and I hope you feel the wild in art wherever you are in the world too! ?

#30dayswild

Image Credits: LhamaLhama’s Instagram / Alameda’s Pinterestfatdormouse

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Current Window

Designer: Marjan van Aubel

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I came across the current windows when I was exhibiting at LDF 2015 but I was too in awe of “Mise-en-abyme” by Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale to write about it straight away!

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

As the months have passed though I’ve thought about this product much more than Allegri and Fogale’s art piece.

A solar panelled window. It’s genius!

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Most modern western homes probably have at least two frosted windows in it’s two bathrooms. I even had one in my bedroom growing up. And my Mum made an embroidered modesty panel on the lower half of the window in the spare room, which they use as a dressing room (too many books in their bedroom!). That makes four in the family house I grew up in.

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Now, my Mum is super creative so she also actually made the stained glass window in the bathroom. It’s got stars, indigo panels, and little bits of mirror.

Very pretty.

It would be extra cool if it could add to the house’s electricity supply.

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Window pane solar panels capture about 10% efficiency of the sun. 10% sounds worse than it is; this window takes about 7hrs to save enough energy to recharge a modern phone.

Think of all the industry and hours of labour needed to get that energy to your home when the energy itself is produced off site!

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Interestingly, different colours harness different amounts of energy. I think the colours that van Aubel has created are really beautiful. Framed in white, the graphic, triangular structure of the window panels add to this gentle beauty.

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

The window-sill has USB ports flush with the product and a series of diagonal stripes show you how much energy the sill has stored within its battery.

Marjan van Aubel's Current Window as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

van Aubel founded the company Caventou with two others to focus on this emerging design and technology. Their tagline is “Integrating solar technology naturally into our daily lives.” Have a look at their beautiful video below, they explain it all better than me, I’m really just here to say “Look, Look!”.

The same principals have been applied to this table for home or office use. Elegant aye!?

Marjan van Aubel's Current Table as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I love the echo of the triangulation of the window panes in the frame of the table. Ah cohesion.

Marjan van Aubel's Current Table as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Image Credits: Marjan van Aubel / Caventou / Vimeo

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Cabinet

Designer: Marius Valaitis

Marius Valaitis as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

This cabinet is visually simple and feels honest. A lot of designers hide away the nuts / bolts / edges of a product and conversely a lot of designers make a big hullabaloo of their raw material and oldey-worldy fixtures.

Valaitis’ design is balanced nicely in the middle of these two ways of working.

Marius Valaitis as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk 1

For example the casters are just castors, fully functional.

Lithuanian furniture designer Valaitis isn’t trying to hide the fact that they’re just castors by having a skirt of wood around the base of the cabinet. He’s also not tooting his own horn with really big steam-punk casters to say ‘look guys – its INDUSTRIAL!’

They are just casters. Lovely.

Marius Valaitis as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk 1

The proportions of the piece of furniture are really to my taste. A little bit squat and snug, just right for a printer and some paper bits.

I hate my printer.

It does not deserve a nice cabinet like this.

If it jams a piece of paper it does not reprint the page it missed. Big deal right? But it does it a few times a day (I have had it serviced)! I have to figure out what page is missing, go back into my document, isolate the page in the ‘print’ pop up box and send it to the printer all over again. And sometimes it’ll do it twice in one document. *Rage Shudder*.

The printer that my family had twenty years ago always reprinted the missing page straight away before it carried on with the rest of the document. TWENTY YEARS AGO!

Sorry lovely cabinet. Sorry that my printer fury has hijacked your blog post.

Marius Valaitis as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk 1

I’d shove it in this beautifully finished drawer for ever and ever.

Image Credits: Marius Valaitis’ Tumblr

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Popcorn Bowl – Set of 3

Designer: Araya Jensen

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

These bowls have everything I’ve ever wanted:

A) Clean cut, pale wood,

B) Colour blocking,

and C) Circles… Concentric circles if you stack ’em!

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

The base of these bowls aren’t just painted like I originally thought. They are rubber! So clever. No slip and very tactile.

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

To produce the bowl itself Jensen works with wood turners and FSC certified US Cherry, Maple, Walnut, and Beech. Once the bowls arrive at her home studio she gets dipping!

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

The bowls get dipped into coloured rubber that Jensen has mixed herself. These popcorn bowls that I chose to feature aren’t all that colourful but lots of her work is.

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

I really like the colourful work but the black and white Beech bowls at the start of this article spoke to me, whispering sweet nothings that I couldn’t ignore.

Willful Goods as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

At the time of publication the Popcorn Bowl Set of Three is 10% off! My birthday is in July thank you very much ??.

Image Credits: Wilful Goods

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Mobile Chandelier 7

Designed by: Michael Anastassiades

Anastassiades as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Balance, stillness, mindfulness. Oooommm.

Anastassiades as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

What a light.

Anastassiades as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Every element is super paired back – super edited.

Anastassiades as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Take this top section for example. The joint between the top of the lamp’s arc and the fixture is simply a little repeat of the heavy fixture above it. All cylindrical, all tubes.

The arch could have just gone through the fixture itself but Anastassiades chose to drop it down a length, extending the elegance and the potential swing of the lamp, making it look all the more spectacular in its balance.

Anastassiades as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Anastassiades’s work  reminds me of Miro’s bats paintings (thats not their title – I just think they are batty) and, as has been remarked by interiordesign.net, of Alexander Calder’s mobile sculptures.

Miro as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

The materials are lovey, rich choices. Black patinated brass for the tubes and hand blown opalescent spheres for the lampshades. You can order whatever length of rod you wish (within a certain limit of course) and they vary the rest of the dimensions themselves for balancing reasons.

Anastassiades as seen on www.TheProductEdit.uk

Image Credits: Interior Design.net / Michael Anastassiades / Carwan Gallery / TES

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