Thursday, February 10, 2011

Creativity @ best

kkaarrlls at salone del mobile 2010

kkaarrlls will be presenting roughly 15 new projects, all hand-crafted in limited editions

by kaarrlls designers, in an exhibition at spazio crispi (via f. crispi, 3), during milan design week 2010.
included are new projects by: marcel besau, anna brugger, yvonne fehling and jennie peiz,
joa herrenknecht, laura jungmann, cordula kehrer, silvia knüppel, eva marguerretom pawlofsky,
kilian schindler, sandra schollmeyer, katrin sonnleitner, felicitas wetzel and collective '2groupof3'
- cristina becker, lauren walter and grit werner.

'screw rider' by anna brugger

the bicycle saddle can be classified in the broadest sense, as a piece of seating furniture,
beyond its singular function in sports. this has been suggested previously by castiglioni's 'sella' (1957),
and ron arad's 'puch stool' from the early 1980s. contrary to their approach of changing the saddle
into a stool by equipping it with a new substructure, anna brugger leaves the seat in its setting.
she only changes its post by milling it into a spiral so that the saddle can be more easily 'screwed into'
hard packed soil or sand, a place where pedalers are willing to take a rest.

'screw rider'

'bow bins', one-off paper bins by cordula kehrer
plastics, wicker, rattan, rush

cordula kehrer's 'bow bins' are made from plastic buckets, bowls and tubs which would have normally
been discarded once they start leaking or show any other kind of damage. she uses these remnants
of plastic culture as a starting point for her designs. no only does she 'repair' these plastic objects,
but she combines the mass-produced and synthetic parts with a completely different culture of materials
and production, by completing her bins with wickerwork from willow, rush or rattan. through this
process, she not only creates a new aesthetic, but also avoids all forms of material dogmatism.

kehrer's original series of 'bow bins' were shown as part of designboom's kitchen ecology exhibition.

up close


'pl(a)ywood' by silvia knüppel

'pl(a)ywood' by silvia knüppel is chest of drawers which is meant to be used in a 'playful' manner.
like the material it is named after, the unit consists of layers of loosely stacked plywood boards.
it is only its form which is reminiscent of a traditional drawers. however, it does not have any of the
inner workings of one - there are no hollow spaces or closet compartments. the layers can be shifted
against each other and one below the other offering a variety of possibilities for placing things.
the boards can be moved to protrude to the side, front, back... and also diagonally.
these surfaces can be used for holding books, glasses, bottles or other small items.
'pl(a)ywood' is produced in a limited edition for kkaarrlls.

plwood layers shifted

up close

possible arrangement and usage

'forMIOs' by laura jungmann

zeitgeist demands that we always stay current. new trends and tendencies are being declared
at shorter intervals and confirmed by corresponding novelties. consequently, the aesthetic half-life
of many products labeled as 'design items' tend to lean towards zero - they become outdated
at increasingly shorter cycles. by using bitumen (black and oily, viscous liquid), a rather unusual
material for product design, laura jungmann draws our attention to a material which,
thanks to its properties, is removed from the fate of 'up-to-the-minute' style because it is
constantly changing. at room temperature it is inexorable and uncontrollable. rigid, defined bodies
thus lose their form and become unique and consequently aesthetically long-lived objects.

'forMIOs' by laura jungmann

'forMIOs' by laura jungmann

'forMIOs' by laura jungmann

'rusalka - home couture' by sandra schollmeyer

in slavic mythology, 'rusalka' describes a type of natural spirit which resembles a water sprite
or mermaid. they are described as having long flowing, transparent bodies or floating hair,
which is why they are mainly associated with the element of water. these characteristics
have been applied to 'rusalka - home couture' a collection of lamps, carpets and cushions by 
sandra schollmeyer
. they are meant to spark images of magical apparitions, bizarre plants,
or ephemeral, mythical creatures.

'kantbank' by andreas grindler

at first, this 'bench' by andreas grindler appears as a beam-like structure. one would not even consider
it as a seating unit. only when placed at the position in the room for which it has been fit -
directly on the wall - does it function become recognizable. not only does the beam form together
with the respective wall space an ideal bench constellation, but the two components are also put together
at a height that allows those who take a seat there to comfortably observe the situation of a room
from a different perspective.

l: 'kantbank 250', seating furniture made from solid spruce wood, 250 x 90 x 60 cm, edition of 20
r: 'kantbank 150', seating furniture made from solid spruce wood, 150 x 90 x 60 cm, edition of 2

demonstrating the 'kantbank'

'hockerbank' (stoolbench) by yvonne fehling and jennie peiz
solid oak, edition of 5

a typical principle of any bench in a public space is that it has always been based on its clear linearity.
therefore, sitting in public space is often reduced to a more or less voyeuristic or simply relaxing way
to pass time. yvonne fehling and jennie peiz counteract this apodictic hermeneutics with the diametrically
different concept of their 'hockerbank' stoolbench. here, individuals face each other, passing time
and socializing. people are forced to sit together in a group, interact while enjoying their surroundings.

top view

side view
all images by frederik busch

kkaarrlls collection originates from the coursework of young european desgners at the 
karlsruhe university of arts and design (
HfG) in germany and is directed by
stefan legner and volker albus.


Source :- designboom

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