Con OLAFUR ELIASSON capiamo l'importanza di salvare il nostro pianeta

Magari molti di voi hanno già avuto occasione di vedere la mostra alla Tate Modern di Londra dedicata a Olafur Eliasson. Noi non abbiamo ancora fatto in tempo a parlarne. Da piccolo Olafur Eliasson ha trascorso molto tempo in Islanda e fenomeni naturali come acqua, luce e nebbia sono stati argomenti di indagine durante la sua carriera. Sulla terrazza i visitatori incontrano per la prima volta Waterfall (2019), una nuova drammatica installazione di oltre 11 metri di altezza. All'interno della mostra gli spettatori troveranno Moss wall (1994), un vasto aereo largo 20 metri interamente coperto di muschio di renna scandinavo; Beauty (1993), inaspettatamente arcobaleno all'interno della mostra; e Din blinde passanger (Your blind passenger) (2010), che offre un viaggio viscerale attraverso un corridoio di quasi 40 metri pieno di fitta nebbia. Ulteriori lavori nella mostra affrontano l'impatto che gli esseri umani hanno sull'ambiente, tra cui una serie di fotografie dei ghiacciai islandesi scattate dall'artista nel 1999. Questo sarà sostituito in autunno da una nuova opera d'arte che incorpora la vecchia serie insieme a foto scattate 20 anni fa, illustrando i cambiamenti in questo paesaggio che stanno accadendo ora. Eliasson crea opere che spingono continuamente gli spettatori a pensare alla natura della percezione. Mentre i visitatori passano di fronte alle luci brillanti di La tua ombra incerta (colore) (2010), proiettano ombre colorate inaspettate sul muro davanti a loro, mentre le luci gialle a monofrequenza utilizzate in Room for one color (1997) riducono la percezione degli spettatori a tonalità di giallo e nero. Little Sun, lanciato per la prima volta alla Tate Modern nel 2012, fornisce lampade e caricabatterie a energia solare alle comunità senza accesso all'elettricità; e Ice Watch, un'installazione di ghiaccio glaciale della Groenlandia, recentemente messa in scena fuori dalla Tate Modern e dal quartier generale europeo di Bloomberg, che ha lo scopo di aumentare la consapevolezza dell'emergenza climatica.

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life, Tate Modern, Londra. Fino al 5 gennaio 2020

BRAWN & BREAD BY STUDIO MICAT

Look at this project titled Brawn & Bread: an outdoor gym that makes bread, using human power to process the grain, knead dough, and fuel a wood-fired oven. It was designed by the London based designers Studio MICAT and was built in August 2018 by campers, aged 11-17, at Beam Camp, New Hampshire. The structure is designed to make a performance of the processes that go into producing a loaf of bread. It is a permanent installation at Beam Camp where it will provide daily bread for up to 150 campers and staff members. The bread gym is a small but salutary reminder of the effort required to produce this daily essential. How impressive!
Here a short film of it!

THE FIVE FIELDS PLAY STRUCTURE BY MATTER DESIGN AND FR|SCH PROJECTS

We want to introduce you to the Five Fields Play Structure by the designers at Matter Design and FR|SCH Projects: a communal play structure for the historic neighborhood ‘Five Fields’ in Lexington (Massachusetts) designed and developed in the early 1950s by the Architects Collaborative (TAC) who sought to foster community through creating shared, common land.
The project is a landscape for childish exploration. It shuns function and standard, in favor of liberation. The structure cultivates a child’s—and adults—imagination through play. It encourages inventiveness through its unfolding, discoverable spaces. The playscape is tailored to child size, but still accessible to adults. It prioritizes the child user, in order to both liberate and educate. It invites the older user to reminisce, and rediscover. The structure is a space for collective imagining and celebrating of all ages.

We think it’s a wonderful way of thinking, good job!

MY FAVOURITE THINGS A PROJECT BY UNDUETRESTELLA DESIGN WEEK

Here you are a little preview of a new project we're working on.

Let’s start it talking about two designers:
Barbara Achermann of DSGN Kids from Switzerland
and Paulo Ferraz of LOWII from Brazil.

Come on, discover their personal worlds with us.

See you in September to learn more about it...
#staytuned #myfavouritethingsbyunduetrestella is coming!

WEEKEND HOUSE KIDS

We usually deal with design for kids, but when we discovered Weekend House Kids, a Spanish children's fashion brand, we fell in love with its creations.
Its collections are magical, inspired by Mirò and Picasso or reproducing characters and fun elements of the table. Today it is going to launch its website, good luck to Irina and Cristina!
Keep an eye on www.weekendhousekids.com

NAMA studio

We want to introduce you NAMA studio, an Indie textile products design studio, founded by the designer Naama Ben Moshe in 2016 and based in Tel Aviv. They wish to create a wide selection of happy high-end textile items to lighten your surrounding and make it a bit more unique.
It's all about having fun, and we love it!

PICCOLA GUIDA ALLE FOGLIE E PICCOLA GUIDA AGLI UCCELLI BY NOMOS EDIZIONI

Come è divertente disegnare foglie e uccellini? Di solito ce li inventiamo ed è ancora più facile!

Tom Frost, invece, ha deciso di regalarci una piccola guida di uccelli e foglie da “studiare” per conoscerli e “osservarli” meglio. Tom è un illustratore (e stampatore) di professione. È bravissimo ad aiutarci a riconoscere becco e colore del piumaggio degli uccelli e la forma delle foglie e i loro mille colori. Le guide sono state pubblicate due anni fa in Gran Bretagna. Adesso grazie a Nomos edizioni abbiamo la versione italiana: accanto alle illustrazioni di Tom ci sono le indicazioni di Alison Davies.

immagini di Tom Frost

AI NATI OGGI DI ALBERTO GARUTTI / TO THOSE BORN TODAY BY ALBERTO GARUTTI

After Bergamo, Ghent (Belgium), Istanbul (Turkey), Moscow (Russia), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), the Italian artist Alberto Garutti inaugurates Ai Nati Oggi in Rome today. Those born today are truly the babies who come to life in real time at the Maternity Department of the Policlinico Agostino Gemelli.
In the work Ai nati oggi the streetlights of a given place in the city, Piazza del Popolo, get brighter every time a child is born. The maternity ward in the hospital is equipped with a button that can be pushed by the staff at each new birth; the button makes the streetlight system gradually increase the intensity of the light, a surge that then subsides back to normal in about thirty seconds.
A public work of art that touches the most intimate moment of a human being.

MONKIND

Look at Monkind by the designer and lifeblood Valeria: a family-run kid’s wear brand based in Berlin whose focus is on sleek and minimal design paired with sustainability and natural, organic materials.

ILA Y ELA

Beautiful handmade creations by Ila y ela, wow!

CARAPAU

We find out Carapau Portuguese Products, a 100% Portuguese home deco brand by Rita Faria and Tiago Couto who design contemporary handmade, and hight-quality products with focus on sustainable design, color and reinvention of traditional Portuguese materials.

FABLIEK

Fabliek is a story about childhood, about what we loved and how we lived. Simple things that we want to last forever. Close your eyes…Can you hear kids laughing? Can you see  how they are playing? This is what this brand is about. Childhood stories are a part of us! Share this happiness with your loved ones!

POOFI

We discover Poofi who produces organic cotton knitted blankets and toys, bedding, wooden teethers, hooded towles. it is surely one of our favorites!

MON FAB'L

We literally fell in love with this rattan furniture brand named Mon Fab’l !

TRICOT BY TRICOT

Tricot by Tricot are handmade mobiles and illustrations crafted in small series by Nadège Tricot from Paris. Each piece consists of different layers of colored paper, animals and figures cut out and glued in fun collages. A meticulous work that combines digital technology and craftsmanship. Lovely!

CINK

We find out Cink a new Swedish Kids Bamboo Dinnerware designed for the grown up home. We really love it, don’t you?

photos by Ulrika Nihlén

PINCH TOYS

Pinch toys is more than a toy.
Impressed with kids, minimalist style and creativity, they create 100% handmade products spiced up with three simple and very important ingredients: friendship, love and care.
We are going to choose them to be part of our family, and you? 

UUIO

Do you see this versatile bed by Uuio? We love it!

SERIOUS PLAY

Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America is an exhibition presenting the concept of playfulness in postwar American design as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. It will explore how employing playfulness allowed designers to bring fresh ideas to the American home, children’s toys and play spaces and corporate identities.
This exhibition opened on September 28, 2018, at the Milwaukee Art Museum, before traveling to the Denver Art Museum where it will be on view starting May 5, 2019.
Do not miss it!

Image 1: Charles Eames with the Solar Do-Nothing Machine, 1957.
Image 2: Ray Eames with the first prototype of The Toy, 1950.
Image 3: Herbert Bayer’s Kaleidoscreen installed in Aspen, Colorado, c. 1957.
Image 4: Charles and Ray Eames, Carton City built, 1951.
Image 5: Irving Harper for George Nelson Associates, Kaleidoscope clock, 1959.
Image 6: Henry P. Glass, Swing-Line Toy Chest, 1952. Manufactured by Fleetwood Furniture Company. Photograph by John R. Glembin.
Image 7: Isamu Noguchi, Study model for Play Sculpture, 1965-68.
Image 8: Charles Eames and Ray Eames. Hang-It-All Wall Rack, 1953. Produced by Tigrett Enterprises.

CONFETTI BY BUMOON

Do you see these explosions of cheerful modern designs by Bumoon? A decal kit named Confetti with different colourful stickers that can be arranged in countless ways—let your creative juices flow! Happy, cool, and smart!